No Tulips Tuesday, May 2 2017 

To speak of, a few survivors here and there, but the magnolia makes a decent substitute for the pink tulips here:

Tribbles Friday, Apr 7 2017 

New England style tribbles. Several hillsides of them in this area, steep, wet, and never cultivated.

Landscape Monday, Feb 20 2017 

It never gets old, but is at its most interesting when the weather is interesting. Today, of course it was sunny and forty and I felt I ought to be looking for a crocus. But there are so many interesting shapes in these trees.

Just a week ago:


Winter Beech Sunday, Feb 12 2017 


The Copper Beech’s structure is usually fairly obscure, but the snow was just right to make it stand out quite nicely here.

The winter hedgerow Tuesday, Jan 3 2017 

Just down the road, on a land trust easement that I was monitoring, a classic Connecticut hedgerow:

The Little Cottage Saturday, Dec 17 2016 


Witch Hazel Woods Thursday, Nov 10 2016 


Canton Land Trust, Breezy Hill Farm Property.

Before and After Monday, Nov 7 2016 

Or radical landscape changes, but essentially the same camera direction…



The second shot has a slightly higher angle, but is taken from exactly the same spot! Yes, I was mildly lost getting there, though a big multi trunk dead pine was a useful direction guide. sort of.

Amber Hills Saturday, Nov 5 2016 

People tend to equate fall color with the maples, birches, and ashes: that early flush of bright reds, golds, purples, and oranges.  The colors of fire and like fire, fast moving.

But this year, I have been noticing the oaks. Probably because my workday drive takes me past several hills, ranges really, that have been managed for oak for generations.  They are dominated by oak with the occasional swathe of pine.  Oak, for lack of a better description, turns all the colors of amber: from gold, to the shining browns, to the reds, to a brown purple/red, and sometimes there are hints of that green which one can also find in amber.  And it lasts for quite some time as fall color goes. Like maples, every single oak has a slightly different shade of color.  When the oaks are in contrast with the deep, clean green of the pines and the light is glowing in the forest, one would be hard pressed to find something more elegant.

Amber and Oak, it seems strangely appropriate somehow.

Birch woods, fall Friday, Nov 4 2016 


With witch hazel.  and laurel and red maple and oak….alright, Connecticut woods, fall!

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