Saturday, October 3, 2009


Three Rivers Farmers Market today despite a cold rain. Marketeers hung tarps behind their stalls to cut the wind; lots of beautiful apples (I bought some Cortland apples, a variety from 1898) and these wonderful little potatoes. The pink ones are pink all the way through. The purple ones, when sliced, have rings of purple and white. Almost too pretty to eat! The Amish man had some tomatoes, and Native Gardens had a few squash, but most of the summer is done.

Friday, October 2, 2009


Noon today, lots of big puffy white clouds running before the coming rain.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Theme day: contrast

The moon rises, brightly reflecting the setting sun; the Portage River in the sun, seen from the darkness inside an old barn above the river.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Some rain, then the sun came out

The "watery wednesday" theme is pretty much a natural for a place surrounded by - and named after - water. A kayaker was paddling around in circles near the put-in on the St. Joseph. "Just chasing the geese," he said.

Lots more watery sloshing links here: Watery Wednesday and some really nice water on 2sweetnsaxy's Watery Wednesday blog.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dancing Goddess

This very large ceramic figure inset into a brick building dances high above the intersection of Main and Michigan in Three Rivers. The building is now a church, although the image suggests that the building was formerly something else - but what? She carries the caduceus (snakes on a stick with wings thingy) in her left hand, like Hermes, messenger of the Greek gods. In her right hand a torch, perhaps symbolizing hope, is held up high. The caduceus is often seen as a symbol of something medical as well as a symbol of a messenger. Symbolic messages like this were quite common a hundred years ago, and everyone apparently recognized what they meant; but it's lost on me today.

Monday, September 28, 2009


Walking down Main Street I glimpsed an ancient sign through a dusty window. X-Rays, just up this dark stairway. Step this way...

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Shining Fall Color

Although most trees and plants are still green, we have a first taste of fall in a hedge of native shining sumac (Rhus copallina). It is also called "flameleaf sumac" in the nursery trade. Taken on Portage Ave. along the Portage River in Three Rivers.