funerary practice

Filed under: culture,dead,parts,signs — WmX @ 12:35


Much custom involved with how to treat the dead. I can’t read hiragana. Found out months later the sign reads:
“If you trash garbage here, you are sentenced to five years’ penal servitude or
pay a fine of ten million yen under the law.
Moushi Hanashiro Family”

Arlington Cemetery

There are no signs in Arlington dictating behavior. We were dressed down by grave police for our behavior. The self appointed monitor accused us of being disrespectful. On the contrary, this is how we honor our dead.


Jefferson Lodge #20

Filed under: Charlottesville — WmX @ 14:30


The Masons float, Dogwood Festival 2015. Masons in the year 2000


These gentlemen do gravitas effortlessly.


raining on the parade

Filed under: Charlottesville,weather — WmX @ 16:23
japanese umbrella

Rain falling on the 66th annual Dogwood Festival parade. Rain is better with friends.


on the road to Lucinda

Filed under: road,signs,strange land,weather — WmX @ 08:15
Mailpouch Tobacco

Snow! 233 miles north of Charlottesville, April 22, route 66, on the road to Lucinda. Clarion County is one county away from the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Snow melt here flows through New Orleans.


in praise of the dead

Filed under: dead,fauna,trees — WmX @ 08:33
snag in Cook forest

Standing dead trees are an important resource for the living.

But a dead tree, contrary to popular perception, has a plus side. Called a snag, it plays host to a variety of insects, fungi, spiders, and other small native creatures of the woodland; a variety of mammals, including flying and gray squirrels, raccoons, and others; and, surprisingly, about eight-five species of birds in North America. In a forest, at least, maturity and deadwood are relative terms.–Robert Halma, “The Lehigh Valley: A Natural and Environmental History”

Excellent article on dead trees, see: “Praise the Dead: The Ecological Values of Dead Trees” by George Wuerthner


Cook Forest

Filed under: trees — WmX @ 08:07
white pine?

Cook Forest State Park is known for some of America’s finest virgin white pine and hemlock timber stands and was once called the “Black Forest” due to the preponderance of evergreen tree coverage.–Wikipedia



Filed under: flora — WmX @ 09:08

Lagerstroemia, commonly known as crape myrtle or crepe myrtle, is a genus of around 50 species of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs native to the Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia, northern Australia and parts of Oceania, cultivated in warmer climates around the world.–wikipedia

30 x1028 px box

March 18, Adrian Higgins at the Washington Post published a column “How to avoid hacking at your crape myrtle this spring“,

The crape myrtle has always brought out the inner butcher in certain people —
there is something about those smooth, sinewy branches that screams “amputate me”.–A. Higgins


Rivanna River Company

Filed under: riverine — WmX @ 13:04
Gabe Silver

Gabe Silver talks about his business, Rivanna River Company. Gabe was one of ten to present at the TTFF Crowdfunded Pitch Night event. Recording starts as Gabe speaks about the transformation in Richmond as that City has embraced their river as a recreational resource. Rivanna River Company


what remains?


q. phellos

Filed under: fishbones,trees — WmX @ 09:52
willow oak

easing into spring, silhouette of a willow oak leafing out. Sometimes juvenile leaves look like miniature versions of the full grown leaf, that is not the case with the willow oak.

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