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Monday, May 23, 2022

Pam's Vine

A few years ago Pam planted a cross vine to decorate a bamboo pergola that I made. Although it's been getting overrun by wisteria, it still producing nice blooms.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

On an evening walk

Only one cat in the house now, but he's a great one

Lucy disappeared two years ago, and her sister Ginger died recently. That leaves us only Clarence. Although photos generally don't do justice to his beauty, Pam got a nice shot of him on our bed.

Fishing

Although I'm fishing very little these days, I still maintain an interest in the activity. I've been out on the pond a couple of times this month and both times caught a few bluegills. On an evening trip, I took a picture of the sun setting before walking home.

University of Maryland reflects Middle East conflict

The Jewish students at the University set up displays in the center of the mall a few weeks ago:
As I walked towards class I came across another group of students, apparently from Arab countries, who were demonstrating against Israel at the end of the mall in front of McKeldin Library. I don't believe it was coincidental that they picked this day. I also noticed that some campus policemen were keeping their eyes on both groups.
Some students wearing yamakas were engaging the Arab students in discussions, but everything appeared civil.

Friday, May 6, 2022

University of Maryland Garden

Throughout the campus, you can see some excent landscaping. It's been a few years since I visited this garden, so I took some pictures yesterday after class.

Backyard Buttercups

This part of our yard is more meadow than lawn. but it's nice in the spring when the wildflowers bloom.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Grandmother and granddaughter

In the Brooklyn apartment a few days ago:
Displaying their telephone forms:
On the playground:

Our Brooklyn family

Honor, Sean, and Rebecca having a group hug in the kitchen:
Mother and daughter:

March 25th in the park

I went on a short walk before we left for Brooklyn and found the morning light interesting.
Earlier, some fog hung over the pond.

Grandpa and granddaughter

This picture was taken by my son-in-law Sean during our November visit to Brooklyn. I'm now using it as my official Facebook picture because I feel it accurately represents my current self-image, and when I posted it the photo was widely complimented because of its quality and her beauty.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Last snow of the season?

We're now a couple of days into spring, and it's rare to have snow this late. March is notariously unpredictable, however, so we'll see. These pictures were taken a few weeks ago'

On an afternoon walk earlier this month

I liked the way the sun shined on this deer in the park.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Most recent snow

We've had a few so far this winter although none have been severe. The latest came last Friday, and this is what it looked like in the park on Saturday.
By Tuesday it had mostly melted. A group of deer came around while I walked.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Winter Wildlife

While walking along the Paint Branch Trail earlier this month I had these two sightings on the same day. First, I saw a few people staring at something a few feet from the trail, and when I got to the spot there was this heron standing still as they often do while stalking fish. Neither I nor the other on-lookers had an explanation for tis sight since herons normally flee when humans get too near. We speculated that the bird may have been injured although there were no visible wounds. Maybe he was just too cold to fly away.
Further along the trail, I found this young-looking racoon hunging a tree which again was just off the trail:

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Christmas Visit to Washington, DC

After viewing an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, we walked down to the Mall. Here I am with Honor, Sean, and Rebecca:
And with Honor and Pam:

Christmas Visit: inside the house

Honor and our Christmas tree:
Sean, Honor, and Greg
Honor and Rebecca
Honor and Pam
Visits are tiring, so Rebecca and her family relax:

Christmas Eve 2021

Rebecca, Sean, and Honor came down for a visit. Here I am with Honor in the front yard, and apparently it was a mild day.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Walking around my old neighborhood

While one of the cars was being serviced last week I walked around my old neighborhood which was nearby. I had believed that the neighborhood name, Daniel's Park, in north College Park had long lapsed into disuse until it popped up on my phone as a location identification. This was the house I lived in from about age one, when my parents moved to Maryland from upstate New York, to about age ten when the family moved into the Hollywood area of College Park. I think my father said he paid $5,000 for it in 1948.
Below is the first house Pam and I bought which is just up the street from the house above. We bought it from a woman who remembered me when I lived in the neighborhood and still called me "Dougie."
This is a side view of that house. The garage has been enlarged since we lived there and the structure to the left of it was originally a chicken coop. We lived there from 1978 to 1986 and have fond memories of that house.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Paint Branch in mid-November

The autumn color was still present at that time, but now the land looks very wintry.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Brooklyn in November: fifth post

Sunday, our last full day on the visit, in front of the apartment building we planted daffodils which is a New York custom in remembrance of 9/11.
That afternoon we took a walk in Greenwood Cemetary which is just across the street:

Brooklyn in November: fourth post

Honor with her Mom and Dad:
Just Honor and Mom:

Brooklyn in November: third post

Grandma and Honor in the apartment in Windsor Terrace:
Grandpa and Honor in the apartment:

Brooklyn in November: second post

Later, Pam, Rebecca, and Honor joined me in Prospect Park.
Honor likes the playground there:

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Brooklyn in November: first post

I took a walk into Prospect Park. I saw geese, mallards, and coots. Later I also saw swans:
Foliage was nice: