Monthly Archives: September 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset

Taken in the garden at sunset after a typhoon in Mie Prefecture, Japan:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: FALL

What could be more a sign of “Fall” than mushrooms? (At least in my mind….) We found this speckled specimen growing in the woods at Northampton’s delightful Look Park on one of the few non-rainy mornings we’ve had lately: And no, we … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: FALL

Coleus leaves flame out before the first frost, which may come any day now:

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Coda: Lilacs Again

As it turns out, there’s more to life than lilacs —: When we moved up to the Berkshires, leaving behind our beloved Japanese garden, there was only one plant I was really sorry to leave behind, a wonderful clematis, with great flat … Continue reading

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“How can you bear to leave your Japanese garden?” Friends asked us that over and over when we were leaving Roslyn.  Fair question. We’d begun the garden years before, inspired by

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An Erratic Journal: “Home” in Ireland

Here’s a memory of a once-upon-a-time home (along with a bonus, an unexpected poem) from our Irish correspondent, Berna, over in County Kildare: Well, as for Innisfree, I wouldn’t much go for Yeats’ damp ‘clay and wattles’ cabin. There would … Continue reading

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Wondering —

“you have to be careful, ask yourself questions, as for example whether you still are, and if no when it stopped, and if yes how long it will still go on, anything at all to keep you from losing the … Continue reading

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Collectives: A Sleuth of Bears

Bears in the backyard! There are two more cubs behind Mamma in the shrubbery. Honest! (Why sleuth? Maybe it’s because sleuth is a word that means tracks, or tracking, which bears certainly leave.) (Update: When we moved from the Berkshires … Continue reading

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Things Take Time: FRIENDSHIP

“A flower is relatively small. Everyone has many associations with a flower – the idea of flowers…. Still – in a way – nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small – we haven’t time – and to … Continue reading

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The Flag of the Country of Textures

It’s an odd thing when one’s camera eye is attracted by an abstraction — What is it that one has seen? For instance, is this the flag of a new nation, perhaps? Not exactly — but the title came to … Continue reading

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