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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Beach Week 2022- Honor on the Beach

 Sean and Honor arose early on the last day, and Sean took this picture of the sunrise:



Earlier in the week, photo by Pam (as were most of these):




Beach Week 2022- In Town

We went out for crabs:



 

The last night I took a picture of  the town of Bethany Beach:




Beach Week 2022- At the Beach House

 As always, the star of the week with a picture she and her grandmother studied daily:




The the last couple of days, Sean's brother Ryan visited, and here he is on the back porch with me, Rebecca, Sean, and Honor:




Here I am on the porch eating again with Sean:




Pam and Honor outside the house:






Beach Week 2022- On the Beach

 Nana (Pam), Honor, and Rebecca:




Sean and Rebecca burying Honor in the sand and shaping her bottom half like a mermaid:



The three of them in the water:





Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Around the Pond, East end

 I don't think the pond has ever before been surrounded by these wildflowers. This photo represents my best attempt at capturing the number of hibiscus plants that have bloomed this year. With my modest equipment (my phone), I could only get the east end of the pond, where the blooms are heaviest.




Monday, August 1, 2022

Pam's view of the pond

 Taken during a walk we had a few evenings ago:




Are these wildflowers?

 Pam tells me these are hibiscus flowers, and we first started seeing them on the floating islands in the pond where we believe they were planted. The flowers have now spread around the edge of the pond, but if they were originally planted do they qualify as wildflowers?

I don't know the answer to that question, but I know they are beautiful.







Clouds

 I never understood why people sometimes say, "What a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky." Ever since I was a kid, I liked looking at clouds, and when I started taking trips by airplanes I was able to see them from both sides, like the Joni Mitchell lyric.

Here are some clouds from a few days ago:




Thursday, July 28, 2022

More wildflowers in the park

 Although this looks like a black-eyed susan, Pam tells me it is actually a swamp sun flower:




Chicory along a hillside:








July Brooklyn Visit

 Greg joined us for the trip last weekend. Here he is with his niece and sister:




Here is granddaughter Honor with her father Sean:



Finally, two photos of Honor with her grandmother:








Thursday, July 21, 2022

Rainbow from our sun room

 Last Sunday while I was sitting in the sun room listening to the rain, the sun came out. I thought there probably was a rainbow visible somewhere and looked to the east where there was this view:



Friday, July 15, 2022

The Tranquility of Still Waters

I'm hardly the first person who has found feelings of restfulness when overlooking a calm lake or pond. I'm glad I have this view whenever I want.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Early July Wildflowers

Rainbow over the Pond

Photo taken last Friday:

Another Beaver Dam

This one was constructed upstream of the previous dams but turned out to be just as vulnerable to summer storms. I'm uncertain as to when the beavers built it, but I took the picture last Friday and when I reurned today it was blown out by Saturday's heavy rains.

Great Blue Heron

In the park pond in early June:

Early June Wildflowers

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.