On Tuesday the bride dropped me off in Greencastle on her way to volunteer at Mister Tristan's school (the 5 year old human being, not the blog). I first had to stop at the bank, then ran the 5 miles or so home.
The east was getting lashed by a big rainmaking storm--the snow remained north of--but the temp hovered right at the freezing mark, yielding a freezing rain that stuck to anything above ground. Thankfully, sidewalks and road were just warm enough not to ice up.
So, I needed a crappy weather run to rejuvenate my batteries. See, whenever I run in poor weather, I ALWAYS have a great run. It probably goes back at least partially to the notion of smugness (you're out there toughing it out while nobody else is). Regardless, it was a great run.
When I arrived home I wanted to photograph a couple things. First, a wren house in my front yard that I built from some old chestnut boards, today bearing icicles:
Then on the pergola out back, icicles hanging from the lattice and the outdoor (wet location) fan:
And then this reward. I 've posted about this blue flower before, but I just love it. Here we have a flower that I have to think is, well, optimistic, blooming as it does in late fall. How cool is that? Plus...it's blue, my favorite flower color ever. What a treasure! (I should say that I seem to recall that the name is something with "alpine" in it, so it is a non-native for this area...and explains the late blooming).
First a shot of the clump, then an individual flower (about 1.25" across):
All images by Gary. Enjoy your next bad weather run!