Yesterday, I came across a cluster of sunflowers and found that each and every flower had a bumblebee visitor. Not two or three, but one each. It was as if an agreement had been made among all parties that this was the best way to share the goods--one on one, everyone getting a seat in the theater of pollen collecting. The bumblebees were so content or full or something, they barely moved, which made for easier picture-taking. Here's a few.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
|Impossible not to wonder when looking through this leafy door.|
|the John Hancock and clouds|
|A flower sparkler|
|The generous hydrangea|
Posted by Jessica Keener at 9:09 PM
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Beauty dangling on a thread.
What surprises are on the way to you?
Ferns on a Saturday walk in Boston
Did you know that the name for Iris comes from the Greek word for rainbow?
This fledgling robin spotted in our yard, then later seen scurrying across the road, then later still I saw Parent robin feeding him/her a meal. Leaving the nest is an exciting and vulnerable time.
Posted by Jessica Keener at 10:05 AM
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
This spring came so fast after a slow start, everything is blooming at once. I can't keep up with what's newly showing and I certainly don't care to. It's all a wonderful unleashing of aromas and visuals, and awakenings. Here are a few recent sightings accompanied by short musings of sorts, which I hope you enjoy.
|These buds on a tree are so ready.|
|A peek inside Harvard Yard, newly greening|
|What shade of blue or violet, she asks.|
|Boston Public Garden|
|From a tulip's point of view in Copley Square|
Are Peonies from another planet? This cluster of them on a bush at the end of our street popped open in one day, the size of them otherworldly.
|Flowering into the sky.|
Posted by Jessica Keener at 8:05 PM
Sunday, April 20, 2014
For the past few days leading up to Monday's big race, helicopters--security patrol--have been scrolling the Boston skies. It's a return to sounds from last year when our town went on lock down and my country watched from the internet wings. Those ch-ch-chuffing motors above my roof unsettled me a bit until I went downtown to Copley Square and saw the city sidewalks shimmering with pedestrians in an exuberant expression of happiness and hope--people walking five abreast on Newbury Street, every outdoor cafe brimming with runners about to take the stage; families with kids scattering on the asphalt byways.
|Magnolia tree on Commonwealth Ave.|
Later in the day, riding on a (very) crowded trolley, I met this lovely couple from Wisconsin. The husband, Randy Zemlicka, has run 32 marathons. His goal, he said, was to run a marathon in all 50 states. This was his first time in Boston. Randy was born with a congenital heart problem and has undergone multiple surgeries including a recent implant to help with pacing. And, here he is, ready to go. What a smile! I also learned that Randy is running for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a partner for young cancer surviver, Ames. Sitting behind Randy and his lovely wife are their daughter and son-in-law who have come along to cheer him on. It's stories like this one that are recharging our city this weekend. We are celebrating our humanity. Thank you! Learn more about Randy's inspiring story by clicking this link.
Here's a few more photos from Saturday's stroll around Copley Square and Newbury Street. Enjoy!
|Mr. Copley wearing his Boston Marathon colors|
|The Finish Line|
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