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Mid-autumn update

(Oct 25 1:47 p.m.)
Broken branch ahead was dangling in the trees until I took it down. (Oct 28 3:10 p.m.)

The trees have shed, and the oranges and browns are setting in.

It’s the last day of October.  And on some calendars, this marks the end of harvest season.  In Celtic tradition, this end is celebrated with the festival of Samhain; tomorrow on the Gregorian calendar is the beginning of winter on their calendar.  In the U.S., however, we recognize … Hallowe’en.

(Oct 28 7:37 p.m.)

This is about as All-Hallows’-Eve as it gets around here.  (A crude face has since been drawn on this pumpkin.)  Fun fact: before pumpkins were used for jack-o’-lanterns, turnips were used.

This year, analysts say consumers will spend some $9 billion on Halloween candy and costumes in total.

(Oct 25 3:58 p.m.)

But I’d rather look at the leaves.  The reds, in particular, come and go fast.

(Oct 23 1:05 p.m.)

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest.  And free.

Back Cove. (Oct 23 11:50 a.m.)

The tidal waves can be mesmerizing.

Fall colors. (Oct 23 1:08 p.m.)

And as far as weather goes, there have been strong rains…

Uprooted. (Oct 25 4:29 p.m.)

And there have been strong winds.

Another uprooted tree. (Oct 25 4:30 p.m.)

And soon enough, maybe as early as this Sunday, there will be the white stuff where I live.  It’s already snowed north of here; on the 24th, cars slipped off the road in Bangor due to early snow fall.  In Canada, snow fell almost as soon as fall began.

(Oct 23 1:15 p.m.)

There always seems to be grass at Crescent Beach.

Dog season. (Oct 23 1:15 p.m.)

And with signs taken down, at least one person hasn’t picked up after his/her dog.

(Oct 23 1:18 p.m.)

…Nevertheless…

(Oct 25 3:59 p.m.)

You gotta take in the sights before they’re gone.

(Oct 25 4:34 p.m.)
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(Oct 25 4:27 p.m.)
(Oct 23 1:04 p.m.)

Some flowers and berries remain.

(Oct 29 2:36 p.m.)

Imagine seeing a double rainbow behind the supermarket right after you parked.  I don’t remember see the fainter rainbow, above, until I reviewed the photos.  I take it that the camera picked it up because digital cameras are more ISO-specific sensitive than the human eye when it comes to direct light, whereas we see a high range mixture of ISO somewhere between 25 to over a thousand.  Our HDR vision enables us to see texture on the moon versus a typical ISO blur with the iPhone, but it can make it more difficult to see some fainter light sources.

Anyway.  It turns out this may have been the double rainbow over Old Orchard Beach, in the distance.  It’s certainly not the first one of the year over there.  Within a few minutes, this double rainbow began to disappear with the clouds.

(Oct 29 11:46 a.m.)

It was a downpour earlier in the day, Monday.  Saco Island Deli helped lift my spirits a bit.  (At least until I fell asleep in the car because I hadn’t gotten enough rest before the day began.)  I tried their Mainah-as-panini special: romaine, Cabot cheddar, pan-seared chicken, uncured bacon and their famous maple aioli.  And I gotta say, they make quality sandwiches!

Downpour. (Oct 29 11:51 a.m.)

The good news is I’ve finally seen a dentist.  The bad news: three cavities, and an eye-popping bill.  Cross my fingers that I’ll get any kind of insurance this year…

At home, the mice have returned.  Sometimes, they’ll brave running around in the house… lil’ bastards.

Big rock. (Oct 25 4:09 p.m.)

Well, that’s it for now.  I hope your Halloween night is a good one! 🙂

Until next time…

(Oct 25 3:54 p.m.)
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The leaves, the leaves

(Oct 9 12:16 p.m.)
Everyday, I’m shufflin’… walking through leaves. (Oct 9 12:21 p.m.)

It’s autumn, a.k.a. fall.  And the leaves are falling in large numbers.  And that means anywhere there’s a tree, they are sometimes landing on people like arms of a jacket; they’re not as small or dry as you might think this time of the year.

(From driver’s side window, hence the glare.) (Oct 6 1:36 p.m.)

What was mostly a green landscape began to gather browns, then reds…

(Oct 6 1:24 p.m.)
(Oct 9 12:22 p.m.)

…then yellows and oranges. Continue reading The leaves, the leaves

Summer update

(Aug 4 5:44 p.m.)

Yes, I’m still alive.  I’ve been busy with … stuff.  Making progress in digital signal processing (and not quite doing it right); watching YouTube videos —er, learning about my world; in an online relationship; engaged in long-overdue cleanup, insomnia, and various other real-life things.  In all, I’ve lost some interest in blogging.

(Aug 4 2:42 p.m.)

Mostly, I’ve been on twitter.  It’s a bit of an Orwellian nightmare out there.  “The truth isn’t the truth,” says Rudy Giuliani.  “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening,” the President told his crowd.  The corruption, the appalling and illegal undermining of democratic norms and ethics, and the increasingly twisted defense of it all.  The American public is being scammed in so many ways.  It takes a toll on me as I want to help people, but I am unable to.  (…Don’t feed the trolls.)

I digress.

(Jul 20 3:16 p.m.)

In July, I walked the path that runs by the house.  The trails were very green, and full, and… full of flies.  You get used to how green it is here in Maine, but sometimes you notice the green light pouring in thru the windows… or notice the greens in the gutters.

A patch of sunlight is rendered pinkish due to the fact that the digital camera picks up infrared as a purplish color instead of a very faint red to the naked eye. (Jul 20 3:20 p.m.)

I can imagine the woods are still green, thick and uncut.

Continue reading Summer update

Verdant in May

(May 28 1:58 p.m.)

Living out in the woods (not quite, but bear with me), we’re pretty close to nature.  Lots of bugs during the summer, but also lots of fresh air— nice and “inviting” for a walk… when it’s not too hot.

Today, it only entered 60s Fahrenheit. …I don’t want summer, yet.

(May 28 1:58 p.m.)

Entering late spring, the leaves have gotten large.

(May 28 1:59 p.m.)

Even the leaves on the “porch plant” are full. Continue reading Verdant in May

Spring update

(May 18 3:23 p.m.)

Between sunny days and rainy days.

(May 21 3:23 p.m.)

It has gotten pretty green out there.  Compare to nearly two weeks ago:

“Porch plant” forming leaves. (May 10 1:53 p.m.)
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It also got a bit purple in the sky.

(May 3 5:03 p.m.)

So let’s start from the turn of May, and observe the progression from there. Continue reading Spring update

A rose is a rose

Rosaceae. (May 8, 2018 10:42 a.m.)

So I was asked to do a post on the life or progress of the pink roses in the living room.  And as you can see, it has developed quite a bit.  There are three new blooms, and a fourth bulb on the right (out of frame) that may bloom as well.

(Feb 11, 2017 4:17 p.m.)

But let’s start at the beginning.  This is the earliest photograph I have of the roses.  If you’re not familiar with our plant, they were a Valentine’s gift from my aunt to my mother last year.  The delivery person apparently left it in the snow— a snowbank, perhaps; our neighbor to the north saw it, and brought it to our house with a note.  Luckily it survived.  Upon becoming part of the home, it’s been watered daily. Continue reading A rose is a rose

Lost in the woods

(Apr 21 2:53 p.m.)

Saturday marked the first day of spring where zero snow could be found on the property of our house.  Little bits lingered in the driveway for a while… and then— poof— it was gone.

That isn’t to say none remains in other places around these parts.

(Apr 21 3:10 p.m.)

So I ventured down the nearby trail to survey the current conditions of the season.  (And to get better photos than last time’s journey down the trail.)  The animals are out, and nothing made that more clear than a massive ruffling of leaves ahead to my right at one point… or more unclear as I couldn’t find any cause of the disturbance.

Down the southward path of the intersection, I presume (the longer, denser end), I saw a chipmunk to my left and a squirrel to my right… both of them scared of my presence, of course.
Continue reading Lost in the woods

Warming up

(Apr 4 2:21 p.m.)

The spring season is visibly underway… save today’s snow.  The greens are rising, and the flies are out. …And so are the ants.  It’s ant season.  I’ll spare you photos of those little bastards.

(Apr 4 2:22 p.m.)

Not only are we seeing sprouts but plants in early stages.

(Mar 29 11:28 a.m.)

And new grass.

(Mar 29 11:24 a.m.)

The tulips just outside the USM Portland library entrance are coming along nicely.  The cigarette butts littered around the bench are the opposite of nice.  (Read: No Smoking!)

Continue reading Warming up

Spring ahead

(Mar 20 4:00 p.m.)

So the country has switched over to Daylight Saving Time (save Arizona), and spring season is here… in name, anyway; it’s Maine.  The clouds parted on Saturday, and it’s been blue ever since, until this afternoon.  The geese have appeared here or there; but they may have figured it’s still too cold to migrate back yet.

Not a great subject for hard focus. (Mar 16 1:44 p.m.)

There have been some fierce, pushing-your-car-door-closed winds, and branches have fallen.  But the sunlight has been noticeably strong.

(Mar 20 3:18 p.m.)

The living room plant sure sees spring. Continue reading Spring ahead