Jon Crispin's Notebook



Today was a nice and grey day and after editing some suitcase photos and watching Fulham beat Wolves, Olive and I headed up into the woods.  I have never seen a winter with so much water, and it was really wet with small rivulets running all over the place.  Olive was in her element.  She carried that birch log that is in front of her for most of the walk.

red funguswp

It is always a bit surprising to see something so colorful in the middle of winter.  With all this water, it might just be a good year for mushrooming.

I wanted to do this post for Patty, who follows this site and recently asked for more pictures of the Olive.  It’s probably a good time to mention that if you want to see more of her, I post on instagram as jonkcrispin.  It is a nice outlet for me to put up photographs that I take with my phone.  So check it out, and thanks for following.

Nor’easter Walk

Posted in Animals, Dogs, Labradors, sticks, Water, woods by joncrispin on 23/10/2014

There is a Nor’easter spinning around New England today.  It is always a bit odd to have weather move in from the East.  I have been spending a lot of time in front of the computer editing photographs and answering email, and thought the dog and I could use some time in the woods.

I have written before about these little plants that grow around here and, as usual, I can never remember what they are called.  The recent rains have really brought them out.

Fantastic stick action for Olive.

In addition to the usual horse shit and acorns that she usually finds and eats, she also ate some of these mushrooms before I could stop her.

Anybody have any idea if they are poisonous?  Or hallucinogenic?  Let’s hope not.  Ach, puppies.

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Pink Lady’s Slippers (Cypripedium acaule)

Posted in Flowers, Insects, Orchids, Plants, Weather by joncrispin on 27/05/2011

A few months ago I mentioned Pink Lady’s Slippers in a post and  I have been waiting for them to show up in the woods next to the house.  We have had so much rain lately and very little sun, so I wasn’t sure if we would have a good showing.  Each year they seem to spread a bit wider and this year is no exception.  There are at least fifty within a hundred feet of our deck.  / The US Forest Service has a good description here.

They will be around for another week or so and then disappear back into the forest floor.

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