Saturday, July 23, 2016


The most interesting thing in the garden this afternoon was the miniature peapod-- a veritable homunculus-- at the base of a spent scarlet runner blossom.  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Little Creepies

My friend C sent me a link today to a museum in Scotland that has in its collection eight small wooden coffins containing very small roughly-carved figures dressed in cotton clothing.  They were part of a cache of 17 little coffins found in a small rock cave in 1836 by boys hiking in the countryside.  If these intrigue you more than the news, check out

Thursday, July 21, 2016

After Flowers

Walking down the street on my way to Jones Mtn I noticed that green seed pods are forming from flower ovaries.  At the corner I could see, way across the valley, our sweet old campus rental house.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

West River Trail Diversion

Some more diversion for when you can't bear to watch the news.  Pretend that you're walking along a quiet woodland trail with a murmuring river on one side and hilly farm fields just past the trees on the other side.  Lots of cicadas and warm sunshine, smell of pine needles.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

More Diversion

Ever since our beach trip I've been searching out caches of dusty, linty seashells from long-ago beach vacations.  The acorn barnacle is an astonishing 1 -1/4" across.  Biggest barnacle I've ever seen, not that I see very many.  But Nate and I collected about a dozen barnacle colonies that were on oyster and other shells, and none were bigger than 1/4".