Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WILDFLOWERS

Blackroot

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Vetch ? Cowpea
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Water Hemlock
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Phlox
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Morning Glory

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Lizard Tail
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Partridge-pea

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Goat's Rue ?

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Tread Softly
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New Jersey Tea or Redroot


 

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Paw Paw



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Deer Berry or Sparkleberry
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Duckweed
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Iris
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Fringe Tree
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Swamp Dogwood
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Cyrilla  ?


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Trumpet Vine


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Butterfly Weed


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Devil's Walking Stick
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Rusty Lyonia


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Unidentified

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Greenbrier Family
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Unidentified Parsley? similar to Mock Bishop Weed

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Wild Poinsettia
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Wild Hydrangea 
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Sensitive Brier
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Leucothoe
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Papyrus 
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Bromeliaceae family
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Button Bush
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Sweetbay Magnolia
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Elderberry
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Sundrops
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Sarsaparilla Vine - Greenbrier family
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Gallberry




American Holly


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Gopher Apple (Licania)


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Hawthorn
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Friday, May 4, 2018

TENNIS

Mark took these photos in Arlington in 1980.



RETIREMENT

June 15, 2013
Comment to Ian's blog, A Wayfarers Notes

When Larry first retired we purchased a house with 14 acres of land in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina. Some was open, some wooded. There were trails through the woods which crossed over to neighbors' property. Paths or trails on private property are not for public use in the US although you can legally cross another's property without trespassing. We enjoyed our woodland; in fact it kept us from hiking elsewhere as much as we might have.

But the point of this comment is that I decided to put a bench overlooking our tiny creek so that I could sit and read and enjoy the solitude in peace. As it turned out the bench never had anyone sitting on it. Since the woods were our own woods we looked after them, harvested firewood from them, and improved them. If I sat down they immediately began calling to me to clip, or pull down, or clear away, or tract down something I hadn't seen in a few days. Anyway I wanted to interact with out little ecosystem; there was no pleasure in passively observing.

Larry called our place Beulah after Blake's state where the contraries as equally true. I called it Shadowlight but it never really caught on.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

JOEL LILLY BABYLON

My Mother, Joel Lilly Babylon, was born 110 years ago today. She was photographed with me in 1937. She didn't mean to be in the picture but I wouldn't let he go. This is the prettiest picture of her that we have. Forever Grateful!

Friday, April 6, 2018

HIKES WITH PAUL

March 2018

Silver Springs State Park
Fort King Military Trail

Coehadjoe County Park
NE 35th ST

Cross Florida Trail
Marshall Swamp
Sharps Ferry Road

Ravine Gardens State Park
Palatka FL


Cross Florida Trail
Marshall Swamp Bike Trails
Baseline - Banyan Rd - Almond Rd Trailhead


Cross Florida Trail
Marshall Swamp
Baseline - Silver Springs Shores
64th Ave Rd - end - Marshall Greenway


Indian Lake State Forest
Bear-n-Oak Trail
N 36th Ave



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Lake_State_Forest

Silver Springs Shores
https://www.google.com/maps/@29.1626451,-82.0439174,15.38z

Saturday, February 24, 2018

ACROSS THE RIVER

Comment to Ian's blog:

The testimony the world gives us is of transience not of permanence.

I grew up in New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi which would be something like the south bank of the Thames. When I was young the river had not been bridged at the city; it was too wide and deep and swift for the engineering of the day. The were many ferries to cross the river, and I lived near the landing for the one that crossed to Canal Street, the most important shopping area of the city. So there came a point in our lives when Mother allowed my sister and I to go 'across the river' to shop along Canal Street. The stores we visited were mostly 'dime stores' of which there were several. So this is part of my experience of walking as a child – a short walk to the ferry, crossing the mile wide river on the boat, traversing the multitude of railroad tracks on the 'viaduct', walking up the wide boulevard with street cars in the 'neutral ground', searching through the stores for whatever trinkets we coveted, buying a hotdog and coke at a lunch counter on the way home and returning with our treasures.

The only transcendence in these experiences was that of taking a few steps on our own beyond the protected envelope of our neighborhood. We were left with dim memories of a matrix of space and time which is long lost.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

MARK'S MUSIC

Son Mark sent me this recording of him playing guitar and singing. He recorded it on his phone.

I enjoyed  listening to his music last year when he was here. When he and Rob were here together with the guitar and Irish flute it was a real treat. Too bad I didn't record that.

On the Road Again


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