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Beloved has been clearing invasives from the woodland for over a year. Months of clearing, months of burning, or at least waiting for burn permits to be released. The last purge of invasives, 2 staggering mounds of trees.
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We drove the Gator, before Christmas, toward sunset, with glasses of wine, to admire those behemoth piles. A single pile would have provided, beyond measure, everything needed for, below. You can imagine my excitement. A STUMPERY ! My personal Gator mound tour included meandering, slowing, pausing for stories of the greater feats & daring & skill required. I was locked on the stumps.
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Gave him his time for manly bravado, then, "I want to make a stumpery." Two issues against it, he had never seen or heard of a stumpery and "I" could obviously not do it myself. Describing a stumpery, his face got a 'look'. "Prince Charles has one.", did not go over well.
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It's wildly amazing how huge mounds burn down to 3 cups of ash. My stumpery included. Dream dashed.

The Stumpery - a garden made out of old tree stumps and filled in with hostas and ferns...Highgrove, England:
Pic, above, here.
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For reference, a few details about filthy lucre. Beloved worked his Caterpillar months of weekends, clearing, and contouring at pond's edge and its dam.

First, who among you already partake of chiaroscuro in your garden? Dawn, dusk, both, a favorite? Have you ever burst outside, to partake, after unexpectedly noticing from a window? Do you have a singular, lifetime moment, chiaroscuro in your garden?
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I've never shot a chiaroscuro in my garden. How could I? Those moments too deeply lived.
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Quite good comparison, below, to chiaroscuro experienced recently, in my garden.

moonlight:
Pic, above, here.

Crossing the threshold of chiaroscuro, below. Mere moments too.

Winter Swan..
Pic, above, here.

Again, moments away, below, from a complete chiaroscuro.

Great Dixter, East Sussex:
Pic, above, here.

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Pic, above, here.
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Again, moments away from chiaroscuro, above, a life prize, subsidiary to the hunt for chiaroscuro. Seems odd, we are given chiaroscuro, here, when so much that is not to be had or known, those things requiring philosophies or Belief, momentarily given.
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Late, a few nights ago, I walked in the garden, not seeking chiaroscuro, my mind, sadly, upon the profane, not sacred. There it was, bathing me, hugging me, lifting me up, first noticed at my feet, pure, liquid mercury. Quickly glancing up, there it was, moon thru our century old pecan trees, beyond what the top pic conveys.

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