Before we crossed to the islandβ€”

Sunday, June 23rd, 2024

Ganoderma tsugae

Monday, June 17th, 2024

Iris in the Woods

Sunday, June 16th, 2024

I photograph Iris in the woods.



















Monday, May 6th, 2024

Akiva cuts a downed willow branch to add some substance to a bridge-that-ought-to-be.




I photograph the obligatory hug at the grandparent trees.

Compare it to this photo: 12 July 2018




Iris gently bonks noses with Brook.




Then she bonks not so gently!




Akiva throws a rope to climb a tree.




He ascends a bitβ€”




but cannot ascend the biggest tree in the woods very far with a six-foot rope.


Woodlands, with Children

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023

I had to look it up: fashion models are required to look glum on the runway in order to avoid taking the focus away from the clothing they are wearing. In other words, perhaps if they smiled, they would look too beautiful for us to bother caring about their clothing. This doesn’t make much sense to me. Why hire those who have, ostensibly, the most perfect faces and then tell themβ€” “Go out there and knock ’em dead! β€”but not too dead. We don’t want actual dead people, so look as average as possible.” Why not just hire average people and let them smile? In sum, I don’t buy it. I think there’s another reason they’re required to look glum, and I think I know what it is: glumness is currently in fashion. Smiles come and go! Here is a woodland setting with facially fashionable children. Uh, wait. Isn’t it fashionable for children to smile? Oops…


@trailside (Waterville)

Saturday, December 10th, 2022



The depth of field is shallow because I didn’t bring my tripod.

I didn’t bring my tripod because I didn’t want to carry it.

I didn’t want to carry it because my backpack is not properly engineered for carrying a tripod.

I wish I was comfortable bringing my tripod everywhere.

I would like a new backpack.

The Upper Trail

Friday, July 8th, 2022

Splashing in the Coaticook (Waterville)

Friday, June 17th, 2022

First we walk down to the river,





then we go in.


Accès-Nature Waterville

Friday, February 18th, 2022

There is a lovely system of winter trails right here in Waterville.

We are using them.


The Monster Backpack!

Friday, November 5th, 2021

For Akiva’s first day of first grade at his new school, I sewed him a new backpack! The design is all my own, fully lined, in two colors of orange canvas with generous and deep water bottle pockets, a rear pocket, and a MONSTER pocket on the flap. The shoulder straps are padded with felted wool from old sweaters. The closure under the flap is a drawstringβ€” my favorite kind.




Although designed for school books, it works fine for walks in the woods, too.




When we get to the place of the Grandparent Trees,

Iris demonstrates the effects of centripetal force.




Akiva demonstrates his own sort of force.