Sudden in a shaft of sunlight*

September 24, 2006


I was sitting outside a service station on Friday, on the only bit of curb that wasn’t oilstained, waiting for my car to go through Virginia state inspection and idly watching a cop pulling over hapless speeders, when the sun came out and lit up this tree.

*”Sudden in a shaft of sunlight
Even while the dust moves
There rises the hidden laughter
Of children in the foliage
Quick now, here, now, always—
Ridiculous the waste sad time
Stretching before and after.”
T.S. Eliot The Four Quartets: Burnt Norton


September 22, 2006

I deliberately shot this gateway, which is in the Georgetown area of the District of Columbia, in spring before the wisteria came into leaf or flower because this way you see the lantern. Once the wisteria starts growing, the lantern is hidden.

Mystery: Part II

September 8, 2006

Taken in the same location as yesterday’s, but I’m still not sure where it is. I do remember shooting this as part of a college class self-chosen final portfolio, the subject of which was “seeing through.” I wish I could see through the mists of time to know where I was when I was looking through this gateway to the garden beyond. Any ideas, anyone?

Crape myrtle

September 4, 2006


Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is a very good-natured tree. While well-prepared soil is best, the trees will grow in poor soil; they tolerate drought, though they flower better if well watered; and they require little maintenance. Yearly pruning any time during the late winter or early spring before growth begins will encourage blooming, since the flowers form on new growth.

Crape myrtles are a popular flowering tree in the Washington area, and we are now seeing the very last of the blooms, which tells us that autumn is setting in.

Wings of Fancy

September 3, 2006

Wings of Fancy” is the live butterfly exhibit currently showing at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Md. It’s quite an experience to be in the midst of so many beautiful butterflies from Central and South America as well as the more familiar native Maryland species as they flutter freely around you.

The leaves are turning

September 2, 2006

Summer hardly arrived, it seems, and now it’s September, and the first signs of autumn are showing themselves at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Md., and elsewhere in the Washington area.


August 31, 2006


This Japanese-inspired teahouse is at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland.