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.

Leaves / Ice

Posted in Nature, Plants, Seasons, Trees, Uncategorized, Weather by joncrispin on 28/01/2016

leaves-icewps

I had a nice little walk in the woods today with the dog.  We don’t have any snow, but there is ice.

Happy New Year…

Posted in autumn, Nature, Seasons by joncrispin on 01/09/2015

…Well sort of.  I grew up in an academic family; my father taught at Allegheny College, and when I was in the 7th grade my mother began teaching at Meadville High School.  So for me, the Autumn is my favorite time of the year and a return to a routine in which I am most comfortable.  I have always viewed the 1st of September as my New Year’s Day.  (The difference being that I am rarely hung over.  I’ll leave that for the 1st of January.)

I was driving back from Boston on Sunday and saw these trees just off Route 202 in Pelham.  I went back last night to take this photograph.  For you lovers of Summer, I know this isn’t such welcome news, but for me it was nice to see some early color.  “For every season”, etc, etc.

I have always liked this XTC song.  Pretty much sums it up.

Summer Solstice

Posted in Dogs, Labradors, Seasons by joncrispin on 22/06/2015

Yesterday was the longest day of the year, and there was a little event at the UMASS Sunwheel.  We put the dog in the car and went down to see what was happening.  It was a beautiful evening.

This has been the greenest summer I can remember in a long time, although that could relate to the fact that I was in California earlier this month, and the contrast is striking.

Recent

Posted in Animals, Architecture, Dogs, Fungi, Jon Crispin, Landscape, Nature, Plants, Seasons, Trees by joncrispin on 20/09/2014

I haven’t been posting lately, and I suspect one of the reasons is above.  I am remembering that it takes a ton of work to have a puppy in the house.

The good news is that I am spending a ton of time in the woods with her.  Any help on what this lot is?

Cris and I flew out of Boston early yesterday on our way to Denver.  Hard to believe the above shot was taken in the airport.  Looks like something out of someone’s private home in South Boston. / On our way up to the mountains we stopped in Arvada to see the house where my aunt Leora and uncle Herald lived, a place I have been visiting since a young child.

We are in Colorado for the wedding of one of Cristine’s grad students.  Laura was a favorite of ours, and the nuptials are in Beaver Creek.  It is beautiful here.  The aspens are so lovely at this time of the year.

Connecticut River / Hadley

Posted in Nature, Rivers, Seasons, Water by joncrispin on 21/05/2014

I was driving home from Northampton early this evening and stopped at my favorite spot on the Connecticut river.  The light was quite nice as I stood on this levee looking West.  It has been a beautiful Spring here this year.

Pingry and Travel

Posted in Flowers, Friends, Landscape, Nature, Plants, Seasons, Travel, Trees, Weather by joncrispin on 10/05/2014

I just spent the past four days shooting a project at the Pingry School in New Jersey.  The days were very full, the work was great and since it was with my friends at the Herson Group, we enjoyed ourselves tremendously. /  I have been photographing Peter Carroll jumping almost as long as I have known him (which is a very long time).  And while I was living in Ithaca, I spent a lot of time photographing portable toilets, and had a very one sided postcard correspondence with The Portable Sanitation Association.  These toilets were on the high end of comfort and I believe they were even air conditioned.

The spring is much further (farther?) along in New Jersey than it is in Massachusetts, and these dogwood blossoms were at their peak.  Ours don’t even have leaves yet.

As I was driving through Springfield, the sky got really interesting and I pulled into a scenic area on the 91 to check out this beautiful rainbow.  Not a great shot, but a lot of cars had stopped to watch it and there was a nice little collection of people taking in the scene. /  Enjoy the weekend everyone.

Wrong

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Plants, Seasons, Weather by joncrispin on 16/04/2014

I’m sorry, but this just seems wrong.  Mid April and 3 inches of snow.  I’m pretty sure these guys will survive though.

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Paperwhites

Posted in Family, Flowers, Nature, Plants, Seasons by joncrispin on 17/01/2014

A few years ago my sister Karen gave us some paperwhite bulbs and told us how to get them to flower.  The process seemed to mysterious to me; put some dried up bulbs on some stones, add just enough water to cover the bottom of the bulbs and  in a short amount of time…voila, you have the most amazing smelling flowers in your house.  In winter!  So we do it every year now.  Give it a shot.  It is a great way to brighten up a household.

Farmers’ Market

Posted in Food, Nature, Plants, Seasons by joncrispin on 14/09/2013

This is white ginger.  It usually shows up at this time of the year at the Amherst farmers’ market and is quite lovely.  We usually buy some to put in the freezer.

I was taken by the produce at Old Friends Farm stand this morning.  Everything looked great in the soft morning light.

Autumn farmers’ markets are the best.

I’ve no idea what these little white pods are, but they look nice next to the tomatoes.

And a question for all you grammarians out there.  When I was writing the title of this post I assumed that the apostrophe in farmers would go after the “r”, but when I did an internet search, many sites had it after the “s”.  Any clarification on which is correct?

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