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.
The proprietors of the Campbell Soup Company bequeathed Winterthur a magnificent collection of soup tureens.
Soup tureen of ormolu- brass made either in France or Italy between 1720 and 1750. Dorrance Collection, Winterthur
Porcelain tureen made at the Chelsea Factory, London about 1755. Dorrance Collection, Winterthur
Fused silverplate tureen probably made in Birmingham, England, around 1830. Dorrance Collection, Winterthur
Soup tureen of earthenware made in the Vaucluse, France about 1780. Dorrance Collection, Winterthur
The Great Sells- Four Paws Soup Tureen Menagerie made by Bill Stewart, New York, 1975, earthenware. Dorrance Collection, Winterthur
Giant orange and yellow mushrooms appeared overnight after a day of rain. Nobody knew their name.
Something Green and Gold
Native maple leaves have begun to turn and fall.
Nuts of an American Black Walnut, fresh on the ground for the rain along a giant root
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.
Fern leaves which have begun to turn
A field of golden rod beyond a fern which has begun its autum/winter mutation
Goldenrod mixed in with Queen Ann lace, milkweed, and black-eyed Susan
Rhododendron bush leaves have begun to turn
Seed of a crabapple
Fragrant Russian Sage