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15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Saturday, October 16th, 2010 11:21 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

Last weekend there was a wedding in the Grove - the ceremony was held at the Gazebo followed by a reception in McCathran Hall and a large tent set up in the Memorial Grove.  It was A Big Deal; caterers were busy for much of Saturday with the setup, part of which included decorating the tents with a number of lime green Chinese paper lanterns.  The festivities were held on Sunday and by Monday morning tents, tables, chairs and the rest had all been whisked away.  A few items had been left behind, including the lanterns which when I passed by were for the most part collected in a corner of the Memorial Grove though a few escapees were gently rolling around, helped in their travels by the slightest breath of a breeze.  Before leaving the area I gathered up the strays and returned them to the fold, though for how long would be anyone's guess. 

In shape and colour, if not size, they resembled green apples and the midmorning light coming through the paper looked, well, like this:



 
If pressed I would have to admit to having tampered slightly with this part of the arrangement as found: 

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Saturday, April 12th, 2008 11:56 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

more transitions: this magnolia is coming into the peak of its bloom and is leafing out, all at once. 

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Memorial Grove,
Howard Park

the afternoon light gave these blossom a surreal glow from with, an effect amplified through repetition by everything in the background. 

magnolia blossom
magnolia

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Sunday, March 16th, 2008 10:49 pm

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

in the right light these surface details can be quite interesting. 

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Memorial Grove
Howard Park

crape myrtle

crape myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica



15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Monday, January 28th, 2008 10:23 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

what does one see in a leaf that's managed to hold on through as much of the fall and winter as this one has? 

there's light, form and texture, all the obvious stuff that reaches out to capture attention while walking past.  movement, too, in whatever amount of breeze might happen to be stirring. 

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Memorial Grove, Howard Park

leaf banner

the shape of the leaf, the arrangement of stem and veins: it all has about it the look and feel of the outline, spine and bones of a fish.  Kodomo no hi is months away [5 May] but isn't this a koinobori?  sure looks like one to me ...

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 11:53 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

this dry spell has been pretty hard on our trees.  many are in deep distress and the forecast isn't calling relief any time soon. 

some species aren't minding it too much, though, such as this crape myrtle in the Memorial Grove. 

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Memorial Grove,
Howard Park

crape myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica

for me this picture is more about the seed cluster than the blossoms. 

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Monday, April 2nd, 2007 11:58 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

with Saturday's (upstate New York) and Sunday's (children's egg hunt + some floral) images processed and uploaded, there were also a couple from today: 

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Post Office

an immature dogwood flower, shouldn't that be a puppywood? 

puppywood
Cornus florida

whatever one may choose to call it, it looks like it will be blooming soon. 



Memorial Grove, Howard Park

afternoon light, just what this blossom needs to go right over the top. 

Magnolia
Magnolia
15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Monday, April 2nd, 2007 11:54 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

having made it back to the Grove in time for the annual children's egg hunt, there was also time to see what had happened over the three nights I'd been gone.  quite a bit, apparently. 

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Bittersweet Cottage garden

Forsythia - avec fleur-de-lys
forsythia

this forsythia seemed to have a garnish in the form of a traditional fleur-de-lys. 



Grove Avenue

porch scene
porch scene


Memorial Grove, Howard Park

magnolia
magnolia

stellate magnolia
stellate magnolia

magnolia
magnolia






15_the_circle: (dried)
Saturday, December 23rd, 2006 10:02 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

there's little point in enumerating the reasons for a week's delay between taking images and posting them in this space.  sometimes it just happens. 

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upper field

afternoon light brings out the iridescence and texture of this caul.  I have admired many beautiful art deco pieces whose fine craftsmanship sought to bring forth these qualities but this original surpasses them all. 

caul   caul
caul


Memorial Grove, Howard Park

these adornments appeared on one of the trees in the Memorial Grove, a pleasing mix of the natural and the artificial.  like many acts of non-so-random kindness and senseless beauty that happen in the Grove, I suspect it to be the work of the Time Travelers. 

stellate pipe cleaners

less colour, more reflection





15_the_circle: (AYB)
Sunday, June 4th, 2006 09:40 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

valentine's day came and went months ago.  though as usual I did not participate, our trees have produced their own delayed observance as seen this morning. 

  • in the Circle the redbuds have put forth their customary heart shaped leaves, seen here in nontraditional (for the event, not the tree) green with edges delineated by backlit morning sunlight. 
     
  • at the edge of Howard Park on the grounds of the Town Hall stands a grove whose trees are planted in memory (or honour, for the living) of those who have made a mark upon the Town.  this fine American Redbud honours Carol Uhlendorf.  when viewed downlight its leaves are more of a russet or magenta but from the other side they take on a red hue that complements the shape quite nicely. 

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Redbud
redbud leaf redbud leaf
the Circle memorial grove, McCathran Hall

these trees were in bloom as noted in this journal on 15 April and 16 April of this year. 

15_the_circle: (Default)
Saturday, January 14th, 2006 03:52 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

the day started out relatively mild but by afternoon a cold wind had turned it all chilly and blustery with just a few random snowflakes skittering through the air, fidgeting and wiggling like unsettled children. 

the lighting was indifferent but I went out anyway and with Peake for company found these details in Howard Park

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waiting
waiting -- the time has not yet come for these Crape Myrtle pods to open


sealed
sealed -- what an elegant natural container design






(continued in part 2)