These little Balsameans (and Adirondack natives) have gathered here for no reason but to please The Balsamean. Maybe you’ll enjoy it, too. This is one case where clicking a picture will NOT get you a bigger view. They are just sample 100-pixel views of SOME of the kinds of spring and summer living entertainment here. (However, you can magnify with your browser or Windows features.) These pix were clipped out of bigger ones that are even more beautiful, shot over the past several years, mostly within the past few years. This show must go on, and it will. These little Balsameans will perform for as long as we let them and protect them. The display sequence is random, and will change every time you refresh the page or come back for another visit. There are about 130 of them. (All photos by yours truly at Balsamea.)
End of show
Despite the sobering remembrances of another 9/11, I’ve declared 9/11/12 a holiday at Balsamea, in honor of our first frost coming four days earlier than the average (9/15) AND it was not merely FROST, but ICE! I had a zillion tiny puddles of ICE on the roof of the car at 7 AM (in the shade). Solid enough that I could not move them without considerable force.
Every year I look forward to First Frost day as the launch of my favorite time of year: from now to the end of December, and often all the way to February.
So despite all the effort going into multiple drafts of deeper posts pending here and elsewhere, among a thousand other things life wants me to do for myself, I had to drop everything and say YAY FOR FIRST FROST DAY!!!
One of the ways I celebrated was with a little campfire until 8 AM. One of life’s greatest gifts is the pleasure of feeding a little fire on a chilly morning as the sun reaches the point where it sends rays zapping at hard angles through the trees, catching your campfire smoke in dazzling arrays. Didn’t have the camera with me this morning, but there’s one from another time if I can find it.