Archive for November, 2009

Artful Animals

You try holding the camera in one hand and a wiggly baby chick in the other, and see what you can get in focus!


Soulful Plants

The Orton Effect is a simple technique of creating and adjusting layers in Photoshop to create an ethereal quality, which I love. Hopefully these images will add beauty to your life today.

SEE, how the orient dew,
Shed from the bosom of the morn
Into the blowing roses,
(Yet careless of its mansion new,
For the clear region where ’twas born,)
Round in itself incloses ;
And, in its little globe’s extent,
Frames, as it can, its native element.
How it the purple flower does slight,
Scarce touching where it lies ;
But gazing back upon the skies,
Shines with a mournful light,
Like its own tear,
Because so long divided from the sphere.
Restless it rolls, and unsecure,
Trembling, lest it grow impure ;
Till the warm sun pity its pain,
And to the skies exhale it back again.
So the soul, that drop, that ray
Of the clear fountain of eternal day,
(Could it within the human flower be seen,)
Remembering still its former height,
Shuns the sweet leaves, and blossoms green,
And, recollecting its own light,
Does, in its pure and circling thoughts, express
The greater heaven in an heaven less.
In how coy a figure wound,
Every way it turns away ;
So the world-excluding round,
Yet receiving in the day ;
Dark beneath, but bright above,
Here disdaining, there in love.
How loose and easy hence to go ;
How girt and ready to ascend ;
Moving but on a point below,
It all about does upwards bend.
Such did the manna’s sacred dew distil ;
White and entire, though congealed and chill ;
Congealed on earth ; but does, dissolving, run
Into the glories of the almighty sun.
The Poems of Andrew Marvell.
G. A. Aitken, Ed. London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1892. 96-97.

The baby Japanese Maples that made it through the hot summer are really showing off. I lost about 20 of the 150 trees, but managed to save my favorites.




Harvest Spilling out of Cornucopia

I am processing as fast as I can, but the boxes of apples and loads of pumpkins are taking over the house. I always forget how many apples come off the trees and it overwhelms me quickly. The jars are loaded with dehydrated vegies from the garden and the dehydrator is running with roasted onions right now. I like to bake them first to a golden brown otherwise the flavor is too hot and sometimes bitter. The Welsummer and Cuckoo Marans just laid their first eggs, but the Black Copper has still not started again after going broody.





Sorry Mom, the guest room is also being used! Seeds drying on every flat surface available, but if you want to visit, I’m sure I can find room for you either in the greenhouse with the rabbits, or the chicken house! 😉



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Little See-See, as fearless as she is tiny.


Thought I would capture the chickens as they watched the goats.