The Waiting Time

in answer to Jane

the orchards and vineyards
are still bare;
late winter winds
rattle branches
below the snowy
bluffs of Horse Mountain
and farmers pace
like anxious fathers
in hospital corridors,
checking the heaters
and plucking buds
to see which still
contain the sweet
promise of fruit.
The pruning has been
done. The ditches
are burned. All
is clear, except
what lies ahead
and, on this hazy
Saturday, there’s nothing
to do but take out
new clothes, hide eggs
for the children,
and wait.

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Arroyo Trail Giclee Print by Linda Armstrong at Art.com

 

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In the 1990s, my husband and I walked our dog every morning under a group of bridges in the Arroyo Seco, a wooded canyon between Los Angeles and Pasadena. I took photographs, videos, and did a series of paintings based on the area. One group of paintings shows the bridges from a distance. This gives context to the second group of larger works, which seem much more abstract, but are actually studies of patterns of light and shadow on the concrete supports of the bridges.

The bridge in the foreground of this landscape study is a historic landmark. It has 13 graceful arches and two curves. In the background is one of the old bridges across the creek, and beyond that, the 210 freeway bridge. That one is magnificent, too. It swoops across the canyon with four sets of broad arches supporting multiple lanes of traffic. Standing under it is like standing behind a waterfall.Bridge Over the Arroyo Seco, Acrylic on Canvas

 

Arroyo Trail Giclee Print by Linda Armstrong at Art.com

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February Fog

Cold robin in a barren reww

Fog

Soft branches
Soft cliffs
Filtered wings
carry softened geese
urged by nesting
northward over the pale
river; a betrayed
robin protests
this icy setback
with sad chirps
and fluffed feathers.
Miracles sometimes
creep in under
cover even denser
than freezing fog
after a January thaw.

copyright, Linda Armstrong 2/4/10

Winter Flight

a bald eagle flies Bald Eagle in a Tree

Late Winter Flight

Over the blue river
with a cloud-crowned
mesa painted
on the fringe of
the sky, the eagle
gazes out from
frayed branches
of a cottonwood.
Canada geese wedge
up from the south,
lowering their wings
to land in the water.
A robin hops to a weathered
fence above the
icy mud.
Soundless, the eagle glides.

Linda Armstrong 2/1/2010

A Horse Cart Tour of Clark Family Orchards Slide Show

Agritourism is very popular in Europe and is gaining a following in the United States. Tours and activities provide a fascinating glimpse into the vital and complex art of farming.

The next time you visit the Grand Valley, Colorado, be sure to include a Saturday morning. During the summer (July 19-August 29 in 2009), Clark Family Orchards offers a free, informative and entertaining tour. A horse-drawn tram leaves the family fruit stand (3929 US Highway 6 & 24) at 9 AM and 10 AM on Saturdays only.