Category Archives: Autumn

Artichokes

I love artichokes. Growing artichokes, eating artichokes, enjoying the magnificent bloom (like a purple sea anemone) when I fail to harvest artichokes in time,… I hold artichokes in extremely high regard. But I must admit that I’ve never, ever conceived … Continue reading

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Off Kilter Boathouse

It’s always a nice pick-me-up when a friend (or a complete stranger) shoots me a snapshot (or a painting, etc.) of Rosslyn’s boathouse. Tom Duca’s sunny snapshot this morning is no exception. Thanks, Tom! Another… Autumn day, blue skies, geese … Continue reading

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Autumn Aura on the Adirondack Coast

An autumn aura is descending upon the Adirondack Coast. Autumn colors, autumn lighting, autumn sounds (think southward-flying Canada Geese), autumn textures (think crisp leaves eddying and frosted grass underfoot), autumn smells, and autumn flavors… Thanks, Doug, for snapping that photo … Continue reading

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Waterfront Winterization

There comes a time each autumn when summer has faded and winter is whispering over the waves. Or when work, travel, something eclipses the languid stretch of fall boating and watersports. Sometimes earlier, sometimes later, and as inevitable and bittersweet as fall foliage, … Continue reading

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Low Lake Levels + Crib Dock Reflections

Whether you call it climate change, “nature’s sense of humor”, or something else, Lake Champlain’s water level is raising eyebrows. Back in 2011 we experienced the highest lake levels in recorded history. Five years later lake levels are flirting with the lowest … Continue reading

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Spinach, Still Spinach

Spinach is one of the first garden fresh veggies we enjoy each spring. And it’s one of the last in the fall. A “shoulder” vegetable… And we usually manage to grow it most of the summer as well. Too hot, … Continue reading

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From Artichoke to Sea Anemone

When you don’t harvest your artichokes in time they bloom. And then they look like sea anemones! On the one hand, it’s a pity. One fewer chokes to steam and dab in mayonnaise or butter or… hollandaise sauce. Yum. On … Continue reading

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October Wind, Canada Geese and Essex DNA

My day was made when part-time Essex resident Kelly Youngs-Schmitt shared these fun photographs on Facebook. Kelly’s a relatively new acquaintance (although her Essex connection is far deeper, longer and more historically significant than my own.) But the Facebook-powered social web and … Continue reading

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Early Autumn

Autumn appears to be coming early this year. For at least a week nights have been dropping into the chilly 50s. And this morning I see that temperatures slid even lower. Perhaps this is normal? Yet it doesn’t seem normal. … Continue reading

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Veggie Patch Lullaby

It’s that time of year again when we put the vegetable garden to sleep. I’ve been asked if it isn’t bittersweet ripping out limp, frosted tomato plants and tilling under the rotting stems of zucchini and cantaloupe. And you know, … Continue reading

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