In Defiance of Time

Dark gray sky. Rain, deep soaking rain. Rain in monochromatic curtains outline windows looking out onto gray. The rainy season covers grass and pavement and garden – and time. We waited and wished for rain during the heat and dust and struggle of summer. Now, it is here. Days on end of drizzle, downpours, sheetsContinue reading “In Defiance of Time”

Beware of what you Fish For

The following story may sound like a fish tale, but, it is the true adventures of the frazzled but happy owners of a very productive garden pond – known in the sophisticated horticultural world as a Water Feature. Approximately 30 years ago, on a beautiful summer morning, I told my spouse that we needed aContinue reading “Beware of what you Fish For”

Gardening in the Rain and Dreaming about Travel, Part 3

Another atmospheric river is hitting us here in the Seattle area today through Monday. And the most recent forecast that I paid attention to says more rain is on the way. I tend to fade out these days when I hear a weather forecast – rain, flooding, rain, “look at those rain totals!!”, and moreContinue reading “Gardening in the Rain and Dreaming about Travel, Part 3”

The Sun always Shines Eventually

Another rainy morning. My plan to take a long walk through my nearby mossy forest may need to be postponed. The trails in the forest become slippery – clay soil covered in fir needles and maple leaves add to the slick surface – and even with good hiking shoes it can be a risky walk,Continue reading “The Sun always Shines Eventually”

Two Thoughts about the Ten Commandments

We humans are busy creatures. We organize, disorganize, sort, scatter, categorize, construct and then deconstruct, make lists, lecture, teach and then forget what we learned, share, and hoard. As I said, we’re busy. And autumn is an especially busy time for gardeners and gardens. Recently, as I was busy cleaning up the garden after oneContinue reading “Two Thoughts about the Ten Commandments”

Shadows and Light

The season of light and color is coming to an end, but this morning the sun shone bright and clear. Autumn is a beautiful time of year, allowing the structure and solidity whispered in spring and summer to shout out its power in coming winter. Beauty resides even in decay. I walked through my gardenContinue reading “Shadows and Light”

Traveling and Hiking in the Rain

My spouse and I just returned from our anniversary vacation to the Olympic National Park and Rainforest – specifically, the Hoh and Quinault rainforests. The Park was established in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and encompasses 922,650 acres of unique landscapes: rainforests, magnificent beaches on the Pacific coast, meadows, rivers, and mountains. The extensiveContinue reading “Traveling and Hiking in the Rain”

A Moment in Time

My spouse and I are getting ready for another coastal vacation – most likely our last hiking vacation of 2021. We will be traveling into the Land of Green: moss, ferns, ancient conifers, nurse logs, and seedlings. This time the days will be much cooler, dampness will infuse our surroundings, and soft duff will cushionContinue reading “A Moment in Time”

In the Presence of Trees, Part 6

The First Cathedral Look up. Under trees – clear night – early morning – stale afternoon – look up. Clouds and sun – look up. Limbs brush companions with the slightest touch. Movements almost imperceptible express flow from one to another. A caress that encloses an instant of time. Neither intent nor threat interrupts thisContinue reading “In the Presence of Trees, Part 6”