Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cedar Fever! (But I still love you, Austin!)

My eyes itched. 
My nose ran. 
If I'd had a sheet of sandpaper, I would have reached it down my throat and 
scratched, scratched, scratched. 

Yet there I stood yesterday morning, 
frozen with fascination, 
as one tree after another in the Hollow before me exploded, 
sending smoke billowing from the treetops, 
adding to the haze already veiling the ones in the distance.

Like one of those weathermen I chide for reporting from the middle of a hurricane, 
I stood surrounded by junipers loaded down with tiny yellow bombs which could detonate with the slightest gust of wind, 
but I couldn't resist snapping just one more photo, 
hoping to catch that first second of explosion.

a close-up of the arsenol

On the plus side, my mom is here visiting (I'm keeping her in the house!),
I saw George Strait in person Friday night for the very first time, 
and I reunited with some of my former co-workers /current friends from those DuPont days of my youth in Houston on Tuesday.

I  hope you have a great, allergy-free Sunday!


  1. oh, wow! i've never witnessed that! cool (albeit, horribly irritating!)

  2. Fine captures. Once again, I'm amazed at how different our seasons are. That won't be happening around here for several months yet.

  3. Yikes! I hope you feel better soon. Made for some cool photos tho!

  4. ARE YOU CRAZY??? Yes, I say the same thing about reporters that stand in hurricanes and smoke/chemical filled air, etc., to bring us a story. BUT, OOOOOOOOHHH, THE PHOTOS ARE WONDERFUL AND AMAZING!!!!

  5. Oh allergies. I know them well. Hope you feel better!
    Hubby and I say George Strait in concert a few years ago. He was excellent!
    Have a terrific week Barbara!
    xo Catherine

  6. Oh, I hate birch pollen - I'm very allergic! But right now it's too cold for allergies... it's snowing!

    Wonderful shots.

  7. I have never seen anything like that before; didn't know it even happened....Amazing photography.....Enjoy your mom; I know you are making lots of memories....

  8. Goodness -- I've been having issues with old winter allergies, but that looks like some serious sh*t!


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