Thursday, November 3, 2011

coming through

Canadian geese are coming back.
Photographer Barbara Carder

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

mushrooms in garden

Photographer Barbara Carder

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Horseshoe Falls at Table Rock

All this rain has made a big difference at Niagara ~ both falls are at a very high stage.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Liquid as a lime tree blossom . . . .

A White Blossom

by D. H. Lawrence

A tiny moon as white and small as a single jasmine flower

Leans all alone above my window, on night’s wintry bower,

Liquid as lime-tree blossom, soft as brilliant water or rain

She shines, the one white love of my youth, which all sin cannot stain.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Green collage by Christine . . . . . on

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Eden is a garden

Gardens are everywhere . . . even in water. Here the water lily on Braddock Bay, also known as the American White Water Lily or Fragrant Water Lily, nymphaea ororata, rivals the lotus of the east.

Sunday, August 28, 2011


A garden waterfall this summer . . . .

Friday, August 26, 2011

American Cranberry

An explosion this year of high bush cranberries, viburnum trilobum, it is actually a viburnum and a noted woodland garden planting.

Friday, August 19, 2011


This image of Frederick E. Church's Niagara Falls' Horseshoe Falls was painted in 1857. He also painted American Falls. A member of the Hudson River School of painters led by Thomas Cole, Church's Niagara paintings are held by the Corcoran Gallery in Washington. Corcoran, also a college, is an amazing resource. As neighbors of Niagara, its majestic power is worth a regular visit.

Friday, August 5, 2011

World Butterfly Conservation

The Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, sometimes called the "milkweek butterfly," is an amazing looking caterpiller. Will these butterflies overwinter at the Mariposa Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in the cloud-forested mountains of central Mexico? If so, they prefer to gather around a certain fir tree . . . Abies religiosa . . . .

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Aaron's Beard or Creeping St. John's Wort

On the Rochester Civic Garden Center's summer tour of gardens . . . .

Hypericum calycinum is an evergreen ground cover with a startlingly yellow flower. Related to St. John's Wort ~ Hypericum perforatum. St. John's Wort was gathered and burned to ward off evil spirits on the eve of St. John's Day, mid-summer or summer solstice feast, usually around June 24. The term 'wort' refers to the 'plant' or 'herb' aspect. Traced before 1000 to Middle English and Old English wyrt --descended from the German, würze or spice.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Gardens are coming into bloom

Butterflies love Liatris spicata, gayfeather, denizen of the prairies which blooms from top down . . . Also known as marsh blazing star, a member of the aster family.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The lake

We call L. Ontario 'the lake' because of its powerful pull and presence.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Love the Wild Swan

"I hate my verses, every line, every word.

Oh pale and brittle pencils ever to try

One grass-blade's curve, or the throat of one bird

That clings to twig, ruffled against white sky.

Oh cracked and twilight mirrors ever to catch

One color, one glinting

Hash, of the splendor of things.

Unlucky hunter,

Oh bullets of wax,

The lion beauty, the wild-swan wings, the storm of the wings."

--This wild swan of a world is no hunter's game.

Better bullets than yours would miss the white breast

Better mirrors than yours would crack in the flame.

Does it matter whether you hate your . . . self?

At least Love your eyes that can see, your mind that can

Hear the music, the thunder of the wings.

Love the wild swan.

Robinson Jeffers January 10, 1887 – January 20, 1962

Monday, April 11, 2011

Eco is from the Greek meaning 'house'

"Eco' ~ where does this prefix come from? Oh, from the Greek, οἶκος, meaning "house" where assemblages of plants and animals form a society of interdependent systems within a particular habitat . . . . or . . . . house. Yes. Music for the Earth House . . . . Metamorphosis from Philip Glass

Friday, April 8, 2011

passing through

You can feel the excitement of migrating birds now. Here are two Canadian Geese coming in at twilight across Braddock Bay, L. Ontario in early April. Hawks, raptors, songbirds, owls, ducks, swans . . . . April is their month. For more: Braddock Bay Raptor Research/Rochester, NY.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Conservation will fail unless it is better connected to people

"Conservation will fail unless it is better connected to people," says Rochester native Peter Kareiva, Chief Scientist and Director of Science at The Nature Conservancy. Eden Home agrees. He says "the obvious connection between conservation and people comes from the benefits nature provides people - everything from clean water and flood control, to fiber from forests, and fish from aquatic ecosystems. The scientific and practical challenge lies in developing credible tools that allow routine consideration of nature's assets [or ecosystem services] in a way that informs the choices we make everyday at the scale of local communities and regions, all the way up to nations and global agreements." Amazing! Research on this approach is being conducted as part of a collaboration between World Wildlife Fund, Stanford University and The Nature Conservancy in the form of the Natural Capital Project.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

Highland, Genesee Valley and Seneca parks

Soon the snow will be gone and we can visit our favorite parks without boots just as spring rounds the corner. According to Rochester's Landmark Society, Rochester is one of just four cities nationwide with an entire park system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of the landscape architecture: Highland, Genesee Valley and Seneca.

Talk about foresight, in 1888 Rochester's Board of Park Commissioners created open space for the first parks according to the Landmark Society.

Olmsted's three major parks in Rochester each represented different landscape styles: Highland Park, created on land donated to the city by horticulturists George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry, is an arboretum of plants and shrubs emphasizing vistas both internally and for a hundred miles to the Finger Lakes. Genesee Valley Park was designed in classic pastoral style along the Genesee River. Seneca Park's rugged terrain north of the falls inspires. Thanks for the history, LS.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

flowers by christine

varieties : flowers a collage by Christine

ten reasons for winter in march blizzard

March 6, 2011 Blizzard in New York
  1. "Snow Falling on Cedars" because it's the perfect image
  2. anticipatory spring fever ~ crocus, daffodil have already poked out
  3. the coffee smells intoxicating
  4. rhododendrons, cedar, hemlock are green against the white
  5. the silhouette of maple, oak, ash branches on a blue-gray sky is for watercolorists
  6. reruns of film noir are on TCM
  7. you can see the wind in snowspouts
  8. it's not Siberia
  9. there's nothing like a group of people pushing someone out of a snowbank for happy comradarie
  10. it gives you time to think . . . think about spring.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Spring Summer Fall Winter . . . and Spring

April 22 2011 ~ Earth Day

Coming up is Earth Day, quite a big deal these days, but in 1970 [April 22, 1970 to be exact], it was virtually ignored. It was an environmental teach-in sponsored by then Wisconsin Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson who died in 2005. Not only did he launch the first Earth Day, but he was the first senator to call for hearings in Congress on the safety of birth control pills which eventually led to the presence of side-effect inserts in packaging.

Earth Day falls in the Spring welcoming longer and longer days.

The Greening

About forty years ago - 1970 - a book hit the best-seller list. It was called the "Greening of America" by Charles Reich, a professor at Yale. It was a book about how we see ourselves. He argued that 19th century farmers and small businesspeople were replaced by large corporate institutions in the mid-20th century. He described a backlash to institutional impersonalism, the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s, as a force to be reckoned with.

He said that the values of the 60s came out of suburbia - a resurgence of individualism in order to open up people's tolerance and acceptance of things that are different.

Read this CBC report on Reich today.