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After the Blizzard – A Different Perspective

The snow had stopped and darkness ascended

Looking down toward the house

Venturing out the stillness was devoid of sound

Looking up toward the bank barn

The following day the sun shone through ice hanging from the rafters

Icicles and sunshine

 

Icicles

And illuminated ever-changing snowscapes

Potting shed blizzard 2016

Potting shed 2 blizzard 2016

As the sun set on the first day colors exploded in the sky

Setting sun 1

Setting sun 2

And when the sun rose on the second day

Sunrise January 2016

Gaia had turned over and gone to sleep

Shyder's Church cemetery in the snow

Ten Thousand Saw I At a Glance – Snow Geese

As I crested the hill all I could think of was  “Ten thousand saw I at a glance”

Ten thousand snow geese

But my thoughts were not dancing with daffodils but flying with snow geese

Single snow goose taking off

Their numbers mimicked a snowy field

Snow geese in field

And when they took to the sky they cast a dark shadow on the ground

Snow geese flying over road

As I got closer the beauty of individual members began to emerge

Snow geeese and Snydersville church

 

Individual grey snow goose

More than a sea of white feathers the colors of a foggy morning began to stand out

Snow geese in field

And when they soared skyward for the final time their black tipped wings faded in the distance

Snow geese in flight

Snow geese in flight 2

To see snow geese in previous years check out

Feeding Two Birds with One Seed

Snow Geese in Flight Winter Delight

Fly Away

 

whitetail deer

Who Watches the Garden Grow?

Twelve winter seasons at this place we call home

The labyrinth January 1st, 2016

Twelve years of growth, of knowledge, of mistakes

Terrestrial orchid flower Epipactis Helleborine 2

Invasive orchid

Alyssum and violas have braved freezing nights

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But never have Helleborus rose so confidently above a barren ground

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Projects begun and completed

A waiting game - bowling ball pyramid

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Dreams of those yet to come

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Join with us who watch the garden grow in anticipation of what Gaia has planned for us.

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All images of flowers taken January 1st, 2016 excluding the invasive orchid

Sumac berries

Sumac berries

A Glimpse Inside an American Home

Holiday traditions are as unique and varied as the people and countries on our planet. In Eastern Pennsylvania as in other parts of the United States we love to adorn our homes with lights and greenery. Driving through neighborhoods after dark we see how each family chooses to celebrate the holiday season. But I’ve also wondered how families adorn the interior of their homes. If you are like me and wondered what is behind the window, I welcome you to come in and share one family’s celebration!  Happy Holidays however you choose to celebrate!

Livingroom at Christmas 2

Living room at Christmas

Diningroom at Christmas with sled

Potato masher collection

Potato masher collection

Santa Christmas collection

Santa Christmas collection

 

Santa Christmas collection

Santa Christmas collection

 

Upstairs bedroom a toy-filled Christmas

Upstairs bedroom a toy-filled Christmas

Upstairs bedroom a deep-woods Christmas

Upstairs bedroom a deep-woods Christmas

Happy Christmas to All!

Happy Christmas to All!

Pumpkin Patch

The Last to Leave

The drone of night creatures is silent now

Autumn Pumpkin Patch

Autumn Pumpkin Patch

I awake to a world encrusted in minute ice crystals that disappear under a rising sun

Snyder's Church Eastern Pennsylvania

Snyder’s Church Eastern Pennsylvania

But their mission is self-evident

Country road in East Allen Township in Eastern Pennsylvania

Country road in East Allen Township in Eastern Pennsylvania

Like a thief in the night they deplume old growth tress and pillage fields of their springtime greenery

Dan Schantz Pumpkin Patch Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania

Dan Schantz Pumpkin Patch Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania

Avocado – forest – emerald  

Are succeeded by bronze – tan – scarlet

Harvesting Corn East Allen Township Eastern Pennsylvania

Harvesting Corn East Allen Township Eastern Pennsylvania

Tulip Poplar

Tulip Poplar

Northern Red  Oakleaf

Northern Red Oak

Pumpkins

 

Oak

Oak

Striped Maple

Striped Maple

 

 

 

Only the rhythmic movement of celestial bodies will carry us through to the beginning again

1800's Barn in East Allen Township in Eastern Pennsylvania

1800’s Barn in East Allen Township in Eastern Pennsylvania

 

 

 

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Garden Share – October in the gardens

I am told by Weather  Channel personnel that this Sunday will mark the end of this year’s growing season in Eastern Pennsylvania.  The temperature is predicted to drop below 32 degrees and tender crops and flowers will return to the soil from which they sprang.  Another season ends, a new one begins.

Stripped cucumber beetle on rays of red Daisy mum

Spottted cucumber beetle on underside of Daisy mum

I have Friday plans to remove all Vinca, Impatiens, marigolds, tomatoes and peppers. I hope the broccoli, kale and chrysanthemums will weather a few frosty nights.

Close-up of broccoli buds

I’m not ready to let go. This series of photographs will help me through the long, cold winter days I know – are coming.

Red Daisy mum flower

Daisy mum flower pimk

Daisy mum flower close-up