Thursday, November 16, 2017

fall gardens

the weather has been very mild and dry so far this fall but today it's a little chilly and there's a little rain falling.  it hasn't gotten cold enough to kill the squash or tomato plants (that will probably happen with the temperature drop when this rainstorm clears out) but it has been just cool enough that some of the trees are starting to put on a good show.  took a wander around the gardens this afternoon and snapped a few pictures.

espaliered 'mission' fig still holding its leaves with an understory of sage, kales, and assorted asian greens

fruit trees on the west side of the orchard garden

looking southeast through pit-grown apricot

'stupice' tomato still looking happy despite it being mid-november at 3,000ft

'benning's green tint' squash still blossoming and fruiting

wonderful riot

assorted asian greens growing up from the fallen seeds of last year's crop

'ouachita' thornless blackberry brightening up the kitchen garden

espaliered 'fuyu' persimmon and 'kosmic' perennial kale foreground, potted snow peas background

the ducks enjoying the wet weather as they work the fig orchard

grateful for the rain and grateful to be able to enjoy it from inside a warm, dry house.

duck papa

Sunday, November 12, 2017

happy birthday, zane grey

today is zane's 6th birthday.  most of his toys have been reduced to horribly savaged bits so this year's birthday gift is a big box of all his favorites (and a new brush)...

  i helped him unwrap them and he carried them off one by one to a nest on the bed.

the rings and the balls are a couple of his favorites from his early puppyhood.  found a video of him playing as a pup...

he's not much different now, just bigger.  here he is playing with his new ball...

happy birthday to my wild, shaggy love.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

duckling adventure

we let the ducklings explore the house a little this morning.

that is love

i'd like to nestle deep
into the heart of you
into that place in you
that knows love
that is love
and there reside
by the perfect light
of love
my only purpose
to call you back
to that loving place deep within
each time you feel me stir

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017

making friends with the fuzzballs

i've been getting the ducklings used to being around hands and being handled.  they seem to be taking a liking to me.  they come over to investigate and nibble my fingers and sleeves (and peck at the camera when i've got it in hand).  they'll climb into an open palm if one is offered.  i had both my hands in the brooder last night and ended up with a sleeping duckling in each palm and one more snuggled up with her bill buried between the two in my hands.  
they're way too active to get any still shots that actually come out in focus so here's some video:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


new arrivals

this morning we drove down to the post office in mariposa to pick up our six new fawn and white runner ducklings.  they were starting to get a bit chilled after being in a cardboard box for 2 days so i popped them all down my shirt to keep them warm on the car ride home...

they're all doing well now, cozy in their 90 degree brooder, eating and drinking and running around like crazy. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

the persimmon tree

    the persimmon tree
    stands silently in the sunlight
    glowing the most brilliant, fiery orange
    like it's no big deal

six tiny travelers

six tiny travelers
huddled together in the dark
there will be light
and warmth
and love
your bellies will be full
so, be strong
be strong, little ones
soon there will be light
and warmth
and love

Thursday, October 19, 2017

oak titmouse

found this little one bouncing around in the greenhouse this morning.  must have come in through the open ridge vent.  feisty little bird and not happy about being handled but definitely needed a little help finding its way out.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


            the clean, resinous scent of tarweed
            bittersweet memories of a past life
            mingle with
            gratitude for the present
            a past-life's dream come true

Friday, October 6, 2017


found a bullfrog in the kitchen garden today while i was doing a little watering.  first one i've seen up here.  not sure what it's doing so far from water but maybe it's none of my business.  sure has some beautiful eyes though...

Monday, October 2, 2017

tumble into infinity

we hold each other
if only we could tumble
into infinity like this
you say
and i cry
because i know
deep down
that's the only thing i want
i could let go of everything
but you
i don't know how to let go of you

Monday, September 11, 2017

happy birthday...

to the man who brings out the better part of me.
you have all my love and gratitude.

Monday, September 4, 2017

current conditions...

smoke, ash, and feathers

today's sun and a view of buckingham mountain through the smoky haze

the front yard is a mix of molted duck feathers, bits of burnt vegetation, and ash

ash on muskmelon leaves

i don't mean for it to seem all doom and gloom.  it isn't.  amidst the smoke and ash and heat i find myself in a heartbreakingly beautiful existence with wonderful companions and i'm grateful that we are safe and well.

someone reminding me not to take things so seriously

Friday, September 1, 2017

beneath a perpetually setting sun

beneath a perpetually setting sun
time's reference lost in a veil of smoke
circadian rhythm wanders
in a bardo landscape
washed in orange glow
full of echoes of fires terrestrial and celestial

Monday, August 21, 2017


shot a bunch of pictures of the eclipse using welding goggles as a filter for the camera lens.
these are my favorites...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

sunday morning

got a hint of autumn on the breeze this morning sitting on the patio under the grapes, sipping coffee, while staal grilled some bacon for breakfast.

sharing a few grapes while the bacon cooks

zane quietly "chinning" me and giving me the eye while he waits for some tidbits of bacon

make feathers not eggs

finding fewer eggs and more feathers these days as the lay season winds down and the ducks concentrate their energy on growing new feathers to keep them warm and dry in the cooler days and nights to come.