Sunday, February 10, 2019

In black and white

There is certainly color in the winter vineyard. The canes that are not yet pruned have a muted reddish hue. The grass between vine rows is bright green. Evergreens on the edge of the vineyard parcels are, well, ever green. But on some days, especially on overcast and frosty days, the place seems monochromatic, almost like a black and white photo.

This tree was little more than a sapling fifteen years ago when we moved here.

Today is a yucky weather day. We're having rain and gusty winds. Again. February has come in like the proverbial lion of March. On Saturday the weather was much calmer and we were treated to a show: the woman who owns the house two doors down is preparing it for sale. Her father lived there until he passed away last fall. Early in the morning we noticed a bonfire in the front yard. They were burning chairs and bed frames. They kept the fire going all day, until sunset, with more furniture, boxes, carpets, linens, books, and who knows what else from inside the house. I've never seen such a thing.

8 comments:

  1. Perhaps your neighbor feared the furniture was harboring wood-boring pests?

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  2. How wonderful that you knew that tree as a sapling. I wonder what evidence your neighbors were destroying.

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  3. OMG what a crazy fire that was!

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  4. How sad, to think that a person's life would need to go up in flames. Maybe it was infested with roaches or something nasty, or maybe there had been an animal soiling things.

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  5. Or maybe burning was the fastest and easiest way to dispose of a whole lot of things they didn't want. But....wow.

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  6. I cherish the black/white photo you allowed me to download; I sometimes use it as wallpaper for my laptop.

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  7. All interesting theories, but I think chrissoup's is probably right. :)

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