Columbine Curiousity

From the first time I saw the dainty, beautiful, tubular, multi-colored Columbine I loved it.   One of the first images I ever selected to print was a beautiful red on exhibit on a local home garden tour.  That was a fancy shmansy property and something tells me it wasn’t native to PA.   It was test printed  on paper,  framed and hung to decorate a wall in my home.     It was also printed on canvas, exhibited and sold.

sold
Sold

Apparently Colombine grows in most temperate zones.  The state of Colorado honors it as it’s state flower.   My first native red came from the Wildflower Preserve  up the Road.  .

Native from the Preserve
Native from the Preserve

I then had the pleasure of a garden share in the shade of pink.

Garden Share Pink
Garden Share Pink

They both bloomed beautifully last year spreading enough for me to thin.   I found one particular growth rooting itself in the teeny red stone that filled the spaces between the slates that make up a small round patio.  It grows there YELLOW, right in the middle,  just out of stepping reach, under the glass  table.

Yellow Columbine Surprise
Yellow Columbine Surprise

Where did that come from?

 

 

 

Old and New

There is something about seeing an aged women and baby girl together that is remarkable.  I’m not exactly sure why……

Is it the circle of life? Perhaps it is all that is known by the aged one and all that is yet to be known by the young.  Maybe it is purely biological, instinctual as both need a special kind of care.  I look at these two members of my family and wonder what the future holds for them.   One has survived 86 years, 3  children, 2 grandchildren and now a great grand daughter.  She has already laid to rest her parents, her brother, and many other loved ones.  She can look back as her life has taken her through a world war, cultural prejudice and cultural pride, the assassination of a beloved president, and a terrorist attack on her favorite New York City.  She has listened to music on reels, LPS, cassettes, and CDs.  She is aware of her history and can look back and recall the first live concert she attended when she saw and heard a young skinny Frank Sinatra, laid in her bed with husband and children and watched the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, and listened to her son bang the keys on the piano of her own living room.  She knows there is no way of knowing the future and she knows it is shorter than her past.

The child moves slowly into the minutes, hours and days ahead with awe at all that is new.  There is not much yet to look back on, just the security and familiarity of those who love her.   Her future looms out in front with unimaginable experiences.

Perhaps that is it!  For those of us somewhere in the middle we are in awe of the survival of both young and old.  We are in awe at what we know and what we have yet to learn.  We are in awe that despite the heartbreaks and pain of growth, there is so much happiness and laughter.  We are reminded that life is a gift to unwrap fresh everyday at any age.  Reach out and grab it.

Reach out and grab a little life
Reach out and grab a little life

 

Birds in the Hood

I have been playing with my new Tamron zoom lens.  It is lighter than my Olympus 12-40 and goes from 14 to 150.  It is micro four thirds which means it is like a 28 to 300.  I like it.  Not as sharp as the Olympus but great for an all around walk about.  I can get the birds if they are not too far away.  So I thought I might start a project: Birds in the Hood.

House Sparrow
House Sparrow
Blue Jays
Blue Jays
White Throated Sparrow
White Throated Sparrow
had to play
had to play

That is enough for now….would love to capture the Eagle that has been hanging around.   I can now put my eyes on three nests along the River…but I want the one that visits my river front.

There is a Moon Out Tonight

I Took myself and Marabella out to Core Creek Park  this evening. for our first visit.   I caught wind that I might find an Eagles nest.  I didn’t find the nest but, I did see an Eagle, high in the sky, and I did take a lovely walk with my dog.  On the way out of the Park around 6:30 or so,  looming low in the sky was a fairly full moon….out in full daylight.

So I grabbed my camera and headed down to the river when I got home.

front Lawn
front lawn

Down on the dock I saw a large bird flying from the north and followed it as it soared past the moon.

Is that an eagle soaring past the moon
Is that an eagle?

Then I had to go because……..

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Bugs

 

CHOOOO CHOOOOOOOO MOTIONMOTION CHOO CHOOO

I do so enjoy my Saturday restaurant outings.  After several attempts we finally made it into Taste of the World in New Hope and met the lovely owner Larry.  The  #Dogwoodweek15 challenge is Portrait in motion and it was on my mind throughout the day.  This one was easy since Aaron gets impatient with my manual photo manipulations.

slow shutter moving hand
slow shutter moving hand
Dessert
Dessert: it didn’t moved but still disappeared fast.

This is the first time the train was running since we have been trying to get into this restaurant.  We have walked across the tracks each time to snap some photos.  It was cool that the train was boarding and I was working on motion so we waited around.

on the train
Portrait in motion #dogwood52

We walked towards the river and saw fishermen working that sweet spot under the bridge for Shad.  They were all anchored, hardely moving  at all.  Of course the river was on its course and moving  slowly underneath them.  The Festival is coming up quickly.

Shad Fishing
Shad Fishing

We visited a few shops in particularly Bridge Street Soap where the proprietor was kind and helpful.  I can still smell the gardenia oil.

Our timing was such that as we approached the train station the train was again pulling out.  Nice new vantage point to shoot some more.

Hi Aaron…..did you make it this far….CHOO CHOOOOOOOOO

 

 

To My Own Backyard….There is no place like home!

I have been participating with several Facebook Photography Groups.  Moving further away from the forum and feeling the need to return to the  hog.  Learned so much there.   There is a group for my very own Washington Crossing and another that meets monthly in Yardley.  I have found a NY photo group and the #dogwood52 week challenge.  This week the study was portrait in motion so I took Marabella into the back yard for some agility practice and energy release.  I love this girl.  Gave it the zoom effect to blur out unwanted background.

Agility Dog
Tire Jump

 

From the City to the Country

NYC a short train ride away.  Makes me so happy to visit.  It also makes me happy to return to Bucks County where I can smell the Delaware River and know I am home.  It is funny that I have a long list of things to do in NYC…hopefully the Cloisters will be next.  Meanwhile, there is so much to do right here.  This past weekend we decided to visit William Penn’s Country Estate; Pennsbury Manor.  It is one of those places that was in disrepair so it was reimagined and recreated, at the original site.  The best part about it was it’s location along the Delaware.

What a view
What a view

There were actors on site to describe the activities of the day and I could not help but wonder what our lives would be like if we were alive during that time….Would we be grand estate owners, field hands, barge operators.  I can imagine Furman thinking about all the repairs.

So much to do
So much to do

William Penn shared his concerns with us about  a leak in the roof.

William Penn actor
William Penn actor

OOPSY I gotta go…guests will be arriving soon to attend our wine party….

wine party
wine party
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Please come in

Although I don’t think I would like using an outhouse, I do think I would like the wine party.

 

I Love NYC

I so love going into New York for dining, theatre, entertainment and overnights.  So much to do.  It was a bit chilly this past Tuesday and Wednesday, but when in NY you just have to go with it.  First stop was B&H for a trade in and purchase.  Then check in at the Hilton and lunch next door. We had plans to wonder around Central Park and would not be put off by the  40 degree chill in the air.

Cold
Cold

The park was an excellent choice.  Although chilly, the sun was bright and warm on our skin. We strolled in at Columbus Circle and made our way past the closed carousel onto beautiful Bethesda Terrace. We listened to the various musicians and studied the architecture.

Musician
Musician

We advanced over the Bow Bridge into the Rambles for some birding and I’m pretty sure we saw the infamous Redtail Hawk.  Stumbling out of the Rambles we found Belvidere Castle and climbed up the active weather station.  And we still were not finished.    We wondered around the Delacorte Theatre and Shakespears Garden.  I was delighted to see the Romeo and Juliet Sculpture, so delicate and soft even in metal.  Spring was definitely present in the various daffodils, helibore, tulips, blue bells and grape hyacinths.  We made our way over to view the Obelesk then  round to visit Alice in Wonderland before running out of time and squeezed in a nice view of the boathouse.

Boathouse
Boathouse

No visit to Central Park is complete without visiting the Lennon Memorial.

Imagine
Imagine

By this point we were completely exhausted.  We made our way back to the hotel and put our feet up before dining at the Empire Steak House straight through the lobby, convenient but nothing special.

On Wednesday we breakfasted around the corner at the Applejack diner and I would consider this a return to place; good and reasonably priced.  We spent the morning at the American Museum of Natural History and although my companion went into the planetarium, I chose to avoid the instant temptation to fall asleep and visited the Halls of Biodiversity and NY Environment both incredible.

Time to love mother earth
Time to love mother earth

Yes we are still going.  Running for a slice of pizza and devouring it before walking to the theater to see the Father, a Manhattan Theater Club Presentation.

PHEW….Another GREAT NYC MINI

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunsets and Seasons

Truth is I wasn’t really sure what #Dogwoodweek14 of the challenge was all about and plunged in anyway.  Wasn’t until last night driving around sunset, that I realized what was being described….so I zoomed in on a drive by sun going down on the landscape.

Meanwhile, I stopped in to visit my friends at Seasons Garden Center recently and picked up the cutest little air plant.  The long green leaves and the reddish flower was just so cool.  Then things got even cooler when the  flower turned out to be a BUD and a purple flower emerged.

So cool right?
So cool right?