Saturday, April 10, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday and Today's Flowers

Poetic Shadows in Honor of National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month in the United States. An appreciator of poetry from a young age, I'm weaving the theme through several of my posts all month.

For the last couple of years, I've been making a pilgrimage to The Emily Dickinson Museum. The Homestead and The Evergreens is made up of two historic houses and their three-acre landscape on Main Street in Amherst, Massachusetts. Here, the small sphere of existence is preserved  of one of America's most significant poets. The Homestead was the birthplace, in 1830, and home of the Emily Dickinson. The Evergreens, next door, was home to her beloved brother and sister-in-law, Austin and Susan Dickinson, and their three children.

Here are a few photos I took of The Dickinson Homestead and The Evergreens. 

The yellow brick house front door faces south.

If I'm not mistaken the window farthest to the right and the one around the corner are those of the poet's bedroom.

"Where thou art, that is home."
 ~ Emily Dickinson

 The sideyard

"My friends are my estate."
~ Emily Dickinson

 The stone path that leads East to Emily's Garden

"How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!"
Emily Dickinson

"The lovely flowers
embarrass me.
They make me regret
I am not a bee..."

"Forever is composed of now."

"Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough"

A path described by Emily Dickinson as “just wide enough for two who love” linked the two Dickinson houses, crossing the lawn from the back door of the Homestead to the east piazza of The Evergreens.
which lies west of the main house.

"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience." 

side porch of The Evergreens

I'll be back in May or June to see how things are growing then, in Emily's garden.

Today's Flowers


  1. What a fantastic tour, Gina! And your photos are breathtaking! And so many lovely shadows for the day as well! Thank you for taking us along, really delightful! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  2. Gina, u have a fantastic tour,d ear
    good photos and an excellent history.
    congrats for it

    have a nice sunday

  3. Beautiful collection of shots. Love those colorful flowers.

  4. Wonderful photographs and I'm totally envious of you as far as the Dickinson Museum is concerned. Stunning.

  5. Very nice. That first side yard photo is my favorite. This was a good tour, thanks for taking us along.


  6. Emily’s garden—
    mornings she still tends roses
    with ghostly fingers.

    Your choice of shadows:
    Stony Shadows
    Deluge of darkness

  7. beautiful place, photos, and words
    perfect for a spring Sunday
    thank you for the tour
    I'd love to go back with you in June

  8. Thank you all, for the nice comments. It was a great day and very nice to have people who appreciate such a day, to share it with.

    Di: well, then come visit in June! :-) We have a room upstairs all ready for you!

  9. What a delightful tour Sphinx. I can't wait for you to go back!

  10. What a lovely homestead! The land is full of blank yet distinctive tree shadows and the gardens are beautiful. I am interested is a place full of shadowy verandas. Yet just sitting on a rocker on the porches and merely viewing the CT River valley with its beauty would give any serious writer the wherewithal to compose lovely prose. This town is stunning, the homestead beautiful!

  11. Jams: I'm always so grateful for your enthusiastic comments! Thank you for your friendship and support these last months since we discovered each other's blogs!

    Ralph: I agree that the CT River Valley is one of the most beautiful places one could be fortunate enough to live. I can't imagine living permanently anywhere else; though sometimes Nova Scotia really calls to me!
    Thank you, as always, for your insightful comments.

  12. wonderful shots!


  13. Sorry I missed a weekend visit but it's always nice to know such beautiful a beautiful post will be waiting. The garden, the house and Emily's words are a wonderful complement to each other.

    I'm looking forward to being back on the east coast and you've helped me understand it's the best thing to do.


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