Spring Unfolding

Today marks the vernal equinox, and looking out at my garden, I’m eager to get outside and be a part of the day by getting my hands dirty. The air over the past few days has been soft with warmth, spiced with the scents of new grass and turned earth, sweet with birdsong. My garden…

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The Third Season

Word taxonomies have shown that there was a time, at least in some cultures of northern Europe, when there was only one season worth mentioning: Winter. Sure, there was the warmer part of the year that wasn’t winter, known early by its Germanic word “sumer,”, denoting something like “half.” So there was the warm half…

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Stopwatch Pause

Yesterday I promised myself, while out running, that I would not dally to take pictures. And before that thought had even come to an end in my inner monologue, I came around a corner and saw an oak tree ablaze in the first autumn sunset of the year. So I switched off my stopwatch, climbed…

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The Official Chestnut

Apparently, it’s the first day of spring, even though the Spring Equinox is still a couple of weeks away. But here near Lake Geneva, the oracle has spoken – and that oracle is the Official Chestnut of the city, located in the Old Town’s lovely Promenade de la Treille. The apparition of the first leaf…

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Summer Farewell

A walk during the last evening of summer on the Autumn Equinox. The images aren’t as sharp as they could be, much like my memories of this long season. Welcome autumn, season of harvest and provision, of warm golden days and crisp evenings. A favorite season, the season of new seeds ready to be hardened…

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Renewable Spring

In the spirit of eternal renewal, on this first day of spring I thought I’d talk about plastics. Infinitely adaptable, modern plastics are integral to modern life more than almost any other material. Plastics are the very stuff of modernity. Take away the excessive packaging, the unnecessary plastic bags, the plastic drink bottles and even…

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