outdoors

Water notes

Fox at MeadCreek

Here’s the ___ River at Mead Creek. In my distracted mind, it’s the Fox River and a few miles and more bends downstream from where Hemingway had Nick Adams fish. But it’s not the Fox. Well, Nick Adams didn’t exist, either….

Birches on bluff over lake

A cluster of birches on the bluff above “our” lake…sturdy against the wind. This morning was a bit rainy (and the landscape needs the rain—dry spring), and the afternoon turned into clear and windy.

The lake

And the wind piled the waves inshore…but not as far as I had feared. The beach is holding its own….

UncDave reflections

This isn’t truly water, only a reflection in the brass chest my uncle made. Looks rather like water, however….

Eye on the sky

Morning sky

Out and about before the sun fully rose, and I spotted the moon above the roofs, and (apparently) below the service wires. Yawn.

Evening sky

Still out and about as dusk set in, different place, different sky. Enjoying the pink glow and the cloud-shapes.

Clockwise Cornwall

StMichaelsMount

St Michael’s Mount, established by monks from the four-times larger Mont Saint-Michel off the Lower Normandy coast in the 1200s. Evidence still turns up of Neolithic and Iron Age use of this prominent landform. Castle closed. Garden closed. Parking prices steep at £3.50 and £4. Rain setting in, so we drove on. (Honeymoon revisit).

Tregiffian burial chamber

The road destroyed half of this large stone-walled burial chamber (probably Neolithic); no doubt it had been looted centuries before. Still: massive stones. One looked like it had deliberate large pits made in it. (Info on-the-net suggests this is a copy (“cups”), and the original is museum-ed.)

Merry Maidens stone circle

In a nearby field is the Merry Maidens stone circle, which has several names and many stories associated with it. What we see today is in part a fanciful (and likely earnest) reconstruction. Several outlying stones are in other fields. Loved having the rainbow join us.

Mudonroad

With rain, you can find…mud on road.

Ducks on road

And ducks near ponds. These kindly drifted off the pavement so we could pass, and returned as soon as we were by.

Tin mining stack

This is Cornish tin mining country. There must have been terrible environmental degradation during that time. These sentinel chimneys (stacks they call them) are scattered about. Most have this shape and the two-toned appearance.

Port Isaac

We went to Port Isaac! You may know it as Port Wenn from the British TV series “Doc Martin.” His surgery is to the right. And don’t even try to peek in the windows. Tide was in. Parking costs still high here—and you need coins for the P&D machine, although they tried to offer a smart phone option—but the interface was crap.

PortQuin pilchard palace

Next town over is Port Quin, now mostly ruins and cottages, and not many of either. And the coast path, of course. The building to the left was the pilchard palace, where they aged(?) the pilchards. The row of square holes was for beams that pressed the fish in the barrels, if I understood correctly. Must have smelled just fine all across town. One must have hoped for the near ever-present wind.

Sunset sky over PortIsaac

View from our room under the eaves (and in our price range). That’s Port Isaac in the bay. And we can hear the wind on the slate roof.

Alight/lit

Female cardinal

The robins were back, plus grackles, sparrows, and more. This cardinal posed intentionally, I’m pretty sure, although she didn’t do a good job of catching the light.

Under eave

And the light was lovely.

Unthemed photo duo

Fried oyster plate

Fried oyster plate. Two sides: cole slaw and green pea casserole.

Had to try the latter because I didn’t think I’d had it in any version, plus the waitress said it had bacon in it.

Recipe is pretty close to mac-cheese minus most of the pasta and substitute about one-quarter that volume with peas; vary the flavorings a bit by adding a few sautéed onion slices and some crushed, fried-up bacon.

Now I can say I’ve tried it, and skip it the next time.

Sunset beyond

Reflected sunset light from a dark parking lot behind shipping containers used for storage. I particularly like the security light, its pole and electrical lines.

Light and night

Atlantic moonlight

Two pelicans soared right over our windshield just before we got to the parking area for the ferry. That was mid afternoon. Well after dark, we strolled down to the Atlantic beach to see the moon trying to cut through the thin cloud layer.

Empty pool marble statue

The lights from the mansion we’re staying in illuminate the empty decorative pool out front, with its marble nekkid lady. Curiously, the nekkid lady next to what was the indoor pool has a marble towel over her nether regions.

We have the run of the place, from the circus room upstairs to the bowling/pool/pingpong room—with a pirate theme—downstairs. Our group is fourteen and only two are sharing a room, so this place is much larger than a McMansion.

Duh-bloooos, alternate version

Sun tree view

The sun does blast the leafless trees during winter.

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Thumbs posing

This weird top has extra-long sleeves that act like fingerless gloves. And are equally as strange as fingerless gloves.

“High”lights

Porche parking

I had a chuckle over this Porsche-style parking technique. That rear tire is almost on the sidewalk.

Palmetto view

I really liked the light today—winter-clear. And a backlit palmetto (?) leaf—always eye-catching.

Pickup filter

Here’s some prismatic light distortion…coming through the windshield and then a pickup’s side window.

Headline noted today: Papa en México. I laughed; papa means both pope and potato, well, and dad/papa. So, if the popemobile were very sun-heated, he’d be a hot papa (your pick—pope or potato…).

Longevity and the park (a new serial?)

Longevity NY noodles

Let me lead with the headline: we ate our longevity noodles just like you’re supposed to for Chinese New Year (I bet they don’t use the C word). The trick is that the noodles have to be long and you can’t bite them, hence the slurping stereotype. And long life.

Clear creek bridge view

Did get out; did find some sunshine.

Please stay off

Also discovered a sleeping duck on the newly landscaped lawn, contravening the friendly sign.

Crane above

O4WP winter reflections

Somehow the day slipped away (mostly), and we ventured out late, when most of the Old Fourth Ward Park pond was in shadow…and looked ever so different than during any slice of mid-day light.