Sunday, September 20, 2020

Morning Glories On The Fence

Late this summer, I noticed that the curling stem of a morning glory vine was climbing up my side fence. It's an accidental gift, a sister of the vines that live in my neighbor's yard. I am thrilled! Every part of the morning glory is a source of inspiration; color that changes as the day lengthens, heart-shaped leaves, starry centers in the blossoms and those wildly undulating tendrils. So now I am hoping for a mild autumn and more time to enjoy my new floral friend.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Ceiling, Uffizi Gallery

 Today I am visiting Florence's Uffizi Gallery. I'm making the trip in my mind, walking down the corridors, looking up at the frescoed ceilings. My neck is getting sore from this, so I've decided to lie down on the polished wood floor and study the figures from mythology surrounded by colorful, fanciful creatures. Originally, these were offices. I'm imagining a 16th century accountant taking a break, pacing up and down the corridor. Hopefully he stopped to study the dragons and mermaids.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Monarch On Asters

When I am outside, I look for the monarchs. They are sadly and worryingly rare this year. The milkweed pods have not yet opened but the asters are blooming. I watched this monarch for a good long time, fluttering from flower to flower, with no companions in sight. Thank goodness for those who plant sustenance for the butterflies. Perhaps their efforts will help the monarch population to grow.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Caryatids, Blenheim Palace

As an escape from the worries and cares of the moment, I've been looking through images, reminding myself of beautiful places and pleasanter times. Behind Blenheim Palace is a Water Terrace. A row of caryatids are positioned as if they are holding up the formal garden on the level above. They look uncomfortable. In times when the world weighs me down, I think of the caryatids who cannot move, cannot complain. They simply carry the weight and, perhaps, hope that some day their burdens will be lifted.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Modern Day Bird's Nest

The chicks have flown and the birds' nest has been abandoned. The family built it on a low branch that hangs over a well-traveled sidewalk. You could call it a mixed media assemblage. I have very mixed feelings about this nest: admiration for the way they repurposed the paper, plastic wrappers and bits of fibers that we so often find abandoned along the edges of yards and streets, but also frustration that thoughtless littering is still a way of life.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Here Comes The Sunfower

Earlier this year the Coronavirus pandemic led to a quick sellout of seeds when people realized they were going to be spending more time at home. Sunflowers are easy to grow. Have you noticed more of them standing tall in yards around your neighborhood? This gigantic beauty towered above my head. The tightly packed center florets form spirals, an example of a Fibonacci series. Enjoy these mathematical marvels while you can. Soon the florets will become seeds, the sunflower heads will droop and they will become feasts for the birds.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Zucchini House

It's not uncommon to see vegetables growing in front yards, especially if that's the sunny side of the house. But I have never seen a yard devoted only to zucchini, edge to edge, from front sidewalk all the way up to the house. What plans the owner must have, from fiori di zucca to ratatouille, baked, grilled, fried, transformed into boats, cut into zoodles, hidden in zucchini bread. The plants look so healthy. How will this optimistic gardener keep up? If, later in the summer, neighbors find zucchini left on their porches, there will be no doubt where it came from.