Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Robins nested in our grapevine and hatched three very ugly babies looking like miniature plucked chickens, sightless with gaping yellow mouths the color and shape of stop signs endlessly begging for food.
Image ... Robin nestlings. Fenway Victory Gardens, Boston.
Who else would name check Ford Maddox Ford - or Jacqueline Susann? A deliciously demented tune from the Pernice Brothers' new album. Joyce, in one of her raunchy, rambling dearest friend emails says that the song is about a stalker. That sounds about right. Got a great review in a recent Phoenix. Said that the album is a palate cleanser, but that Joe's appetizers are more substantial than most musicians main courses. Or something silly like that. And of course, the video features bicycles. Watch her walk.
Quote of the Day
Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Snapping turtles have been appearing in the gardens. I looked up from my book the other day and a snapper was trying to get through the wire fencing a foot from my bare toes. She was having no luck, backed off and later waddled by me in the small garden with a look of grim determination on her face. They favor a sunny spot in loose garden loam for laying their clutches of eggs.
Image ... Snapping turtle laying eggs, snapping turtle eggs.
Friday, June 25, 2010
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Friday, June 18, 2010
Saw a chipmunk in the garden for the first time ever. They're common enough out in the countryside, but they don't seem to be city mice. At least I've never seen one until now.
The one I saw was scampering up, down and through a shrub in Ron's garden snatching mouthfuls of ripe berries in competition with birds.
Image ... Chipmunk (Tamias minimus). Avalanche Lake, Glacier National Park, USA. Phil Armitage. Courtesy of Wikipedia.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Cuddling @ the beach watching the sun set.
Yasmin Gonzalez (right) and friend, South LA, age 19.
Quote of the Day
The more you can dream, the more you can do.
Image ... Yasmin Gonzalez. Courtesy of Twitpic.
Monday, June 14, 2010
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I zigged when I should have zagged, around Church Green, on my new route in town yeaterday and brushing by Franklin Park, I think, ended up on Geneva Ave., emerging way up Columbia, about a half hour rough riding detour.
Worked on three projects in the South End, including a new garden design and building project.
Biked to my garden around 4:00. Chilled and pulled weeds, which are legion. Many come from our funky low heat homemade compost I suspect. Plus we haven't mulched yet. Ordered a bale of saltmarsh hay the other day at Marshall's farmstand. How to move it? A bale of hay on a bike? That should be fun. Fortunately it's not far, just past Fenway Park. Biked back before dark.
Quote of the Day
I've never seen a monument erected to a pessimist.
Image ... Big Chief. Dorchester, Mass.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Moved to deeper Dorchester, Fields Corner. Uphams was just on the edge of Roxbury, close to the South End; this is 20 or so more minutes away by bike. A very diverse, mixed neighborhood.
On moving day, last Sunday, after schlepping all the boxes I took a walk making the above photograph and more than a few others.
Quote of the Day
Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.
Image ... Awnings. Washington Street, Dorchester, Mass.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
The fallout shelter symbol made this photograph. It's such a rare historical relic, one seldom seen any more. The symbol, perhaps, of the Cold War, and structurally very similar to the peace symbol. This one is on the side of an abandoned warehouse outside Fields Corner and hence has survived through benign neglect, like much of Boston.
Image ... Fallout, Fields Corner. Dorchester, Mass.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I made this on my first day in Fields Corner. I like the way there are both parking and no parking signs, in funereal black and white.
Image ... Parking signs. Dorchester, Mass.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Charles Sheeler was a pioneering modern artist, both a painter and photographer. To me his work still looks both totally contemporary and timeless. He's one of my favorite painters, along with Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth. I edited this image by bumping up the saturation significantly to make it sing at this small size.
Image ... Architectural Cadence. Charles Sheeler, 1954. Color screenprint. Courtesy of the Craig F. Starr Gallery, NYC.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
This is on surprising Washington Street outside Fields Corner in Dorchester. The street has a park running down the middle of it making it more of a court. But this is Dot and if there's one thing we're not in Dot it's snots, so courts are streets and squares are corners.
Rambling Victorian mansions, most outfitted with all sorts of striped awnings looking like a fleet of ships set to sail.
Image ... Awnings. Wellesley Street, Dorchester.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The South End has a network of narrow cul-de-sacs and alleyways tucked away behind and running between the streets and avenues. Bordering them are the resident's backyards, decks and balconies. Laundry drying, once such a common sight, is now seldom seen.
Image ... Laundry. South End, Boston.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
This sombre and curious scene is just off the sidewalk running by one corner of the old burying ground in Uphams Corner, Dorchester. It's next to what, I suppose, was once the maintenance (or admissions?) house. The cemetery in Uphams Corner is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) in Boston, founded soon after the first settlement in the early 1630. The intersection of Columbia and Dudley in fact used to be called Cemetery Corners. Changing the name was a grave error but probably made the neighborhhood an easier sell.
Image ... Block. Dorchester, Mass.