Tag: flowers

Deconstructing Beauty

Deconstructing Beauty

I’ve begun to understand that observing the world’s beauty is my most favorite therapy.  And if you look for it, you’ll find it most everywhere. From delicate macaron feet peeking out from a soft pastel shell to the browned crisped dough of a pastry that […]

What’s the Story, Morning Glory? (Summer photo purge)

What’s the Story, Morning Glory? (Summer photo purge)

How gorgeous is this blue Morning Glory? It looks as if stroked by a partially dry paintbrush. This bloom mysteriously disappeared shortly after I took this picture. I wonder if blue plants are sought-after vittles for critters since they are so rare?   Hibiscus time. […]

Backyard Butterfly Break

Backyard Butterfly Break

After several less than active seasons, the butterfly bush has been all a-buzz this summer. So I broke in the new lens for my Nikon and got into the bush to photo-stalk some of the feasting creatures. Like this Monarch butterfly, a big flirt who […]

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life; Lavender

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life; Lavender

There are things that go very differently in my head. The first day of my Summer break… In my head I rouse from a peaceful slumber as a stray ray of sunlight gently taps my shoulder.  Hovering Blue Jays hold up an impractical, sheer house […]

Pink and Red All Over

Pink and Red All Over

Though I don’t like pink on men because I am a confused jumble of progressive principles and old fashioned ideals that leave me mostly mourning the disappearance of real men, Lou Barlow can wear pink if he wants to. He can also describe his feelings vividly in song, sure. If […]

Backyard Colors

Backyard Colors

With spring definitively here, the bulbs I planted last September are starting to poke out their heads in the backyard… like these late daffodils with the complicated faces.  Trees are finally blooming. And so I stored my winter coats and sweaters away.  I’ve gushed about tulips […]

Vegan Amsterdam, Part Two

Vegan Amsterdam, Part Two

One thing that Europe does right is their train stations. Besides being within massive and ornate cathedrals, they are always wide open and airy, contain several flapping pigeons for effect, and are very easy to navigate. Like this here Amsterdam Centraal Station. Why are they so beautiful? Perhaps […]

Moon Flower / 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe

Moon Flower / 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe

The start of a new school year is a taxing time. From freedom to strenuous furniture moving, room design and set-up, to planning units of study.. then the delivery, and all teaching entails. No one day alike, ever-changing variables and constant stimulation. And with the […]

Backyard Activity

Backyard Activity

I get to see all the backyard goings-on when I am home for the summer. Like hungry bumble bees getting sustenance. Black-eyed Susans looking all badass, ready to intimidate a Daisy. Hibiscus monitoring and managing their sun intake.  The sunflowers building their happy faces. Beautiful butterflies feasting […]

wi. / mn.

wi. / mn.

Lest you think me a sunflower stalker (I am), please know that Babbette’s Seeds of Hope was the first field of sunflowers I knew about, though I suppose I realized they existed, and the very first field of sunflowers I intended to visit… the reason […]

Through the Night With the Light From Above {Backyard/Independence Day 2016}

Through the Night With the Light From Above {Backyard/Independence Day 2016}

Porno for pyros Pink, white & teal, close enough Fountainhead Marshmallow meringue parfaits Independent lunch–Field Roast burger, potato salad, corn on the cob Black-eyed Susan up, with ladybug superfly friend A Big Galoot snuck in to cool off. So handsome. Lilies are up. Tomatoes dropping […]

It’s All Green / Garden Log, Spring 2016: Day 35: Seven

It’s All Green / Garden Log, Spring 2016: Day 35: Seven

It took a while for spring to spread her green. But she’s here, finally. Wild life in the backyard. Clematis blooming. Iris parade on the side of the house. Rose bushes also showing signs of green. Garden still contained.  Anticipating these tomatoes  My lucky 7 […]

Undeveloped Long Island: Welwyn Preserve (Glen Cove)

Undeveloped Long Island: Welwyn Preserve (Glen Cove)

Undeveloped Long Island: It is so easy to hate where you’re from. It conveniently holds blame for all the ails of your upbringing. It takes no offense. But it’s other things, you just need to look beyond the paths you’ve worn well. Like anywhere, it […]

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: <b>Orchids</b>

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Orchids

There are not many things as beautiful as an orchid. So the New York Botanical Garden‘s orchid show (Orchidelirium), which exhibits thousands diverse orchids, is a heavenly way to spend the afternoon. The magnolias are blooming. And an azalea bush that beat the others to bloom.

My Frosty Valentine

My Frosty Valentine

With record cold this Valentine’s morning, the windows were intricately frosted by Mother Nature. The Atlantic ocean in the winter from the Robert Moses Causeway. Orchids are beautiful–and other such understatements. You are my Everything. A batch of Brooklyn’s Dunwell‘s. At like 1030 on Sunday, they […]

Francine, Look at the Nature.

Francine, Look at the Nature.

Having a yard is like having your own park that no one else can visit… unless they’re invited of course. I love watching all the life go on in the yard. And I much prefer to see its critters than those urban critters (i.e. millions of people) […]

Colorful

Colorful

Push aside winter grey, summer is unofficially here. The irises are blooming at the zombie house next door, triggered by nature. There Will Come Soft Rains-style.  The backyard, once a bland backdrop along the walk to the back door, invites entry, holds glistening fruits and color […]

Constant Craving

Constant Craving

Do this experiment. Start peeling an orange, put your nose in the path of the rind’s mist, peel a packet loose and place it in your mouth, but do not chew… Your salivary glands dumped buckets out into your mouth whether or not you thought you […]

Spring, Finally {Pictorial}

Spring, Finally {Pictorial}

Frosty morning tulips in the backyard Later, sun-funned tulips in the afternoon The bulbs I planted in my parents’ backyard in September, all grown up Our lips are sealed. Spring means figs, one of my top 5 favorite fruits. Simpler Spring lunch: smashed avocado toast with this […]

Lawn Guy Land

Lawn Guy Land

When I lived in Brooklyn, I had better access to vegan food options. Living on Long Island, I make my food more often. This is a good thing. But on occasion I’ll hunt down food leads, determinedly, like I would if I was staying for just a […]

Beautiful Things & Cupcakes

Beautiful Things & Cupcakes

Sometimes the sky blazes. And it makes even a suburban street beautiful. A beautiful birthday orchid. Spider art. The new dining room. And Frank. Cupcake Monster prep. Dandies + edible markers = Weird monster cupcakes. You lookin’ at me?

Holding On to Summer (Photo Release)

Holding On to Summer (Photo Release)

Though I am knee-deep in planning for September, I am holding on tight to the Summer. In the backyard, Black-eyed Susans attract the bees… and other bugs who take nibbles.  “She will feed you tomatoes and radio wires.” The garden is looking a bit chaotic. […]

Vegan in The Bronx

Vegan in The Bronx

While taking a botany class all-week at the gorgeous New York Botanical Garden, I thought it was fine time to do some blog reporting in the northern-most borough of New York City. The Bronx. The Bronx has a handful of vegan gems, mostly Rastafari-owned Ital […]