Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bistro Rustica Cucina in Niles

Wholesome and perfectly prepared. Organic ingredients. 

Call to make a reservation and take a map. High on the ridge between Finger Lakes Otisco and Skaneateles, Skaneateles Lake is, incredibly, visible and beautiful.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Neighbors of Onondaga Nation at Gonandagan

NOON's fine new stand-up display.

Our booth at Ganondagan's Native American Dance and Music Festival today.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Ladew Topiary Gardens Near Baltimore

Not too far northeast of Baltimore is a wonderful garden containing more than a dozen rooms and other features. The single feature for which it is most famous is its topiary of highly refined shapes and creatures. This dog is part of a hunt scene and has just been clipped. The gardener can clip one and a half dogs in a day. It is very fine and thoughtful work. Below is the fox. The gardener clipped her first so that she would have a chance at escape. Enlarge her to see the precision with which she is formed, year after year.

We stopped here on our way north last week, on our way home from Baltimore.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Civilian Conservation Corps Built Drinking Fountains!

...and a whole lot more. Several units built the roads, buildings and other amenities for what became the Shenandoah National Park.

Much of the original work by the CCC can still be found.