Friday, April 17, 2015

Wires to birds

Saturday rain was forecast. I canceled the yard sale because of it.
I can have it sometime next month.

So what's Sepia Saturday up to this week?

Poles and wires, oh my goodness.  Do I have any photos of them?

I should.  My oldest son works daily outside in Florida taking care of  Verizon's "boxes of connections" and wires, and even goes up phone poles if he has to.  And occasionally he takes a photo of what he can see.

But I don't always save them.  After all, I'm also busy taking photos of my life.

Remember when you had to carry a camera after loading the container of celluloid film, and then send the film off to be developed and come back a week (or more) later to pick up your photos? I even remember the earlier rolls which had to be loaded, rewound and unloaded in the dark (or in a black bag).  I do have several tons of those old photos stored away, and need to scan some of them to use here sometime!

But I digress.
Here's one of my son's pictures looking down from a pole.

 Florida has a lot of industry along the water, it's not all beaches like some suppose.

A bit more vintage is a photo from 1900 in Rosebud, Texas.  No paved streets, many horses, and raised sidewalks.  There's also an electric pole or three in the photo.

Crockett Street, Beaumont, Texas, 1900s.  With many electric poles going along.  It does look paved at least, with concrete sidewalks.  I wonder when cities started taking down some of  the wires and putting them underground.

A modern pole supports several utility wires, electric, cable, and phone, as well as a street light.

White Storks (Ciconia ciconia) in their nest on a utility pole in Romania

In central Florida there are many poles with a platform on top, just for Ospreys to nest upon, and hopefully keep them away from power poles, where they can be injured or cause a fire if the nesting materials hit live "energized" spots.


This nest was elevated above the energized equipment and the transformer busing covers were covered up.
This nest was elevated above the energized equipment and the transformer busing covers were covered up. OspreyWatch nest 750.

And if you happen to love watching birds on live's an Osprey nest on the Chesapeake, currently live. (The Montana site was interested in charging money, too bad).

Osprey cam

Red Moon window house

A couple of my spirit houses have moon windows.  I guess I like the idea of looking at the moon, or the moon looking at me.

A star shaped window and open door as well as lots of skylights...

And the lid, er roof, comes off too!

Spirit houses are only for good spirits, of course...those that protect and welcome all the beauty of nature to your home or garden.

Quote for today:

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion....In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.
William Henry Channing

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shelly turned 80

No, I'm not quite there yet.  It's fun to celebrate with friends when one of us does reach this mark.

Being willing to have a photo taken in silly sombrero is a good test of age and tolerance

I go around celebrating for him, and that getting older is a good thing, not something to put down.  Why is it so hard for people (including those of us who are past 65) to celebrate that age and becoming an elder is a positive experience.

Do NOT tell anyone they look younger.  They deserve all the wrinkles they've earned.

They are not necessarily "active" elders...but just remember what the alternative to old age is.

Today's quote:

Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.

It’s not just required luggage for surviving the weekend at the in-laws’ house--- this sentence contains every single letter of the alphabet, while using the smallest number of letters to do so. Go ahead and check; they’re all there.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Oh what joy to throw things

 I look at production potters' blogs with dozens of this or that, and I smile.
I know that's not me.

My goal now that I can again keep my feet and legs from freezing in my studio, is to throw 4 things every day (with some averaging of course if there are very big or very small things.)

So here are the four from this morning.  Then I went down to Black Mountain Center for the Arts clay studio for an hour or so, and finished glazing 6 pieces.  Not sure if that puts me ahead or behind.  I'm starting 4 today, finishing 6 from last week.  Oh well, I'm not in it for the math.

I love being able to do this again!  And then once they are bisqued I'm again having fun with designs painted on them, then put some clear glaze over them, then coated the designed area with wax and dunking the whole thing into our shop glaze.

So before these are finished their green stage (the 4 I just started) I'll do a bit of trimming of their thick bottom sides (not the actual bottom they sit upon) and add handles for the 2 mugs.  I am happy to see that my pot bottoms are thick enough that I didn't cut through when I wired them off the bats.  Ah, I've made thick enough bottoms!  Only another potter would understand that as a joy, I'm thinking.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

French Broad River

Tuesday sharing- Living in Black Mountain and Western North Carolina...
I think a mustard flower

When broccoli goes to flower

Two little lovelies, the bright blue and the strange purple fuzzy leaf with tiny pale violet flowers

A strange deciduous tree with tiny pine cones, what is it?

Our common violet
A couple of Canada Geese by the French Broad River

the two pairs of geese had goslings around this time last year...but apparently don't even have a nest at this time, since they both are sunbathing.
The same park last year with tiny little fluffs of yellow which proud parents shooed away from us.

 On US 251 between Marshall and Asheville, NC, this little park has a sweet picnic area, shared with geese this time of year.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring flowers and Spirit Houses

First blossoms on the cherry tree in my yard

Wishing well
Spring tulips

Southwest style spirit house...
Yes a working door

And keyed removable roof
There's one more spirit house, which I'll show you next time.  Here's another photo of spring blossoms in my yard.

Today's Quote:

Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom.
Sogyal Rinpoche
Glimpse After Glimpse

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wildflowers - Triliums

Wonderful wildflower walk at Pearson Falls a week or so ago with my friend Helen.
Here are just the wildflower pictures.  I am sharing the walking and the scenery on other posts, including some of the falls.

First sighting of a Toadshade Trilium was right next to the parking lot.

They were evident everywhere on March 29, 2015
Only one good photo of one of the few White Triliums that we found