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15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 11:27 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

(Things are starting to get a bit out of sequence but I didn't want these to be left behind)

OK, so these are actually from a couple of weeks ago, but I'm going to have to beg your indulgence in the hope that late is better than never.  An abundance of afternoon light coming down through changing leaves was impossible to ignore. 

These were over in Chapel Park:

   
maple oak

 
Singly and in small clusters the effect was intense, but in profusion it was nearly overwhelming: 

+1 )
15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Monday, May 5th, 2008 10:55 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

across the span of the hours between sunrise and sunset -- generous in number this time of year -- the light is always changing from one moment to the next.  though each of its manifestations has its own qualities, the way it comes down while late afternoon turns into early evening is the most inviting of enticements to head out for a walk and sometimes also to capture the occasional image for this space. 

(click through these thumbnails for higher resolution images)



Chapel Park

bluets are a species of wildflower whose dainty charm completely fits its tiny size.  a patch of them can be found along the Chapel Park swale and this week they are at their subminiature best. 

bluets

bluets


the ones in the stand below are trapping so much light they are looking more like glassblown replicas of themselves. 

bluets
Houstonia caerulea

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Sunday, January 6th, 2008 08:05 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

the afternoon was so pleasant I couldn't find it in me to remain sensibly indoors.  surely fresh air and a bit of a walk would do more good than more resting, right? 

(click through these thumbnails for higher resolution images)



Knott Park

this time of year the hydrangeas can be  nearly  just as attractive in the dried state as they had been at their peak. 

hydrangea
hydrangea


Chapel Park

backlighting helps bring out the detail of the upper cluster from whose delicate structure nearly almost all of the petals have been blown away. 

hydrangea
hydrangea


Grove Avenue and 1st Avenue

cottage peaks show to best advantage in the afternoon light. 

cottage fa├žade    peak

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 11:56 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

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Chapel Park

the spring beauties (Claytonia virginica) are all over, looking as lovely as could be.  but a careful look down at ground level will show that there are some others adding to the glorious mix.  there are clusters of bluets ...

bluets
Houstonia caerulea

... and of cut-leaved toothwort

toothwort
Dentaria heterophylla
15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Monday, April 23rd, 2007 11:57 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

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Howard Park

flowering cherry

looking upsun, across Chestnut Road from the Church. 
(this image available for online purchase)



Chapel Park

Flowering cherry

looking downsun, across Center Street from McCathran Hall. 

15_the_circle: (white crocus)
Sunday, March 25th, 2007 11:50 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

yesterday's rain and overcast cleared up; today was warm and sunny.  the clear sky brought shadows out to play while spring settled in a bit more. 

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4th Avenue

crocus

crocus
crocus




Chapel Park

akame cherry
little blossom, large trunk, long shadow
15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Saturday, March 24th, 2007 11:30 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

if you'll be attending Sunday's Mousetrap Concert in McCathran Hall, take a moment to walk across Chapel Park and regard this exquisite cherry tree.  it's just started coming into bloom but they don't last long. 

(click through this thumbnail for higher resolution image)



Chapel Park

Akame Cherry
Akame cherry
15_the_circle: (purpe crocus)
Saturday, March 3rd, 2007 11:50 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

a couple of warm days was all it took to bring out the crocus bulbs in many parts of the Grove (not all, though: there still aren't any in the Circle, at least not yet). 

today's high was around 60°f.  three days from now the forecast is calling for a low of 21°f and snow.  snowdrops are still blooming in the Circle, they shouldn't have any problems, but how the croci will fare remains to be seen. 

(click through these thumbnails for higher resolution images)



Chapel Park

most impressive: this crocus has punched right through a fallen leaf in order to launch stalk and bloom into the sky. 

punching through


punching through




Jackson Park

... has a crocus meadow, one that never fails to knock my socks off every spring.  it went from no blooms to a few blooms to this massive display (of which just a very small part is pictured) over a period of 48  hours. 

profusion

click here to see how good it gets )



Woodward Park

halfway across the Grove an excellent stand of crocus can be found in Woodward Park, between the tennis courts and Grove Road.  it's smaller than the one in Jackson Park but has greater chromatic diversity: mixed in with the purples are some whites, yellows, and this beautiful mix of shades and stripes. 

a crocus of a different colour


Grove Road

would you like to do a lawn?  here's how to do a lawn. 

  • start with, oh, say, a few hundred crocus bulbs. 
  • then give it, say, 20 or 30 years. 
  • 40 or 50 would be better for them to really naturalise. 

you'll get:

profusion
a general effect like this

cluster
and little clusters like this



it will be worth waiting for. 

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. 

(click through these thumbnails for higher resolution images)




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