There is a magical moment, just before the orchestra begins, when the oboe gives a note and the instruments are tuned in a chaotic staccato of strings, horns and reeds. A short, breathless pause follows as the conductor raises the wand – before a symphony explodes in synchronized waves of sound. The gardener knows this as early spring. A tulip appears, then an iris, an apple blossom, and tiny Clematis buds unwind – as if the whole garden is standing […]
I have “met” many interesting people through this blog. Animal lovers. Gardeners. Photographers. Writers. People close to home and people from the four corners of the earth. But never the author of a quote I have shared. Until now. Recently, a request came to the rescue from the author of the poem “Winter is an Etching.” It was quoted here. Sometimes, a quote inspires a photo; more often, I go searching for a quote to match an image. In this […]
Categories: Gardening, Homeward Bound Memorial Garden, Nature Photography, Photography, Thought • Tags: Nature Photography, Spring Garden, spring is a picture postcard, Stanley Horowitz writer, Winter is an etching
“In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” ~ Mark Twain Friday, I played hooky for a few hours and snuck out to the garden. Within minutes, I was peeling off layers like an onion and thinking it was time to move the winter clothes into storage. A week of mid-70’s in early February gets me dreaming about planting spring annuals, but I have wised up a bit […]
Categories: Gardening, Homeward Bound Memorial Garden, Nature Photography • Tags: Ceanothus, Early Spring Flowers, Garden in Spring, Gardens Golden Retrievers, Hellebore, Loddon Lily, Love in a Mist, Quince Blossom, Spring
Saturday was puppy going home day. While all the preparations were being made, and Chubbs received his morning massage, another pup (of sorts) was getting ready for his arrival. On Tuesday, Ms. London gave birth to baby Paris. Yes – rescue animals come in all shapes and sizes at Homeward Bound. On the private side of the fence, our president provides refuge to geese and ducks and roosters – and the biggest, oldest pig I have ever seen. Most recently, […]
Thousands of Snow Geese on their migration along the Pacific Flyway take refuge from the hunters in the rice fields adjacent to the Memorial Garden. Joined by their ducky friends and grey geese. Good company, all.