Monday, July 30, 2012


This post is for Liisa who lives in Finland but likes the green market. I set out thinking I would do a green in corn

and peppers

and more peppers

not to mention cucumbers and


My interest in green is flagging care of basil and parsley.

Beets offer a little relief --serve with chickpeas balsemic and olive oil.

Chives are good in potato salad.

Gave up with green as blown away by sunflowers

with bees on

and veggies with color in

a melon

and then a little bit of blue which we'd missed.

Friday, July 27, 2012


"Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside
I do like to be beside the sea
tiddly om pom pom tiddly om pom pom"

On Wednesday the water was translucent and crystalline

the shadows were so crisp and sharp

and the crab shell wore leopardskin

and the little bits of stuff arranged themselves like still life almost.

what a lot of yellow shadow from such little yellow legs!

A sand dune

Clear light by the snack bar

I could stare at the water for hours...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Field Trip: Metropolitan Museum

The flower arrangements are always astounding, dramatic and exotic. You could go to the museum for them alone.

Of course, on a vacation-time Thursday there were a million billion people there, and most of them were taking photos on their cell phones --just like me. Never quite know what to look at, since if you look at everything you get major  sensory overload.

So looked at the modern photos exhibit, then retreated to the Spanish courtyard

to see the young man playing music.

Such a pretty young saint! You can look through the porthole in her chest to discover that she is a reliquary and has real bits of bone inside.....

No one there for an instant.

Then looking down at the hall

and wondering which particular treasures were absorbed that day.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Robert Moses

In the pavilion are the fixings for a classic barbecue 

beginning with beer --and plenty of it

photo Robert Schmid
but the beach itself (looking west) was deserted except for the birds.

Lots of birds. The terns have little teeny tiny legs and walk very quickly.

The seagull wants out of the picture.

Reflections on wet sand.

Lots of people by the lifeguard stands

and brothers making a castle

with a tunnel that the seawater runs through

until it collapses as these things tend to.

The life guard adopts a quaisi-heroic posture

as the firemen cook on the world's biggest grill.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Into the Woods

 Lisa Hermanson and I went wandering in the woods behind the house she grew up in and which our family bought from hers. A sort of sentimental journey in what is now the Betty Allen Nature Preserve.

Moss, ivy, poison ivy, jewel weed, grass, sticker bush, grass 


extreme vines


woodpecker real estate, PI

path, roots

Photo by Lisa of me in the stream that ran through our property. The low bushes on the right are spice  bushes whose leaves smell delicious.

The pond is sort of scummy and muddy

and the swan really didn't want us there.