Friday, September 30, 2022

Photos on Friday

ool weather seems to be a steady fixture now and that is just wonderful  We are due Saturday for tropical rain storms and there are warning flags up already.  Rip currents are increasing and the wave height has increased as well.

I have not been out and about to take photos lately but I do have some waiting in the wings. So I will join up with 
Skywatch Friday and with whoever still does Friday Photos and offer a couple of little photos from the neighborhood.

“To me, the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there?” – Walt Whitman

“My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The sea! the sea! the open sea! The blue, the fresh, the ever free!” – Bryan W. Procter

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”  —E. E. Cummings

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Wednesday Haiku

I t's been a while since I have done some Haiku but now that the weather has turned cool and breezy, haiku is back on my mind. It is also Haiku day, one of my favorite things.

Haiku presents a story or illustration of scenes, philosophy, etc. in a few words.    In the poem "Evocative" for example,  aren't people temples?    Imagine a person creaking and stiff as they tumble into bed after a long, hard day  "the evening grows late."
Gates and people  who've worked hard  sometimes creak at their hinges!


Closing the temple's massive double gate,
Its hinges creak: the evening grows late.

          The Wreck

Here, in a puddle, recent rain has sunk
This upturned leaf: a beetle's yellow junk*.

*a junk is an oriental boat.



Before this perfect white inviolate
--the scissors

   At Daybreak

Against a chilly sky,
washed in grey with dawn,
A single pine tree
 on the peak is drawn.

Note the beauty of the thought in "Sacrilege"... hesitation in cutting a glorious white Chrysanthemum flower.
Just a few words can create feeling and sensation in a person.

I hope you enjoy Japanese Haiku as much as I enjoy presenting it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Autumn This & That

Lovely autumn weather here right smack dab on the east coast. Daytime is low 70¯F and 50°F in the evenings. I hope it stays like this for a while and does not go up again at all.  As I write this it is a cloudy evening but no rain in sight.   We had a bit over the weekend but we could certainly use a lot more.  

 It's time again for Tuesday 4 held in memory of Toni Taddeo it's founder and previous host.   Thank you so much for joining in and helping to keep this alive. It is much appreciated.   And of course, if you have ideas or topics you would like to see on Tuesday 4 let me know here in comments or in the comments at   Tuesday 4 

It's Autumn and temperatures in many places will be going down, days will be shorter and leaves will be tumbling down. 

Let's discuss these things.

1. Do lower temperatures bother you or make you uncomfortable and are you more of a warm climate person?

Well extremes of any sort can bother people but over all I enjoy lower temperatures rather than hot ones.  I like the climate of the mid Atlantic/New England region best of all.  There are 4 definite seasons.

2.  Do you like the colors associated with Autumn. Clothing wise do they look good on you?

I love the colors of Autumn.  Clothing wise they look decent on me though the colors for a winter complexion suit me best (royal blues, bright reds, black, white). Still I can and do like wearing moss green and brick reds. 

3. Would you rather:… 

  •   … get lost in a corn maze or go on a hayride?  I've been on a hayride and enjoyed it a lot.  Never been in a corn maze.
  • … visit an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch ?  Either one as I have not done either of them.
  •  … eat a caramel apple or  a candy apple?   I prefer the caramel over the candy.
  •  …Cinnamon buns or Pumpkin muffins?   I'd like both but the cinnamon wins first place.
4. There are 7,500 varieties  of apple.  What is your favorite and do you like apple pie?
I use Granny Smith for my apple pie and butter and lots of brown sugar and cinnamon.    To eat I like the Gala and the Fuji apples.

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