Posts Tagged ‘Observations


Merry Christmas kind folks…

When the dust settles, an interesting article about Charles Dickens visiting New York and elsewhere in the U.S.   Charles Dickens in U.S.

Charles Dickens


Below the surface…

“There are two sorts of curiosity – the momentary and the permanent. The momentary is concerned with the odd appearance on the surface of things. The permanent is attracted by the amazing and consecutive life that flows on beneath the surface of things.” Robert Wilson Lynd



Simple Fascinations & Observations

It is a simple observation that many of you can see a palm tree outside your window right now or get to one within minutes. But for me, living in the Pacific NW of the U.S., a palm tree is a rarity. Perhaps our fir trees, alders and ponderosa would be an oddity for you if visiting Oregon?

I just enjoy that visual experience, when traveling, of unique vegetation (Joshua trees, palm trees, cactus, Sycamores, Bougainvillea). It is a simple observation, an obvious one, but fascinating still. Our mental ruts are altered in a pleasant way………..

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Nature: Late in the Day…………

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Mt. Hood (Oregon) late in the day

I was doing research re Nature here and there. I was trying to come up with something unique, interesting and thought provoking. I read about Death by Prolific Sex amongst Rodents; Aquaculture in Norway and new concerns over unexplained stains in the meat; there were new weeds cropping up in the mid-west out of the South (Palmer amaranth), and other pieces about sea creatures, earthquakes and lions disappearing somewhere in Africa. None of it really grabbed me.

So, I thought I will simply recount what I see and hear out my open back window at 5:45pm on a Saturday early evening: The Sapsucker that troubled my tree last Winter has returned; I can hear other birds chirping in the distance; there is a gentle falling of orange and yellow leaves from Maples and Alders into the wetland out back; there is nary a breeze blowing as the leaves fall; Penny the Cat is chortling over the Hummingbirds that are visiting the mostly empty feeders (better get them filled); I can hear a freight train in the distance; the temperature is 57 degrees (13 Celsius); the roses and ferns need a final pruning; the grass may not be mowed again this Fall. It really is a lovely evening and much better to contemplate this evening than all the sky is falling news out there.

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A single seed took hold……

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