Field Clocks

There’s something reassuring in the routine of sowing and harvest. It’s not just the crucial aspect of food security. It’s one way we, as humans, keep time. A vast clock that we make every year anew. It’s blazing hot here, and as I wrote yesterday, the local farmers are using the heatwave to cut, dry…

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The Urge to Affiliate

I was out on a run yesterday, my usual loop, when I found this piece of tree bark lying across the path. Here along the border between France and Switzerland, we’re in the midst of a bise blanche, a fierce wind that blows down through the Geneva basin from the north. A bise blanche weather…

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One Everything With Snow

I have a friend in New York City who sometimes calls me while she’s on her way to work. And every so often, I’ll be a long-distance eavesdropper to an order of her favorite breakfast bagel: A toasted Everything with cream cheese. I know it’s just a bagel order, but having an Everything for breakfast…

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Solstice Splendor 2014

Sunrise and sunset on the solstice. To the east, the sun breaks a new day above the sharp peaks of the young Alps. To the west, the day comes to its end as the sun sets behind the gentle slopes of the ancient Jura range. Welcome, splendid Winter.

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Blended Pumpkin Comfort

  The weather over the last week has turned decidedly seasonal-appropriate, with a dusting of snow on the Jura range and wind that is anything but gentle. The bird feeders are out, the garden is tucked in against the cold, and it was time for some comfort food. Pumpkin soup, fortified with Gruyère cheese. Usually…

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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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Blackberry Meander

On an evening walk last night, I took a picture of these blackberries to remind myself to go and pick some of them and make jam to mark the beginning of September. And then I liked the picture, so I took a few more of flowers as they disappeared in the twilight. The air was…

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Sea of Sun

Yesterday I posted images of atmospheric life at our altitude, all fog and frost. Today, this is the view from several hundred meters above our heads, taken from a ski station web cam that’s twenty minutes from our place. The view is out over Lake Geneva, with the Alps in the distance. All of the…

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Bubbly Surprise

It’s been an icy couple weeks here in the foothills of the Jura, with a strong bise wind blowing down from the Alps, funneling down through the Lake Geneva basin and wearing itself out to points south of here. It’s dry, it’s cold, and it can be unrelenting for as long as it lasts, usually…

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Skyward Run

The day started like this. By evening, the clouds had cleared, so at one point the run looked like this in one direction. Like this in the other. And like this straight ahead. Then I looked over my shoulder, and this fine fellow popped up over a cloud. It was a pretty good day, sky-wise.…

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