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Saturday, October 16th, 2010 11:58 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

This afternoon's light provided more than enough excuse for a walk around. 



Woodward Park

This ginkgo is just starting to turn. 

   
Ginkgo biloba

Upper field

This week the Grove secured ownership of the upper field, wrapping up several years of struggle and litigation.  Next to the preserved portion, in a part upon which construction will soon begin, stands this tree (it has appeared in this space before).  The development plan calls for its preservation, as part of which the vines by which it was surrounded have been cleared away, affording a newly unobstructed prospect. 


Lower field

With one corner already carved and paved for a useless new highway the lower field has already fared worse than the upper meadow, and its future is even more bleak.  That which has been planned for it has not yet come to pass, though, so it is still worth a visit. 


Bidens aristosa

The middle of October is not too late to catch the Bearded beggartick in bloom, turning up here as part of a found bouquet. 


 
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Sunday, October 12th, 2008 11:50 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

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lower field

Q: when is a treeline not just a treeline?

lower field treeline

A: -- click here -- )

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Monday, September 17th, 2007 07:46 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

another afternoon walk back to the lower field was just in time to find this natural sundial, its gnomon's shadow neatly aligned onto petal. 

what time was it?  time to point and click, that's what time it was. 

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lower field

natural sundial

natural sundial
Bidens aristosa



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Sunday, September 16th, 2007 12:03 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

there's a tumbling profusion of these yellow blooms along the NE edge of the lower field. 

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lower field

bearded beggartick

..+2.. )

bearded beggartick
Bidens aristosa




the Latin name is so much more uplifting that the common tickseed beggar-tick or bearded beggartick.  they can be found anywhere E of the Rockies except Florida, Rhode Island and Vermont so perhaps this is No Big Deal but in yesterday afternoon's light they seemed to be adding a tremendous splash of colour to the scene. 

so other than the visual appeal, what good are they?  the Agriculture Dept doesn't seem to think much of their potential:

Suitability/Use
Berry/Nut/Seed ProductNo
Christmas Tree ProductNo
Fodder ProductNo
Fuelwood ProductNone
Lumber ProductNo
Naval Store ProductNo
Nursery Stock ProductNo
Palatable Browse AnimalLow
Palatable Graze AnimalLow
Palatable HumanNo
Post ProductNo
Protein PotentialLow
Pulpwood ProductNo
Veneer ProductNo

but elsewhere they are said to be favoured by beekeepers for producing a dark honey.  I guess that doesn't count. 

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Sunday, September 16th, 2007 11:34 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

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lower field

perimeter path

there's a trick of perspective here: from where this image was taken the path goes down and around the field even though it would appear to be heading upwards. 

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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. 

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Tuesday, July 24th, 2007 11:56 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

in the afternoon's highly diffuse light these early stage blooms of Queen Anne's Lace looked for all the world like tiny little bird nests. 

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lower field

Queen Anne's lace   Queen Anne's lace
Daucus carota

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Thursday, June 28th, 2007 01:35 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

come this Saturday there will be a blue moon, the second full Moon in a calendar month (those who have this year's calendar might have noticed that the full moon glyph on that date isn't black like all the others.  it's blue).  an excellent opportunity for doing whatever it is one does so infrequently that it's only once in a blue moon. 




I'm sure it's a complete coincidence, but one thing that's happened is another sale report from the online gallery that carries selected images from this space. 

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lower field

moonrise over lower field

this image originally appeared on 2 March of this year.  and (invoking for a moment the blue moon privilege of things-infrequently-done) any image from this journal can be made available through imagekind, whether or not you see it over on that gallery page.  if you've ever had a desire for a high-end print of something here, just drop a note with your selection.  special orders don't upset us.  por ejemplo the image above was made available by special request. 

you too could join the growing crowd of collectors,  all  both of whom were pleased with their prints. 

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Friday, March 2nd, 2007 08:29 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

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lower field

moonrise over lower field

(this image available for online purchase)

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Sunday, January 28th, 2007 02:38 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

having house guests two weekends in a row has been a treat.  last weekend [livejournal.com profile] earthyshadow came up from GA and this weekend The Professor was here from FL after a conference. 

yesterday's image posting was incomplete and I might as well admit that a couple of images didn't make it because I accidentally deleted them after having pulled them from the camera.  so after seeing The Professor off I headed over to the field to reshoot.  the penalty was: no light.  the compositions had been all about outline and shadow anyway but yesterday's blue skies were a very different background from today's moody grey overcast. 

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hedgerow gap between upper and lower field

vine outline
bittersweet

no leaves, no berries, no colour, no texture:  nothing but shape and form. 




lower field

teasel outline
teasel

it's hard to miss teasel, the way it pokes up into the sky.  under normal conditions the most prominent features are the texture of its honeycomb tufts and the play of light between structure and shadow. 

take all that away and it's still worth a second and third look. 




the fields are part of a tract that includes some woods, within which can be found the ruins of an abandoned house.  clumps of daffodils have come up along the creek at the bottom of the slope, vestiges perhaps of a former garden. 

grabbed

on its grounds this small drama is playing out: a vine has snapped this twig from a tree, but on it pods have opened and seeds have scattered. 

upper field

paths runs along the N side of the hedgerow and around the perimeter of the lower field. 

perimeter path

this part of the upper field is not included in the portion we're trying to have preserved as legacy open space.

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Sunday, December 4th, 2005 09:41 pm

[OT] from cottage renovations]

this afternoon the light returned so I pulled on wellies and headed out to revisit the fields along the Grove's S border.  it's a wonderful place but I don't go there as often as I would like because fellow trespassers are often accompanied by some large unleashed dog with aggressive tendencies, though this did not happen today. 

developers and road builders have already made plans to lay the area to waste and it is already dotted with survey markers and capped-off test wells, so it makes no sense to miss any opportunity to experience it before it is lost. 

here's a part of what was there (click any thumbnail for a larger image): 




allure and danger
this branch with bright yellow fruit and sharp thorns
combines elements of allure and danger


seed pod
the intricate details of this seed pod
are worthy of the architecture of the Barcelona Cathedral

[I stand corrected: these are the winter remains of the flowerheads of Queen Anne's Lace]

bittersweet
this bittersweet shows a riotous display of colour
but the eye is drawn to how vine encircles branch


barbs
thorn and barb won't ward off builder and bulldozer

towering
grasping for height,
this milkweed towers above the surrounding vegetation


cattails
cattails
(no actual cats were harmed ...)

[I stand corrected: this is dried teasel]

perimeter tree
this tree stands out from the hedgerow marking the field's perimeter

pod, berry, thorn
insect incubator, berry and thorn in afternoon light




























[many thanks for corrections to the Grove's resident naturalist [livejournal.com profile] betsy_beekeeper whose actual knowledge of these species vastly exceeds my own, which can be encapsulated as "ooh, look at the pretty flower" :) ]