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15_the_circle: (cottage autumnal)
Sunday, November 14th, 2010 08:25 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

November in the Grove is our time for the annual leaf crop harvest, or it would be if it had any market value.  Failing that the next best thing is to pile them along the walkways and paved roads from which they are collected by impressively massive and noisy machinery and hauled off to become compost.  The nearby Asbury community used to accrete truly massive leaf piles but some sort of development has been underway over there and that part of their facility has been a construction site for rather a while now so our excess biomass has since been diverted to places unknown. 

As the leaves turn and fall into the ever-shortening days one has to choose carefully: any time spent moving leaves is subtracted from that available for walking around to appreciate and perhaps record the show, and vice versa

The images below represent Saturday's trade-off in this regard:
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Step out the back door and the low hanging leaves of the dogwoods are right there, catching the afternoon light. 


Cornus florida

Meanwhile out in the circle the Japanese Maples are at it again, leaves glowing like bright jewels:


Acer palmatum

Down at the other end of the Grove the stately sycamore is using the same light into a different, but equally compelling way against a wonderfully blue sky ...


Platanus occidentalis

... and nearby these stellate leaves are not to be overlooked. 


Around the corner and a ways down Brown Street the light is helping along this found composition.  There's a lot going on here: paint on paint on cement; shadows on brick and mortar; bits of detail that at first seemed extraneous but on taking another look seemed to belong. 


Heading back along Oak Street, looking up into the sugar maples the effect was once again completely overpowering. 


Acer


Coming back to the Circle one returns just as the light is starting to run out. 


127.0.0.1 a/k/a ::1


That was yesterday.  This afternoon's images are still in the camera.  With any luck they will appear in this space in another day or so. 

15_the_circle: (snow cottage)
Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 11:14 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]
[select images crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] texture]

the past couple of days it was cold.  cold cold.  then yesterday afternoon the air warmed up and it started to rain but the ground, and everything else, hadn't followed suit up so it froze on contact.  even our gravel walkways were so slippery that it was safer to walk alongside them on the crunchy grass. 

by this morning conditions hadn't improved so it was operationally convenient to forego biking in favour of the train and circulator bus, with additional time alloted for getting down to the train stop at the other end of the walkway. 

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Grove Avenue at Brown Street

iced branch

the ice coating on this branch formed interesting patterns of texture that don't really come through in the thumbnail image above; click on through for more detail. 



MARC station

rain falling onto ice on slate under grey skies ...

ice on slate

ice on slate
roof detail

icicles
icicles,
seen from the inside against a backdrop of our trees



tie plate
tie plate










15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Saturday, August 11th, 2007 01:41 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

a bit of rain, always welcome.  a drop in ambient temperature, even more so. 

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the Circle

Naked Lady lilies.  with a common name like that there's bound to be no end of misunderstandings cropping up.  there was even a verse dropped from the song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" because it contained a reference to "Naked Ladies in the Front Yard".  outside the mid-Atlantic region it would lead to confusion, not to mention further propagating cultural stereotypes about West Virginia. 

naked lady lilies
Amaryllis belladonna

what's neat about these ones is how they survived the water company's pipe replacement exercise.  not all of the ones in the patch were as fortunate, but I hadn't expecting any of them to have made it. 



Hibiscus
Hibiscus


juxtaposition



I have long admired the work of Andy Goldsworthy.  this found juxtaposition of leaf types made me think of some of his work. 



lower field

long stringy seed pods
flora incognita

I don't have to be able to identify this plant to admire its long dark seed pods streaming down from upward reaching branches and the contrasting red and green shades of stem and leaf.  when it isn't so late I'll take the time to look it up. 



Brown Street

hibiscus
hibiscus

afternoon sun falling on and passing through this blossom caught my attention; I then managed to catch that of a couple of persistently yapping dogs while capturing this image.  they did their thing and I did mine on opposite sides of a fence and as far as I could tell neither party was harmed by the other. 

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Friday, July 20th, 2007 11:53 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

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Brown Street

catcher

this decorative object has been hanging in this spot long enough to take on some corrosion and to pick up some windblown items.  I think they combine to make it more interesting. 

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Thursday, May 31st, 2007 11:52 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

the Grove isn't large enough to have many three way intersections.  one is in front of the Post Office (E. Diamond Avenue, Railroad Street and Washington Grove Lane) and another one is behind it (Brown Street, Hickory Road and Railroad Street).  (the only other one of which I am aware is the intersection of Acorn Lane with Grove and 3rd Avenues.)

the latter has this brilliant display of petunias. 

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Brown Street.  and Hickory Road.  and Railroad Street

walking past them and stopping for a moment provided a chance to see in this series how slight variations in angle changed these images, taken into the same part of the cluster, by more than I would have expected. 

petunias   petunias   petunias
petunias

are the differences significant enough for you to favour any of them over the other two?  if so, which one? 

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Sunday, May 6th, 2007 11:58 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

I have long held that the primary beneficiaries of the Grove are our cats and our children.  for that cats it's obvious: the environment is optimal for them, or at least the closest approximation I've ever encountered.  for the children it's even better: not only do they get to grow up here, but they can think of it as normal.  it goes into their internal baseline, against which they compare everything else for the rest of their lives. 

but some things are so elemental that they don't really have anything to do with the Grove.  for example, the sheer joy of running through the spray of a neighbour's sprinkler on a beautiful spring afternoon can be experienced anywhere water is used for irrigation.  nonetheless it goes into that baseline, a contributing resource as it were. 

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Brown Street

. )
Annika
.. two more .. )
Annika


15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Monday, April 30th, 2007 11:33 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

it's an unpleasant truth that of all the flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la, the only one that leaves me cold is the tulip.  I don't know why this is so, perhaps my brain just lacks a tulip receptor. 

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Brown Street, at Maple Avenue

but Alice's tulips are a special case.  she's gone, we miss her dreadfully, but as a legacy her tulips still bloom along the side fence of Balla Thur. 

Alice's tulips

bright red, of course, her favourite, seen here in strong afternoon light.  one can't look at them without thinking of her saying, as she often did: "Red is a neutral colour"

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 03:42 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

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Railroad Street

truck with pole
arrival of pole crew.  with pole. 


Brown Street

wire crew
wire crews getting to work. 

these signs are encouraging. 

this entry comes to you by laptop and somebody's open access point, somewhere. 

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 08:53 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

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the Circle

this tree came down between houses, without damaging either one. 

tree down     tree down

7th Avenue

it fell along this walkway. 

tree down


Brown Street

tree and wires down     wires down
tree and wires are down; the latter can't be strung again until that leaning pole is fixed



somebody got word from the power company that service might be restored in another day and a half.  rain is down to an occasional spatter and the gusts are now peaking at 40 mph rather than 50, a welcome trend that we're hoping will continue.  it we can keep the rest of our trees we will count ourselves as fortunate indeed. 

with power still operating in part of the Grove, it was odd last night to look out the front windows to see the contrast of electric light from across the Circle against kerosene light within. 

this entry comes to you by laptop and somebody's open access point, somewhere. 

15_the_circle: (rosette raindrop)
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 10:50 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]
[crossposted a couple of weeks later to [livejournal.com profile] fourelements]

when the top layer of snow starts to melt and then freezes over again the resulting ice crust can become even more reflective than the snowpack.  under overcast conditions it produces a light that's brighter from below than above in an odd combination of softness and unexpected intensity.  the overhead component of this afternoon's light was so weak I ended up having to fiddle with the image with PS in order to get these images to come out right. 

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the Circle

burr
burr

the light accentuated the starkness of these geometrical forms. 
I don't know this plant by name but it would appear that the introductions have already been made elsewhere within the household, as I'm forever combing these burrs off the cats Peake. 



Brown Street

encircling
encircling

this vine, wrapping itself around branch and leaf, gives the appearance of having been captured under studio light rather than ambient. 

15_the_circle: (rosette raindrop)
Sunday, September 10th, 2006 11:43 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

as summer eases on into fall some of the late blooms seem to be coming forth with a greater than usual exuberance. 

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Brown Street

clematis

clematis
Clematis virginiana L.


I hadn't realised that our common clematis are related to the buttercup. 




Chestnut Road

butterfly bush
Buddleja davidii

this butterfly bush is continuing to put forth its characteristic pointed spray of blossoms. 

15_the_circle: (rosette raindrop)
Saturday, April 15th, 2006 10:30 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

Easter, Passover and the annual deadline for filing tax returns all come together this weekend. 

a bit of rain a couple of days ago and some balmy weather have given great impetus to every growing thing including, alas, garlic mustard.  I pulled up a great deal of it in the morning but am under no illusion that the job is done. 

the understory trees have already leafed out enough to provide ground level shade. 

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Chapel Park

the spring beauties are out in such abundance that the ground is literally carpeted with them.  it's almost more than a tiny-detail-oriented person can handle. 

carpeted
carpeted



Howard Park

these magnolias are continuing to put on quite the show.  they can be messy trees to be sure, but even in our species great beauties have a reputation for being high maintenance. 

magnolia

magnolia
magnolia



Maple Avenue and Oak Street

blush
blush



Brown Street and Chestnut Road

these azaleas are already out.  if current conditions persist the others in the Grove won't be far behind them. 

azaleas
azaleas



Railroad and Brown Streets and Hickory Road

this dazzling little patch of brillance is along the NE side Railroad Street.  the setting isn't much, but there's no need to worry about that when the details are this enticing. 

another roadside attraction
another roadside attraction



McCathran Hall

on the S side of the Town Hall these look more like a fancy cake decoration than part of our landscape. 

confection
confection


for some reason I find redbud quite difficult to photograph.  lighting and composition always seem to be problematic; it's a tree that demands a different approach. 

redbud

redbud
redbud