Status of the Blooms & Earth Day

Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) – Poolesville, Maryland

So many blooms are bursting forth now that it’s impossible to keep up with all of them. Instead, I’ll just show some of my favorites from the area where we live, with these photos that I recorded yesterday during my daily walk around town. In case you haven’t guessed, spring is one of my favorite times of the year – with all the birds singing, the flowers blooming, and fresh scents in the air. It’s a marvelous time!

The fragrant and gorgeous wisteria vines are blooming both by the town hall and the library, and carpenter bees are swarming all around the blossoms by the hundreds. The redbud trees are blooming everywhere that I know of — an explosion of bright vibrate pink amidst the fresh spring greens. Many — but not all — of the dogwood trees are blooming in the area, with their showy whites and delicate pinks. And lastly, the more earthy Jack-in-the-Pulpit plants, their dark greens and browns hidden in the shadowy parts of the woods.

P.S. – Happy Earth Day!

Redbud (Cercis canadensis) blossoms – Poolesville, Maryland
Dogwood (Cornus florida) blossom with friend – Poolesville, Maryland
Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) – Poolesville, Maryland

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Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) blooms
Poolesville, Maryland
April 2021
Voigtländer 65/2.0 APO Macro lens
Sony a7 III digital camera

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Redbud (Cercis canadensis) blossoms
Poolesville, Maryland
April 2021
Voigtländer 65/2.0 APO Macro lens
Sony a7 III digital camera

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Dogwood (Cornus florida) blossom with friend
Poolesville, Maryland
April 2021
Voigtländer 65/2.0 APO Macro lens
Sony a7 III digital camera

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Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
Poolesville, Maryland
April 2021
Voigtländer 65/2.0 APO Macro lens
Sony a7 III digital camera

The Ghost Town of Centralia

Graffiti – Centralia, Pennsylvania

For anyone wanting a weird and unsettling experience, I have just the place for you – Centralia, Pennsylvania. At one point during my youth in the 1970’s, I lived only 100 miles (160 km) from Centralia, but I never knew it existed until about a decade ago. Centralia has since been rediscovered by the Interweb crowd, and a lot has been posted online about it – including an official web page – so I won’t bore you with repetitive details. Just suffice to say that it’s goosebump creepy, and totally worth a visit when the leaves are off the trees — for heightened creepiness.


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Graffiti on the guardrails
Centralia, Pennsylvania
November 2013
Sony 10-18/4.0 ASPH lens
Sony NEX-5R digital camera

Our Two Scamps

Our cats – Poolesville, Maryland

It seems hard to believe, but our two little scamps are now almost 5-½ years old. The throwback photo above was taken about a month after we first brought them home from the breeder, back in March 2016. They’re both from the same litter, so they’re sisters – pure bred Maine Coon cats. We picked up the darker one, Autumn, first – and she and Cindy hit it off from the very beginning. Then we made a second trip and collected the ginger, Terracatta (Terra for short), about a week later – initially intending to give her to Cindy’s mother as a companion pet. However, we quickly realized that an active kitten underfoot was not a good match for an elderly person with bad balance and early dementia, so I ended up claiming Terra as my own – and I’m so glad that I did.

We had read before getting them that Maine Coon cats are quite big and sociable, and ours have very much lived up to their reputation. Having had cats around me for most of my life, I thought I knew what we were getting into, but they have proven me wrong many times over. I’ve never known cats to be such wonderful, companionable creatures as these two have been. Autumn is very much still a kitten and loves to play, while Terra is much more regal and mature. Terra also loves being a shoulder cat, as you can see below.

Terra on my shoulders – Poolesville, Maryland
Autumn – Poolesville, Maryland

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Terra and Autumn
Poolesville, Maryland
March 2016
Sony RX1R II digicam

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Terra on my shoulders
Poolesville, Maryland
March 2021
Apple iPhone SE2

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Autumn
Poolesville, Maryland
February 2021
Apple iPhone 12 Pro