Saturday 2 March 2024

Swirls of Diamonds

 On the soles of her feet:




Colour and Black and White in memory of a friend:



And a wave frozen in time, March 5th, 2014:



wob

Thursday 29 February 2024

A request on illuminating subjects

 I am so pleased - there was a request today. Not quite Donald's ripples in space-time. But then there are parallels:


I think this is a Northern fulmar

It accompanied us for some time:




 The midnight Sun offered warm colours:




But it was when it came in close to both me and the silky ocean that  I became captivated:




And it got better:



It was so hard for me to believe what I was witnessing. I have not the imagination to clone such wonders of reflections. Sit back and enjoy what Nature offers us for free if we open our eyes:









We traveled together for perhaps 15 minutes. I on a boat, It on its wings. I would like to think it saw me. Maybe that is being conceited. I was not doing anything but wondering.


WOB

The (red) Spider

 Winter has returned,

so the gods are once again asleep.

Jeff, every day is remembrance day and I am

recalling Aug 13, 2013.

However, Will, this is not a traditional story. So I

hope you will not mind if I show it - it is not our "duet" to be

(I hope) about Spider Woman.

Vicki and I were doing our outreach prog in Killarney Prov Park.

On a tree near our tent was a red spider:



All legs but not 8?



Its body was red, and on first glance "obvious". However, as I looked at my photos I began to notice other patches of identically coloured reds - maybe funghi or lichen?

 I began to wonder at its "legs" - 2 are missing?




I wonder at what its experience, history was:





To all who seek to understand,


WOB

Wednesday 28 February 2024

Luminous Wood

 Today/now I am witnessing a whiteout - a white screen some 50m or so in front of me. I can just make out the end house at Leacock. But this is not a winter whiteout of snow but rather of spring: fog (dry) or mist (wet). So I am returning to my entry on Thur Feb 8:
(PS Before I could start, let alone complete this entry the temperature dropped out the bottom and the blizzard made fog or mist whiteout  a memory and also academic, as it were. Now where was I?)

 

I was taken by the light, myself, in the photos of Winter Colour



 The brightness around the edges became the memory "Ring of Bright Water"  a book by Gavin Maxwell that I read to our children. 




The brightness idea reminded me that is part of the meaning of my name: Sherwood or Shire Wood.

"A Dictionary of English Place-Names"
A.D. Mills
Oxford 1992
ISBN 6-19-869156-4

gives an entry in 955CE: Wood belonging to the shire. Two ideas come forth: a boundary and a clearing, nothing about Robin Hood

 From conversation and reading I thought it might mean the clearing around a village that a plough man could reach and  tend effectively without having to camp out. Google writes:
Origin:British. Meaning:luminous wood. Sherwood as a boy's name is pronounced SHER-wood. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Sherwood is "luminous wood".
What does "luminous wood" mean? " habitational name from any of several places called with  Old English scīr + wudu 'bright or clear (perhaps sparsely-grown) wood'.

When I was living in Edinburgh in the last century I was told my name was
pronounced SHER-wood!  (as in share) I have heard it pronounced  SURE-wood in our family.

 So here is my rant  If I say "Rest assured,I'll do it" sounds good in my ears. Google says:The words assure and ensure were derived from the Latin word securus, which means 'free from care' or 'safe. '  English words like insure, secure, and security were also derived from securus. The difference between Sure, Assure and Insure - English Lessons with inlingua Vancouver

 And now for some local colour pulled from memory before it went blank!

 






 

 WOB

Friday 23 February 2024

Its Saturday Night!

 This blog was suggested by a comment made in this blog  a few weeks ago. It brought back memories of Bobby Darin and "Splish splash"

 Splish, splash, I was takin' a bathLong about a Saturday night,


 A rub dub, just relaxin' in the tubThinkin' everythin' was alright

 


 There was a-splishin' and a-splashin'Reelin' with the feelin'Movin' and a-groovin'Rockin' and a-rollin', 

 



 Bing, bang, I saw the whole gangDancin' on my living room rug, yeah

 



 I needed my " 'Air dryer":


 But you know how it is - some days you can't do a thing with it -


 but hide your head!


 

Good golly, Miss Molly was-a even there, too:




  I was a-rollin' and a-strollin'Reelin' with the feelin'

 

 




 So now I am drying behind my ears.

Settling my brain for a long winter's - you must be joking - nap. I don't recall Saturdays being so energetic? Must be my memory? I was all shuck up!

 

Wobbily, with swim vest, ol' bird