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28 Sep, 2006

a place of quiet contemplation

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Memes/blog awards etc|Photography

It is, in fact, a small corner of our backyard.

I’m there every couple of days during non-snowy months, not exactly for quiet contemplation, but to take care of our compost: chopping, turning, digging etc.

But as soon as I cross under the lilac tree I am immediately embraced by the shade. Despite our proximity to two neighbors, it’s very quiet back there, save for the rustling of squirrels and birds.

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By the end of the day the sunlight streams through the branches and it puddles underneath.

Whenever I enter this little backyard forest of ours I feel everything melt away. It is that serene. And it smells great.

Here’s my collection of “good sticks.” I have a special admiration for Y-shaped ones. (all images click to embiggen)

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I like how they spontaneously form into a wigwam-like shape.

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Grass can’t grow back here. So I just broke up a bunch of sticks and call it “ground cover.” They snap when you walk on them.

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And here’s an old stump we hauled in here to use as a chopping block. And now it simply serves as an ecology lesson. It’s softer than feathers in there.

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Here’s a close up in case you didn’t believe me.

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Beyond the stump is a swath of green. It looks like there’s a woodland path worn down the middle. Cat path? Rabbit? Racoon? All three?

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Broken clay pots. Our spidery compost bin. This is different than the two compost heaps we have for grass and leaf matter.

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The bigger picture. Sorry, from this view it doesn’t look like much.

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And here’s the view of the house from where I stand.

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Within the next few years we’re planning to build an addition on the back of the house. At that time I am hoping to have the backyard professionally returned to a a more foresty state. I’d like to add a few more trees, take out the grass, and lay down a twisty path of flagstone that leads to a stone bench or two.


1 Response to "a place of quiet contemplation"

1 | Sharon

September 28th, 2006 at 3:55 pm

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Looks calm. Sorta like my front yard.

Nice

Sharon

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