the big apple

i’ve been feeling funky, i’m not gonna lie. maybe not coincidentally, i’ve been quiet around this here blog, so i think i’m going to make a point to get back to writing, in the name of self care. i think i’ll start with the story of our trip to new york, since i only really posted the photo tour version of that so far. this one will have more words… and also plenty of pictures.


friday, september 9

we departed our house, picked quinn up from school early, and headed to rich’s daughter’s house. we ate pizza and she and quinn compared pokedex (is the plural of pokedex pokedexes? pokedices?) before she drove us to the airport. during the first leg of the flight (all the way to jfk) i performed some knee levitation. at one point sleeping  quinn was putting his legs over on sleeping rich and i was basically holding quinn’s leg up in the air trying to help them both. we all joked about it later on.

saturday, september 10

billy joel crooned she’s got a way over the airport loudspeaker as we arrived in syracuse. we got our bags, and as we were renting a car called an outlander quinn asked, “is it an off roader?” we got off the interstate a few exits early to stop by the coffee place and buy good coffee beans for the week, and drive some back roads to the farm. quinn got a not so hot soy milk and rich and i got coffee so we felt more perky by the time we arrived than when we had landed. it seems that the people of central new york don’t get many kids who want warm soy milk with no flavoring.



we wasted no time in embarking upon the first of many apple excursions, starting with tree #1, with grammy, grampy, rich, quinn, uncle t, mario and luigi. the boys and men rode behind the tractor on the hay wagon while i drove my mom in the jeep. because she had hurt her knee and wasn’t getting around well, the boys would pick her the apples and bring them to her, and she would number each one by tree so she could identify their varieties.



grampy grilled burgers, hot dogs, and speedies for dinner. uncle t made potato salad. i took a random walk up in the field, and took lots of flower pictures heading towards sunset. it wasn’t the most spectacular sunset ever, but the lighting was wonderful.




sunday, september 11

i helped my mom get to church in the morning,  and as we were about 5 minutes late for the start of the service, it just happened to be “meet and greet” time when i walked her inside, so i ended up getting about 16 hugs, then ducked out to go back home for coffee in my groggy state.

i did quite a bit of cooking during the week, but breakfasts were really the only thing i had to think about, because otherwise the menu had been planned ahead, so i just had to execute the plan. i made biscuits and gravy one day, and used up random bits of beans and chips one day to do my standard huevos rancheros that i make a couple of times a week at home; egg sandwiches on english muffins, raisin toast, apple cinnamon oatmeal. quinn had good choice cereal which is the generic form of life cereal, one of his faves. grampy and mario both love good choice, too.

grampy started a new “path” with his tractor from the top of the orchard down into the heart of it… right off the cliff, essentially. he got sort of stuck because couldn’t go back up the steep hill, so he left tractor in place and decided to continue clearing his way down hill the next day until he made it out at the bottom of the orchard.


he’s a special guy.

that night we had lasagna for dinner – grammy had prepared a whole bunch of food ahead of time… lots of it frozen and ready to toss in the oven, such as the 2 pans of lasagna.  all i had to do was turn the oven on, toss a salad, slice some bread.

after dinner we had a bonfire that night.




recording such mundane facts as what we ate for meals was a comfortingly odd juxtaposition to the reflecting i was doing regarding this being the 15th anniversary of 9/11. i had been there on the farm for the very same week in 2001, right in between a west-to-east road trip back from my summer job in the trees of washington state, and an east-to-west road trip to my new job among the whale molecules of berkeley. when my brother’s friend joe called, i was up a ladder painting the trim around this window:


which i’m pretty sure has been replaced since that paint job. i got down off the ladder to answer the phone and he said, “you have to wake b up. you guys need to turn on the tv,” which was more words than he had ever said to me. so many memories, so much processing to do when i arrived in berkeley all alone with what i could fit in my corsica. i filled journals that year trying to make sense of it all.

for me, the new york skyline will always be remembered as i saw it from the deck of a ship, circa 1998-2000:


we each have our memories of that time period, our “where i was” story, our meaning we’ve made from what happened. even those of us who didn’t lose anyone close to us, were only a degree or two separated from the near misses and tragic losses of our fellow americans, and even that required time to heal. i am so grateful for another september 11 passing when what to eat and whether to take a walk were the heaviest topics to be addressed.

monday, september 12

i woke up super early… 6 am, before mom or dad was up, but dad got up a few minutes after me, and mom maybe a half hour later. I sat on the couch in the living room and snuggled kitties with a mom quilt on my lap and worked on pictures on my computer. i felt kind of out of it, but a few hours later I was better. perhaps because it was only 3 am oregon time… sigh.

mario and luigi went to school.

since we weren’t ready to go up to the apple orchard when dad was ready, he got up on the barn roof and started pounding nails…


dad, rich and I went up and finished the new path/road; dad used a pole saw (a chain saw you can reach up and saw limbs with) and rich used a chainsaw… manly stuff and bonding and brainstorming ideas of strategies to get the tractor out. at some point i walked back down to the house and left the two of them to work at it some more.

instead, mom and i looked at my mom’s wedding dress. she had me get out the boxes from her closet, and she was sitting with her feet up, so I pulled out the dress and laid it on her so she could wear it. she was laughing. I got out the veil too, which was “fifty miles long” as she describes it, and she put that on her head too. i won’t be wearing her dress (couldn’t if i wanted to) for my own wedding, but brought it back with me in case it can be incorporated into our wedding in some way. neither of us is very “girly” but it was fun girl time. she also spent some time trying to find a mother-of-the-bride dress for our wedding, her main criteria is that she wants it to be fuschia, a.k.a. red violet. aww, mom.


dad finally emerged from the orchard, victorious, on his tractor.

the boys came home from school.

i went outside and worked on pounding nails into the barn roof with dad. rich highjacked my camera and took a bunch of pictures of my butt the roof work.

that night for dinner, uncle b and aunt c and kids came up to share the other pan of lasagna; i did the cooking/reheating again but took frequent breaks for photographing the magical light coming into the barn, etc. uncle t had the boys up in the hayloft playing basketball.


i took contraband pictures of all 5 kids playing together on the wagon. as anyone who’s read my blog for a while knows, i utilize pseudonyms (i know you’re shocked to learn my younger brother did not actually name his offspring luigi and mario) and nicknames (e.g. rich’s granddaughters are pancakes) for kids other than quinn. i’ve decided to refer to the new cousins as andy and molly, not their real names, which might be obvious if you got the toy story reference to the older brother/younger sister pair. i don’t know them well enough yet to know if they even like toy story, but i haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t, so i’ll go with it and hope for the best.

molly is a little tomboy in some ways, but with the perfect balance of girly; obviously it’s novel for our family to have a girl child in the midst. she loves to draw animals and rainbows, practices cartwheels while the boys play ninja jedi games, and then jumps in as a ninja jedi, too. she told me about her really cute swimsuit, in great detail. both kids are wonderful, and they both fit in so nicely with the other cousins. i love them both immediately in a big way.

when it was 8 and time for all the kids to come in so andy and molly could go home and so luigi and mario could get to bed to be up for school in the morning, i announced to all the kids that it was time, and when they didn’t all come running, i specifically addressed quinn, saying, “i expect you to be a leader and set an example of what needs to be done because you are one of the older kids.” quinn came running then, and right on his heels was andy. it delighted me to see them both rise to the “older cousin” occasion like that.

i think quinn took the older kid/example thing to heart, leading by example throughout the week. he got into kind of a caretaker mode as well, with grammy; he was very attentive to her, delivered her drinks or her cane or piles of folded laundry, emptied the silverware out of the dishwasher, with no grumbling, only sometimes a kind of jokingly “aww man do i have to” comment as he was heading to carry out the request, and then only if it wasn’t to help grammy specifically, because when helping her, he was very earnest. at bedtimes, he listened to his audio story (at the moment he was working through the heroes of olympus series and was listening  to the mark of athena) and there was so little i needed to do to get him to bed. he put his pj pants on, brushed his teeth, used the bathroom, got into bed and popped on his headphones. it was very helpful to me, so i didn’t stress as much about interfering with the cousins’ nightly routine. cousin quinn gracefully ducked out of the situation with no fuss, and i inwardly said three cheers for age 9 and a half!



tuesday, september 13

we went back up to the explore the newly opened territory in the orchard with grammy and quinn along this time, too. we explored and tagged trees 63-69 and also 70-71 on the top field. trees 70 and 71 had ginormous puffball mushrooms growing underneath them.


Q and i rode along to school to pick up the  boys (so they didn’t have to ride the bus, so we could have a teensy bit more time with them).

we went to uncle b and aunt c’s for dinner. c made yummy corn chowder and we had sandwiches and fruit and veggies (carrots/celery) and it was simple and really good. the kids swam in the pool before dinner. watching andy put on sunscreen and then automatically turn to put it on his sister really struck me as symbolic of how he has guarded over her in their lives so far; she just holds her arms out and he sprays them. they have a system, it’s so sweet and yet… he’s a little parent, at such a young age. they had so much fun in the pool. uncle t actually got in and swam, i put on my suit to be a lifeguard if needed,  but i didn’t get in. the kids used the noodles as fishing poles and caught “t fish” and “andy fish” and so on. squeals and giggles and lots of splashing.

andy and quinn get along great. they chatted pokemon, star wars, who knows what else. it’s an adjustment for me, to be so out of the loop on conversations my kid is having. i was out of earshot for most of his cousin conversations and it’s not yet comfortable for me. but then when i do overhear things, i realize, “okay, he’s a good guy. he says good things.”

during the days, quinn played some minecraft on my computer, some phone games, and drew on his graph paper (i suggested making maps of apple trees but he did not, he made up video games) and watched baseball. when in new york, do as the mets fans do. i think that must have really felt like vacation to him, so much “yes” from me in the screen department. he was also outside so much and helping out, and so i felt like he earned some game time. he even got to play super mario on the wii by himself while the boys were at school one afternoon.

i kept referring to him as a “certified ____ technician” when i asked him to do a chore or a task: “congratulations, you’re a certified shoe fetching technician or a certified silverware technician and he would laugh and groan and go ahead and do the job.

he took exactly one bath, which i’m sure also really felt like vacation since i normally make him take a few more than that in a week. he was fascinated by the glug of water in the bathroom sink when the tub was draining, and afterwards, he explained to me, “the tub and sink go to the same drain just like your nose and mouth go to the same throat.”

he was very solicitous to grammy, helping her up and down the two wide steps to the porch, and at one point he answered her statement of, “i’m fine” with, “well, i’ll go with you, because we don’t want to take any risks.”

grammy and i both thought he sounded an awful lot like me just then. the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!


wednesday, september 13

we explored the trees on the far eastern end of the farm. q took his rainbow pictures and climbed big mama, a.k.a. tree number 21.



a clump of joe pye weed and a young elderberry were dug and replanted down near the house for grammy.


rich and quinn and i went for a drive to get sweet corn and some other random items (like ice cream to go with apple crisp) at farm stands.

i notice that luigi and mario both naturally gravitate outside, from the looks of it to my auntie eye, to regulate emotions. i saw luigi go out all alone and just kind of… boy around, picking up sticks and climbing around on things, lurking around tree trunks.  mario is also very into being outside, and would probably be out all the time if he could. he’s a little naturalist and knows all the plants and animals and what the plants are used for, whether they are edible or medicinal.

dinner involved the whole family again- meatloaf, corn, potatoes, and apple crisp. mom had made the meatloaf ahead and put it in the freezer, so i just popped them into the oven again.


quinn and luigi went up on the barn roof with grampy and uncle t just before dinner. they wound up the strings that had been guidelines for where to put nails in, because the nailing was done and the next day we would paint before the metal sheeting would be put on the roof.


the cousin quintet all played kickball with grampy before dinner.



thursday, september 14

we still had a few trees left to visit at the east end, so quinn, grammy, grampy, rich and i went in the jeep. we got some more apples for identifying. rich and i walked back together while quinn rode back with grammy and grampy. dragonflies and butterflies got their pictures taken. when we got back, quinn and grammy were settled on the porch, grammy with her laptop and apple basket and reference book, and quinn with his graph paper and pencil. i spent a few hours painting the barn with rich. the boys got home from school, so t got them changed into paint clothes and the two of them came up and “helped”. quinn also decided he was interested in helping and climbed up. in between all this, I was also taking breaks to make pizza dough and then when we got inside, the boys all helped me top the pizzas. quinn helped with additional things like putting silverware away and getting the table set.


that night rich and i went to b’s sanjuro fields rehearsal and it was super good. they have really improved as a band, and they are very efficient with their practices now, and it’s cool. 3 out of the 5 guys are parents so i think they have streamlined to: let’s get these songs rehearsed, have a beer, and head home to families. it was nice to get to talk to b one on one and hear him talk about being a parent…. so magical. he is a good dad.

b was saying how andy has really gotten over his initial testing of limits with them. he tested them, they held, he moved on. he is really a pleasant kid. nice smile, kind, playful, funny, fun sense of humor, good manners. miss molly could be described in the same way, but unlike andy’s brief limit testing, she is still working on it. testing, testing, testing. not in any kind of malicious way, but for example “she never remembers to put on socks!” he said she is off in her own world. (me: “ohhhhh I know about kids like that.”) i shared my strategies that i use with quinn (and rich backed me up on this – i have seen him do this more and more with quinn, it doesn’t come naturally but he really makes an effort) to join quinn in his world and somehow make the thing get done within that framework, such as we need to get in the car becomes “let’s jump in the millenium falcon” or put on your clothes becomes “get your robes on, the hogwarts express is about to arrive” b, who has been a parent for about 9 months was not convinced he could do that, but it was still fun comparing notes. i told him i think kids do that testing thing the most with people they trust the most and feel the safest with (which was always my interpretation when quinn would do infuriating things at a younger age) in hopes that seeing it in that light might help b be encouraged: he is doing it right.

rich could share insight too, since he had a boy and a girl roughly the same years apart in age, and sharing how he realized he needed to talk to his little girl a bit differently than he talked to his little boy. his son was pretty impervious and needed to hear it loudly and clearly, whereas if he said it like that to his daughter, she could crumble, so he had to take his time and explain more quietly with her. things like that. i love how he connects with each member of my family.



friday, september 15

one last apple excursion… dad had made another tractor foray into the thicket, and discovered about 3 more trees. we were able to get to two of them and collect “specimens”. quinn was helping hold grammy up, and being her helper. one of the two new trees we got to is rich’s and my new favorite because it’s got such a cool twisted gnarly trunk. i picked mom some more grapes for jelly.

it was a mellow day. i wrapped up my shadow box and finally got it shipped out to oregon via ups. this had really been an ordeal the year before, culminating in me melting down and shoving the whole thing back in the attic, but this year finished wrapping cardboard around it and got it all packaged up.

after school we took the boys on the mountain coaster at greek peak, and luigi rode with rich because he promised to go as fast as possible. i also had to go fast, as per quinn’s request. quinn had specifically asked that we go on the coaster again this year, so we made sure to make it happen. mario needed to ride with t. (i just love how he calls t by his first name. i don’t know why it makes me smile. luigi actually calls him dad more often than not, which i love equally, because it’s heartwarming seeing my little bro as a dad.)


i took pictures of mom taking pictures of apples. and of her lists of apple names, because i love them, especially in her handwriting. blue pearmain, chenango strawberry, winter banana, mother, wealthy, red astrachan, hubbardston none-such, jeffries,  rhode island greening, tolman sweet, newtown pippin, roxbury russet…

t helped the boys fly their kite, and they also tried to fly their millenium falcon plane, but it needed to be charged. it was so funny to hear mario laughing at quinn asking what it was made out of, “it’s made of stagger phone, silly!” (styrofoam, hehe.)

dad and rich worked on cables dad is installing to stabilize the barn. they’re a good team, and i think dad appreciates rich’s intuitiveness with the hands-on stuff. quinn played some more basketball in the hayloft while they worked.

we all ate dinner out at perkins, dad’s treat (all except b, because he had to work, but c brought the kids). quinn and andy ordered cheeseburgers and mac and cheese, and all the kids sat at one end, so again i have no idea what they talked about although I did overhear one thing where andy was saying something about his dad. quinn responded, “do you mean b? oh, you mean your dad, not your foster dad.” i could see andy appreciating the complete acceptance from quinn of “been there, done that” with multiple household families. on a questionnaire quinn filled out at back-to-school night, he put down “being a friend” as one of his strengths; i saw it in practice with andy. it seemed like andy felt pretty comfortable discussing whatever with quinn, knowing quinn would just go with the flow. I had noticed quinn wanting to sit beside andy the other night when we ate dinner at c and b’s, and they were side by side again this night, ordering the same food… pulling on all the heart strings.

when we got home i took pictures of the full moon by the barn. rich and quinn and i ran down to b’s work to hug him since we’d be leaving the next day.



when we got home, t and i got our (carefully crafted via discussions over email) oregon trail game going… role play with the boys was the goal, and it was achieved… when they got to what food they’d bring:

mario: i’m going to bring a sack of potatoes and a sack of punkins! and eggs!

luigi: i’m not bringing any eggs, i’m bringing the container for eggs! a chicken!

mario: i’m bringing a chicken that sometimes lays chicks and sometimes lays eggs for eating!

quinn “actually chicken eggs develop chicks only if they’re fertilized….”

hahaha i love how their age differences balance their play, this was something grammy also commented on at various times, how integrating kids of different ages is good for all of them!

the game was fun, though we only made it through the first river crossing, but they really got into the idea of the game, traveling to oregon, trading goods, repairing wagons, deciding how many oxen to have, deciding whether to ford the river or pay for the ferry or try to caulk the wagon and float it across… all kinds of fun, and it made staying up late making perler bead wagons worthwhile.

saturday, september 16

grammy and grampy were going to trinity valley farm store that morning as is their usual custom, to re-stock mom’s soap that she sells there. i had never been to it, so rich and quinn and i decided to get up early enough to go with them. it was a picturesque little farm stand store, and the owners are a sweet young couple. quinn helped grammy re-stock the soap. we bought fresh donuts and luigi had asked me to buy him rock candy while we were there, so quinn picked out green for himself and luigi, and reached way to the bottom for a red one for mario. kind of fun to know he is in tune with those things like favorite colors of his cousins.


the kids finally got to fly the stagger phone millenium falcon… we packed up…

we tried one last time to take “the picture” but mario walked the opposite direction, laid on the ground, and basically refused to be a part of it. so we called it a day and left for the airport.

we got to jfk and had a 4 hour layover, so we sat in the “deep blue” restaurant so rich could watch a ducks game, i could edit photos, and we could eat chicken teriyaki and sushi. quinn was the one who wanted sushi, which i love about him.

and then we were home. so ends the 2016 trip to new york recap. can’t wait to go again!

other posts you may enjoy:

~rainbow mondays~ birthday butterflies and broken boards


red: maple waiting on the sidelines to get transplanted.


red: handsome fiance, pressing apple cider like a boss.


orange: we’ll take the little bit of fall color that we get here on the oregon coast.



yellow: vine maples down by the bayou.



green: some more lovely fall specimens


green: the cider press in action! this action shot is mostly for my new york family who needs one for all the apples on the farm!


green: post-karate traditional stop at the laughing planet cafe, for smoothies and yummy fresh food, and dinosaurs.


blue: looking a little tropical on the coast one sunny day recently.


blue: lucky beach treasure


blue: blue belt having just broken a board with his hand!


blue: cotton candy sunrise sky at the dragon house.


purple: birthday girl in her butterfly hoodie. after i got it finished, i was jealous and now i want to make one for myself. this kiddo was born right around the time i was eyeing a certain yoga hunk and trying to figure out how to chat him up, which means we are almost five years old like she is!


purple: because we’re all about action shots today, the butterfly testing her wings and getting ready to take flight!


red violet: last days of the geraniums living outdoors, just before i whisked them inside in time for heavy rain and wind (though not as heavy as predicted). it’s always good for me to remember that fall (and even winter,  and even big predicted winter storms) contain many breaks in the rain with bright wonderful sunshine. my camera and i, we chase the light!

~rainbow mondays~

a splash of color on monday

a photo study documenting the colors of the spectrum: the balance points between light reflected and light absorbed

other posts you may enjoy:

~rainbow mondays~ cabbages and zing


a compulsive rainbow-maker strikes again!


gray: this week we’re celebrating the gift of eyesight, because rich and i spent a few hours in the e.r. in the middle of the night this weekend, due to flash burn to his eyes that he received from work on friday. his work involves a lot of welding, and he is incredibly careful, and most definitely does not take his eyesight for granted, but this was a great reminder that we are so lucky to be able to enjoy the colorful world around us.


i have joked for almost 5 years that rich “allegedly” welds boats all day long, because i have never actually seen him weld one single thing. on friday, i still didn’t see him holding the welding torch, but i did get to see him at work, since he was working on the research vessel docked right outside of my work.


the technical term for that red crate he’s riding in is apparently “man basket.” he spent all day in the man basket, essentially, and i played paparazzi.




all in a day’s work. reminds me to also not take for granted my hard working fiance!


pink: after the excitement of friday night, a leisurely sunday drive through the back roads with my love was in order.


red: we trespassed on a friend’s property to check out their garden. still some zinnias in bloom!


red: hummingbird sage


red: this crab had an impressive collection of barnacles.


orange: pumpkin/squash reaching maturity.


yellow: sunflowers in the rain.




yellow: zinnia zing!


green: still more sunflowers yet to bloom.


green: this unimpressive stretch of backyard slope is starting to lose its ivy and morning glory, and will hopefully be successfully terraced soon! i am looking forward to being done with the hard part and onto the fun of planting bulbs and seeds. the rainbow of flowers looks so pretty in my head, but i want to make it reality!


blue: blue belt, taken on his first day of fourth grade! i’m a little belated on those first day of school photos, and as karate was the only time i saw him that day, this was the best i could do.


blue: there have been multiple afternoon sightings of whales in recent weeks.




purple: cabbage, also reaching maturity.


~rainbow mondays~

a splash of color on monday

a photo study documenting the colors of the spectrum: the balance points between light reflected and light absorbed

other posts you may enjoy:

~black and white wednesdays~ tractors and lace

a lot of the photos from this trip seemed to lend themselves to black and white…


resting up before the flight… he must have been a little tired from his first week of fourth grade!





these three again…


these five… i’m letting myself sneak in just this one image, no faces, no names. there’s something universal about climbing on a hay wagon. all the kids are currently in the three school grades that grammy taught during her career: 1st, 3rd and 4th. the cousin quintet.











something new stands out to me every time i’m back on the farm. this time is was the afternoon light pouring in through the knot-holes in the barn siding. since my dad and i talked about it, i’ll record here that the barn was built in 1903, and the beams are red beech, while the siding is hemlock. my grandfather bought the farm in 1948 when my dad was just 4 years old.



obviously, i couldn’t get enough of this effect, and am only showing a subset of the barn light pictures i took. i also spent a lot of time up close to the barn siding on the exterior, up a ladder with a paintbrush in my hand.



same hoop, new generation of rews…



manly stuff going on here. dad and rich were working on tightening one of the cables they put in to help stabilize the walls of the barn. dad was on the outside, and is climbing down the ladder, which you can see from his reflection in the combine that is parked inside. rich is up in the hayloft checking on the come-along. they also used chain saws together on this trip, and dad seems to think i should hang onto the guy. i think so, too.


quinn climbed trees that were planted prior to 1948.


my mom, painstakingly documenting each apple she identifies. i’ve said a lot about lifelong learning, and if you met my parents, you know where i get that from. mom reckons she would like to find a college course in pomology to take. i reckon she has learned so much from her own self-study that she could probably teach it!



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in spite of attempting all week to catch the traditional stair step cousins picture again, it still had to be influenced in order to occur. there were a few semi-finalists that would have been okay in a pinch… one hurdle to achieving a certain photo is that these are three sentient beings with relatively unbroken wills. when trying to influence the photo on numerous occasions, one boy would invariably walk the opposite direction, or pull the classic lay down on the grass to spite the photographer move. those photos will be cherished and chuckled at by the parents and grandparents, i am sure.


another “issue” was that quinn kept ending up in the center of all the organic photos, which is sweet and speaks to his sense of belonging right in the thick of things as a cousin, it just didn’t make the age/height order thing happen as readily. still, freestyle jedis and apple pickers in red white and blue shirts are their own brand of wonderful.


and so, to review….


Picture 622 walk

the original from may 2013, that inspired this whole tradition

cousin stairs Picture 302

october 2014

cousins IMG_1369

august 2015


and this year’s finalist… september 2016

one of the most exciting things about this year’s trip was that we got to meet two more cousins, but because they are foster cousins, much discretion with photography must be exercised. so for now, we will maintain the tradition as a cousin trio, but know that in our hearts there are really five kids in a row walking in those new york fields. quinn’s cousin quintet, we might call it.

other posts you may enjoy:

~rainbow mondays~ goldenrod, periwinkle, red violet, the whole crayon box a.k.a. mama’s new york rainbow


red: so many apples…


red: hard to choose! this one is named chenango strawberry.


red: numbered apples awaiting grammy’s careful identification process.



red: view of the barn through the apple trees


red: all the colors were accented with goldenrod this trip.


red: red hot, that is. this amazing guy.


red: happy bonfire participant


red: chatting with mario at the bonfire.


red: crazy barn reflection in the cellar door window.


red: the barn. so much red in this rainbow, and the barn is now a little bit redder since we painted some of it during our visit! we also got in on some roofing work.


red: quinn was pretty proud of being able to get one of the huge nails into the roof all by himself, using his great grandpa’s hammer.


red: roof all prepped for metal sheets, time to paint!


red: that’s as far as we got, but at least we won’t drip paint on the new part of the roof next year…


red-orange: just starting to see some maple leaves turning…


orange: bonfire fun








orange: chased quite a few monarchs around the farm, they appreciate the abundant goldenrod. edited to add: this one is actually a viceroy not a monarch! thanks sister-in-law, for the correction! here are a few monarchs, now, for comparison:





orange: boneset sunset


orange: seems like a nice road to have grown up on.


orange: i took a zillion pictures of boneset backlit by the sunset, so i’m oversharing them. i love breaking photography rule number one and shooting directly into the light, and i also love the way the little hairs on the stems of boneset glow when i do.


orange: daisies


orange: more boneset. it was breezy, i can kind of still feel it when i look at this one.


orange: heart-shaped lens.


orange: kitty adorabubble.


orange: potentially foreshadowing our next new york visit…


yellow: or should i say, goldenrod?


goldenrod sunset


goldenrod farm


yellow: daisy glow sunset


that goldenrod sure has a lot of gall.




yellow: black-eyed susan were also in bloom, notable because they are not goldenrod.


yellow: apologies to non spider fans, i couldn’t resist this one.


yellow: the goldenrod behind these other meadow plants is making them look more yellow than they are.


green: apples and fields.


green: lots and lots of this view.


green: praying mantis with farm in the distance


green: these ferns are all around the orchards.


green: between praying mantises and green lacewings and other beneficial predators, the apples should be pest-free.


green: this guy might also like to eat bugs.


green: kite flying and lots of cousin time.


green: a boy is in the top of this big mama tree.


green: helping grampy tag trees 64 and 65.


blue: ford 4000 and blue sky.


blue: ford 4000, blue silo, and mad farmer in blue plaid making his way down the hill through the underbrush.


blue: chokecherries and wildly blue sky


blue: pigeon on the barn roof


blue: people on the barn roof.


blue: people coming down from the barn roof, with the moon overhead.


blue: rusty metal wagon parts. i don’t know why i love them so.


blue: jeans with an accidental heart in barn paint


blue: jet blue terminal jfk, deep blue restaurant, blue shirt, blue headphones. this boy is so content with an audio story and a plate of sushi. also, pretty creative with chopsticks.


periwinkle: another good crayon in the box. chicory has always been one of my favorites.


blue-violet: wild grapes are abundant in the apple orchards. grammy is collecting them in her freezer to make some jelly later on.


purple: clover


purple: clover with a pretty moth


purple: joe pye weed competing with goldenrod in the perennial field flower olympics.


purple: a dainty field find


purple: nothing says new york like black raspberry ice cream.


red violet: pokeweed stems.


raw umber(?): enormous old-growth puffball mushrooms.


tan: some of the praying mantises are not green.


brown: or perhaps burnt sienna? one of the many uses grammy has found for her apples… apple cider soap, complete with homegrown dried apple decorations. i wonder if anyone will notice “the picture” from last year in the background on grammy’s table… stay tuned for this year’s installment of three boys in a row.


white: my mom’s wedding dress.


black: good night, farm, and good night moon.

~rainbow mondays~

a splash of color on monday morning evening

a photo study documenting the colors of the spectrum: the balance points between light reflected and light absorbed

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~rainbow mondays~ quinn’s new york rainbow

a double-header of new york rainbows tonight… the first one is brought to you by quinn! we spent lots of time in apple orchard mode while we were visiting new york this time, and quinn chose to document his own rainbow using my camera during one of our excursions to tag, sample, and collect apples from the 79 (and counting!) rew apple trees.


red: view of an apple in grampy’s outstretched hand from a vantage point i just can’t pull off from my height! i just love this one.


orange: jewelweed



orange: i also don’t get very many pictures of myself from this vantage point.


yellow: the predominant flora of this trip, besides apple trees, was  goldenrod!


yellow: grammy with goldenrod backdrop


yellow: mama holding more specimens


green: a green variety in grammy’s hand


green: a caterpillar quinn found


blue: chokecherries, i do believe.


purple: asters will soon compete with goldenrod for most abundant flora…


brown: the antique apple picker – what a great shot! i will have to keep handing him the camera when he asks for it! way to go, quinn!

~rainbow mondays~

a splash of color on monday morning evening

a photo study documenting the colors of the spectrum: the balance points between light reflected and light absorbed

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~black and white wednesday~ late summer textures

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~rainbow mondays~ exhale like a whale

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red: i didn’t have a good red photo for this rainbow, but then i realized voltorb was expressing my current mood perfectly. in a bit of a funk – must mean a rainbow shortage! so i set out to post one while there’s still some monday left…

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orange: a little after sunset over the pacific ocean.


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yellow: sea rocket turning yellow in the late summer dry warmth.

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green: attempted ninja selfie

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green: shamrock cookie green, that is. this boy walks up to a wall of paint colors with confidence and immediately  points at the one he wants. shamrock cookie was just what he needed to complete his lego habitat… it’s receiving finishing touches including a mountain range.

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blue: finding myself heading oceanward on a frequent basis lately.

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blue: such as tonight when we ninjas finished karate, and went to catch a pokemon or two near the beach, and also got to watch a whale breaching multiple times. this was the best i could do once i got my camera out of the car, but it was pretty great to see an airborne whale, it has been a while!

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purple: i’m being followed by a moon jelly… moon jelly, moon jelly.

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purple: sea rocket in full bloom. hope you are getting your ration of rainbows and sunshine and whale exhalations, and storing them away for winter!


~rainbow mondays~

a splash of color on monday morning evening

a photo study documenting the colors of the spectrum: the balance points between light reflected and light absorbed

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~rainbow mondays~ poke abundance

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rainbow veggies again! i never get tired of lining up beautiful produce in rainbow order.

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red: chioggia beets just before i juiced them yesterday.

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orange: dragon from a poke-walk with quinn. he traded me the phone for my camera so he could take some photos of it, too!

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orange: i took a few hours off last wednesday morning so quinn and i could take advantage of $5 wednesdays at the aquarium. we actually did look at the animals, not only the abundant pokemon available for capture.

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yellow: pikachu lives in a yellow submarine!

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yellow: what to do with an organic yellow watermelon that was dropped on the ground: put the pieces in the blender and freeze them, then put the ice cubes back in the blender with liquid of your choice to make a fun blended drink. we liked it with ginger vodka, and i plan to try some with juice when i get a chance to make one for quinn.

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yellow: tattered traveler

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green: at the otter feeding.

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green: made some more fun summer memories with friends having a random thursday evening backyard campout.

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blue: beautiful objects hanging around at the clay studio where i have now thrown and trimmed my first bowl… it should be fired by now, i’m very excited to glaze it!

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blue: i think i like this glaze!

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blue: sometimes i go for walks to incubate quinn’s poke eggs while i’m at work. it makes me feel like i walk on water as a mama (actually i was only walking in the mud flats on a very low tide, but thought the image was kind of funny.)

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blue: between karate camp and karate classes last week, we had some fun poke bonding moments. squirtle being held by a cute ninja here.

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blue: seal window!

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purple: lots of dollars, we are so wealthy to live where we do!

~rainbow mondays~

a splash of color on monday morning

a photo study documenting the colors of the spectrum: the balance points between light reflected and light absorbed

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