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Season’s Greetings

(May 14 2:53 p.m.)

So… quarantine.  Someone who doesn’t wash his hands around here got sick, surprise, surprise.  But I hadn’t been stuck indoors due to that, not quite.  But because my right shoe broke in such a way that part of it rubbed slowly cut into my foot.  And thus I couldn’t walk outside.

(May 14 3:49 p.m.)

Gawd, it was good to get outside again.  Hobbling in the process of buying new shoes wasn’t great… and worse that the shoes we bought were awful dress shoes that did not match the display shoe (face-palm).  (Going back, I found none of them matched that shoe!)  But I got the idea to tape some paper towel into my broken Air Monarch shoe, and got back out walking.

So green, so blue. (May 14 3:50 p.m.)

Looking-like-a-dork-with-a-mask-on aside, I was grateful for the sun and fresh air.

Dandelions.  Dandelions, everywhere. (May 18 3:17 p.m.)

With all this pandemic and complications from it, I’d almost forgot that everything had been blooming.

(May 11 12:26 p.m.)

It’s spring!  I need to cover spring in the blog! Continue reading Season’s Greetings

Cool spring

(May 8 11:30 a.m.)

Spring is already half-over.

(May 18 3:40 p.m.)

Which makes it odd that many of the tree leaves near home are still in early development or just budding, whereas trees in Biddeford and Portland have already bloomed.

(May 17 10:31 a.m.)

Of course, snow makes everything take longer.  (Not to mention, planted trees, flowers and grass are treated differently.)  It’s been cold for May— temperatures in the 40s (°F) versus “normal” numbers in the 60s.

Here are some photos of the progress so far.

(May 4 6:39 p.m.)

The leaves, of course, were buds.

Continue reading Cool spring

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.

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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.)

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.)
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…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

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

Breathe

(Nov 25 4:18 p.m.)

Sometimes we get too involved in our work (and/or get frustrated with it) that we miss out on life.  We can miss out on the little things, and on ourselves too.

(Nov 25 4:17 p.m.)

There’s a whole world out there.

(Nov 22 3:58 p.m.)

But you’ll have to… you know, physically leave the house to see it.  The “information superhighway” is just that— a means to transport information, not life!

(Oct 31 3:22 p.m.)

Continue reading Breathe