forest_choir: (woodsflautist)

Also this month,[ profile] stormsongk and I travelled to the mountains of Western Maryland.
On our way west, we stopped the the road cut at Sideling Hill.  It's an 810 foot tall cut through a syncline, exposing all the layers of folded rock.
Just gorgeous.

Sideling Hill

We also took a train ride between Cumberland and Frostburg, Maryland. 
An hour each way, we got to see quite a bit of the autumn leaves that Stormy had been so looking forward to.


view from Frostburg MD

A few days later, we headed to Dan's Mountain and got to hike for a little while.

Dan's Mountain road

I also started a new cross stitch pattern while we were on the road. 
I finished it a few days ago.

Celtic Heart

forest_choir: (green goddess - happiness)
Every summer, American Green Tree Frogs hunt around our sitting room windows.  They're very used to people and will even peek in the windows to see what we're up to.  This one was waiting patiently on the shady hydrangea leaves during the hottest part of the day.

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It's come to my attention that since [ profile] stormsongk and I have adopted our cats, life has begun to imitate art.  About 20 years ago, I bought an art tile that looks a great deal like three-month-old Hobbes.

ginger cat by Mimi Vang Olsen

And the reason I bought it is that it looked like my best concept of what I wanted "home" to be.

Hobbes at home
forest_choir: (beach torches)
Sorry I haven't posted much lately.
Things have been quiet round the house.
We did hear back yesterday from the engineer who is designing our new water system. The design is finished and has been submitted to the County and the State. He heard back from the County, which made approving noises. Now we're waiting to hear back from the State.
It may be a while...we live in a "critical wetlands area".
Cross your fingers, all.
I'd like a working water system in place before winter sets in.

And here's a pic I took last week at the river.
quiet ending
forest_choir: (Luna)
Just as most of the flowers in my garden have stopped blooming, the local salt marshes have suddenly burst into a riot of colour and I'm in love.
blooming marsh

forest_choir: (woodsflautist)
Grey Witch
My favourite daylily.

forest_choir: (Luna)
I'm having a very good weekend.
Happenings. )


Jun. 14th, 2009 10:03 pm
forest_choir: (beach torches)
I had a fairly quiet weekend.
Pull up a chair. )

forest_choir: (forest)
Come with me. )
forest_choir: (Luna)
I had a really, really good weekend.
All aboard, ye scurvy dogs! )
forest_choir: (green goddess - happiness)
No, it's not Christmas... )
forest_choir: (woodsflautist)
I think my Rush Gallica rose is turning out to be my favourite rose ever.  This year it opened bright fuchsia-pink, but after a cool week or so, all of the petals started showing those lovely blue and purple shades I love so much.
Rush Gallica

forest_choir: (Luna)
snooze )
forest_choir: (woodsflautist)

Despite all the rain, my garden is coming along very well.
Look before you leaf. )

forest_choir: (mossheart)
My sweetie went to visit his mum for Mother's Day, so I went on a woodsy ramble with a friend of mine.
Ramble on... )
forest_choir: (Hemlock Hole rockwork)
Rambles and reptiles... )ancient
So [ profile] stormsongk and I went for another ramble this afternoon.  We started at the garden center...looked at many trees and shrubs for the yard...all of them too large to fit into my car.  (Note to self: Must rent a truck some spring day and bring a small forest home to the Down.)  A handful of plants followed me home: white crinums, pink-and-yellow lantana, and million bells in soft colours.

And then we kept heading south, following sidetracks into the wild places.  As we travelled through rainstorms, we passed an old tree we'd seen on our previous travels.  Stormy stopped the car and asked me to take a picture because he wanted a new desktop photo for the computer.

We looked for a place called Underhill Point that we'd seen on an earlier drive, but kept taking the wrong turnings.  As we headed round a turn, we managed to avoid running over a turtle in the road.  Stormy again stopped the car and hopped out in the pouring rain to rescue the poor thing.  As he showed it to me, it started to relax a little and poked its head out.

When we finally got home, I found this at my feet by the driveway.

It's been a good day.  :)



Apr. 24th, 2009 04:47 pm
forest_choir: (Default)
My favourite photo of the ones I've taken this week.
Hostas in my mum's back garden.

forest_choir: (forest)
Went out on my lunch break for a speed round with my little camera.  60+ photos in 30 minutes out in the rain on the street near my office.  Thank goodness all of the flowers in the planters are blooming.

Note to random passers-by:  Do not ask a person in an extremely tattered coat if she has change for the car park.  If she's out in the rain with a tattered coat and a camera, she's probably a STARVING ARTIST and should not be bothered while she's trying to work.   (Polite persons who stop and crane their heads, trying to see what I see through my lens, are actually quite sweet and amusing.)

Dance in the rain... )

forest_choir: (yoink bunny)

On the way home from Saturday morning errands, I spotted some narcissus blooming near an old homesite. 

botanical geekery )


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