02
Sep
14

Blinded by Beauty

Blinded by beauty, more than once. Better to turn away from the glare to gain one’s vision; one’s path. Venture forth and one may stumble, fall or worse. 

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02
Sep
14

Massive Mississippi Hex Hatch……..

A bit dated from a month ago, but I always find the stories of nature on crack fascinating. Just over a month ago, radar in Wisconsin picked up a disturbance. This turned out to be a ‘massive’ (billions of insects) Hex hatch (Hexagenia Bilineata), which rose on the Mississippi River and moved across Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Hex Mayfly are much revered by fly fishers because they are big insects and trout love them at last light. 

super hex hatch

Mike Hamernik

01
Sep
14

Light of Life……

“Go to a forest and kiss the stream, kiss the tree, kiss the light leaking through the trees! Give your love to those that give life to you!”  Mehmet Murat ildan

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01
Sep
14

For Us (I will carry it on)

SwittersB:

Heart wrenching. Have you been here in elder (loved one’s) care? I have. Read this beautifully written piece.

Originally posted on A Swift Current:

A Swift Current For US (I will carry it on)

Edouard Vuillard– 1891-1892– Private Collection

An hour often passed without their speaking. The shared quiet fell over them, binding them more tightly than any conversation could.

~  Jhumpa Lahiri The Lowland

Twenty-four hours ago,

my mother did not know me.

Now we sit

side by side;

holding hands.

Our words

drift into the air;

a deep breath;

a slight smile.

Tengo hambre, she says,

surprising me

with the lost language of her childhood.

Our silence surprises me too;

luscious relief

after years of dementia’s

nonsensical tales;

bitter accusations;

angry recriminations.

Our silence;

a tender reminder of

long ago afternoons

home from school;

the two of us sitting

at the formica table;

Chips Ahoy and milk.

Day after day,

we sat in silence as

I tried to figure out

what the nuns expected;

what the other kids wanted;

why was I so scared.

She knew

not to say a word

until…

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01
Sep
14

Easy Listening By the Campfire

Sitting around the ‘campfire’ staring at the coals and lapping flames. The air is near perfect with no chill. No pesky mosquitos or wind blowing the smoke into your eyes. The nearby river, for now, flows peacefully and the nearby rapids provide a chattering sound as the water passes over. The conversation is thoughtful, fluid, positive, life affirming. The fire burned on at the pace of the conversation…nice and easy.

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01
Sep
14

Maidenhair

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maidenhair ferns-Oregon-forest-plants-photography-SwittersB

01
Sep
14

From the same………Beautiful in their own way

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