15_the_circle: (cottage autumnal)
Sunday, November 14th, 2010 10:01 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

Not quite finished with yesterday, here's one that I didn't mean to leave behind. 

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Ginkgo biloba

The leaves of this ginkgo are mostly turned and, for that matter, mostly fallen.  This one is losing colour but has acquired a couple of strands of spiderweb while in the near distance some others are taking on a ghostly appearance in the last of the day's light. 

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: (Default)
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. 


 
15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Thursday, November 12th, 2009 12:18 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

it's taken a rainy day off to get around to putting up these images, which means that by now they have shifted from current events into the historical record. 

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Woodward Park -> Oak Street -> Grove Avenue

the mask starship trooper of the galaxy rangers
the mask starship trooper of the galaxy rangers

porter
Porter ...
porter
... about to strike

go-go webbed skeleton pirate
go-go girl spinning a web?
or trapped in one?
a skeleton most piratical


a cure for ambleopia
a cure for ambleopia

pensive
pensive

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 11:57 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

more signs of spring, they're busting out all over. 

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Grove Avenue

three stages of a Magnolia coming into bloom:

magnolia happening

magnolia

magnolia
Magnolia






Oak Street

this lenten rose is still going strong. 

hellebore
Hellebore


Woodward Park

here a daffodil turns away to catch the light, revealing finely traced detail. 

daffodil
daffodil


the Circle

Siberian squill
Scilla siberica


3rd Avenue

dried out over the course of the winter but still worth a second look -- and a thrid one if you click through. 

hydrangea
hydrangea

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Monday, November 12th, 2007 11:14 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

afternoon light plays with leaves of oak and maple. 

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Grove Road

oak leaves
Quercus


Woodward Park, along Oak Street

Maple leaves
Acer
15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Thursday, October 25th, 2007 02:25 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

afternoon light falling on and through leaves is just too attractive to hold off from taking a walk, camera in hand. 

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the Circle

note the dried seed pod above this leaf.  what it does with the light is subtly different but each complements the other. 

hibiscus
hibiscus

the curl of this leaf highlights the difference in effect of light falling onto and through its surfaces. 

dogwood leaves
Cornus florida


Center Street

this dogwood is in the space in front of McCathran Hall. 

Dogwood leaf
Cornus florida


Oak Street in Woodward Park

trumpet vine seed pods
Campsis radicans

this trumpet vine is exhibiting yet another of its seasonal variations



the Circle

uno más as the light starts to fade. 

dogwood leaves
Cornus florida

15_the_circle: (ever so slightly overlapping)
Sunday, October 21st, 2007 10:02 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

the show in McCathran Hall went well, and after it was done and the Moon had been returned there was still some light to play with. 

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2nd Avenue

2nd Avenue is small even among the Grove's walkways; it is no more than a couple hundred feet long and of the five cottages along it all but one have addresses on other walkways.  its greater prominence in this space is a consequence of the way in which afternoon light falls along it and the resulting effects on whatever happens to be there.  take, for example, these fallen dogwood leaves: 

fallen dogwood leaf

fallen dogwood leaf

fallen dogwood leaf
Cornus florida






the Circle

light brings out shadow and texture in these leaves, still hanging on in the Circle. 

dogwood leaf

dogwood leaves
Cornus florida


the image above shows the extent to which this year's extended drought conditions have put our trees into deep shock. 



2nd Avenue and the Circle

a few years ago a pair of Paw paw trees were planted next to one of the cottages on this corner.  this image doesn't show the scale of this leaf: it's nearly a foot long, a veritable leviathan among the fallen. 

fallen paw paw leaf
Asimina triloba


Oak Street

there isn't usually much to say about process in this space: in capturing these images I make every effort to record things as and where found.  bending aside an inopportunely placed branch for a few moments is about as far as I am ever willing to go in the direction of altering conditions and even that is with a certain amount of reluctance. 

maple leaf
Acer

this maple leaf is an exception: it fell from a tree at the corner of Grove Avenue and Oak Street but by the time I got there the location had already passed into shadow.  not wanting to wait for another day to try for the image I carried the leaf down the walkway where the afternoon's light was still streaming into Woodward Park.  with a utility pole guy wire shroud as a mount here's the resulting image.  you might need to click through to the larger image to see the tracery of texture and shadow and the way in which light falling on the near and far surfaces came out in tones of silver and gold. 



Oak Street in Woodward Park

this branch has leaves in different stages of chromatic change, as if the tree were reluctant to alter its colouring all at once. 

maple branch

maple leaves
Acer



15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Friday, June 29th, 2007 11:52 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

these trumpets are just about to sound a mighty blast. 

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Oak Street, Woodward Park

trumpet vine
Campsis radicans

it's going to be a close thing, however: something is eating away at the vine's leaves even as the blooms are starting to come out. 

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Sunday, June 3rd, 2007 05:04 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

honeysuckle can be as polymorphic as Poison Ivy or a Thneed.  like the former it comes as a shrub or a vine and seems to take no time at all to get out of control; like the latter we don't really need it. 

even though I have dug plenty (but not enough!) of it out of the Circle with a pickaxe, still it's difficult to completely harden one's heart to it, particularly when its scent carries on a soft summer evening's warm breeze. 

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along Oak Street in Woodward Park

in the late afternoon sweetlight the form of its blossoms can be easy on the eyes if one takes but a moment to look. 

Honeysuckle vine

Honeysuckle vine

Honeysuckle vine

Honeysuckle vine
Lonicera






15_the_circle: (Default)
Friday, May 25th, 2007 08:25 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

Iris were well represented in last weekend's flower show.  here's one that wasn't harvested for exhibition, still in its natural setting. 

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Oak Street and Maple Avenue

iris
Iris
15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Thursday, May 10th, 2007 12:10 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

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Town Nursery

fringe tree
Chionanthus virginicus

this fringe tree is an outstanding specimen.  it's just at its peak and is well worth stopping by for a visit if you're out for a walk. 

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Monday, April 30th, 2007 11:25 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

one my favourite gardens in Town is Charles and Sylvia's, over across the park.  whatever the season it's always worth stopping by because there's always something going on. 

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Oak Street, at Maple Avenue

among this afternoon's finds was these double daffodil, one bloom on its way out and the other going strong: both attractive and filled with visual interest. 

double daffodil
double daffodil

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15_the_circle: (dried)
Thursday, March 8th, 2007 07:21 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

the air temperature hovered around the freezing mark most of the day but finally worked its way higher in the afternoon, with some help from the full sun coming down through a clear sky.  the signs of seasonal change are there if one looks: it may be too cold for anything else to come into bloom, but there's more to it than that. 

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Woodward Park

this vine is growing up a  telephone  utility pole along Oak Street.  high up in the air its pods have opened, letting the seeds fall where they may. 

pods

... two more ... )
Campsis radicans




upper field

the field hosts many cauls, almost all of them on single stem plants.  for the sake of variety, this is on one with branches. 

brachiatinng caul



Woodward Park

meanwhile, back in the park, the martin house is being perched on by this little one: those feathers are keeping it warm enough to disregard the icicles coming down from the split PVC pipe roof tiles. 

perching
15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 06:25 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

today's warmer temperature sped up the melting of the remaining snow, bringing forth puddles on the Circle and the other walkways to the delight of our amphibians. 

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Oak Street

froggy detail

click here to see the creature in its entirety )
15_the_circle: (rosette raindrop)
Friday, February 9th, 2007 06:36 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

today's high might have made it up to that 32°f freeze point.  or maybe it didn't.  either way, the wind didn't let up so it was colder than I would have liked though nowhere near as bad as yesterday's cut-to-the-bone superchilled cemetery wind. 

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Oak Street

over the past few days I have been in a running shoot/discard/reshoot cycle involving this one boxwood.  it's an excellent specimen, taller than I am.  with these images I'm going to declare victory, however unearned, upload and move on. 

incipience

incipience
Buxus sempervirens*


these incipient buds, though partly showing, are staying tightly -- and sensibly -- wrapped against snow, ice, wind and cold.  at some point when conditions are more favourable their development will continue.  until then I'm just going to have to wait. 

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ever mistrustful of my own taxonomical judgement, I'm hoping for a correction from [livejournal.com profile] florentinescot if needed. 
15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 03:14 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

an inch or so of snow appeared overnight.  usually when it comes things get more stark: white where it has fallen under a leaden grey sky, and everything else seems to slide over into the darker end of the chromatic range. 

after a while, though, if things clear up the contrast takes a different form: light on the ground against a deepness of blue above.  today was that kind of day.  I took the opportunity to go out and reshoot some images that had suffered from insufficient snow (not uploaded in this set) but the best part of the show was what was heppening above. 

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Woodward Park

here the white on the ground is drawn up the trunk of this sycamore while above the treeline the sky continues a progression into deeper blues. 

snow sycamore



Oak Street and Maple Avenue

as a cloudbank started to roll in from the West, all white above and grey on its underside, it presented a choice of backgrounds for this oak tree.  I decided to go with a little of each. 

background choices


the Circle

an obvious consequence of our little cottages nestled under big trees is that our small homes have large trees looming over them.  not in a menacing way, but definitely looming. 

overhanging oak

this time of year, when the leaves are down, it's easier to make out the forms of our trees.  photographing them is still a challenge, though, as most are growing in such a density as to cut off good sight lines.  they do open up when a tree has had to be taken down. 

15_the_circle: (dried)
Friday, January 19th, 2007 10:10 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

the past few days of mostly overcast gave way to an intense clear light.  cold, windy clear light. 
having taken the day off I was at liberty to head out to it and freeze my [quaint expression] off see its effects. 

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as it happens, today's images were all taken along

Oak Street

which from one part to another is alternately paved, then a grassy walkway, then gravel, and then grass again. 

the cold didn't seem to be bothering this Lenten rose and the light was playing nicely through its leaves. 

lenten rose
hellebore



the gravely section is used for access to the parking lot serving the tennis and basketball courts and the playing field.  it's also the starting point for the 4th of July parade. 

redbud seed pod
redbud seed pod

the flag in the background is flying at half staff in mourning for the late president Gerald Ford. 




the light on these fallen leaves was bringing out detail in fine relief, subdued in comparison to stark shadow cast by overhanging blades of grass. 

grass shadow on fallen leafgrass shadow on fallen leafgrass shadow on fallen leaf



the full sun passing through these hanging seed clusters turned them into glowsticks. 

glowsticks

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Saturday, December 2nd, 2006 07:54 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

the past month or so hasn't been outstanding for good weeekend light, and serial distractions have kept me from taking advantage of what there has been.  today was better in both regards. 

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Oak Street

these honeysuckle bushes have dropped their leaves, leaving berries more prominently displayed against bare branch whether glowing in the streaming light or outlined against the sky. 

honeysuckle berries

honeysuckle berries
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)





the Circle

... has several varieties of azalea, the leaves of each reacting differently to the change of season.  the light passing through these was intense to the point of being hard on the eyes. 

azalea leaves



...  while these ones have chosen December in which to turn to improbable fruit flavour colours: apricot and peach.  go figure. 

azalea leaves
15_the_circle: (dogwood leaf)
Monday, October 16th, 2006 08:48 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

as I headed out Friday morning to a difficult and depressing day at the office, it was even harder than usual to leave the Grove with the light so clear and abundant.  this instilled in me a wish -- and resolve -- to get out into that light if it were to last into the weekend. 

it did, and I spent almost all of Saturday just walking around the Grove, seeing afresh what the light can do for the place and, consequently, what the combination can do for my own spirits. 

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Acorn Lane

artificial
flora incognita: artificia sinofabricans?

the taxonomy of this ornamental species was elusive at best, but I was pleased with the reflection of tree and cottage in its glass marble fruit.  the plastic berries and fabric blossoms will be wanting a bit of dusting. 



Bittersweet Cottage garden

hydrangea leaf
hydrangea

we've already been touched by a couple of frosts so these hydrangea leaves won't be looking like this much longer.  but there's plenty of texture, shadow and light here, and that one stalk behind the leaf to the L can be made out both by shadow and by translucence. 



Ridge Road

pokeweed stem
Phytolacca americana

this pokeweed stem has already set loose its fruit and seeds.  though use depleted for that purpose, it now provides a habitat for the tiny spiders whose webs can be seen against the light streaming across the field and through its structure. 



Zoë Wadsworth Park

crocus cluster

crocus



autumnally blooming crocus can be found in a few places around the Grove.  these clusters are near the gazebo.  others can be found near the Circle, where in a week or two a couple of the azaleas will be following a similarly syncopated cycle. 

are these plants out of season, or is it merely the floral embodiment of traditional Grove eccentricism? 



Oak Street

lit leaf

there's nothing special about this plant, other than what these leaves did with the light.  I didn't need any more provocation than that. 



upper field

multiflora rose hips
multiflora rose hips

multiflora rose hips detail
detail



multiflora rose is one of the nastier invasives around -- right up there with bamboo and kudzu.  but that doesn't keep me from falling for its shape and form.  I really should be firmer about these things. 




glinty

I don't know this one either, but it sure does a fine job of catching afternoon sweetlight. 



1st Avenue

mimosa pod

mimosa pod
Mimosa


it can take a lot of work to keep up with the tendency of Mimosa trees to spread all over the place -- it seems one is forever pulling up seedlings.  nonetheless one can admire the luminous quality of the pods from which they disperse. 



Chestnut Avenue

pb

pb

pb

pb
Callicarpa americana






I was alerted to these by the property owner, who kindly invited me to take these images.  getting the right sun angle entailed two trips back: one in the afternoon and another the following morning. 

the common name for this plant is American Beautyberry or Beauty Bush; the former brings to mind roses and the Grateful Dead.  the berries are wonderfully chromomorphic: lavender in sun and purple in shade.