Friday, February 11, 2011
Frozen in Time and Fuzzy Friday Friendships
Today's post is made possible by inspiration from some fellow bloggers!
First, this beautiful dripping icicle photo by my friend Sue inspired my own attempt to capture something similar when I noticed a row of icicles hanging from our eaves earlier this week. These were my two best attempts, and as usual I couldn't decide which one I liked best - icicle with or icicle without falling snow glop, so I'm posting them both :-) ...
Inspired also by my friend Daphne, who has caught Haiku Fever and shares her verses on her new blog, Daphne's Haiku, I decided that a dripping icicle provided a perfect subject for some haiku efforts of my own. You probably learned the interesting history, traditions and various forms of haiku in school, but if you want to refresh your memory here is one of many informative web sites on the subject, along with a delightfully simple definition of haiku I plucked from it...
A haiku is just a tiny poem, the size of your breath.
They are good for you.
~ J. Zimmerman, How to Write a Haiku
caught by icy spear
then captured in a photo -
drop drips forever
melting icicles -
crying in the bright sunshine
that's glimpsed in their tears
Fierce fang of winter -
erodes bite by sunny bite
to toothless gutters
In keeping with my last post's theme, I wanted to share some more wonderful examples of interspecies friendships. How appropriate to celebrate the love between friends as we head into Valentine's Day weekend!
On Wednesday morning as I was about to leave for town, I saw a gorgeous fox in our pasture. She was definitely playing in the deep, powdery snow - running, jumping, spinning, and stopping now and then to look back at the dogs and me to make sure we were watching with a suitable amount of appreciation before zooming off again on another frolic. :-) That was captivating enough, but as she left our pasture and moved off toward the big ravine where the dogs and I often hike, she was joined by a magpie who strafed her and landed just a few feet away. The fox moved toward her in a couple of leaps and the magpie took off and flew over her, landing behind her. The fox turned and bounded toward the magpie again, and the magpie again waited till the last second before flying over the fox and landing a few feet behind her. Again the fox spun around and leapt toward the magpie, again the magpie demonstrated air superiority. :-) This went on for a minute or two, it was clear they were playing, and it was beautiful to watch. Sometimes you get lucky and capture a great moment like that on film and sometimes you don't. I didn't. They were too far away and moving too fast - I knew my camera's zoom was not up to the task. As much as I love my point & shoot camera, I would have sold my soul just then for a "real" one with a big ol' zoom lens.
But here's a phenomenal animal photographer named Tanja Askani who lives in Germany and captures incredible photos of interspecies friendships. I found this video on Vegan Elder's blog this morning, along with three other very brief but hugely adorable videos of a sneezing bunny, a dreaming kitten, and a farting bunny. (Told you they were adorable!) I think you will consider visits to Tanja's web site (it's in German and English) and Vegan Elder's Friday Cuteness post, and of course this amazing video to be time very well spent! I highly recommend clicking on the YouTube link and watching this video there or on Vegan Elder's post, since you'll get a much larger view in either place, and do turn up your speakers because the music is beautiful...
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"