Tuesday, December 30, 2008


layered, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Fungi is still thriving, even in the cold weather we've been having. A commenter on Flickr says that this is called Tree Ear Fungi, and is used as an insect repellent. It does kind of look like ears, doesn't it?

Monday, December 29, 2008


out, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The fog continued into midday yesterday, when I went down to the wildlife sanctuary by Stanley Park. By the time I came out of the woods, the breeze was noticeably warmer, and the snow was melting all over the place. Which, of course, meant mud. *g*



Sunday, December 28, 2008


stand, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went out in the fog this morning to capture the ethereal beauty, and took this shot of the Steiger family memorial in Pine Hill Cemetery. It is apparently the same family as the late, lamented, local Steiger's department stores. They certainly like to make a statement. ;)

Saturday, December 27, 2008


crisp, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Dried hydrangea decorates Grandmothers' Garden on a grey rainy December day.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

wreaths, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

A very merry holiday to all who celebrate!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter Solstice

snowy cheer, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today is the shortest day of the year. After today, the days will start getting longer, and the light will return. Fitting, perhaps, that it is snowing (again) all day. Nature has covered us in a blanket of white to celebrate.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


emmisary, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I bundled up and ventured out into the snow earlier today. It's so pretty! The sky is pearly grey, and it's even still snowing a little bit.

This scene is in Pine Hill Cemetery, Westfield, MA. The TV news this morning said we got about 9"; it didn't look like quite that much to me, maybe more like 7". Still, nothing to sneeze at!

Friday, December 19, 2008


snowfall, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today marked the first big snowstorm here in the Pioneer Valley. A lot of us were spared during last week's ice storm, but today there was no avoiding the snow. We've gotten about 6" so far here in Westfield, with more expected. I don't think we're going to make the 8-12" they were forecasting, though.

This shot is from my commute home today, which took nearly twice as long as normal. This is the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, where I sat at a red light for just long enough to take out my camera and snap a shot.

I hope you all made it home safely, and are warm and cozy!

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Star of David, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

This photo has been the most popular one on my Flickr stream lately. Flickr now has a "stats" feature that allows you to see how many hits your photos get, and how people came to them. It seems that a lot of people are searching for Star of David photos on Yahoo lately; 28 of them clicked on mine yesterday.

Here are some of my other popular search results:

Mustang logo
Mustang logo

Corvette logo
Corvette logo II

Laurel wreath
laurel wreath

I can haz cheezeburger
I can haz cheezburger?

Annapolis Courthouse
Annapolis courthouse

mirror image

Barney mausoleum
Barney mausoleum

baton twirlers
baton twirlers

Sometimes I get amusing searches, like the time someone searched for "butt panty" and found a pic I had taken at a Yankee Swap party of someone wearing the world's largest panties. People sure are weird sometimes. *g*

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


twinkle, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went out yesterday evening to take pictures of this lovely little tree and the chapel at the cemetery, figuring it might be the last one warm enough to go out after dark. You just never know around here!


Monday, December 15, 2008

back to normal

back to normal, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

They finally got the flooding under control at Heritage Park today. Compare today's views to Friday's:

sign wild sign

debris sit here ;)

nice view high water

stream wading

drying out almost completely submerged

nearly normal picnic, anyone?

passable path from the other side

Quite a difference!

Sunday, December 14, 2008


sad, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I was very sad to come across this sight today in the wildlife sanctuary. I guess this tree didn't make it through the last storm.

It used to have a heart-shaped scar on its trunk. I'm really glad I got a good picture of it before it was gone.

hole in my heart

Friday, December 12, 2008

Flooding at Heritage Park

emerging from the waters, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went down to Heritage Park in East Longmeadow on my break today to take pictures of all the flooding there. Amazing! I've never seen the water this high there.

Picnic tables and benches almost submerged!

picnic barge

a place for reflection

They were working hard to clear the drains, and pumping water onto North Main Street. Dunno how effective that's going to be...

trying to clear the drains

Weird to see trees and shrubs sitting in the water.


submerged shrubbery

The geese and ducks, on the other hand, were having a grand time.

at least the geese are having fun

Thursday, December 11, 2008


medallion, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Detail from a rusty old iron fence at Pine Hill Cemetery. Below is the wider view of the fence, setting off what looks like a family plot.

iron fence

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


justify, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Snow settles on a maple leaf still clinging to a tree in Pine Hill Cemetery on Sunday. Today it is raining cats & dogs. When they said "if you don't like the weather, wait a minute," they weren't kidding!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


fetter, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I've taken lots of pictures of this mausoleum in Pine Hill Cemetery, and I never seem to tire of it.

Same thing with the nearby chapel. They're just so darn picturesque!

chapel in the snow