Monthly Archives: June 2014

Flower Pot

Flowers in ceramic pot on porch.

Most of the things that keep me awake to the beauty of the world are no big deal. They’re not showstoppers: the gaudy sunsets, the stunning confluence of shapes and colors, the extraordinarily lovely person. No, most of the time it’s quiet little things, like the late afternoon light raking across plants in a blue ceramic pot sitting on a stoop.

I’m lucky that these radiant small things glow so brightly in my mind’s eye.

Two Years Ago: The Open Road

View through the windshield of sunset landscape.Okay, first of all, do not do this
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Have A Seat

All Souls Bench, Asheville, NC

People do actually “sit a spell” hereabouts.

A Year Ago: Mountain Magic

Clouds and fog over the Pisgah mountains.No matter what the frustrations or pains, a few minutes in this landscape will alter my frame of mind for the better…
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Evening Cloudscape

Panoramic view of early evening clouds, Asheville, NC
For hugeous version, click here.

And here you have it: why I sit on my porch in the evening. Well, one of the reasons. But it’s a good one, don’t you think?

Oh, and have a look at what I was photographing at this time last year. Quite the coinkidink. (I swear I only noticed this as I was making this post. I had to change the title of this post because I already had used “Cloudscape,” but I didn’t know when ’til I went to the fetch the “year ago” link.)

Western North Carolina—bringing you spectacular cloudscapes, year after year.

A Year Ago: Cloudscape

Early evening clouds, Asheville, NCI went out intending to photograph the supermoon
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Graffiti Corner

Painted & textured wall.

I love alleyways. I love the behind-the-sceneness of them. Their furtive air, where secrets are enacted out in the open. They are the private life of the urban street.

Take sensible precautions, but walk an alley now and then.

A Year Ago: Innards Redux

Decaying big rig interior machinery.My poor digestive tract has not been entirely settled since my appendectomy
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Alley graffiti-mural, Asheville, NC

Asheville’s got a lot of murals, sometimes in hidden, unexpected places. They change pretty often too.

This one somehow seems appropriate for the advent of Summer.

A Year Ago: Nothing Is Perfect

Rose with fly.Some people might argue that nothingness is indeed the only possible perfection…
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Beetle on Moonrise Maple

See title!

I am gifted with glorious friends. For my birthday, not long after I moved into my new home, David & Lynn offered me a tree for my yard.

And nearly a year later, I finally got around to redeeming that splendid present. This shows the lovely leaves of my Moonrise Japanese maple. It’s a sapling about three feet tall at the moment, planted off the corner of my porch, not far from the entrance steps. It is expected to grow a foot per year in the next fifteen years.

Fully grown it will be 18 feet tall and have approximately an 18 foot, multi-trunk spread. Its beautiful leaves change color from red when new to green with red tinge in the summer to red again in the Fall. It will provide beauty, shade, patterned light, and shelter for birds for decades to come.

It is a blessing to my home, and I hope it will bring pleasure to my neighbors as well as to those who live in this house after me.

Thank you, dear friends, thank you so much!

Two Years Ago: Twirl

Girl dancing, Asheville, NCSince I’m still away from home, I can’t provide you with the Transit of Venus post I keep promising…
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Ice Cream Popsicles

Plants at the NC Arboretum, Asheville

Ha! Bait and switch! No summery cool desserts here.

Of course I can’t remember exactly what these plants are called, but there was some reference to frozen treats. I spotted these on a Saturday afternoon walk at the NC Arboretum with Bob.

A Year Ago: Let It Rain [video]

In The Green

Japanese Yew, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

Sure, technically it’s still Spring.

Tell it to the plants: they’re all in full-on foliage mode. In my yard, let but two drops of water fall from the sky and sixteen weeds leap out of the ground. A day later, they’re three feet tall. And that’s seriously only a *tiny* exaggeration. Temperatures in the 80s every day.

It’s Summer. Don’t wave that calendar at me.

A Year Ago: A Good Place To Be A Rabbit

Bunny in the garden at Biltmore Estate.It took a stroll in the garden with my guy, sniffing the natural soothing aromatherapy of rose bushes in bloom…
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Shells & Candle

Watercolor style image.

I wonder if it’s something about this time of year. I look at the year-ago entry and find that I’m feeling almost exactly the same way. I’m running around busy-busy with one thing and another. Not complaining: just that by the time I get ready to write something, I’m already tapped out.

And, for example, there are a whole bunch of potentially postable pictures on my desktop machine that I haven’t done anything with because sitting there and booting it up feels like too much effort at the moment.

On the plus side, I have a yard that is almost managed, and I’m sleeping in my very own bed. In my home. With a porch.

Life is good. (Shout out to dear friend Lynn: GET WELL SOON!)

A Year Ago: Wear & Tear

Eroded tractor-trailer link-up area.I’ve got so many things going on right now my head is spinning…
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