Wednesday, November 3, 2010




Stayed in bed late this morning--preparing for the time change, don't you know?-- and from that perspective I noticed a lovely if very wintery sky out the window. So when I tossed the dog out the front door, I followed with the camera.

Sorry, but some of these shots are a bit more tweaked than usual. Shivering in the frosty air didn't help my natural body shake one bit.

There are never enough days like this to fully appreciate. And when there are, I'm usually stuck in an office… :o(

(I think the forsythia needs to be cut back. Just a bit, perhaps. This tangle was a mild-mannered bush or three when I moved in…)

This weekend I did get out to enjoy great weather (bit breezy--who came up with "breezy" for sustained 20-25mph winds, anyway?!--but hey, this is Cape May), a once-in-a-lifetime bird migration (amazing even for Cape May, which is saying something), and extremely good company (::waving madly at all my new friends!!!::). I did miss the best of the birds on Friday because I had to take an unexpected trip to the veterinarian's office (thankfully, we squeaked by with a couple of shots and the cat was her usually bouncy self again by Monday morning). But Saturday and Sunday were still not to be missed. For reports of THE Autumn Weekend in Cape May (no words or photos will ever truly give a full account of what those days were really like), please follow the Cape May related links to the right. (I can only photograph things that stay still for more than five seconds…)

But the weekend also pointed out in bold relief that even though I very much enjoy what I do for a living, I really dislike working in the business I am in. (And with the economy as it is with no sign of noticeable improvement, I'm not anticipating anything getting better any time soon. Where did I put those lottery numbers I wanted to play…?) There are so many more interesting nature-oriented things I could apply my skills to if I didn't need a reliable means of paying the bills. If nothing else came of my mini-vacation, I have a renewed interest in finding a way to do both.

(Too bad multiflora rose is such an invasive species. It's rather pretty, has a scent that is not too overpowering, and provides fast-growing, protective thickets and a food source for the local wildlife.)