Root Cellar

 


Contributed photo

Stephen Kushner, center
 

The trunk

The trunk from Russia currently sits in my bedroom here in French Woods, NY. In the off season I store our winter coats and snow clothes in it. Sometimes I stash Christmas presents in the old, heavy trunk. It rests, inconspicuously, in the corner under the east window.


TRR photos by Kristin Barron

A pizza-box eclipse device

Sunflowers and the eclipse

I work on the night shift now and sleep during the day, so there was something especially peculiar about being woken up at two in the afternoon on August 21 by my eclipse-enthralled family, specifically to go outside to watch the sky grow dark.


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The night shift

A little brown bat (Myotislucifungus) has taken up residence on my front porch. It can be seen sleeping in the daytime, if you look for it. It hangs upside down, as bats do, up near the ceiling. It’s sheltered behind a block of wood that serves as a phoebe defense.


TRR photo by Kristin Barron

“That giraffe” is Tajari, a calf born last April at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY.

‘That giraffe’

Did you know that a giraffe’s tongue is purple to protect it from sunburn in hot climates? Or that a giraffe has seven vertebrae in its long neck—the same as other mammals including people?

I didn’t. That is, until the giraffe April brought all things giraffe to my attention.


Photo by Kristin Barron

The 'launch pad'

My son Sam’s “launch pad” is back. By “launch pad” I am referring to the sudden metamorphosis of one of our living room sofas to a staging area for Sam’s belongings and all-purpose rubble. It is both the essence of home and a point of departure for his frequent comings and goings.


TRR photos by Kristin Barron
Last of the snow

Suddenly spring

Last week I snapped a photo of the stubborn slab of gritty snow that is the final vestige of the blizzard of ’17. This crust of snow is found wasting away in the sudden spring heat at the side of the Tops supermarket parking lot in Hancock, NY.


TRR photos by Kristin Barron
Watercress in snow

Watercress walk

Red-wing blackbirds are back, creating a riot at my bird feeders. The snowdrops are about to bloom. Sap is running. Wild watercress, now growing in our muddy streams, is a respite for our winter-weary eyes.

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