Thursday, April 30, 2009

my sky view

Its all in a day: the sun rises over a stand of birch and later in the day it sets in the western sky
over the little pond across from our apartment earlier last week.
Astronaut John Glenn said: “I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.”
More sky views here at Sky Watch Friday. Happy Friday!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Make up your mind!

That crazy ole' sky couldn't make up its mind yesterday. Walking around the lake the wind whipped and the sky would threaten the predicted thunderstorm one minute and just as quickly the sun would produce stunning blue and white. The same wind that gave me an allergy headache later in the day kept those thunderclouds at bay. It never did rain.

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March.
Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time, 1926

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Monday, April 20, 2009

'that which cometh early'**

Ta-dahhhh! Minnesota is squeaking toward spring and yesterday I captured a photo of the very first daffodil. . .at least, one I've laid eyes on. With giddy pride I post this for Today's Flower's because I finally can show something current, real and lovely.

Visit Luiz's virtual flower shop here. Take something home to brighten up your week. Or play along!

**The word "Daffodil" didn't come into the English language until the 1500s. The old name for daffodil was “Affodyle,” believed to originate with the Old English “Affo dyle,” meaning “that which cometh early.” It ultimately derived from Dutch de affodil meaning "the asphodel" (of Greek mythology).

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A language of silence.

I wish it to be so
To inhabit the world with my heart,
and not my ears. Just knowing.

When the sap loosens and there is a groaning
In the top branches
Does the whole stand reply in silence ?

Her tail flashes and her spotted-one listens.
Their fear is quelled by recollection
of the meadow
and their own salty runestone.

Behind velvet eyes,
Pain and beauty coexist; without my words.
They feast on wild plum trees.
I wish to be
free of my desire to give them a name.

Visit Sunday Scribblings for more answers to the prompt, Language.

Friday, April 17, 2009

I rest my case and my cash!

So, in spite of this recessionary period we're in, I'm feeling benevolent toward my little cat Bean. She has only one scratching post made for that purpose to her name. However, that doesn't mean she's above sharpening her claws on other random pieces of furniture. This causes Dave to threaten to have her declawed which in turn drives me crazyer. She is a tall American Tabby and has to stoop to use her assigned post. Long story short, I paid $6 for this little gadget which promised that cats love it and it will save my furniture. Even Erica's cat, who is a bit, shall we say, s.i.m.p.l.e. loves hers and uses it religiously.

Not so, Beanhead.

There is, incidently, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person.

Dan Greenberg

Happy Friday anyway!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Angels among us

At the beginning of April for the last 28 years I've been celebrating, baking, frosting, wrapping, blowing up balloons--the whole party routine--because Dave and Erica's birthday are two days apart. Now that our nest is empty with both fledglings living far away it is definitely more low key when April 11th arrives. This year to celebrate his birthday, Dave and I rode the bike to Wabasha MN to visit the National Eagle Center. This new facility sits on the Mississippi River along the nesting area of bald eagles. The Center has four live eagles who are unable to live in the wild. Here we are with Angel, the youngest eagle--read about Angel here. Also see a clip of Harriet, another eagle at the Center, who visited Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report here.
See more beautiful, whimsical, precious and lovable animals on Misty Dawn's meme, Camera Critters. . .or join in the fun.

Camera Critters 1st Anniversary

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Is there no privacy?

On one of the sunny day last week I took my first walk of the season around my beloved Island Lake sanctuary only to round the bend and intrude on this muskrat in his/her morning toilette. Later I spied this little critter swimming way across the lake, presumably scrounging for breakfast and nest material.

Visit Misty Dawn's meme Camera Critters--now celebrating its 1st Year Anniversary!-- for more stirrings of spring.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I'm sick of winter!

I took these photos of the sky over the Como Park conservatory in St. Paul at noon today, SO

let the record show that on this date the sun came out and the sky was blue for one solid day--an event not witnessed for at least 7 days beforehand. I can prove it by the photo below of the Capitol in St. Paul that I took last week. That was the only day that week the sun was out too. For more beautiful sky views and less whiny commentary from fellow photographers, visit SkyWatch Friday. Happy weekend!

The old cathedrals are good,
but the great blue dome that
hangs over everything is better.
Thomas Carlyle