Monthly Archives: December 2015

Winter Lights?!

For the second year, the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville has a special display called Winter Lights. Jerry Stripling, the former designer and manager for holiday decorations at Walt Disney World, retired and brought his magic here. Powered by a mile of extension cords, the energy efficient display of over 200,000 LED lights forms quilts, […]



Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa or whatever else you may celebrate! I hope you are all having a wonderful end of 2015! This bear delivered my holiday books for me. I can’t resist nature field guides, since identifying a plant or animal opens a new world of knowledge. He is studying hard to determine […]

Sun Star

With temperatures well above normal this month in much of the eastern US, there are still green leaves in New York City, cherry trees are blooming in Washington DC, and in my home turf of the southern Appalachian mountains, there are still a few dabs of color left in the landscape. By now the forest […]



Cloistered View

This pristine view is courtesy of the Cloisters Museum. Located in northern Manhattan, this branch of the Metropolitan Museum holds a collection of thousands of artworks and artifacts from medieval Europe. The museum hybridizes modern structures with pieces of five abbeys sent from Europe in the 1930s. John D. Rockefeller apparently had a thing for […]

Guardian Lion

Lions guard the NY Public Library. When they first took up their posts over a hundred years ago, they were ridiculed as mealy-mouthed and complacent. The sculptors trimmed their marble manes because people complained they were too hairy. But today they are known as NY’s most lovable public sculptures. They were designed by Edward Clark […]