Early 2017 has been mild here in Colorado (no snow or ice to speak of in and around town this week). But even though the ground is dry, the light in the image below still says winter to me. One of the reasons Colorado’s cultural scene is less developed than those on the coasts, I think, is because the sunshine here motivates you to get outdoors and explore.
One of my favorite trails right now is Flatirons Vista located on the west side of Highway 93 just south of Boulder. It has two concentric loops that cover grassy and wooded terrain. I like it because it’s less crowded than some of Boulder’s other trails, and because the trees smell great. I also love the variety of views.
Look east to see a gravel mining operation and its industrial, sculptural forms. Look west for mountainous views. Also, there’s a lot of pleasing texture between the grass and trees which I find kind of mesmerizing.
Anyway, while it’s a treat to be able to get out and hike trails that’d typically be covered with ice this time of year, there’s a relentless quality to the early heat and activity that has me feeling stretched.
I was going to review an art book for you today, Artists Living with Art by Stacey Goergen and Amanda Benchley, but the fall garden has me under its spell. So here’s a picture of some waning tomato vines instead. It’s super-windy right now and the sky has that weird, intense yellow-green color that we sometimes get before a storm. It’s about to turn cold, I hear. Are you ready for the change? I am. Almost.
September is the month my husband and I pull honey, extract it, bottle it, and bring it to market, so I always feel a little extra busy this time of year. Beekeeping feeds my appetite for tidy/tangled botanical imagery. In this case, it’s the impromptu grass brush he uses to brush straggler bees off combs that caught my eye.
. . . is happening in the garden this week.
A post-snow flush of green pushing its way up and out.
Enjoy garden design? Check out A Little Chaos directed by Alan Rickman. It’s the only costume drama I can think of with a plot that turns on the idiosyncratic placement of a single pot. Middling performances by some terrific actors and a fascinating performance by Rickman. Beautiful shots of formal and informal gardens in various stages of completion.