Friday, April 24, 2009

I feel quiet, sturdy joy every time I see the green world defeat concrete, even if the concrete is a wall on my property! In this case, the plant life seems to be making a leafy chapel.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Slept a long time at the bottom of the sea

When the ship sank, this small tea bowl and saucer drifted to the bottom of the South China
Sea and stayed there for over 300 years. Today, I
took them down to the river to photograph them. But not too close. It seems unlikely they'd want anything further to do with heavy water. I haven't even been able to make myself pour tea into the cup. But I do spend a fair amount of time daydreaming about their long, long drift and sleep in the South China Sea. . .

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A heart for Clytie

If you haven't, you should check out
this very cool blog:
http://clytie- randomhearts.
She's got a real gift for finding hearts in the most unexpected places.
I found this heart for her today after a long rain. This is the asphalt of my street. The heart lasted for about 20 minutes, then was gone. It's left half is made of tree reflections in a waver and the right half is reflecting sky.
Nice balance!

In the Exam Room

Yesterday, at the wildlife refuge where I volunteer, we received a murre who came in covered with oil. I'm on the right, restraining the bird. You can see the tip of its bill, just barely, on the left side of my hand. Amy's on the left, trying to get a blood sample from its leg. Later, I held the bird while Amy washed it with Dawn soap, a long, difficult process for all concerned. Had to use lots of soap and very nearly hot water. Amy scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed. She probably had to do it all over again today.


Not my picture, but you can see how beautiful the bird is.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Just came home from the grocery store

It probably goes without saying but my favorite things in the grocery store are the packages of edible flowers.
Once, when I had a broken heart,
and really could not eat, I tricked myself by making salads entirely from flowers. And it worked!


How anything survived this winter is more than I can say but deep beneath the biggest pile of old leaves, I found the marjoram and felt like someone had just given me a new bicycle. That happy!
Surrounded by appreciative Sweet Williams,
a tulip, in light from the west, does a grand ballerina imitation.