In the midst of a very rainy and dreary week, I took the short hike up to Chickies Rock to take pictures. I've been there countless times, but I never take it for granted, or tire of it, because this is the view:
I took a telephoto lens this time, and focused on the bridges downriver. Here's the modern Rt. 30 span, with the Veterans Memorial Bridge that has often been the focus of my artwork in the background:
In May the woods along the trail are bursting with new growth, like this Royal Paulownia tree, Paulownia tomentosa, in full bloom.
And a macro image of the interior of a flower:
Royal Paulownia is a non-native, fast growing "trash" tree, but I've got a soft spot for them, mostly because of their gigantic leaves. I used the leaves in a mono print and a cyanotype print in my artquilt Royal Paulownia. In 2006 this work was shown in the Museum of Fine Art in Bishkek, Kyrgzstan.
Still looking up, I saw several tent caterpillar nests, although it didn't seem to be a heavy infestation this year.
The caterpillars can be destructive, but in a macro view they have their own beauty.
And I suppose there's some beauty to be found in devil's tear thumb, Persicaria perfoliata, even though it is the bane of my gardening existence:
And the heucheras are setting buds:
|Deer and Mayapple|
Here's some small pink daisies or fleabane flowers--I haven't tracked down the exact ID, but that doesn't abate my appreciation:
Poke, or pokeweed, Phytollaca americana, is also emerging right now. These shoots are just a bit past the stage where there are edible. It's one of those deals where you have to catch them young and boil them in several changes of water to avoid toxicity--the mature plants are definitely inedible. I've eaten them a few times and enjoyed them with no ill effects. Sometimes old-timers have them for sale at the local farmer's market.
And also in the Cul-de-Sac, where they grew in abundance after a bit of woods was clear-cut:
|Week 17 Image, 52 Ways to Look at the River|
I used that imagery to make my week 17 panel:
|Week 17 panel, 52 Ways to Look at the River|
This week I focused on the view downriver, and chose this perspective as my inspiration image:
|Week 45 image, 52 Ways to Look at the River|
|Week 45 panel, 52 Ways to Look at the River|
I'm coming down the homestretch on this project. While on the one hand I'm considering making road trips to view the Susquehanna in far-away locales, this week's outing proves that adventure is a function of attention and observation.
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