Jon Crispin's Notebook

Spanish Moss and Buds

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Plants, Seasons, Trees, Weather, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 20/03/2013

We are heading North today after an amazing, recuperative stay in South Carolina.  Spring has arrived in full force; trees are budding out and the weather has been beautiful. / I got a ton of work done on the suitcase project while here.  The American Society of Picture Professionals is featuring the project in a story in their next publication.  They are the first to have focused on the preservation aspect of the materials since many of their members are curators.   I am so happy to get this side of the story out.  And I have sent six images to the Exploratorium that they will be using to produce postcards to sell in the museum store.  Finally, today I got a nice email from Yvonne Boots-Faubert who looked at some of the fabric/sewing based contents of the cases and wrote a nice post on her blog.  Check it out.  I am so happy when people look at the photographs and are stimulated enough to get creative and apply it to their own interests.  Thanks, as usual, to all of you who are following this site.

Small Fir

Posted in Nature, Plants, Trees by joncrispin on 21/11/2012

I think I posted a shot of one of these a few years ago.  I can never remember what this small plant is called but I seem to remember seeing them in terrariums back way back when. They are all over the woods above my house. I’m pretty sure my sister will chime in with the correct answer.  Anyone else care to enlighten me?

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Japanese Maple

Posted in Seasons, Trees by joncrispin on 29/10/2012

Last year our neighbor Ken decided to open up the front garden of his house and asked us if we would like to have his Japanese Maple.  We were interested but since I know nothing about transplanting trees I was a bit leery.  For quite some time Ken has had a lovely young man from Russia who is studying nursing at UMASS do yard work, and Andrei was willing to move the tree for us.  So last autumn the job was done and I spent the winter worrying that it would die.  When spring came it budded out nicely and has been a lovely addition to the front of the house.  The leaves started out red and then by July turned green.  This is how they look today.

I took Cris to the airport on Saturday, and yesterday she safely arrived at her hotel in Ramallah.  She will be in the West Bank until Saturday and then into Gaza.  I will be posting a bit more regularly to keep her up to date on what’s happening here.

Tiny Tree / Big Leaves

Posted in Nature, Plants, Seasons, Trees, Weather by joncrispin on 03/10/2012

I had a nice walk with the Pearl just now.  Our usual spot with the scummy pond (no ducks today).  The leaves are starting to change and even though it is a foggy, muggy, warm day it is beginning to feel like the autumn.

There is still quite a bit of green in the trees, but the light at the end of the day is way more toward yellow than it was just last week.

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Posted in Animals, Cities, Flowers, Nature, Travel, Trees, Weather by joncrispin on 15/04/2012

Cris and I are in Vancouver.  She is here for the AERA conference and I am just tagging along.  This is a most remarkable city.  I am happy that there are lots of crows about.  They seem to have displaced the usual pigeons that often dominate cities.  There is water everywhere and lots of seagulls but it is the crows that are the most fun to watch. /  The weather has been lovely; lots of sun and in the mid to upper 50s which is perfect for walking in Stanely Park.

I was in London a month ago and the magnolia trees were just starting to bloom.  Now they are at the same stage here in Vancouver.  Everything is popping out.  Flowers are everywhere in the city and I am overwhelmed with how beautiful this place is.

Spring in Bishop’s Park London

Posted in Cities, Flowers, Nature, Travel, Trees, Weather by joncrispin on 17/03/2012

Peter and I are off to the Cottage for the match between Fulham and Swansea.  He’ll be talking to supporters about his project and we’ll see the game.  We will walk through Bishop’s park again to get to the ground.  It is a bit rainy this morning and not quite as nice as on Thursday when I took this shot.  Spring has come a bit early here this year and the trees are really coming out.  Can anyone tell me to what tree these buds belong?


Posted in Animals, Landscape, Nature, Trees, Weather by joncrispin on 18/11/2011


I left the house early this morning to drive up to Maine to visit my brother for a few days.  The morning light was lovely and when I saw these cows, I pulled over to take a few shots.

Tree Eyes Again

Posted in Family, Plants, Trees, Weather, Windows by joncrispin on 28/08/2011


I am still seeing the eyes.  I was thinking with all the wind from Irene that the one on the right would disappear, but the storm seems to be mostly past us and he (Alex named him Ramon) is still there.  We started to have rain late yesterday and it has continued steadily since then.  Some wind but nothing too severe.  The tomato plants on the deck have fallen over a few times and it is very dark outside, but in all not a bad day.  Peter and I may take the Pearl for a walk in a bit.

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Posted in Plants, Trees by joncrispin on 30/07/2011

Cris and I will often sit out on the deck and have a drink at the end of the day.  For the last week or so, I have been looking at this white birch and seeing eyes looking at me. (Maybe it’s the beer.)  It’s not creepy or anything, but it makes me think of people who claim to see Jesus’s image on a potoato chip or in a coffee stain on their stove-top.  If you can’t quite see it, just squint or take off your eyeglasses.

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