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Caturday: 5/18/19

“Play Hard, Sleep Hard”

Heard County, Georgia – 2019

Model: Dagger (9 weeks old)

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Friday Photo: 5/17/19

“A Blessing at Sunset, Part 2”
Troup County, Georgia – 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 5/15/19

“Poultry on Patrol”

Carrollton, Georgia – 2015

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Monday Photo: 5/13/19

“Hello, Tiny Friend”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Caturday: 5/11/19

“Catnap with Freshly-Made Biscuits”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

Models: Zora (charcoal gray) and Buddy (gray tabby)

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Friday Photo: 5/10/19

“Gardenia Ghost”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2016

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Wednesday Photo: 5/8/19

“Paper Plate with Acrylics”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

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Monday Photo: 5/6/19

“Places to Go, Things to Do”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Caturday: 5/4/19

“Disdain with Cardboard Box”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

Model: Ella

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Friday Photo: 5/3/19

“I Can’t Be a Pessimist, Because I’m Alive”
Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Wednesday Photo: 5/1/19

“Yellow and Gray with Window”
Wedowee, Alabama – 2014

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Monday Photo: 4/29/19

“Waiting on a Train, Part 9”

Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Caturday: 4/27/19

“Black Cat on Counter”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2016
Model: Miller

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Friday Photo: 4/26/19


“Blue Fountain”

Carrollton, Georgia – 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 4/24/19

“Waiting on a Train, Part 8”

Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Monday Photo: 4/22/19

“Shadow Rabbit”

Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Caturday: 4/20/19

“Ghost of the Cat I Could Have Been”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2016
Model: Hank

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Friday Photo: 4/19/19

“Lily Pads with Black Pond”

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver, Colorado – 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 4/17/19

“Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Azaleas—Oops, Too Late”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Monday Photo: 4/15/19

“Black, White, Blue, & Yellow”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2014

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Caturday: 4/13/19

“Saint Buddy of the Clothes Dryer”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

Model: Buddy

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Friday Photo: 4/12/19

“After Work”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 4/10/19

“Easter Hat with Methodist Clubhouse Door”

Heard County, Georgia – 2015

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Monday Photo: 4/8/19

“Nettle Tea and Oak Tree”

Heard County, Georgia – 2019

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Caturday: 4/6/19

“Best Friends in the Azaleas”

LaGrange, Georgia (2019)

Models: Clark (gray tabby) and Moo (black/white)

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Friday Photo: 4/5/19

“Pink Piedmont Azalea”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

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Wednesday Photo: 4/3/19

“Pear Tree, Age 90”

Heard County, Georgia – 2019

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Monday Photo: 4/1/19

“Last Year’s Turnips Got Your Goat”

Heard County, Georgia – 2019

Model: Sid

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Caturday: 3/30/19

“Naps Creep in on Little Cat Feet”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

Model: Davy

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Friday Photo: 3/29/19

“Champagne and Crystal, 1:39pm”

Heard County, Georgia – 2019

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Wednesday Photo: 3/27/19

Blue sky above a bright gray/silver corrugated steel exterior wall (ridges in the steel are vertical) behind a streetlamp post and above three portable toilets (one tan and two pink).

“Saturday in the Park”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

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Monday Photo: 3/25/19

“Traveling Shoes, Part 6”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

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Caturday: 3/23/19

“Two Old Tabbies on the Porch”

LaGrange, Georgia – 19 June 2018

Models: Clark (gray tabby) and Davy (lilac Siamese-tabby mix)

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Friday Photo: 3/22/19

“Waiting on a Train, Part 6”
Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Wednesday Photo: 3/20/19

“Sawmill Still Life”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

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Hillside Monday: 3/18/19

“I Don’t Know What Happened Here, but I Kinda Like It”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Caturday: 3/16/19

White terrycloth towel background and a large, tubby gray tabby cat is curled up in the right half of the frame, in profile. The cat's left front leg, left front paw, and tail are snugly wrapped around its face in a mid-nap "hug" to hide kitty's face from the world.

“Gray Tabby, White Towel”
LaGrange, Georgia (2019)
Model: Buddy

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Friday Photo: 3/15/19

Image of a large fluffy white cumulonimbus cloud against a brilliant blue sky. Sky ranges from baby blue at bottom right to cadet/royal blue in the middle to a deep near-indigo at top left. In the left bottom corner, black electric service lines cross the image at a 45-degree angle. In the middle of the heaviest electric service line sits a lone mockingbird.

My heart has followed, all my days, something I cannot name.
— Don Marquis

“For Wes, Part 21”
Pine Mountain, Georgia (2019)

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Wednesday Photo: 3/13/19

“Waiting on a Train, Part 5”
Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Hillside Monday: 3/11/19

Image looking up through a glass storm door onto the porch of a house, at the corner of the roof, where two drip-edges come together. Raindrops pour off of the aluminum drip edges and down into the shot like liquid diamonds.

“Another Storm in Hillside”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Friday Photo: 3/8/19

Stark black & white photograph of a large piece of red velvet, folded back over onto itself multiple times. The folds in the fabric make a mirror image in the upper and lower halves of the photo, with the tops of each velvet ridge appearing to have a silver line running across the top (a photo effect).

“Red Velvet in Black and White”
LaGrange, Georgia (2019)

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Wednesday Photo: 3/6/19

“Waiting on a Train, Part 4”
Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Friday Photo: 3/1/19

Closeup, vivid color photo of a clear glass sugar dispenser next to a cream-colored ceramic Waffle House logo mug. Both sit on a laminated Waffle House menu, the Hashbrowns section of which is included in the lower middle portion of the image (

“Sugar and Coffee with Menu”
Waffle House # 646
LaGrange, Georgia (2018)

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Wednesday Photo: 2/27/19

Saturated red-and-yellow photo of a hammered-steel tabletop. At the left edge and the upper right edge, a plate and a water goblet peek into the frame.

“Still Life at Brunch”
Raleigh, North Carolina – 2016

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Hillside Monday: 2/25/19

If you don’t write the book you have to write, everything breaks.
— A.M. Homes

“For Wes, Part 17”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2017
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The Daffodils That Always Mean “Home”

A bright yellow, single-cup daffodil (likely an old farmhouse variety developed in the late 1800s or early 1900s) bobs in the wind against a backdrop of winter-tan grass. The daffodil's foliage streaks upwards behind the flower, thin and tall like wild onion leaves.

Living in a small town often means commuting a long distance to work somewhere else. Before I began freelancing, I drove about 90 miles round-trip to my university teaching job. While the commute itself sometimes bored me, the scenery on U.S. Highway 27 between LaGrange and Carrollton never, ever did.

It’s almost spring now. In the Deep South, spring gives us an ice storm one day and tornadoes the next. This year’s early warm weather has brought out the daffodils a little early. I love watching them pop up along U.S. 27’s shoulders.

When you see daffodils, you can safely assume that someone put them there. Unlike seed plants, daffodils and other bulbs have to be dug up and replanted. In order to get them from where they are to where they’re going to be, someone has to move them at the right time of year (late spring, after blooms and foliage have died back), transport them to a suitable location, and plant them.

Most of the daffodils we see along the roadside make their homes in someone’s yard. Sometimes they’re in neat flower beds. Sometimes, as is the case with my own yard, they’re randomly planted in a sunny patch of lawn to surprise everyone, year after year, with unexpected yellows and creams in a sea of brittle brown grass.

But what about those planted in or near a roadside ditch—without a house nearby?

Just because you don’t see a house doesn’t mean one hasn’t ever been there. Daffodils stay underground most of the year. Once they’ve finished blooming, their leaves die back and don’t reappear for another year. Old houses get demolished, and their sites fade into and gradually out of memory. Yet the bulbs embedded around them come back every spring thereafter—house or no house.

Plant ghosts, I call them. They don’t know the house and the people are gone. They come back because this is their home. In every sense of the word, they are rooted here.

The daffodils pictured above are very simple, single-cup daffodils, an old variety we often see around old houses. They’re about 12” tall, and amazingly hardy. Judging from what’s left of the house, and from the size of the flower clumps, these daffs have been here for about 50 years.

Behind the thick, overgrown privet hedge, nearly 20 feet down the bank from the southbound lanes of U.S. 27 in Carroll County, appears the faint outline of a house—or what used to be a house, anyway. Out in front: these happy yellow bells.

I wonder why the last residents left. I wonder if they left in a hurry. I wonder who decided to let a once-sturdy farmhouse simply fold itself back into the earth.

I wonder if, on leaving, they took one long, last look toward the flower bed. I wonder if they wept for the flowers waiting beneath its surface, for the daffodils that always mean “home.”

Photo: “Daff Nipped by Frost” (Carroll County, Georgia – 2012)

NOTE: An earlier version of this post appeared at Forgotten Plants & Places on 25 February 2012.

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Wednesday Photo: 2/20/19

In foreground: a Waffle House logo coffee cup about half-full of light coffee, and to its left are three a knife, fork, and spoon on a white paper napkin. The rest of the frame is a wood-grain (Formica) laminate table top, light in the middle and dark around the table edges.

“Time for Another Refill”
Waffle House #646
LaGrange, Georgia (2015)

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Hillside Monday: 2/18/19

Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.
— Mary Oliver

“For Wes, Part 16”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2017
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Caturday: 2/16/19

“Orange Cat with Dresser and Wall”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2017
Model: Hunter

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Friday Photo: 2/15/19

“Morning Coffee, Morning Booze”
Denver, Colorado – 2017

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