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Massachusetts (and Maine)

I’ve been knee-deep in boxes for the past few days, but I set aside some time to work through a year’s worth of photos (and as usual, it took a lot longer than expected). Here’s a quick summary of the year I spent in New England — I tried to model it on this collage I did of my year in Arizona, but I had a much harder time narrowing down my photos so it’s a bit longer and more dense.

Click on each section to see it full-size. Enjoy!

Spring Week

This is a busy week! Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year, Pi Day, which occurs on March 14th because the first few digits of pi are 3.14. In school, we always celebrated by eating real pie (preferably apple) and deriving the definition of mathematical pi.

Today, March 15th, is both the Ides of March (Et tu, Brute?) and my cat Leo’s 3rd birthday. He celebrated by chasing his new raffia toy all around the house and getting it stuck underneath a dresser.

Later in the week we have St. Patrick’s Day followed by the vernal equinox, which occurs this year on Saturday, March 20th. It’s predicted to be 55 to 60 degrees in Boston this weekend, so the weather is getting in the festive mood too. In case your weekend weather ends up feeling a bit more like winter, here’s a great song to get you in the mood, taken from Noah and the Whale’s album appropriately titled “The First Days of Spring”.

Snow in Massachusetts



Snow, originally uploaded by pishkinn.

Spring Flowers in the Desert

spring (sprĭng)  n.

a. The season of the year, occurring between winter and summer, during which the weather becomes warmer and plants revive, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice and popularly considered to comprise March, April, and May.
b. A time of growth and renewal.

In my experience, springtime usually conjures images of bright green grass, flowers in bloom, trees dotted with blossoms, and warmer weather. When I moved to Arizona, I didn’t expect to see any of those usual markers (except the warmer weather). But it turns out that even Southern Arizona has a plethora of flowers and trees that are brimming with new flowers and buds. (The grass, however, is still restricted to golf courses and apartment complexes that can afford to constantly run sprinkler systems.) Did you know that in order for a plant to be classified as a cactus, it must produce a flower?

I took a few photos of some flowers around Tucson. This is just a small sampling — there are much more starting to show, especially up in the mountains (and I think I missed the window to see the mexican poppies blooming). You can click the links below to see full versions of the photos (#1 is in the center, and then #2 starts in the top left corner).

1. 114/365, 2. Wildflowers, 3. 14/52: Open, 4. Wildflowers, 5. Ocotillo, 6. _MG_3647, 7. City View, 8. 103/365, 9. 106/365, 10. 110/365, 11. 116/365, 12. 121/365, 13. 99/365