Sunday, December 6, 2009

Welcome, Christmas

By accident, I caught my own reflection in the clear, oval glass of this wooden front door. It's the front entrance of an old home, over 100 years old, now known as Avalon Hall, on the campus of Lipscomb University. Originally, it was the residence of the school's founder. A nearby plaque dedicates the restored building to his wife.

Avalon Hall's Front Door at Christmas

Avalon Hall Plaque

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Walking the Dogs

Edwin Warner Park has many delights for beagles and their owners.

Beagles on track

Team work

In the Creek

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Peak of the Season

The past few days have seen the trees around here become increasingly brilliant with their fall colors. Overcast skies complement the fallen leaves of this maple tree in my sister's front yard:

Maple on a Foggy Morning

Below is a photo of the same dogwood as that in the lower lefthand corner of the photo of the maple tree. I took these pictures yesterday morning, when the fog was so dense that it bordered on being a misting rain. The air was cool, and a light breeze from the south made it very pleasant for walking.

Dogwood in the Mist

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pride, another neighbor's pet

He was moving in and nuzzling me as I came through the front door of a neighbor's house. Couldn't manage to capture his full face.

Pride, closeup of a neighbor's pet, CRW_4744-1

Finally, we made it into the living room, where he settled peacefully near the fireplace.

Pride, a Golden Labrador, CRW_4746

He's not allowed on the rug -- concern about shedding hairs or about muddy feet?

Pride, another view of this golden labrador, CRW_4745

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Chubbs, pointing, CRW_4673

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, Chubbs was chasing a tennis ball that his owner had launched by hitting it with a golf club. He's a young dog, a cross between a German pointer and a golden retriever, and he's very focused on acquiring the ball -- sometimes in midair -- and bringing it back. If it lands and he has to search for it, he will freeze stock-still in pointing stance until told to get it. I enjoyed watching him very much. He's also quite friendly and affectionate -- a wonderful pet.

My neighbor snapped the photo below of me with Chubbs, who is eager to get back to the tennis ball game:

Chubbs and Me, CRW_4672-1

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

For the Birds

Crabapples, Late July, 2009

A few crabapples ripen on a dying branch of an ornamental crabapple tree.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Weather Tune

Original verses by Mary, on a cold, well, okay, cool day in July

I wrote this to entertain myself earlier today, because I seem to be the only one not bored with contemplating the weather.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Here's a word left over from my childhood: "storebought," which we used to mean the opposite of "homemade." We might say for example, "That storebought bread will be better to make the sandwiches with, instead of the sourdough Mother just took out of the oven."

In this case we would mean the machine-sliced commercial loaf from the grocery.

But the word could be used for any commercial product chosen instead of one made by hand. As in, "She wore her storebought dress to the party because she hadn't finished hemming the dress-up skirt that she'd made from the pattern her grandmother had sent."

(These two examples of the use of this adjective are also for Wordnik .)

Mary the Trillenator

In some circles I'm known as the trillenator -- it's a word coined by a friend for me to use in an e-mail address. I like to think of myself as Mary the Trillenator, exploring the universe (at least in my imagination) and confounding the assumptions of all stick-in-the muds.

I've just offered "trillenator" as a word at the new website Wordnik .

And this post is to help clarify the meaning of my submitted word to anyone interested.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Stamens Survive the Storm

Crabapple Stamens Survive the Weekend's Storms

Heavy rain and high winds on Saturday, March 28, 2009, left the driveway covered with pink crabapple petals. But the bare stamens and many of the blooms weathered the storm, and the old tree continues its springtime reproductive tasks, while, sheltering near its trunk, this year's tulip crop opens to the morning sun.

Tulips, March 30, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Slowly but surely

Crabapple Buds on St. Patrick's Day

At last, the warm sun has started to bring these rosy buds further into the light. And what does the upcoming day have in store for them? Watch this space.

Crabapple Branch

Crabapple Against the Light

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Ides of March Are Just Around the Corner

Crabapple and White Pines, with Utility Wires

As if multiple utility lines aren't enough to contend with, the crabapple and the white pines on the street corner have to battle wind and freezing rain.

Update on how the crab buds fare, in this space later.

Friday, February 27, 2009

A Winter's Tour of Percy Warner Park

View of Nashville from an Overlook

Overlooking Nashville, from Percy Warner Park

Layered Stone Outcropping, With Leafless Trees and Scattered Boulders

Rock Outcroppings in Percy Warner Park

Stairway Below a Wet-Weather Spring

Water Gleams on a Stone Stairway in Percy Warner Park

Some tiny woodland birds that I couldn't identify had been drinking from this trickling water a split second before I snapped this shot from our rolled-down car window.

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