Tuesday, September 29, 2020

More Walking in the Sunshine

I can't even tell you how long I just stood staring at this branch of maple leaves and the blue sky behind it.

And then there was the bark on this locust tree that captivated my attention.

I take a lot of random pictures by accident.

I often see these little library boxes, but I was of course delighted to see this one dedicated to poetry.

Residential streets were lined with these signs.

Remember when cars mostly looked like this?

I took a picture of this hedge because it was such a mish mash of trees and shrubs and vines but someone obviously spent time to  keep it clipped and trimmed.

Ducked down an alley way

I love doorways and windows.

The alley way brought me to the river that flows behind the town's main street.

A foot bridge crosses the river.

Where the Wild Things Are was reproduced in signs along the path.

And the path  lead to the Marble Works,

once actual marble works but now small shops.

An entire yard full of hydrangea at the museum.

On the way home later that evening the sunset was breathtaking but by the time I found a place to pullover the sun was already sinking fast.

But I saw this barn and silo.

Gotta be grateful for days filled with beautiful.


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Walk in the Sunlight

 It's now officially autumn.  

I took a trip to visit Amy and my grandchildren. Since my Dane was doing online school I took the back roads and made the time to take some pictures with my phone and do some walking.

It was a gorgeous day! Not a bear in sight and not a coyote to be heard.

Camel's Hump, early morning

I was driving down the Champlain Valley where the color is just starting to show.
That bright blue sky made me happy.

Huntington Falls in Weybridge, VT

This area belongs to an electric company. Their power plant is hidden behind the tree above. There is a small parking lot and a nice picnic area with a couple of tables -- a family fishing spot.

This knotweed is an invasive taking over river banks and wetlands.

I stopped in Middlebury. This meadow at the edge of town used to be owned by Middlebury College but is now preserved. There is a walkway around the periphery.

White aster

New England aster

Burning bush, because it is pretty, was a popular landscape shrub for a while.
Now it is considered an invasive and is discouraged.

Tis dead tree has seen some bird activity.

Otter Creek

There is a turtle sunning on the rock.

Crimson Norway maple
Another landscape darling gone rogue. It is now making the "most hated" lists.

Gray dogwood

I saw a few other people out walking but it was easy to maintain physical distance and everyone wore a mask! 

Middlebury College has a beautiful campus to stroll around, but it is closed to any visitors. I did take a walk in town. I lived in Middlebury for a while and I love it there. I'll share the town pictures another time.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A Share

 This was shared with me by the Venice (FL) Interfaith Community Association.

Be Careful

Author Unknown

Everyone PLEASE be careful because people are going crazy from being locked down at home!

I was just talking about this with the microwave and the toaster while drinking my coffee, and we all agreed that things are getting bad.

I didn't mention any of this to the washing machine, because she puts a different spin on EVERYTHING!!

Certainly, I couldn't share with the fridge, because he's been acting cold and distant!

In the end, the iron straightened me out! She said the situation isn't all that pressing and all the wrinkles will soon get ironed out!

The vacuum, however, was very unsympathetic - told me to just suck it up buttercup!

But the fan was VERY optimistic and gave me hope that it will all blow over soon!

The toilet looked a bit flushed but didn't say anything when I asked its opinion.

But the front door said I was becoming unhinged and the doorknob told me to get a grip!!

You can just about guess what the curtains told me: they told me to "pull myself together!"

We will survive!!

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Walk in the Dark

 I have a walking buddy. We are a good match because we like to keep up a brisk pace and we like to do a good distance, usually about five miles. We have a couple of routes we routinely follow.

Now Donna is younger and is still working so we have to work around her schedule. That means we are walking later sometimes. We had planned to walk at 3 p.m. on Friday but then she was asked to stay late as someone had called in sick so we didn't set out until after 6.

We were taking a route near her house that we like but a great deal of it is dirt road through the woods. It was dark by 7:15. We had a flashlight and phones. We started to hear coyotes howling and Donna remembered hearing that people have been seeing bears around town. She has a dread fear of bears, even more than any reasonable person might have. She started walking faster and faster. I had to run to keep up with her for the whole middle third of the "walk."

The last hundred or so yards takes us along a paved and traveled road with no sidewalk or much space along the lines of shoulder. She said, "I don't know if I am more afraid of being eaten by bears or of being hit by a car."

No contest, Donna. The way you were booking it while you were thinking bears tells me you are much more afraid of being eaten than run over.

We have walked together for many years now. We always get caught with a walk in the dark once a year near the time of the autumnal equinox.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

In the Yard

 Rabbits and chipmunks -- little point in trying to grow a few vegetables for myself but we all need to eat

A rainbow from my front door

The condo association did a walk around and decided these over grown arbor vitae that are impinging on exterior walls have to go. Also they are annoying the gas meter readers. And then they plan to replant arbor vitae, which I don't quite understand. Is there a variety that won't be back in the same situation a few years down the road?

I hacked away at the rhododendrons.

The landscape committee planted these hydrangea in the front of many units. They only seem to blossom around the bottom of the shrubs so they are scheduled for replacement sometime in the future.

I finally got around to washing the door that leads to the back deck. It was filthy with bird suicide bomber smudges.

But the indoor potted plants seemed to thrive in filtered sun that came through anyway.

I don't remember seeing so many mushrooms on the lawn.
I wish I knew which are edible but I have to assume all are not unless I see them in the produce section of the supermarket.

Although as a child I used to go with my mother and pick them in the woods.
She would cook them and we all survived.
Sadly, this is lost knowledge.

The sun is setting earlier and earlier. There is high altitude smoke from the fires out west even this far away. My heart is heavy for all those at the epicenter of fires and floods right now.

My heart is heavy for all those who cannot believe the science of climate change.