Monday, June 30, 2008

Red gorget

Male hummingbird at feeder.Male hummingbird, front porch, June 2008. Photo courtesy of Donna.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Not with a bang (surely a good thing), but with a whimper

Balloon being deflated.And so our excellent adventure comes to an end, in a backyard of suburbia.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Up, up, and away...

Cars parked below as seen from balloon.Dude, there's my car!

High tension towers seen from above.High. Tension.

Baled hay in the fields below.
Hey! Hay!

Balloon shadow crossing farm buildings.
Group shot.

Cows from a thousand feet up.Cows.

Looking across Chester county from the balloon.Chester County.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Say goodnight (even though it's morning)

Gracie the dog in front of Gracie the Balloon.Gracie on Gracie: That's Gracie the dog, foreground; her namesake, Gracie the balloon, background.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Inside the belly of the beast

Inside of a hot air balloon.Inside Gracie, balloon festival, Chester County, Saturday.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Hard to believe...

Hard to believe that this...

Balloon in bag.coupled with this...

Basket being unloaded from Van.
would equal one of these...

Hot Air balloons in flight.and convey us over the magnificent farmland of Chester county, affording views such as this, ...

View of Chester County farm country from balloon.
but it did.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Back the creek (as the old timers used to say)

Wissahickon creek, near Glen Fern.The Wissahickon, near Glen Fern, Sunday afternoon, June 15.
Sorry -- couldn't resist a second photo.

Have a great weekend! See you Monday.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Livezey House (Glen Fern)

Livezey House.Livezey House, Sunday afternoon, June 15, 2008.
Directly across the creek, on the east bank, are the ruined walls of the "Great" or Livezey Mill, built in 1717 by Thomas Shoemaker, and for a long time the largest grist mill in the colony. It was sold to Thomas Livezey October 10, 1749. Sometimes hid in its little glen, but usually visible from the drive, is the Livezey House, built in 1696, now the picturesque home of the Valley Green Canoe Club. The kitchen in this house is believed to date to 1683.
-- The Wissahickon Valley Within the City of Philadelphia, Francis Burke Brandt, 1927

Ruins of Livezey Mill.Ruins of the Livezey Mill, Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Daylily in front of the stone wall, Glen Fern.Daylily, Glen Fern, Sunday afternoon..

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Caught red headed

So, did you ever have one of those Sunday afternoons where you're sitting on the front porch drinking a glass of wine and having a conversation with your girlfriend and after a while you begin to notice this persistent banging noise, except that you don't really notice it because you are after all drinking a glass of wine and having a conversation and there are all the other background noises you'd expect on a hot afternoon in more or less the middle of June like kids playing up and down the sidewalk and neighbors fiddling with their motor cycles in the alley, etc., except that this noise is really persistent so that finally you just have to ask "what the hell is that?" and you look over at the porch next to yours, which is generally a much cleaner, quieter and more civilized porch than yours, and you see this guy wreaking havoc and perpetrating all kinds of nasty property damage on your neighbor's nice white fence as if it is the most natural and appropriate thing in the whole wide world to do, which come to think of it, from his point of view, it is? Well I did.

Monday, June 16, 2008


Spring house and sycamore tree, Glen Fern.Spring house, giant sycamore, at Glen Fern (Livezey House).
The half of the big trees of the Wissahickon Hills are those that stand about the houses, or the sites of the houses, of the millers. All the houses are gone now save two, Glen Fern, the Livezey house; and the Monastery, built by the Gorgases and long lived in by the Kitchens. The Rittenhouse house, the home of the paper-makers, is still standing on Paper Mill Run, a tributary of the Wissahickon, and less than half a mile from the creek. Some of the mils on the creek, and their accompanying homes, were built as early as two hundred years ago. Some few of the trees that still stand are apparently as old as the houses they were left to shadow, or planted to shadow.
-- The Wissahickon Hills, Cornelius Weygandt, 1930
I don't know if this is one of the trees Professor Weygandt mentions in his book from 78 years ago, but isn't it nice to think so?

Friday, June 13, 2008

Wissahickon Class of 2008

Erin crying.That's Erin. She won't stop crying.

Erin laughing.I told her she had to stop crying so now she's laughing and crying at the same time. And rubbing her eye.

Much better! Erin and her mom.

Graduation caps tossed into the air.Well done, Erin. I couldn't be more proud of you. And congratulations to the Class of 2008 from the Class of 1980! Let's hope we've left enough for you to work with.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Somewhere between Valle Cruxis and Banner Elk

Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina.The charms of our stay in North Carolina were to be found in the broad view...
Old barn, North Carolina.and in the narrow.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Last year

Cabin in the mountains of North Carolina.I hope Wayfaring Wanderer (and also here) will forgive me for encroaching on her territory for a day or two, but with all the heat and humidity of the last week I can't help but think back to a year ago when we rented this cabin for a week in the mountains of North Carolina. While down in the valley it might have gotten hot, the evenings up on top of the mountain were always cool and the air was always light. Every afternoon, just for good measure, a gentle thunderstorm would pass over to freshen things up.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The good ol' days

Wissahickon Creek.The Wissahickon Creek, back in early spring, on a day in which the mercury wasn't expected to reach 99.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Gimme Swelter

Alex tuning his guitar.There's Alex, son of my girlfriend, earring buddy (despite the disapproval of his mother) , guitar hero, tuning his ax before the show at the School of Rock best in show concert out in the middle of nowhere on a hot hot afternoon in the middle of New Jersey.
Alex on stage."War, Children, it's just a shout away... "
Alex and his mom after the concert.How Rock and Roll can it be if your mother is there to give you thumbs up, but Alex pulled it off. As did all the other kids that day. A great show!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Later that evening...

Walnut Lane Bridge at night.Walnut Lane Bridge, late April.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Evening ride

Bike rider, Forbidden Drive, Wissahickon Park.Forbidden Drive, late April.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Forgotten beauty

Ruins of an old fountain.The ruins of this fountain, which must have been beautiful when it was whole, emerge every winter when the undergrowth recedes. You will find it along Forbidden Drive near Lincoln Drive. By mid spring is has disappeared again.
Detail of fountain.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Borough's burros

Burros along Ridge Avenue, Roxborough.Burros, Roxborough, Saul High School, Sunday afternoon.
Borros, Roxborough.Jenny is nice but Jack is an ass.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Horse play

Horses in the pasture at Saul High School.Walter B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences, which borders on the western side of the Wissahickon gorge, Sunday afternoon.

It is the job of these animals to stand along Ridge Avenue and cause motorists, especially if they have children or photo blogs, to pull over and take pictures.

Horse along Ridge Avenue, Roxborough.As you can see, they are out standing in their field.