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The sky often looks like an ocean, but yesterday, it was like the air was the ocean. There was wind all day long, and the sound of that wind in the leaves was just like waves and surf. And, the trees were swaying their whole bodies, like sea kelp. Stuck on the ground, I felt like some bottom-feeder fish, but even on the bottom, you could feel the currents. It kept on seeming like rain--the sky was white, and there were clouds on top of clouds--but it didn't rain much. Last night, though, it rained a lot--and this morning I found out that it had been the remnants of Ernesto, the erstwhile hurricane and tropical storm. That really made me feel in sych with the planet, because I had noticed and experienced and paid attention to a whole huge weather system, without realizing it.

At the abandoned farm, the tassles of susuki grass are getting full--a sure sign of autumn. That and other early autumn pics under the cut:

susuki grass

and here are the wild grapes I talked about a while ago:

wild grapes

and meadows in early autumn:

fields and mountains, early autumn

and my peach harvest :-)

Peach harvest


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Sep. 3rd, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
Sweet grapes on the autumn winds
such things seem to have come early this year
Looking back I remember that the first week of september was noticeably warmer (and dirtier in my case)

Do wild grapes grow by the new high school?
I remember that at the old old high school the smell was a very strong presence.
Sep. 3rd, 2006 09:55 am (UTC)
They have killer landscaping at the new high school--you have to go way out to the corners to find any hint of wild, and over on the side that's next to Swift River, etc., there's no room at all for wild, so I doubt it. By old old high school, do you mean the current Jabish Brook, or do you mean the building that's now the administration building? I can believe there are wild grapes in both those places...
Sep. 3rd, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
I love that tropically wind that feels like underwater! I like the idea of the trees looking like kelp in the currents. Maybe this weather is coming up the coast in my direction...?
Sep. 3rd, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping! We can be like corks as a wave goes by--woops! I'm up... now I'm down... and now you're up! Riding the wave. But it may have blown itself out by the time it gets there.

I identified some plants I saw in Quebec--I was so excited. One was "whorled wood aster"--we have lots of asters here, but not that one. Another was "blue bead lily"--with its blue beadlike fruit. The website said it was poisonous. Sure did look poisonous! But do you by any chance know what this plant is? Its fruit remind me of what we have here, Viburnum acerfolium, but *that* plant has leaves that are maple shaped, whereas this plant didn't. Pic below:


I apologize if this is completely out of your field--I just thought I'd take a chance, seeing as you do all that woodlands stuff...
Sep. 3rd, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
I love all your pictures, always. So calming.
Sep. 3rd, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
Yay :-) glad you like them!
Sep. 3rd, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
Those are lovely peaches!

Do you have any plans for your pretty grapevines after you've gathered? Those are so nice, I'm sure there are dozens of fun things to do with them.
Sep. 3rd, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Actually, it was just the grapes I gathered, with the intention of making jelly. Really, really tart jelly :-)

But it's fun to make wreathes out of grapevines. And I do have a plan to make a something like a wreath--with little metal dangly things hanging down. Train-flattened coins and things. It will either look really nice or just super kitsch.
Sep. 4th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
That sounds pretty! :)
Sep. 3rd, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
Your writing is so poetic...very nice - sky..underwater..kelps..
Sep. 3rd, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: poetic
Thanks--it really was like being in an underwater world that day.
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
Lovely! I too have had that underwater feeling during the monsoon season and then the rain has added to the effect!
Sep. 6th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
Does the wind come, before (or along with) the rain?
Sep. 4th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
Good lord, do those peaches look scrumptious!
Sep. 6th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
They're pretty good--wish I could share one with you!
Sep. 5th, 2006 11:18 am (UTC)
Love the pics. WE are getting some rain and I am SOOOOOOOO grateful.
Sep. 6th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
mmm, thought of you just now, listening to the rain (see comment on more recent entry...)
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