post weblog entries here, then bump them to The Log Pond
to make room for new entries.
but not nice
wind blew all day yesterday, at sustained speeds of 45 mph with
gusts to 70 mph.
took a drive in the afternoon, sans camera, dammit! and saw lots
of ice at Broderick Park at the foot of Ferry Street.
went back today to take pix. The ice boom across the mouth of Lake
Erie just above the Peace Bridge had either bounced, as it sometimes
does in high wind, or simply had been breeched.
Ice jammed the river, the Black Rock Canal, and the walkway between
freeze, yet to thaw
few days ago, we had what I would call a silver
thaw -- water freezing on trees, shrubs, and power
didn't take any pix, because I figured that the wonder would be
melted by daylight. Besides, I already have plenty of such pix,
three days later, the show is continuing and expanding. And the
freeze has yet to thaw.
heart of PorchPix
is seeing the usual in new ways. I knew that one never steps in
the same river twice, but I had forgotten that one also does not
step into the same silver thaw twice, either. I have never seen
anything like this, before. Now.
snow ... leaves fall behind
October 06: When
the snow comes early in fall, the leaves fall behind.
inches of wet snow fell this afternoon in Buffalo, leaving the leaves
of fall on the trees, which are bowed to the ground, or simply snapped
off from the extra weight.
is by far the earliest snow in the 14 years that we have lived here.
a change of pace, I took some pix after dark, using flash.
friend's eye -- 360/24/7
July 06: Our
friend and colleague, Tom, a pastor in Jamestown, has a fine eye
for nature and for his environmen in general. I've asked him to
submit some of his pix, and he did. Take a look at Tom's thumbnails,
and the bigger versions, too!
I asked Tom how much detail about himself I could mention, he said
that "to me, the most important piece of information to include
is that I am a 'friend of Jon'!" You gotta love a guy like
serves First Presbyterian Church, a vibrant downtown church with
ministries of care, challenge, and vision. Both the
Reverend and I would like to be more like Tom
when we grow up.
moon, and sky guys
Reverend and I decided to go up
to the canal for the sunset, and we weren't disappointed.
And the moon -- full in the sky -- made for a second
act as good as the first. And in terms of sky-writing,
had the sun, the moon, and reflections in the water
of these two solid friends.
The reflections? Call them sky
guys. Stange and wonderful, never seen
before, and thereby worthy of a new name.
July 06: The
Reverend and I got up at 4 a.m.
to go out on the canal, but the thunder and lightning
drove us back to bed. Sunday afternoon, despite billowing
cumulus clouds, we went on up and launched at Albion.
were on the edge of a nasty weather system but only
got light rain, which was miserable enough. I had wanted
to go as far as Presbyterian Pond but turned back at
rain stopped and we anchored to await the sunset, which
was very good.
July 06: The
Reverend and I finally got the Harmonica
out on the Erie Canal for the first time this summer.
point of the day was my realizing a year's-long goal
of capturing a heron on film. Here and there, and now
and then, I've had a chance for a single snap but have
never been successful.
time, the heron stood for minutes on end, then lifted
a wing, then took flight. I got about 10 pix before
it finally disappeared.
heron out, I'll be looking for that bird in that place,
when we launch at Middleport.
been? We've been good
July 06: The
Reverend and I have a lot of catching up to
done here on the old web site.
I have pix from the past year and have posted
them in one place.
pix are about boats, and the rest are about messing about in general.