Showing posts with label nature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nature. Show all posts

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pi Day!

I walked around the corner to the post office this morning and noticed the blossoms have started to come out on my neighbor's tree! So Pi Day has brought us blossoms, blue skies, and beams of sunlight.

Next up: some warmer weather, perhaps? The weekend forecast is looking mighty nice if you're in this part of the world!

Happy Day, everyone!!   :-D


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dyngus Day Approacheth

...and for the first time since I left my western New York home for love and adventure many years ago, I will be properly equipped with pussy willow branches when Dyngus Day rolls around -- which means that I will actually get to observe the holiday (incidentally, it falls on April Fool's Day this year). Since I'm nowhere near Buffalo, am not Catholic (anymore) or Polish, and am not a fan of polkas, gazing nostalgically at my pussy willow is pretty much all I've got.  ;-D

But boy, it's gorgeous, and it really does remind me of home (there used to be a big crop of pussy willow growing next to my Grandpa's barn).

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Southern Gothic

Hey, y'all. I just got back from yet another trip (the last one of the summer, thank dogness -- I'm tired of the road). This one was a mission to take my mother-in-law's ashes to her hometown in Dade City, Florida, where we met up with family and friends to say goodbye. It was a bittersweet occasion. Saying goodbye is often hard, but getting together with family -- especially those we don't get to see very often -- is always a treat.

From there, we went on to Anna Maria Island, on Florida's west coast, for a few days of R&R before heading back here to Chattanooga, where the fall semester is poised to begin. I just looked over the week's photos and I think I got a good number of really nice shots (my compact camera is working out so well, I'm not sure I'll ever go back to using my big DSLR on a regular basis!). Here's one, from the Mt. Zion Cemetery (est. 1871), one of two cemeteries we visited in Dade City. I'll be rolling out some others in the coming days...

Monday, June 4, 2012

Go outside!

We hear every day how technology improves our lives. It does, in many ways. But we hear less about the cost of excessive use of technology. The info-blitzkrieg has spawned a new field called "interruption science" which addresses a new condition: continuous partial attention. Now, the point isn’t that information technology is bad, but that daily electronic immersion, without a force to balance it, can drain our ability to pay attention, to think clearly, to be productive and creative. But the two can coexist. By that I mean we live fully in both the digital and the physical world, so we should maximize our use of technology to process intellectual data, while also maximizing the use of our senses in the physical world, which in turn will stimulate all of our senses and accelerate our ability to learn, to feel, to creatively connect the dots. As we become aware of the advantages of meaningful contact with nature, we’ll choose to regularly leave the electronic nest to engage with the natural world. The more high-tech our lives become, the more nature we need.
-- Richard Louv

Sunday, May 27, 2012


I've spent pretty much the whole day today processing photos from my recent trip to China. I put a lot of the images up on facebook, where my traveling companions can see them -- if you're not already my facebook friend and want to see the set, just make a comment or use my contact form to request a connection. But in the meantime, here's a picture that didn't make it to the facebook series...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Autumn Scenes

In a swirl of wind and bluster, yesterday's rain managed to knock the first few leaves out of the trees. I imagine now that the cold has arrived, the rest will follow in a flurry of fall color. You can see the beginnings of it here, in the view from an upstairs window at home during the rain:

Also, you'll be relieved to know that despite the newly-arrived winter's hardships, Nonnie is managing to keep warm: