Something old, something new, something green-gold, and something blue.

Late September, 2016

There was daylong heavy rain on Monday.  But not enough to mush the ground. 

On Tuesday I went to Winterthur for the pleasure of the fragrance of vegetation and earth after rain.  I like this as much as a warm day of blue sky.   

 

Something Old 

The proprietors of the Campbell Soup Company bequeathed Winterthur a magnificent collection of soup tureens.

 

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Soup tureen of ormolu- brass made either in France or Italy between 1720 and 1750.  Dorrance Collection, Winterthur

 

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Porcelain tureen made at the Chelsea Factory, London about 1755.  Dorrance Collection, Winterthur

 

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Fused silverplate tureen probably made in Birmingham, England, around 1830. Dorrance Collection, Winterthur

 

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Soup tureen of earthenware made in the Vaucluse, France about 1780.  Dorrance Collection, Winterthur

 

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The Great Sells- Four Paws Soup Tureen Menagerie made by Bill Stewart, New York, 1975, earthenware.   Dorrance Collection, Winterthur

 

 

Something New

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Giant orange and yellow mushrooms appeared overnight after a day of rain.  Nobody knew their name.

 

Something Green and Gold

 

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Native maple leaves have begun to turn and fall.

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Holly

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Nuts of an American Black Walnut, fresh on the ground for the rain along a giant root

 

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I placed the American Black Walnut nuts in vodka with a vanilla pod.  It turns from pale green to gold to amber to a brown whose green can only be seen in the instant it is poured out.  The fragrance is like no other, neither sweet nor savoury.

 

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 Fern leaves which have begun to turn

 

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A field of golden rod beyond a fern which has begun its autum/winter mutation

 

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Goldenrod mixed in with Queen Ann lace, milkweed, and black-eyed Susan

 

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Rhododendron bush leaves have begun to turn

 

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Seed of a crabapple

 

Something Blue

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Hosta

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Blue plumbago

 

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Fragrant Russian Sage

 

 

 

 

 

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