Monday, November 30, 2009

train geometry

when I was a child my brother's erector set was off limits.
the power grid of trains is off limits to me, too.
but i am drawn to these structures just as i was once drawn to my brother's skeletal constructions.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

back side

this is what our town looks like from behind:
crotchety buildings hovering over railroad tracks
a drowsy river, and power line perches for pigeons.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

live long and prosper

this lawn art goes where no lawn art has gone before

thank you all for your wonderful anniversary wishes!

Friday, November 27, 2009

thirty-eight years ago we tied the knot...

and he still hasn't figured out how to untie it

Thursday, November 26, 2009

giving thanks

one of the things i am most thankful for on this fourth thursday in november
is the cdpb community.
you have enriched this beautiful blue planet with your images and your words.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

can you guess

where i've been?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

now, look...

someone has gone and let the horse out of the barn.

i'll be back tomorrow.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

school dance

gourds on one side,
squash on the other

i'm still away.
hope you danced this weekend.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

the view from my attic

was glazed with rain

i'll be out of town for a few days but thanks to the patient instructions from Julie of Sydney Eye
i've been able to schedule posts.
have a great weekend everyone.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

shadow and light

bony fingered tree shadows
tickle clapboard ribs

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

never the same from moment to moment

and always rushing toward the sea

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

indian summer

like the breath of a baby on its mother's cheek

Monday, November 16, 2009

things that are orange...

traffic cones, tiger lillies, life preservers,

cantaloupe, marmalade, candy corn
ummm...what else?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

tree stump

rotten to the core and yet still a thing of beauty

Saturday, November 14, 2009


what a beautiful building material the land provides

thank you all for your cloud comments yesterday.
what fun to hear the clouds speaking such wisdom with so many different accents.

Friday, November 13, 2009

if clouds could speak

what do you suppose they would say?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

organ street

the rest of the town has forgotten this neighborhood.
houses await families long since gone.
the stillness on organ street belongs to another century.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

was cave art an ancient form of graffiti?

animal paintings adorn the brick walls of arch street

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

november ditty

november leans against the barn and hums a tuneless little ditty.

Monday, November 9, 2009

monochrome monday: the loading dock

often we perfect the front view
but fail to attend to the rear.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

S.I.T. for greensboro daily photo

took a walk up black mountain road yesterday so i could bring you this view.
has it changed since you were last here?

p.s. i loved your silhouetted halloween cats

Saturday, November 7, 2009

the ledges

when my daughters were small
they loved sitting on these rocks
with the water pounding against their skinny backs

Friday, November 6, 2009

skywatch: the view from butternut hill

esther listens
as the wind rolls up to her door and calls her out to witness
the revelation of leaves

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

the empty white chair

crimson dreams fade
under the gaze of gaunt november.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

two beauties

Two beauties:
89 year old Esther and her butternut tree.
you can find her working in her garden at 5 a.m.
she bakes perfect oatmeal cookies with bits of butternuts folded in.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Because MCCasey asked

She is the largest documented paper birch in the state of Vermont.
It's hard to tell from this photograph but the forester who led the walk re-measured her as we watched and her circumference is 9 feet, 11 inches, she's 77 feet high, and she has an 85 foot crown.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

the door beside Mother Birch

Yesterday I went on a Big Tree Tour.
In the dooryard of this house stood a massive paper birch.
This house, I think, is older than the birch.
And yet it's hard to imagine one without the other.