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Gray Rock

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Or is it grey?P1000592A recent crossword puzzle had the clue: “grey and ochre”.  I knew as soon as I counted the squares that the answer was “colours.”   It’s that British “U” as in honour or labour.  I might not have caught on right away if I hadn’t been thinking about gray and grey – because I tend to switch between the two.  And I wasn’t conscious that “ochre” was a British spelling.  The “U” problem I had learned from work as a copyeditor.

This gray is Deer Isle granite.  On closer inspection it turns out the color is a combination of gray, white and black bits.  When it is polished the black shows up even more.P1000589This small rock I found on our beach.  The large one is from a recent hike.  Nearby, I saw these flowers, whose names I wish I knew.P1000594

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September Revisited I

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At the first cool spell in September I went out on a hike to see what the rains had done in the hills.  Yes, there was green.  And some wild flowers.  Then I got involved in my book readings.  It was over a month before I got the pictures transferred to the computer.  Then I forgot that I had done that.  Another month has gone by.  Here, at last are some views I found to share from that September hike.grassYes, there was grass along the trail.grass.sotolAnd thick growth as I climbed into the canyon.  There were lots of sotols.  These were not affected by the rains, they had bloomed in the spring and long since gone to seed, but I found one worthy of a close-up.sotolI was not up to a long hike, but it was pleasant to get closer to one of the Organ Mountain peaks.peakThere were flowers blooming, thought none were very showy.  If I went back this week, the grass would all be yellow and the flowers gone.

yellow flower

purple cropped