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After years of not blooming, or at most popping one or two blossoms, my honeysuckle has gone wild.

Jasmine

I think it's the result of all the rain we got. I also have about a dozen trumpet lilies coming up, when I usually get three or maybe four. The honeysuckle scent reaches a dozen yards or more--I even smelled it here, at the front of the house (it's in the back) the other night!

Lilies

Jun. 11th, 2016 01:07 pm
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When you have a very, very tiny garden, you take your joy where you can get it. Like my little lily patch, which I have been nursing along for fifteen years:

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We went out to Jamaica State Park after a morning of closer strolling around.

I kind of went overboard shooting red trees.

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My friends who kindly took me.

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Me, on top of a hill overlooking the beautiful colors.

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Vermont

Oct. 15th, 2015 06:32 am
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We got off the road and began wandering, first over the town, and after lunch on the Connecticut River, hit the trails.

We had lunch here:

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Walking:

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The tower was built by the inmates of a sizable "lunatic" asylum, in 1885. This place is still in existence, but the language is a lot more humane.

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As soon as it's light we're out--we have a lot of walking planned for today, as we have to leave early tomorrow.
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The landscape is all so beautiful. Gentle hills and tree-cupping valleys marked by charmingly curving waterways--this is glacier carved territory, smoothed by centuries of rain and flourishing greenery, unlike the drama of tectonic violence at my end of the continent.


From Tuesday night until Saturday morning early, I enjoyed intense sensory experience--walking about Montreal, talking books, writing, and all related subjects (and the thing is, everything is related) with [livejournal.com profile] papersky and [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel.

Except for a brief hour or so at the peak of Friday, the air was deliciously cool, which makes walking about so lovely. Actually Friday wasn't hot, but it turned out the direct sun, northerly as it is, was too much for me for a time. These meds I'm on have a lot of "DO NOTS" attached, and strong sunlight is one of them. So [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel (who kindly gave up half a day of work to explore the botanical gardens with me, as well as some of the niftier downtown streets, where we were able to spy out some really good street art) and I cut short the gardens. I didn't get to see flowers, which are heading toward winter hibernation anyway, but got my fill of trees, most still hanging on to summer green, with sudden bursts of brilliant color here and there. What makes some trees flash out like that, while all the others around retain their uniform green? I could see patterns of air movement in the reddening of sides of trees around water, but that doesn't explain those single color-flares among the shadowy greens.

The joy of really, really good food and a stream of excellent conversation, always coming around to books and writing, is difficult to articulate without resorting to burbling superlatives and a great deal of hand-flapping. So I won't, though maybe I'll try to think out the why of the intensity of the enjoyment . . . is it the sense of maybe connection? Of being understood? Of not having to be afraid of being boring? No, that fear never leaves me. If I come out of my head I'm always checking my companion to see if they are looking away in the manner people do when they wish they were elsewhere.

The sense of a city readying for winter is totally new to me. But I get this feeling of okay, here it comes, we are going to get every jot of enjoyment before it is time to close the windows, pull in the window boxes, shut up outside work projects. (Which go on year round at home.)

Came away with a cluster of book recommendations, not surprising.

Was glued to, and charmed by, Helen S. Wright's A Matter of Oaths, a delightfully diverse space opera, on the train ride down from Montreal, got off at Albany, where I was met by [livejournal.com profile] asakiyume and before we left the parking lot, there we were, talking writing!

EDITED TO ADD: You can read it for free here.

We joined her dad in this charmingly pretty town adjacent the state capital. He is a writer, too; was bemused to discover one of his short works on the Nebula ballot recently, as he isn't a part of the sf world, though has attended a couple of cons. We got deeply into the history of small press publication (poets have a tougher time hitting print than about anyone else) and writing and characters and cultural patterns and aging and children and what makes behavioral patterns happen.

Now it's time to trundle my aged bones out of this comfortable bed, and get ready for a delightful day of exploring in nature, and more good talk.
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A look at one of the many recent iterations of Beauty and the Beast caused me to mull the persistence of this myth/fairy tale, how it's been interpreted, and what's going on in today's literary conversation over it.

I'd really like to know what others think.

Also if you read these blogs at all, what might you want to see? It's mercilessly hot, I'm getting ready for four weeks of travel, have two more blogs due, or I could retire from the lists again if the world is indifferent. Sharing any reactions on that would help too. (Or, of course, not, and I'll accept the indifference as the message!)
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Trudging back home, after a long morning of errands while feeling like I've been trampled by rhinos, I saw this blooming away in front of a neighbor's:

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Especially if you, like me, have never seen the aurora borealis in person. Via [livejournal.com profile] lnhammer, here.

Dogs

Dec. 23rd, 2011 10:04 am
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Via [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov, Dog sports. These slow motion shots are amazing. Even the dog drool becomes beautiful, spinning like spider webs through the air. Most of all, though, these dogs are having a great time, and display such unconscious grace and exuberance.

Dogs

Dec. 23rd, 2011 10:04 am
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Via [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov, Dog sports. These slow motion shots are amazing. Even the dog drool becomes beautiful, spinning like spider webs through the air. Most of all, though, these dogs are having a great time, and display such unconscious grace and exuberance.

Beauty

Dec. 3rd, 2011 06:00 am
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I have been hunkered deeply in the bunker finishing a thing, so I really appreciate popping out for brief encounters with beauty, such as this one via [livejournal.com profile] anghara--wait for the dance of the night skies. (You'll see what I mean.)


Finding Oregon from Uncage the Soul Productions on Vimeo.

Beauty

Dec. 3rd, 2011 06:00 am
sartorias: (Beauty)
I have been hunkered deeply in the bunker finishing a thing, so I really appreciate popping out for brief encounters with beauty, such as this one via [livejournal.com profile] anghara--wait for the dance of the night skies. (You'll see what I mean.)


Finding Oregon from Uncage the Soul Productions on Vimeo.

Flocking

Nov. 6th, 2011 10:54 am
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I won't mention who recommended it as it was in a locked post, but this was so intensely beautiful it made me cry.

Flocking

Nov. 6th, 2011 10:54 am
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I won't mention who recommended it as it was in a locked post, but this was so intensely beautiful it made me cry.
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Such a wonderful, interesting day yesterday. There will be pictures, so a cut.
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Such a wonderful, interesting day yesterday. There will be pictures, so a cut.
Read more... )
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Via [livejournal.com profile] nipernaadiagain A Russian Nature Preserve--and someone has translated the captions.
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Via [livejournal.com profile] nipernaadiagain A Russian Nature Preserve--and someone has translated the captions.

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