Saturday, May 26, 2007


Outside this morning, seeing Denny off to Anchorage at 5 am.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

First Flowers

I hung out the first basket of flowers today. These are on the side of the cat run.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

In the Greenhouse

Since I caught up with the cat chores last night, I spent this morning emailing some photos from the last three weeks out to friends and family.

Then--my reward--I spent the afternoon in the greenhouse. I got all of the cutting celery and about a dozen of the catnip starts potted. But the fun (and time-consuming) part is putting together my planters and hanging baskets. I got a good start--about a third of the starts are in planters right now and will rest in the greenhouse until it gets a bit warmer. I hope over the course of the next week I can get all of them safely put into earth.

I tried to make the boxes I hang by the door interesting because I will be looking at them a lot. I think they will turn out pretty.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

I wasn’t surprised to see frost on the back deck this morning—and 27 degrees on the thermometer. I thought the frost might make a good “day on earth” subject so dressed quickly so I could run outside with the camera. The rising sun was putting out enough warmth to melt the frost away almost as soon as the light hit it. I took several photos of the frost on small spruce trees and on the vehicles but didn’t see anything that jumped out at me.

That blog has as its driving concept the idea of sharing photos that span the world, but there is also subtle sense of competition or just perhaps the push to do well that makes me want to post something more telling than the generic (if lovely) scenery photos.

Out behind the greenhouse, a dead stand of cow parsnip still held a few frost crystals despite the sun’s rays but the seed heads were so high I couldn’t sight them in very well. So I just turned the camera to “Close Up”, held it pointed roughly where I thought was best and took a shot.

Wouldn’t you know that when I went back inside and downloaded the photos, it was the best of the lot.

Cow Parsnip (pushki, Heracleum lanatum)

Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Swallows Are Back!

We walked outside this morning and heard a familiar sound--the chirping of swallows.

Traditionally, our swallows showed up about May 20th but for the last two years they have been early. This little fellow seemed relieved to have the long journey behind him.

Friday, May 04, 2007

The End of The Day

I was almost home from work tonight when I stopped to take this photo from the highest spot on Green Timbers Road, looking to the west across Cook Inlet.