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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

In full bloom

(May 4 12:41 p.m.)

The greens have sprouted.

(May 6 12:10 p.m.)

And yeah, you know it’s a cooler climate when it takes until May for them to show.  But they’re here now.  And, as you can see, with the wet leaves, it’s been raining lately.

(May 3 3:32 p.m.)

One day— probably the 4th— it was partly cloudy, such there was drizzle at the same time you could see blue in the skies.

(May 6 12:09 p.m.)

Buds are appearing on the plant that grew through a railing of the front porch. Continue reading In full bloom

Final Days of Summer (Part I)

(Sep 15 2:19 p.m.)

Last week of the season.  More red leaves are showing up, and the temperatures are dropping with them, into the 40s F.  At least where I live.

(Sep 15 2:17 p.m.)

September 11 was not only the 15th anniversary for the worst day of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, it was also a day of debris at home.  Powerful winds and thunderstorms.  Dark skies during the day, and, for some odd reason, the ground was dry in the afternoon.

(Sep 11 5:29 p.m.)

Most of the greens are still mostly green.  Maybe not quite verdant now, but in the green range.

(Sep 11 5:31 p.m.)

And the digital lens on the smartphone camera is still too sensitive.

Overexposure that probably shouldn’t occur this much. (Sep 3 5:12 p.m.)

The flowers at USM Portland are still vibrant.

(Sep 13 2:03 p.m.)

Yes, after months of virtual solitude, I finally got off the property.  The main impetus: uploading large files because I don’t have inexpensive broadband at home.  Unfortunately, no one seemed to appreciate what I uploaded… countless hours of fixing up music to sound much better, and… sigh, I guess I did it for me alone, then.  (It was game level music, but still…)

The 13th at the library (and then some) was nevertheless an opportunity to take lots of new photos to complete the first half of the month. Continue reading Final Days of Summer (Part I)

A Midsummer Night (and day)

Strange berries… anyone? (July 31 5:14 p.m.)

So it’s now the day that is dead center in the season, August 6.  The middle of summer.  Another definition places ‘midsummer’ at the peak of the year— the beginning of summer on the calendar. …And the Olympics are probably still kicking off the opening ceremony on NBC.  (Tanzania appeared as late as 3:59 a.m. EDT.)

De-saturated leaves (July 31 5:17 p.m.)

The yellowing and browning of some of the leaves out there has become more pronounced.

(Aug 3 4:15 p.m.)

Acorns have dropped, and wild raspberry plants have appeared.

(Aug 3 4:14 p.m.)

Maybe the wild raspberries have been here all along, and I haven’t noticed.  After all, I didn’t notice The Donald had appeared in Portland, Maine Thursday… ejecting protesters holding up pocket Constitutions. …I certainly noticed something clinging to my leg Friday Continue reading A Midsummer Night (and day)

A Year In Photos: Plants and Animals

2015 was the first full year that I had a camera to work with, and some photos didn’t make it; so, to complete the picture (pun intended), I began a short Year In Photos series in January—broken into parts because there are too many in mind to put into one post.

So without further ado, part 2: organic life.

And nothing was more stunning in my vision than the HD flower photos. …Unfortunately, the camera app’s color tone setting is automatic (not optional)…

Dandelion, driveway.  Good focus; not so good color accuracy. (May 16, 2015 4:19 p.m.)

Continue reading A Year In Photos: Plants and Animals