Jon Crispin's Notebook

2017 Smith College Bulb Show

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Cristine and I always look forward to the Smith College Bulb Show.  Always in mid March, it is a lovely reminder that Spring is not far off.

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There are always a ton of very exotic tulips.

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It ends tomorrow, so if you live in the Valley and want to see it, get moving!

Hello!

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 02/09/2016

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I am never sure why this happens, but this site is getting rather a lot of traffic today.  Usually, a link gets published somewhere which mentions me for one reason or another, and I start getting emails from WordPress telling me I have new followers.  So welcome everyone; happy to have you stop by from time to time.  Wishing you all a great weekend.

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Beach Flower

Posted in Beaches, Flowers, Plants by joncrispin on 04/01/2016

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It is wonderful to come to a place in the month of January where wild plants are still flowering.  In all our miles of walking the beach, this was the only blossom we have seen.

Anyone out there have any idea what plant this is?

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California Hospital Association

CalHospwpOn Tuesday I spoke to the annual California Hospital Association Behavioral Health Conference about the suitcases.  I can’t stress enough how wonderful (and unusual) it is for an organization such as the CHA to use the project to make a connection between art, and the people who work on the front lines of mental health issues.  I set up 30 mounted photographs which were on display all day, and got the chance to talk to a lot of interesting folks about the project.  California seems to be at the forefront of addressing behavioral health issues, which is very encouraging.  A huge shout out and thank you to Sheree Kruckenberg and her amazing staff.

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Dropped the rental car off this afternoon and on the walk back to Lynne’s  saw a ton of these bird(s?) of paradise.  Catching the red eye home tonight.

DC Tidal Basin

Posted in cherry blossoms, History, Plants, scandals by joncrispin on 05/04/2015

Peter and I were hoping for some cherry blossom action today, but it was about a week too early.  It was a beautiful day for a stroll, and the crowds were out.  As we were starting to walk around the Tidal Basin I asked him if he knew anything about Fanne Fox and Wilbur Mills and the famous incident that happened in 1974. I was hoping for a “History Happened Here” plaque, but no such luck so we sat on a bench overlooking the water and read about it on my phone.  What a great story, and the amazing thing is that Mills won his next reelection campaign in spite of it all.

As I mentioned, the blossoms were just about ready to pop.

The only ones that were out were on this tree, and there was a queue to get the shot.

When I was a kid, I used to love playing around with cherry tree sap.  I haven’t thought about doing that for ages.

We were thrilled to stumble across the new Martin Luther King Jr. monument.  It is really powerful, with lots of King quotes sprinkled about.

We kept on walking around the tidal basin and soon came to the FDR Memorial, which we had also never seen.  I love this sign for the restrooms.  Kind of surprising that they didn’t include an ideogram of someone in a wheelchair.

Peter is fascinated by World War II, and we always stop by the memorial.  What a lovely day.  DC is fantastic.

2015 Smith College Bulb Show

Posted in bulb shows, flower shows, Flowers, greenhouses, Plants by joncrispin on 16/03/2015

The annual Smith College Spring Bulb Show always runs early in March, and Cris and I were able to go this morning.

It is always amazing.

After the winter we have had here in the Northeast, walking into a greenhouse and seeing these flowers is beyond description.

There are always tons of tulips.

As well as tiny little guys like these ↑.

Some of the tulips have these erose edges.  So delicate.

I love how these little flowers are lined up in a row.

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Though I always gravitate more toward the greens and yellows.

And there are usually a few that are showing off the business parts of the flower.  To me, it feels a bit like I’m seeing something that should be private.

I’ll close out with a couple of tulips.

Thinking of Hank, as I know he has a Smith College connection.  Hi Hank, wish you were here.

Hydrangea

Posted in Flowers, Plants by joncrispin on 27/07/2014

We have a bunch of different hydrangea(s?) growing around the house.  I especially like the color of these ones.

I keep meaning to post a bunch of photographs covering what’s been going on in the past few weeks, but I don’t seem to get around to it.  I have been trying to put up at least one new case on the Willard site each day for the past week.  Check out Pearl B’s case, which I uploaded this evening.

Thanks for following, everyone.  Wishing you all a great week.

Flowers

Posted in Flowers, Transportation by joncrispin on 14/07/2014

I was addressing Kickstarter reward envelopes at Amherst Coffee this afternoon.  When I came out to ride home, some sweet soul had put these flowers on the Vespa.  They are now in a vase next to me as I write this.

It has been a hectic few weeks and I haven’t posted much.  I’ll try to get something up in the next day or two.

Iris / Bleeding Hearts

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Plants, Travel, Weather by joncrispin on 31/05/2014

When I left Short Hills, NJ this morning it was clear and breezy with very low humidity.  The drive home was uneventful, but as I got into Massachusetts it had become mostly cloudy.  I didn’t hit any rain until about 5 minutes from home.  The light was beautiful and many of the flowers that Cristine has planted over the  years are in full bloom.

I especially like these bleeding hearts.

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.

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