Tag Archive: leaves

Running on Faith

It’s snowing again, and it’s cold and grey. About this time of year you just have to believe that it’ll be over eventually. The sun will shine. It will be warm… and then hot. (Remember hot?) One thing I insisted on and paid more than I liked for in my new house was a deep…

Sun Frost

It’s astonishing how much more tolerable the cold is when the sun is out. A Year Ago: Burning Bush I’m essentially living out of a couple of suitcases… [read more]

Maple Glory

Weather in the 60s today shunts aside the chill of winter, so I hope I may be forgiven a little call-back to October and blazing Japanese maples at the Biltmore Estate. The invasive lady-bugs I thought had succumbed to the cold have woken up for another round of distract-the-cat. At this point I’m welcoming anything…

Afterlight

It was one of those Thanksgivings where you wonder if you’ll ever actually need to eat again. (And I have a refrigerator full of leftovers.) Good company, a warm home in cold weather, the pleasure of being able to offer hospitality… these are the simple blessings I am lucky enough to enjoy daily. They are…

Autumn Light

The days are still growing shorter, and there’s a deep melancholy settling in—not just for me, but for many of us. Compounded by recent losses and struggles, this darkest part of the year takes a toll. Challenges that feel manageable at other times become exhausting and profoundly disheartening. I’m glad that Thanksgiving is on its…

Some of This, Some of That [Palette]

I admire the audacity of the Biltmore Estate gardener who juxtaposed these plants, and offer this color palette in tribute. Two Years Ago: Diminuendo The summer that arrived like a sledgehammer a few weeks ago… [read more]

Maple Lace

[View the hugeous version.] If forced to pick, I suppose I would choose Japanese maples as my favorite tree. They come in so many varieties. Their elegance is unmatched. And they change so brilliantly with the seasons. A black-and-white representation, then, is a counter-intuitive choice. The original photo is a symphony of new greens, and…

Tangle

At the image sizes I use on this site, this picture appears almost abstract. There’s a Pollock-like alloverness to it. The eye keeps traveling the surface. There’s a super-abundance of detail. Yet, despite the frenzy of twig and leaf and bark, to stand here in the woods is to be at rest. The business of…

Bamboo Spring

Like this tuning-fork of a tree, I’m vibrating to the green impulse of Spring. Today featured the building crisis-du-jour: DOORS. After three months of silence on the subject, all of a sudden I had to provide doors tomorrow or siding could not proceed and then god knows when the crew would be available again. FFS….

Sheaf

It’s cold and gray and in Asheville we are expecting the dreaded wintry mix. Bob is on his way today to Salt Lake City. The visit, planned long ago, was to be a family celebration of his father’s 90th birthday. Last night, his mother died. Although not entirely unexpected, the timing will certainly change the…