Jon Crispin's Notebook

Tulips

Posted in Flowers, Plants, Seasons, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 01/05/2016

tulips and grass

The university has planted a ton of tulips in anticipation of a flood of people visiting for commencement.  Most of them are planted in regular beds, but these guys are interspersed with clumps of grass just outside of the recreation center.  Nice.

It’s Growing

Posted in Jon Crispin, Plants, Uncategorized, Water by joncrispin on 28/04/2016

water plant

Here it is from a different angle.  It is growing nicely.  I wonder if it will flower.

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Water Plant

water plant

We had a lovely walk in the woods this morning.  The trees are just starting to show new growth, and I was pleased to see that some of these water plants (identification anyone?) are starting to appear in the  small streams.  This one is right near a spot where Olive likes to lie in the water and rub her back on the moss covered rocks.

yellow? lab.

This is from a few days ago.  It might be time for a bath.

Willard Suitcases / L W M

Willard Suitcases LWM

L. W.’s case was largely empty save for this purple piece of rope and a half-smoked cigar.  It stikes me as a pretty good metaphor for a life interrupted.  You can check out the other photographs on the suitcases site.  Thanks for following, and I wish you all a lovely weekend.

The Clark

Posted in Art, Jon Crispin, museums, painters, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 04/04/2016

Art/Renoir

Cris and I drove to Williamstown yesterday to meet up with Peggy Ross and her husband Peter.  The Clark is always the draw, and every time I go something new grabs me.  These Renoirs are quite nice.

Art

I have always liked this Sargent on the right (“A Street in Venice”).

Naked Women Sculpture

Cris really likes these figures. I can’t remember the artist.

I spent a lot of time sitting in front of the Turner that I mentioned in a previous post.

Willard Suitcases / Charles F

Willard Suitcases Project

I mentioned earlier this week that I was hoping to get Charles F’s photographs uploaded by the end of the week, and here is a sample.  To see the rest of the collection, please go to the Willard Suitcases site.

Willard Suitcases Project

From the little I know about Charles, he came to Willard somewhat later in his life. I have no way of knowing if the portrait in the above photograph is he, or someone near to him, but whenever I think about his life, this image comes to mind.

Willard Suitcases Project

The tassels on his tallit are especially evocative to me.

Willard Suitcases Project

I believe that this is the publisher of some of his books.  I did a search for it but came up empty.  Any help would be welcome.

Willard Suitcases Project

His starched collars were still in quite good condition.

Willard Suitcases Project

I have no way of knowing if he was in the military, but I would guess that this canteen was army surplus.

Willard Suitcases Project

Here is a close up of his naturalization papers, which date to October of 1896.

Willard Suitcases Project

Many of the suitcases in the collection contain scraps of paper with hand-written notes on them.  I find that these can be especially interesting.

Willard Suitcases Project

 One of Charles’ cases had this selection tools (and a razor).

Willard Suitcases Project

  Please check out the rest of my photographs of Charles’ possessions on the suitcases site, and thanks for following.

Crocus

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Plants, Uncategorized, Weather by joncrispin on 31/03/2016

crociwp

We are supposed to have snow this weekend along with very cold temperatures.  I didn’t want to lose these guys to the weather before I got the chance to take some pictures.  Nature!

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Green / Big Stick

greenwp

Now that the snow is all gone Olive and I have started spending more time in the woods.  It rained most of the day yesterday, so it was pretty wet.  Nice.

olivestickwp

She is a total stick (or should I say log) girl.  This could have been record size for her.  She carried it for about half a mile.

moregreenwp

I have been seeing a lot of green lately, and these fungi are just beautiful.  Can anyone out there tell me what they are?

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Willard Suitcases / George C / Charles F

Willard Suitcases

I am attempting to make a push to upload as many new cases as I can over the next few months.

George C’s case is really blue!  It was empty save for a label.  You can see the other photos at the willardsuitcases.com site.  I am uploading the cases chronologically, and this is the beginning of a run of empty cases.  I ran the second kickstarted appeal specifically to document the entire collection, and even the empty ones are important to me.  (By the way, thanks to Peggy Ross for convincing me how important it was to photograph every case. I wouldn’t and couldn’t have done it without her help and support.)

Charles F / 5 May, 1946

One case stands out in this sequence though, especially as it was anything but empty.  Charles F’s possessions were amazing.  It  will take me days to go through it all, but I hope to have it up by the end of next week.  Above is his certificate of naturalization.  On the left you can see the list of clothing that came with him to Willard.  More soon.

Thanks for following.

Washington Capitals / Metro Closed

Posted in Cities, Sport, sports, Transportation, Travel, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 15/03/2016

washington capitals

Peter and I went to a Caps game tonight.  It was great, and they beat Carolina 2-1 in overtime on a (slightly) contested Ovechkin goal.

metro closed

On our way to the arena, a guy sitting near to us on the Metro told us that the entire system would be closed for  24 hours starting at midnight.  We figured he wasn’t kidding when we saw this ⇧.  Should make the morning commute really interesting.

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