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)
Sunday, March 8th, 2009 11:54 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

any way you look at them these snowdrops are easy on the eyes: 

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East Woods

snowdrop snowdrop
snowdrop
Galanthus nivalis


as it turns out, the approach can be applied just as well to crocus and winter aconite. 

Woodward Park

crocus
Crocus


Maple Road at Center Street

winter aconite
Eranthis hyemalis

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 12:51 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

the athletic field in Woodward Park has facilities for soccer and softball or baseball.  the latter exemplifies its own form of dual use: backstop for players, trellis for vine. 

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dual use

dual use

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Monday, May 5th, 2008 11:38 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

the Grove isn't far enough inland to be out of range for waterfowl.  Maple Lake has a dock but it lacks the pier pilings so favoured for perching by gulls and pelicans. 

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Woodward Park

a suitable equivalent was found on the edge of Woodward Park by a rare (previously unknown to ornithological science) species of Pelecanus, seen this afternoon. 

the rare Grove Pier Piling Pelican - Pelecanus sitana
P. Sitana

thank heavens I had brought along a camera. 
and yes, there were witnesses. 

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Monday, May 5th, 2008 09:39 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

it's one thing to enjoy looking at our colourful wildflowers and another to know what they are. 

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Woodward Park

there's a lovely patch of these alongside the clay tennis court in Woodward Park, a spot where there's plenty of morning and midday sun. 

the flowers look like that of a cranesbill but the resemblance doesn't hold up down at ground level - clearly some more looking-up is called for. 

violet wood sorrel

violet wood sorrel
Oxalis violacea



this entry  will be  revised when they  are  were properly identified [many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] florentinescot]. 




[edit: and here's what the leaves look like]

violet wood sorrel leaves
15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Monday, May 5th, 2008 08:13 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

an image processing backlog over the past few days means that a few are showing up here out of sequence.  sorry for the jumbling. 

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Woodward Park

Meadow (a/k/a Tall) buttercups are a common sight in the Grove or, for that matter most of the US and Canada (see USDA distribution map).  in some places out West they are even classified as a noxious weed.  but from my own perspective they are a sign of spring, guaranteed to lift the spirit. 

Meadow buttercup

meadow buttercup
Ranunculus acris



15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Sunday, April 20th, 2008 10:16 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

once again afternoon light is found to shine kindly on small details. 

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Woodward Park

blossom detail blossom detail

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Thursday, April 17th, 2008 07:54 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

afternoon light brings out detail that I can't resist trying to capture. 

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Woodward Park

blooming cluster

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 06:29 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

when a warm day like this one comes along it seems that everything that has been fixing to bloom sooner or later decides to get on with it right away; whether the plan had been for last week or next, suddenly it's all immediate. 

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Bittersweet Cottage garden

the Virginia bluebells are something I look forward to every year and as soon as the first tips appear I start watching them closely to see how they are coming along.  they don't need the attention but that doesn't hold me back. 

Virginia bluebells

Virginia bluebells
Mertensia virginica



the first image shows how far along a couple of them have already gotten; the second is more representative of current conditions. 



Grove Road

with the sun out the time seemed right for revisiting the  swamp (marsh) buttercups  [edit: fig buttercups, a/k/a lesser celandine] at the other end of the athletic field.  they're happy as can be: click through the second one to see its pollinator. 

fig buttercup

swamp (marsh) buttercup
Ranunculus  septentrionalis  ficaria



quite a change from the other day



Woodward Park

the Spring Beauties are another seasonal highlight here in the Grove.  they can be expected to remain in bloom for a month or so but one never tires of them. 

Spring beauty
Claytonia virginica

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)
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 11:50 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

anybody can take pictures when there's light, but when it runs out sometimes things just get more interesting. 

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Rockville station

it's almost time for the westbound passenger train when an eastbound freight rolls through the station. 

eastbound
eastbound

eastbound - shadows
shadow patterns



spray paint vandalism seems to afflict more freight cars than not these days.  at first glance that might seem to be what's going on with these trilevel auto racks but (you might need to click through to the larger image to make it out clearly) the dark markings are actually the shadows of evergreens and lamp posts, cast by lights in the station's parking lot. 



Woodward Park

the Moon had come up above the clouds and behind this sycamore tree. 

moonlit sycamore
moonlit sycamore



this view is from further along Grove Road with camera braced against one of the tennis court's fence posts. 

clouded moon

I couldn't decide which one was the keeper so sorry, you have to look at both of these. 

clouded Moon
clouded Moon

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Monday, November 12th, 2007 11:21 pm

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

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Woodward Park

shadow of chain link

shadow of chain link

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: (cottage sign)
Thursday, October 25th, 2007 02:12 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

afternoon sun set a glow all around these towheaded twins on the swing set. 

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Woodward Park

swing   swing

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)
Monday, October 15th, 2007 01:35 am

[OT from cottage renovations]

the athletic field in Woodward Park is closed for maintenance.  a couple of truckloads of dirt were brought in, dumped, and spread around to fill up some of the low spots.  the grass has been reseeded and with drought conditions continuing it has been needing regular watering. 

as the irrigation device shuttles back and forth along its feeder line its spray traces spirals through the air, the droplets catching the afternoon sunlight and looking like a three dimensional model of a spiral galaxy. 

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Woodward Park

galactic spiral model
athletic field