Sketch by Alison Kent, 18 March 2013
Sketch by Alison Kent, 18 March 2013

Alison Kent sketched me “live” (i.e., not from a photo) and added watercolor a few minutes later. She was on an Amtrak trip around the country, and fortunately, the train stops at Tyrone, a half mile from the bottom of Plummer’s Hollow. Here’s a page from her sketchbook which includes a quick sketch of the Horseshoe Curve made from the train and three sketches from the morning porch:

Alison's sketchbook
Alison’s sketchbook. The small building in the third panel, and in the background of the first sketch, is the old springhouse.

Click both photos to see larger versions.


I’ve made a couple of videos and one audio podcast to convey more of the flavor of my front porch and what I see and hear from it. First a one-minute videopoem, shot on October 4, 2010:

Back on June 3, 2008 I used a tripod to shoot a video of me demonstrating how not to play the harmonica. It was basically just a fun thing to post on Facebook, but Morning Porch readers can get some idea, if they listen closely, of the variety of bird song during the height of the breeding season (for the birds, not for me).

Finally, on October 27, 2010, I used a digital audio recorder to make a 35-minute recording for my Woodrat Podcast of what I heard from my front porch as the diurnal world was waking up. Go read about and listen to The Music of the Mountain.


  1. I look forward to your simple posting – view from your porch – more than any other morning mail. Your view is so very much like mine ….thank you.


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