Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here's a fine example of a badass tree of cinema: the cherry tree where Christopher Walken's headless horsemen comes bursting forth like a headless bat out of hell. The tree is a true Tim Burton creation, shaped in the curly-que that he tends to favor. And if I remember correctly, it swallows souls of the headless horseman's victims, so it's got some gruesome shots that I won't spoil here. It's all pretty badass, for a tree.
Johnny Depp basically acts scared through the entire film, but looks good doing it.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Here' some "before" photos, shot in near-dark and pretty dreadful, unless you want to look at them as "arty," or as reflecting my state of mind when I first admitted to myself that I am a land owner.
Here's the road. My property is the road itself (even though my next-door neighbor uses it every day to get in and out of her house), all along the left, and along the right, but the neighbors with the adjacent lawn just spray the right side with weed killer every year. Note the dead border along their lawn. Nice. I'm not responsiblef for the Tim Burton-esque falling-down fences along the road. Thank god.
Here's a tangle of blackberry vines with seasonally dead leaves. I waited until they all frosted over, died and fell from the vines. Then I got on my work gloves and set to snipping. I snipped every vine and loaded up two large bins for recycling day. Now I have to either dig up the roots (impossible), spray with Round-up (not a good plan, ecologically speaking), or plan C: trim the cut-down vines to the ground, cover with layers of newspaper and/or cardboard (weighted down with a rock), then layer over that a thick mulch made from chopped up leaves from my back yard. A multi-step and physically taxing plan, but I'm giving it a go. Good exercise!
Here's your daily tree. It was a bush that I've been trimming into more of a tree shape. I have no idea what kind of plant this is. Long, thorny shoots, large, red cherry-like fruit that's hard as rocks--pretty ugly and useless. But I'll keep it for a while because it's nice to have a roadside tree, however weird.
Close-up of fruit. It arrives in Fall and lingers and never seems to ripen. My tree identification Web sites aren't helping on this one. Whatever it is, I'm sure it's some kind of invasive thing that a bird dropped from its nether regions, like all the blackberry vines.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Having lived in San Francisco for 20 years, I can handle damp, cold weather with hardly any complaining. Snow last year was icing on the cake. But I must wear a hat. And a heavy jacket. None of that t-shirt in 38-degree weather stuff for me. To those who can go out and pick up the newspaper and get the mail in such attire, I salute you.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
One more. Because it reminds me of watercolors.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Many of the big-leaf maples lost ALL their leaves overnight, but these managed to hang on. I noticed that when the trees lose their leaves, it's sunnier around here, at least at ground level.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I just noticed it on my way to the car after visiting the Portland Art Museum. If you're in town, visit the Museum for its current "Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957" exhibit. Wonderful, large-scale photos from the original large negatives. Photographer Carleton Watkins is the highlight. He invented his own large-scale camera to obtain negatives large enough to capture the vastness of his subject. His entire camera outfit weighed more than 2,000 pounds, which he hauled around in a boat, setting up a darkroom tent on the beach as he worked his way up and down the gorge. You can see the gorge from many viewpoints, as unspoiled wilderness, or as a sight for commerce, industry and tourism. It's all there in black & white (and occasional color).
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
The Oregonian reports that the Portland Japanese Garden is looking to expand. It's so popular now that at times it's hard to find the quiet meditative quality that the garden strives for. So hopefully after some fundraising efforts (good luck!), the garden will move its gift-shops to its lower level and provide a good tea-sipping spot as well.
I didn't know classes are taught there on maple-tree pruning and how to make a bamboo fence. I'd love to make a bamboo fence--sign me up (if the class is not already full).
More beautiful photos from the Japanese Garden Web site.