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whisper moon
I discover beauty every day.
Interests: Fiber arts, nature, knitting, spinning, weaving, embroidery, sewing, gardening
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Ordinarily, photos here are not changed. This an exception. The photo was originally in color and has been shifted to more black and white. One can imagine painting this same view, or part of it, in smudgey washes of dark watery ink on cream-colored rice paper. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at whisper moon
An unusual moment, the burning rim of the sun just now dipped behind the mountain range. A bare breath later and the light had changed completely, revealing an entirely new landscape. Just a quick photo, but perhaps also a reminiscence of the sweeping landscapes once painted in oils by artists... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at whisper moon
A surprising find in the carrot greens, these quite large and very vibrant caterpillars. Their size and neon coloring were very unexpected, like something one might see in a rain forest instead. So, leaving them there to continue their quiet doings, deep and safe in the green fronds. And waiting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at whisper moon
Last night there were a few singing frogs in the darkness. Maybe each one was calling out from an individual spot in the small puddles here and there, left over from the rain. Still, one wonders if any looked up to see the sky full of shining stars reflected there? Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at whisper moon
Now, as mulberries begin their ripening on the big, old tree at the bottom of the garden, an early harvest of garlic greens and snap peas. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at whisper moon
In the summer heat, entering into a gentle shade. The cool ease of simplicity, the openness of emptiness, is restful and reassuring. Quietly waiting for evening breezes. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at whisper moon
Once upon a time, today's potato bed was a big sand box. Back then, a missing Lego skeleton horse would have spelled d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r. But this one got away somehow, and his friend. In the big box, sometimes three or four would play together, after climbing trees, playing tag, riding bikes.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at whisper moon
A visit to the Clark for the Picasso exhibition generated within us a special kind of alertness, particularly for visual experiencing. And the extraordinary overall aesthetics of the Clark itself kept this experience lively for us, as we emerged from the gallery into a narrow hall floored with dark grey... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at whisper moon
A moment's effort, with imperceptible impact. Perhaps a fleeting memory of Tibetan prayer flags, bright and waving in faraway sun and wind. This a more prosaic offering, just dishcloths on a clothesline. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at whisper moon
A geranium in a large terra cotta pot offers a focal point for the expanding vegetable garden. In the background, some tall winter rye that was left to itself for a bit too long. With a lot of rain and other business to attend to in the garden and elsewhere,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at whisper moon
Meet chicory. The seed catalog is very convincing about chicory. If the roots are pulled in late fall, it explains, they can be forced to grow again indoors, producing Belgian endive, those football-shaped leaf heads in palish green-yellow. The bitter zing of Belgian endive adds zest to winter salads –... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at whisper moon
There's something about a rainy cool spring. All geared up for blaring heat, ready to rush out and water, protect the seedlings. Tensed, in other words, for action. Instead, mists and rain. Cloudy days and greening fields of tall hay. Working the beds under grey skies with numbing fingers, watching... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at whisper moon
Many of our first planting of corn seedlings were bending over under the weight of large, moist leaves. Planted too soon? Not enough light? Too much water? Whatever it was, they were flopping every which way. Today's gardeners have our share of complications. Not just the usual unexpected spring snow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at whisper moon
The icing is made of powdered sugar and the juice of a blood orange, so super all-natural pink. Vegan baking seems at its best when all reference to what came before is dropped. So, though there are a zillion ways to substitute for eggs, butter, milk, one can leave the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at whisper moon
The very first day the leaves have opened, and it snows outside, broccoli opens up to the sun. One wonders about planting seeds, growing a garden. It's not like we can just walk out and pick something. Deer arrive and eat grass, but we can't. Plant our gardens, planning and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at whisper moon
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at whisper moon
If these are spruce trees, as they seem to be, they are likely offspring of our giant ones, that are twice the height of the house. Their branches grow down so low that in spring one cannot resist reaching up, stroking and shaking the new soft green needles in warm,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at whisper moon
A season's work of spinning wrapped around chopsticks. Little tastes of summertime color on display. If stitched into fabric, will these thin strands bring their memories of warmth, under a dry, empty blue sky? Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at whisper moon
There are dry spells, sometimes, and certainly this past year has been evidence of that. Growing a garden with no rain, something of a challenge. So now welcoming a new, warm autumn. Maple trees dance, their golden leaves fluttering, and black brown grey trunks singing out in contrast under a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at whisper moon
This rose bush seems to have sprung out of nowhere, hidden and mixed so shyly with the blackberry brambles, and with similarly small white flowers, so that for a while it seemed like it was a blackberry bush too. Another rose like this one grows at the back of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at whisper moon
This loosely woven, fuzzy woolen throw was not attacked by giant moths over the winter. Rather, a dog with maybe a bit too much time on his (paws) decided to do the unexpected. As you can see, he really relished his time with this special blanket. Looking at it now,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at whisper moon
Pink and green are gently sweeping through the spring garden. The early harvest is perfect for a simple meal in a handmade bowl. There is silken tofu, white rice. And the first baby pink radishes and scallions. A young apple tree grows near the vegetable garden. Bright pink bud clusters,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at whisper moon