Jon Crispin's Notebook

Goats / Tulip

Posted in Animals, Flowers, Landscape, Nature, Plants by joncrispin on 12/05/2014

I have always liked goats, and my friend Tania Werbizky really likes goats.  I was driving through Hadley this afternoon and I passed these guys.  I stopped, took a few photos and then just as I was about to leave, a trailer pulled up with MORE GOATS!   That is why most of these ones are looking to the right.  The new arrivals were let into the field and all these guys ran over to greet them.  Some head-butting was noted.

About 10 years ago I planted a bunch of daffodil and tulip bulbs.  At the time I remember reading that the daffs would keep coming up annually, but that the tulips had a life of around five years.  This is the last of them to flower; a lone red tulip in the middle of daffs and baby’s breath.  I’ll be surprised if it comes back next year, but this one showed some resilience.

Tiny Daffodils

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Newspapers, Willard Suitcases, Writers by joncrispin on 27/04/2014

Good morning everyone.  The New York Times doesn’t come until after 9.00 on Sundays so I wander around waiting for it to show up.  These daffs are just outside the back door so after my third time checking for the paper, I realized I should take a picture and post it here. /  I am at the beginning of a week where I plan to spend maximum time in my studio cleaning, organizing, and generally getting rid of stuff I haven’t used in years.  I started yesterday and it feels great.  Back to shooting suitcases tomorrow and am very excited to be going with Ilan Stavans, as he has an interest in a particular case.  Wishing you all a great week, and early delivery of your Sunday paper.

Paperwhite? update #4 / Suitcases

Posted in Flowers, Plants, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 06/02/2014

I was looking at the paperwhites today and, well…..something seemed a bit odd.  It took me a second to realize that, HEY, those aren’t paperwhites!  These daffodils snuck in somehow (hangin’ with their paperwhite friends and makin’ mischief; sure we’ll come along.  Sounds like fun).  Totally unexpected and somewhat of a shock.  I am so clueless about bulbs, but I now presume you can force just about anything indoors.  Does anyone know if you can do this with tulips as well?  Seeing these guys was a very pleasant surprise.

Welcome to all of you have been following the Kickstarter suitcase project.  It might seem confusing to see “non suitcase” posts here, but I like to mix things up a bit on this site.  Thanks to all of you backers.  Cheers.


Posted in Flowers, Nature, Plants, Science, Weather by joncrispin on 05/05/2012

Cris and I planted bulbs in the garden 5 or 6 years ago.  The daffodils continue to come up in droves, but this year only one tulip bloomed.  I remember reading that tulips don’t last for more than a few years, but we had a pretty good run with them.

I have been keeping an eye on the tulip which initially bloomed about 2 weeks ago.  I think the weather conditions this year have been almost perfect for the longevity of all of our flowers.  About a week ago I noticed that one petal of our tulip started dropping and today it looked as if it was ready to fall off.  It offered a perfect view of the important reproductive bits.  I was never good at science in school, but the two words “stamen and pistil” come to mind.  Am I even close?

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