more lovely green things

Surprise! Today’s photos is *not* of an insect, bird, or mammal!

A couple of days ago, I posted some photos of one lovely green thing, and today is another. I’m just about to begin a busy day of washing all of the windows, putting the screens in for the summer, and getting the sun porch cleaned up for what (I hope) will be many warm evenings of sitting out there over the next couple of months. So, today’s post is something simple — an arrangement that I made from some white tulips and a stem of Solomon’s Seal from the shady part of the garden. I’m kicking myself that at the moment, I can’t think of the name of the potter who made the vase, but it’s one of my favourite pieces. It found me at the Frog Hollow gallery in Middlebury, Vermont about 12 years ago.

By the way, for the rockhounds among you who might be about to ask, the rock to the right of the vase is a piece of amazonite from further north of here — and yes, this house is filled with rocks, driftwood, dried leaves, seashells, sand dollars, skate egg cases, crab shells, desiccated seaweed, interesting branches, rusty railway spikes, horseshoes found while plowing up the fields, handmade nails and bolts found in old boards from a fallen down barn out back, parts off an old seed drill and some other equipment abandoned next to the barn ruins, pieces of broken glass smoothed by the ocean or in fast-moving rivers, coils of bittersweet vines with their bright orange fruit, some bracket fungi and a couple of pieces of dried-out birchbark found along trails here at the farm – and among all of this, a few pieces of pottery from studios here in the east. No other valuables to declare.

Have a good weekend everyone! I may or may not post much over the weekend – it kind of depends on what I see and how busy we are. The weather forecast looks good, so we’re hoping to do some hiking and, if the winds aren’t as wild as last weekend, maybe even get the canoe out of the shed and go for a small trip on the local creek.


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6 Responses to “more lovely green things”

  1. robin andrea Says:

    Hey your collection sounds much like ours! When we come home from a walk my pockets are full of rocks and things. I always feel like a little kid when I’m out on a walk.

    Those are beautiful white tulips in lovely vase.

    Have a great weekend. Hope you get to take the canoe out and see something really fantastic.

  2. Sigrid Jardin Says:

    Wow, what a beautiful photo, beautiful arrangement. Your color sense just knocks my socks off, as do your daily photographs! Thanks for giving us all such inspiration.

  3. burning silo Says:

    RA – Your comment about coming home with pockets filled with rocks and things sounds very familiar to me! I think it’s been doing that ever since I was a kid. I used to love to walk along gravel roads where I would pick up little pieces of quartz and other colorful stones. Hope you and DPR have a great weekend too. With any luck, I will get out in the canoe and take a few photos to bring here to share.

    Sigrid – Thanks – I’m glad that you’ve been enjoying the photos!

  4. Mick Gordon Says:

    Ammozonite, Have you been visiting Ontario? There is a mine near Bancroft that is well known for ammozonite. I went there last year and found it to be a most beautiful place, got a few decent pieces of ammozonite and though the property is well known for its feldspar and smoky quartz, it is distinguished from other similar mines by its ellsworthite. (MacDonald Mines) Mick

  5. Mick Gordon Says:

    Great story about the burning silo, maybe they all became firemen because they just liked fires. Mick

  6. burning silo Says:

    Mick – That’s interesting about it being at the MacDonald Mine as I didn’t know there was any right around Bancroft. I know there’s a quarry where you can get it up near Quadeville which is quite a bit east of Bancroft. I just looked up MacDonald Mine and see a page on it. We’ve only been up to Bancroft once and just to hike to the falls on the York River, but stopped at some road cuts along the way (we often do that when we see interesting rock along roadways), and also checked out dump piles at a couple of the old mines sites. I didn’t collect the big piece in the photo -it came from a local rock club show. If I remember correctly, the piece was supposed to have come from Témiscamingue Co. in Quebec.
    And regarding the burning silo story – thanks! Well, it always seems to me that it would be difficult to be a fireman without at least some interest in fires and how they behave, so perhaps you’re right!