Summer Glories Past Tuesday, Nov 17 2015 

On days such as this, when the trees are bare, dark bones and sunset comes down hard and fast, the red blade of night.

Photographs such as this are a remarkable reminder of the passing seasons

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Daylight Savings Sunday, Nov 1 2015 

I dislike Daylight Savings Time, for the usual reasons of course. Not least that driving home after work in the dark is stupid. I also dislike the fundamental desperate failure of the term. The sun sets on its day and no man will ever change nor save the time that has sped.

But, coming home in the dark isn’t all bad. You see, I like the dark. And I love the bare trees in twilight reaching heavenwards above the still silence of the water. Beneath the great oak the pond is a bottomless mirror of the sky. That oak, that pool. they are there in the daylight; but somehow the twilight of fall brings them closer. In the spring and the summer, the promise of now: the leaf, the flower, the growth for the year, these obscure the bones of the trees, the earth, the water. Those bones change, even within our memory*, but they nonetheless stand apart from man’s understanding of time. There are trees here which were full grown when my grandparents were born, and my grandparents are dead in the fullness of their years.

In November, the age of the trees, the earth, the water is unveiled.

*consider the oak that closed the road in the post of a few days ago.

Evening Fire Wednesday, Oct 28 2015 

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Walking in the woods Thursday, Oct 22 2015 

The pin is that way over there, in those trees, we hope….

It looks dry (except that is all cat tail and sedge, which is ample warning)

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Well maybe it is in the next set of trees? We’ll be taking the long way for this one!

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It certainly is pretty! One would never guess that these were taken in a fairly densely settled town. While a largely natural, beaver built marsh; the deep ponds of water between fingers of land at the upper (supposedly narrow, stream channel end) came as a surprise. (The official wetland map is all wet); I think they were created by quarrying for clay by some industrious person. If we can keep the Phragmite Reeds* at bay, this property will stay this way, which is nice. And due, entirely, to the generous decision of one man and a local land trust.

*Those would be those marsh reeds you see Everywhere. They aren’t native. They are at the downstream end of this property unfortunately, which means they will be a problem for the land trust. You can see them on the right of the photograph here.  (we gave up on this line)

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Connecticut Thursday, Oct 15 2015 

is not flat!

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Yes, off to the right is water. Yes, I ended up down by it. Then I wandered over and climbed up and down the other side. Apparently, I am in better shape than I thought I was.

(I cheated, I drove around to the other side to do that bit!)

Fun!! Monday, Oct 12 2015 

It loads a bit slowly, but my goodness there is a lot of information there!

View Northwest Sunday, Oct 11 2015 

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Fall river Monday, Oct 5 2015 


West branch of the Farmington, at the location of an old mill pond, now an excellent fishing spot.

For something totally different Wednesday, Sep 2 2015 

But nearby….

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The glacier met an immovable object here… Connecticut doesn’t have cliffs really, but it does have odd, surprisingly solid chunks of rock that stick up in the forest. Now quite often, you climb to the top and you still only see trees, though in this case if I turned the other way the view is rather nice, which can be a bit frustrating. But the trees are nice trees

Rain Thursday, Aug 27 2015 


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