Judy McGovern

Rec room

I've created a little space for things unrelated to the business of writing, editing or otherwise earning my keep.

The gallery reflects interests like travel and gardening, as well as the pleasure I take in photography.

Snow lovers might wants to visit my ski map. It's a kind of Google map diary of downhill ski destinations with observations about mountains in the East, West and a few in Europe.

Two favorites – Playing in the dirt and wielding a camera

tulips peonies and daisies shrub rose yellow cone flower

Tulips, peonies mixed with daisies, shrubs roses and yellow coneflower.

Grab bag – Lake Champlain, Ann Arbor, Northern Michigan

sailing Lake Champlain, NY-Vermont border butterfly peonies Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor Lake Superior shoreline

The sailboat is on Lake Champlain, looking west toward New York State. The butterfly visited my backyard, lighting naturally enough, on a butterfy bush. There are plenty of informed guesses about the name of this one, but nothing authoritative enough to pass along. The peony garden at the University of Michigan's arboretum is the largest of its kind in North America. Peak bloom is amazing. And, finally, sunset on Lake Superior in the Porcupine Mountains.

Travel – Ireland

cottage, Adare, County Limerick, IE Charles Fort, Kinsale, County Cork, IE Dublin, IE, Customs House Dublin, IE, near O'Connell Street bridge

A thatched cottage in Adare, County Limerick. A view from Charles Fort, Kinsale, County Cork. Dublin – yes, a bit rainy – near the O'Connell Street bridge; and the Customs House on the Liffey River.

Travel – Atlanta

High Museum of Art High Museum of Art Calder mobile Statue at Georgia capitol

The High Museum of Art, Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, is a Richard Meier design. Built in the 1980s, it's a porcelain-enameled building with an Alexander Calder mobile on the lawn. (A Renzo Piano designed addition in the rear opened in late 2005.) The state capitol is a short hike from the museum. A statue on the lawn honors Richard Russell, a U.S. senator 1931-1971.

Tri-X days

child with lamb Stevie Ray Vaughn

A visit to the archives turned up equally pleasing shots of a 4-H lamb (a play on March "going out like lamb") and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, photographed at the New York State Fair in Syracuse in 1986. Both appeared in the Olean, N.Y. Times-Herald, where I started my career.

More photos

I've posted a few more images elsewhere on this site: photos.

There are a couple of slideshows on YouTube.

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