Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
With the sanction of the city, a Torrey Pine tree stump in a local roadside park was recently carved into an Easter Island tiki head. Pranksters added the eye patch and kerchief.
Below, guerrilla artists covertly installed a stained glass Lady of Guadalupe on a surfboard on the downtown railroad underpass. The city is deciding whether to remove it.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Perennial nemesia is another easily grown and abundantly blooming flower. The flower resembles a miniature snapdragon and it works well as filler in a border, in a pot or hanging basket. Once it's bloomed and reseeded, don't be shy about cutting it back hard. You'll be rewarded the next time around with a reinvigorated plant and profuse blossoms.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
These three ladies have faithfully traveled to Bangor airport since 9/11 to see off deploying American soldiers. They've made a small request:
We the Freeport Flag Ladies need your help!
This year being the 10th anniversary of the events of 9-11 we are working to put on three days of events to commemorate [it]. We have been working very hard for several months and we find due to the economy and many other circumstances that we need to turn to the general public to raise the funds needed for this event. We need to raise $30,000 and we are turning to each of you to ask for your help. This event is non-political -- it is about remembering our past, honoring our heroes. We will be asking each of you to place a $1.00 bill in an envelope and send it to the:
The Freeport Flag Ladies
9-11 10th Anniversary
17 School Street
Freeport, ME 04032
We ask that you share this email with your family, friends and coworkers. It is our sincere hope that dollar-by-dollar we can make this event happen.
Monday, April 25, 2011
We were back on the beach last weeek, on a mission to collect more cobble stones for the garden.
Scores of California brown pelicans flew silently overhead.
Even though it was Spring break, the beach was almost deserted.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
In 1900, cowboys gathered around the camp wagon during a Texas roundup.
The same roundup, with the cowboys posed in front of the herd. Below, members of Pawnee Bill's Wild West Company staged a fake hold up for the tourists in Niagara Falls, circa 1898.
Friday, April 15, 2011
My business card case originally belonged to a Victorian gentleman named Warwick Leftwich. His name is engraved on the top of the case, along with "Xmas '93". It had found its way to a North Adams, Massachusetts antiques store, where it crossed my path back in the late 1980s.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
My favorite neighbors had business in the city earlier this week and took me along.
San Diego is the 8th largest city in the country, second largest in California and remarkably clean and orderly for a city of its size.
In central downtown, many of the oldest buildings have been lovingly restored to their former glory.
San Diego wears its age well.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
With rain during the night and strong winds all day, we drove up the coast and ate burgers on the bluff above the ocean.
California brown pelicans were out in force, gliding on wind currents just above the cliff.
Looking south, more rain clouds were gathering and the snow level was expected to drop to 4,000 feet.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Local merry pranksters have had at it again. In honor of Vincent Van Gogh's March 30th birthday, the much maligned public art statue was presented sans bloody ear, with palette and canvas, vase of sunflowers and bottle of absinthe. Note in the second picture, a papier mache crow perched on the railing. Well done, pranksters!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
My daughter surprised me with a new plant - a bleeding heart, something outside my usual gardening repertoire. It's a low shrub with airy foliage, not unlike a columbine, with arching thin branches bearing delicate blossoms that resemble hearts - it's beautiful! A shade lover that tolerates some sun, time will tell how it likes growing to the side of the patio door.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
It's fun to sit on the reef and watch my daughter catch waves and observe the people who pass by on the sand. This gull wasn't shy about letting me know whose territory we were both occupying.
Long boards, short boards, young and old.
Before very long, it was time to head up the stairs for home.
Counting my blessings with every step.