Veterans Day

November 11, 2014

Today is Veterans Day in the U.S.  In Canada, today is referred to as Remembrance Day.

It is important to remember the veterans and their service.

Take care.

Ship

September 9, 2014

BW photo Ship docked at Domino Sugar plant.

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A photograph to ponder in terms of all that it could represent.

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The “New Normal”

December 15, 2012

Thames Steet establishments

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Today is December 15, 2012.  Yesterday, the temperature was in the 60s.

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Produce at the Baltimore Farmer's Market and Bazaar (JFX)

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Went to yet another market-this time it was the Baltimore Farmer’s Market and Bazaar (JFX).  This market is MUCH bigger than either the Waverly market or the one in Shepherdstown.  This one includes produce but also crafts and clothes and music and prepared food and…and…and…the list could to go on.

Tomatoes at the Baltimore Farmer's Market and Bazaar (JFX)

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As with the other markets, the sights and smells are quite evocative and quite unlike shopping for produce at the chain grocery stores.  More to the point, it is pleasant to be able to talk with the farmers who grow and bring the food to market.  The fact that it is local is the final point that makes supporting these markets a good idea.

Take care.

Peacock feather portrait

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One Less Tree

August 24, 2011

Norway Maple tree

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I moved into my current house a bunch of years ago.  One of the main attractions was the backyard and the trees that provided ample shade for that yard.  One of the trees was damaged enough by Hurricane Isabel so as to require removal.  Another, the largest, a grand Norway Maple, was taken down last week as a result of age and decay.

Shelf fungus

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It appears to have been suffering from root decay and eventually sprouted a shelf fungus that seemed to confirm that the efforts to save the tree were not going to remain successful. Due to the size of the tree and its location in relation to mine and my neighbor’s houses, bringing it down in a controlled manner was much preferred to a catastrophic falling.

Noray maple limb being lowered

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And so last week, down it came.  The crew arrived a bit ahead of schedule and went right to work.  It is not insignificant to note that my outdoor thermometer hovered between 96 and 98 degrees during the time in which they systematically dismantled the limbs and trunk.  This thermometer is located on my porch and generally reads a bit cooler than the ambient temperature as it received shade provided by this tree.  Now it will receive the full morning and early afternoon sun.  As will my house.  Seems more than a little ironic to be taking out such a large source of  cooling shade given the issues of climate change.

Paradoxically, it is climate change that hastened this end as I had become concerned about the stability of the tree and its ability to withstand the large, albeit infrequent, heavy, wet, snowfalls experienced over the past two winters and the windy thunderstorms that blow through in summer.  Oh, and the occasional hurricane needed to be considered as well. (UPDATE: Hurricane Irene is now working its way toward the coast.)

Wood chips blown from chipper

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Wood chips ready for disposal

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At any rate, after about six hours of almost continuous work, the tree was reduced to the branches and smaller limbs that were ground to chips and many segmented logs piled about the ground.  Over the next couple of days, the logs were also removed.  Quite sad actually.

Norway maple logs and trunk

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Upon awakening on August 9, the southern windows presented a very different view as there seemed to be a big hole to the sky now.   Eventually, another tree will be planted.  However I doubt seriously if I will be in this house long enough to see it grow to the height and splendor of this one.

Take care.

Veterans Day

November 11, 2010

Today is Veterans Day-please be sure to thank any veterans, and active military, for their service.

Take care.