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Monday, 20 November 2017

my black friends (before the coming of digital) / Kudzu cinema / Lawrence & Obenzinger: Six Songs for the Next Age / Ed Sanders: Manson sky-snake banishment Glyph

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By the tracks | by ADMurr

By the tracks [Clarksdale, MS]: photo by Andrew Murr, 17 November 2017

2001/Golden hour at Zumba | by ADMurr
 
Golden hour at Zumba [Temple St, LA]: photo by Andrew Murr, 18 November 2017

Five cents a bottle | by ADMurr

Five cents a bottle [south LA]: photo by Andrew Murr, 19 November 2017

V notch, new | by ADMurr

V notch, new [Santa Barbara County]: photo by Andrew Murr, 18 November 2017

Spreckels_0165 | by Thomas Willard

Spreckels_0165 [Monterey County]: photo by Thomas Willard, 5 November 2017

Los Angeles_0323 | by Thomas Willard

Los Angeles_0323 (foreshorten / foreshadow): photo by Thomas Willard, 12 November 2017

Untitled | by Missy Prince

Southeastern Oregon: photo by Missy Prince, 16 November 2017

Untitled | by Missy Prince

Southeastern Oregon: photo by Missy Prince, 16 November 2017

Untitled | by Missy Prince

Southeastern Oregon: photo by Missy Prince, 16 November 2017
  
swallowed | by TMSurrattPhotography

swallowed. This was a drive-by roadside discovery while driving to the coast. This house is completely enveloped with small areas of the house showing to clue passersby that there is a full two story house inside swallowed by vegetation.: photo by TMSurrattPhotography, 13 October 2017

GLANCE FROM ANOTHER TIME | by LitterART

GLANCE FROM ANOTHER TIME. The laughing man in Palazzo Cini, Venice, Italy (Dosso Dossi, Scene Allegorica, ca. 1530/40): photo by LitterART, 24 September 2017

Käseecke / Cheese Triangle | by bartholmy

Käseecke / Cheese Triangle [Helensee, Berlin]: photo by Martin Bartholmy, 19 September 2017

Balloon, Naples Bay, Vesuvius | by ADMurr

Balloon, Naples: photo by Andrew Murr, 17 July 2017

New York City skyline | by D L Powell

New York City skyline: photo by D L Powell, 3 June 2017

Untitled | by plakka

Untitled: photo by plakka, 17 April 2012

Untitled | by plakka

Untitled [Manikaran, Parvati Valley, India]: photo by plakka, 17 April 2012

hot springs, manikaran, india | by plakka

hot springs, manikaran, india: photo by plakka, 17 April 2012

cumalıkızık4 | by sitkiorhan

kumal|k|z|k4: photo by SITKI ORHAN, 23 December 2016

Untitled | by sitkiorhan

Untitled: photo by SITKI ORHAN, 7 July 2016
 
IMG_0010 | by Missy Prince

IMG_0010 Baker City [OR]: photo by MIssy Prince, 15 November 2017

IMG_0010 | by Missy Prince

IMG_0010 Baker City [OR]: photo by MIssy Prince, 15 November 2017

IMG_0010 | by Missy Prince

IMG_0010 Baker City [OR]: photo by MIssy Prince, 15 November 2017

New York32 | by sitkiorhan

New York32: photo by SITKI ORHAN, 30 October 2015

New York32 | by sitkiorhan

New York32: photo by SITKI ORHAN, 30 October 2015

New York32 | by sitkiorhan

New York32: photo by SITKI ORHAN, 30 October 2015

And Don't Ever Forget It


Summer Evening: Edward Hopper, 1947 (private collection)

Take off that apron
And put your red dress on
No
On second thought
Take off that red dress
And lay back
On my big brass bed
In your pink slip
The one with flowers sewn on it
Not the one
That certifies the registration of your auto

It’s a lovely auto
I just don’t like it
Because it has kudzu vines
Growing out of its body
And you know how I hate kudzu vines

TC: And Don't Ever Forget It, from At Malibu (1975)

Kudzu drivein | by ADMurr

Kudzu drivein [Highway 61, Memphis]: photo by Andrew Murr, 17 November 2017

Kudzu cinema | by ADMurr

Kudzu cinema: photo by Andrew Murr, 9 July 2017

Big Mack | by Patrick Henson
 

Big Mack. Yes, that would be the beloved  kudzu. Only thing that would grow in Copperhill for years.: photo by Pat Henson. 10 March 2008

Kudzu | by fdtate

For all non-southerners this is what kudzu looks like in its dormant winter state: photo by Duane Tate, 16 March 2005


kudzu on trail | by Dystopos

Kudzu on trail. Kudzu along the "Service Trail" to the wetlands at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center in Birmingham, Alabama: photo by Dystopos. 10 November 2010


Berlin (zoological garden) | by Hg T
 
Berlin (zoological garden): photo by Hg T, 15 January 2017

Untitled | by bakmak71

Untitled [my black friends]: photo by Bakmak, 16 November 2017

puddle | by s_inagaki

puddle [Tokyo]: photo by satoshi inagaki, 2 August 2017

Untitled | by bakmak71

Untitled [my black friends]: photo by Bakmak, 16 November 2017

Untitled | by danjamesphotography

Untitled: photo by Dan James, 28 October 2017

Untitled | by danjamesphotography

Untitled: photo by Dan James, 28 October 2017

Untitled | by danjamesphotography

Untitled: photo by Dan James, 28 October 2017

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY | by bakmak71

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY [starling performance]: photo by Bakmak, 19 November 2017

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY | by bakmak71

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY [starling performance]: photo by Bakmak, 19 November 2017

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY | by bakmak71

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY [starling performance]: photo by Bakmak, 19 November 2017

❤ | by bakmak71

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY [starling performance]: photo by Bakmak, 19 November 2017

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY | by bakmak71

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY [starling performance]: photo by Bakmak, 19 November 2017

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY | by bakmak71

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY [starling performance]: photo by Bakmak, 19 November 2017

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY | by bakmak71

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY [starling performance]: photo by Bakmak, 19 November 2017

Untitled | by bakmak71

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY [starling performance]: photo by Bakmak, 19 November 2017

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY | by bakmak71
  
 The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY [starling performance]: photo by Bakmak, 19 November 2017

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY | by bakmak71

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY [starling performance]: photo by Bakmak, 19 November 2017

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY | by bakmak71

 The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY [starling performance]: photo by Bakmak, 19 November 2017 

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY | by bakmak71

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY [starling performance]: photo by Bakmak, 19 November 2017

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY | by bakmak71

The GrEaT GiG In ThE SkY [starling performance]: photo by Bakmak, 19 November 2017

Before the coming of digital

File:Shetland Starling (Sturnus vulgaris zetlandicus), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1612537.jpg

Shetland Starling (Sturnus vulgaris zetlandicus), Baltasound. The Starlings breeding in Shetland belong to a poorly-differentiated endemic race with darker juvenile plumage and broader bill-base. This is a male in song and wing-flapping display
.: photo by Mike Pennington, 8 June 2005


File:Valley of the Burn of Mailland - geograph.org.uk - 1490554.jpg
 
Valley of the Burn of Mailland. Looking towards the B[ritish] T[ele] comms tower on Caldback Hill.: photo by Mike Pennington, 15 September 2009
 
File:Airport pool, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1260702.jpg
 

Airport pool, Baltasound. The pool is fed by a spring. Baltasound voe can be seen in the middle distance, with the hills of Nikkavord Lea in the distance on the left and Muckle Heog on the right.: photo by Mike Pennington, 19 April 2009

File:Dreich, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 959182.jpg
 

Dreich, Baltasound. 'Dreich' may be a Scots dialect word and not strictly a Shetland one, but it accurately describes the weather. View west from Daisy Park with the shop at Nord in the mist in the distance.: photo by Mike Pennington,11 September 2008

File:Digital TV is coming, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1497998.jpg
 

Digital TV is coming: Baltasound. These signs, telling of the onset of the switch-off of analogue TV signals next May, look rather out of place in Baltasound and were put up on Sunday morning. The houses in the background are on Springpark Road. One sign only lasted a month and ended up taking the lamp-post with it.: photo by Mike Pennington, 20 September 2009
 
File:Digital TV is coming, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1498006.jpg

Digital TV is coming: Baltasound. Leaflets last week have been followed by signs on lamp-posts =- not a normal sight in Shetland and, oddly, erected on a Sunday. I wonder if they will last the winter and still be there on the advertised switchover dates in May? Well the other one only lasted a month.: photo by Mike Pennington, 20 September 2009

File:Almost as predicted, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1549326.jpg

Almost as predicted: Baltasound. When pink adverts warning of the switchover to digital TV were placed on lamp-posts in Baltasound I predicted they wouldn't last the winter. What I didn't expect is that one would take the lamp-post with it -- the stump has been covered in duct tape. The rest of the lamp post is over the wall.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 22 October 2009


File:Almost as predicted, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1550958.jpg

Almost as predicted: Baltasound. The remains of the lamp post carrying the Digital TV ad which lasted little over a month, almost as predicted.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 23 October 2009

 
File:Voesgarth, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1552578.jpg

 

Voesgarth, Baltasound: photo by Mike Pennington, 24 October 2009

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Baltasound, Isle of Unst, Shetland. Baltasound Post Office, the most northerly in the UK, with its own special postmark to prove it.: photo by David Wyatt, 28 May 2008

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Baltasound, Unst, Shetland, Scotland -- northernmost British post office.: photo by Otter, 22 August 2008
 
File:Recycling centre, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1557499.jpg
 

Recycling centre, Baltasound. Recycling is not always straightforward in Shetland, as there is not enough material to make conventional recycling economic, and shipping material out of Shetland would be counter-productive and use more energy than it would save. Glass (of all colours) is collected and made in 'glasscrete' paving blocks, glass beads for gardens and powdered for use as sand in road-building. The new unit in the right is for recycling clothes.: photo by Mike Pennington, 27 October 2009

File:Petrol pump, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1301960.jpg

Petrol pump, Baltasound. Looking towards the voe in the distance.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 11 May 2009

File:Autumnal colours of Rosa rugosa, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1538048.jpg

Autumnal colours of Rosa rugosa, Baltasound. Rosa rugosa is arguably at its most attractive in late October as the leaves turn golden-yellow.: photo by Mike Pennington, 16 October 2009

 
File:Autumnal cotoneaster, Halligarth, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1606557.jpg

Autumnal cotoneaster, Halligarth, Baltasound. Cotoneaster is actually a large genus of shrubs, but it is the creeping Cotoneaster horizontalis which is most commonly planted in gardens and which has appropriated the generic name for itself in many cases. It struggles in Shetland until well-established, and these autumnal (or even festive) red leaves are on a large bushy plant which is growing up the drystone wall at the graveyard in Halligarth.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 5 December 2009


File:Rosebay Willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1379167.jpg

Rosebay Willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium), Baltasound. Rosebay Willowherb is probably introduced in Shetland and mainly grows in or near old-established gardens.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 30 June 2009


File:The hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus on Fox and Cubs (Pilosella aurantiaca), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1121889.jpg

The hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus on Fox and Cubs (Pilosella aurantiaca), Baltasound. The hoverfly is a long-distance migrant, which has probably migrated from southern Europe. The garden plant is also from southern Europe but is now established as a widespread escape in Britain
.: photo by Mike Pennington, August 1999


File:View of Michaelmas Daisies aka Aster, la vista, at Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 950032.jpg

View of Michaelmas Daisies aka Aster: la vista; at Baltasound. The Asters are garden outcasts from an adjoining property. The hoverfly on the right is the bumblebee mimic Eristalis intricarius.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 4 September 2008


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Autumnal shore of Baltasound voe. Even the beaches turn golden-yellow in autumn; Baltasound pier is in the background.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 26 September 2009


File:Mussel rafts in the voe of Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 553761.jpg

Mussel rafts in the voe of Baltasound
: photo by Mike Pennington, 12 September 2007


File:Remains of a gutting shed, Ordaal, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 972798.jpg

Remains of a gutting shed, Ordaal, Baltasound. At the beginning of the 20th century, Baltasound. was an enormous herring port, and the voe was surrounded by gutting sheds. Most were made from corrugated iron and this just shows the foundations. Ordaal House is in the background.:
photo by Mike Pennington, 21 September 2008

File:Abandoned crofthouse beside Baltasound airport - geograph.org.uk - 1471021.jpg

Abandoned crofthouse beside Baltasound airport
: photo by Mike Pennington, 2 September 2009


  File:Baltasound from Nikka Vord aka 'I can see my house from here' - geograph.org.uk - 1275181.jpg

Baltasound from Nikka Vord aka 'I can see my house from here'. Woolvershoull and Marangu are the closest buildings on the left, with the end of Springpark Road behind. The telephone exchange is the white building in the centre, with Skibhoul and the Post Office behind it. Eagledale is the house on the right, with Daisy Park beyond it
.: photo by Mike Pennington, 27 April September 2009


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Baltasound Hotel: photo by Mike Pennington, 10 January 2008


File:Moody sky over Ordale, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 987902.jpg

Moody sky over Ordale, Baltasound. Autumnal skies at dusk, looking towards the hill of the Keen of Hamar across the voe.
:
photo by Mike Pennington, 30 September 2008

File:Baltasound from the air - geograph.org.uk - 342339.jpg

Baltasound from the air. The head of the voe on the left, Buness Loch centre right and Halligarth on the right.: photo by Mike Pennington, July 1988

 
File:Baltasound telephone exchange - geograph.org.uk - 1544154.jpg

Baltasound telephone exchange. The exchange covers the whole of the north of the island, all numbers beginning 01957711xxx; there is another exchange at Uyeasound for the south end of the island. The hangar at the mothballed airport is in the background.: photo by Mike Pennington, 10 October 2009


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Fire. In the foreground the Baltasound fire shed; in the background a flaming red fireball of a sunset.: photo by Mike Pennington, 7 May 2006


File:Buness from Nikka Vord - geograph.org.uk - 1275124.jpg

Buness from Nikka Vord. The house at Buness is on the left, with the Loch of Buness on the right. The airport hangar is across the voe, with the hill of Virda Field beyond that.: photo by Mike Pennington, 27 April 2009


File:Daala mist, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1371181.jpg

Daala mist, Baltasound. 'Daala mist' is the Shetland name given to the mist which rises from the ground (or from the dales or 'daals') on very calm nights in summer. The house wreathed in mist is Buness house and Hamar is the white house in the distance.:
photo by Mike Pennington, 25 June 2009


File:Groundmist, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 955757.jpg

Groundmist, Baltasound. After a glorious sunny day, ground mist forms on the slopes of the Hill of Voesgarth after sunset.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 8 September 2008


File:Buness House, Baltasound, at dusk - geograph.org.uk - 1374590.jpg

Buness House, Baltasound, at dusk. A crescent moon in a pink sky over the voe at Baltasound, from the pier.:
photo by Mike Pennington, 27 June 2009


File:Moon at dusk over Baltasound houb - geograph.org.uk - 1033614.jpg

Moon at dusk over Baltasound houb. The tide is just ebbing from the houb (lagoon) in the foreground, with the quarter moon reflecting in it; Jupiter is visible to the right.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 4 November 2008


File:Moonrise over Ordale, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1513472.jpg

Moonrise over Ordale, Baltasound. It always amazes how many apparently sensible adults have no idea that the moon can be seen in a blue sky during daylight, although this waxing moon is depicted here after sunset
.: photo by Mike Pennington, 29 September 2009


File:Moonrise over Ordaal House, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 342683.jpg

Moonrise over Ordaal House, Baltasound
: photo by Mike Pennington, August 1997


File:Moonrise over Baltasound voe - geograph.org.uk - 637027.jpg

Moonrise over Baltasound voe. Looking over the houb below Clingera towards Hamar and, ultimately, the Moon.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 20 December 2007


File:View towards Loch of Buness from Halligarth - geograph.org.uk - 1490532.jpg

View towards Loch of Buness from Halligarth. The island of Balta is in the distance.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 15 September 2009


File:Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1822318.jpg

Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus), Baltasound, Shetland Islands, Great Britain. Wood Mouse is not a very appropriate name for Shetland, where there are no woods, so it is more appropriately known as the "Hill Mouse" or "Field Mouse" in Shetland. Like all terrestrial mammals in Shetland, mice were brought to the islands by humans; in this case accidentally. It was once thought that mice arrived in Shetland with the Vikings, but it is now known from archaeology that they were here long before this. Shetland Field Mice are larger and darker than mice found in the rest of Britain or on mainland Europe and they breed on all islands inhabited by humans. The named subspecies are A. s. granti described from Yell, A. s. thuleo from Foula and A. s. friadriensis from Fair Isle. The races found elsewhere in Shetland are unknown – it is likely that the Yell race breeds elsewhere but it is possible that new races are awaiting description on other islands.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 24 April 2010


File:Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) on red-hot poker (Kniphofia sp.), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1379136.jpg

Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) on red-hot poker (Kniphofia sp.), Baltasound, Shetland Islands, Great Britain. Common Crossbills breed in extensive coniferous woodland but if food is scarce they erupt and can turn up almost anywhere and they feed on whatever they can find, like this adult female picking seeds out of a red-hot poker
.: photo by Mike Pennington, 30 June 2009


File:Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1362630.jpg

Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra), Baltasound, near to Baltasound, Shetland Islands, Great Britain. Crossbills are birds of coniferous forest but they frequently erupt if there is insufficient food for the population. Then they may appear in all sorts of places and feed on anything they can find. This fine red male is feeding on the seeds of Sycamore in the plantation at Halligarth.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 20 June 2009


File:Greylag Geese (Anser anser), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1301762.jpg

Greylag Geese (Anser anser), Baltasound. Greylag Geese only started breeding in Shetland, on Unst, about 25 years ago, but several hundred pairs now breed in the islands
.: photo by Mike Pennington, 11 May 2009


File:Halligarth from Nikka Vord - geograph.org.uk - 1275504.jpg
 
Halligarth from Nikka Vord. The plantation dates back to the 1830s and is one of the oldest group of trees in Shetland.: photo by Mike Pennington, 27 April 2009

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Halligarth, with plantation.: photo by Mike Pennington, 27 April 2009

File:Snow at Daisy Park, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1505196.jpg

Snow at Daisy Park, Baltasound. On the right are the houses of Seaview and Seafield, which were demolished a few years after this photo was taken.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 28 December 2001


File:Frosted Angelica (Angelica sylvestris), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1615122.jpg

Frosted Angelica (Angelica sylvestris), Baltasound. After an unusually cold, crisp night for Shetland the dead frosted stalk of Angelica is wrapped in silver cobwebs.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 11 December 2009


File:Heavy snow at Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1505190.jpg

Heavy snow at Baltasound. If there is heavy snow in Shetland it is usually accompanied by strong winds, so this heavy snow softly smothering the branches is unusual.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 28 December 2001


File:Road in Baltasound, in snow at night - geograph.org.uk - 1626211.jpg

Road in Baltasound, in snow at night. The road past Daisy Park, looking towards Springpark Road.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 19 December 2009


File:Mist over the voe, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1121398.jpg

Mist over the voe, Baltasound. A very unusual sight, as mist rises off the voe during a sudden and very sharp frost with snow. The phenomenon apparently only occurs in the very rare cases when the sea is significantly warmer than the land. Temperatures in this cold snap fell to -10 Celsius, very cold for Shetland
.: photo by Mike Pennington, February 2001


File:Roselea and Muckle Heog from Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1155317.jpg

Roselea and Muckle Heog from Baltasound. Roselea is the house and Muckle Heog and Little Heog are the hills.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 9 February 2009


File:Mist over the voe, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1121919.jpg

Mist over the voe, Baltasound. With land temperatures dropping exceptionally low and exceptionally quickly, mist starts to rise off the sea, a highly unusual sight
.: photo by Mike Pennington, February 2001


File:Sunshine and snow, Halligarth, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1691774.jpg

Sunshine and snow, Halligarth, Baltasound. Snowflakes can be seen falling as the sun in the south still shines.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 3 February 2010


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Small burn in the snow, draining into Baltasound voe. Looking across the voe towards Ordale House.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 23 February 2010


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Snow shower passing Baltasound. Looking from the west end of the voe of Baltasound towards the hill of the Keen of Hamar as a snow shower makes its spectacular passage down the east coast of Unst.: photo by Mike Pennington, 24 February 2010

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Snow shower over Buness and Muckle Heog. The view is across the voe at Baltasound towards Buness, the house in the foreground, and Muckle Heog, the hill in background.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 24 February 2010


File:Track to an abandoned crofthouse, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1725735.jpg

Track to an abandoned crofthouse, Baltasound. A tractor has been along the track to collect silage bales.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 24 February 2010


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Vallafield, Baltasound. The ruined croft at Vallafield, with the powerlines heading up the hill of Valla Field to the tachan radome on the summit.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 11 February 2007


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View at dusk across Baltasound voe towards Balta isle. On a calm evening, snow is reflected in the voe. Temperatures barely rose above freezing all day, so Balta, which usually loses its snow-covering very quickly, is still white.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 10 February 2009


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Voesgarth in the snow
: photo by Mike Pennington, 3 March 2006

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North shore of Baltasound voe in the snow
: photo by Mike Pennington, 2 March 2005


File:Rainbow over the voe at Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1054460.jpg

Rainbow over the voe at Baltasound. Moody evening light.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 18 August 2005

File:Midsummer sunset over Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1374596.jpg

Midsummer sunset over Baltasound. The chimneys are part of the ruined house of Buness Cottage
.: photo by Mike Pennington, 27 June 2009


File:Midwinter dawn, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1615106.jpg

Midwinter dawn, Baltasound. Almost nine o'clock, the sun is just rising over Baltasound, and the waning crescent moon is still bright in the sky. The view is from in front of Skibhoul, looking towards Clingra, the airport and Virda Field.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 11 December 2009


File:Midwinter sunrise, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1615110.jpg

Midwinter sunrise, Baltasound. The sun is just rising, just before nine in the morning, and emerging above a patch of mist after an unusually calm, still night. The view is towards the houses at Clingera and at the west end of Ordale
: photo by Mike Pennington, 11 December 2009


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Lichen, Baltasound. Growing on a small patch of stony ground, I have no idea what species this is, but the small cup-like structures are the fruiting bodies.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 19 October 2009


File:Moss-covered wall, Voehead, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1533451.jpg

Moss-covered wall, Voehead, Baltasound. Local serpentine rocks covered with verdant moss in a derelict wall beside the house at Voehead.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 12 October 2009


File:Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) keys in June, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1379159.jpg

Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) keys in June, Baltasound. A good crop seems to be developing.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 30 June 2009


File:Transitory golden light, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1190520.jpg

Transitory golden light, Baltasound. Grey clouds and a brief shaft of golden light at the end of a March day, making last year's dead grass seem suddenly attractive. Across the voe is Ordale House.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 5 March 2009


File:Transitory golden light, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1190517.jpg

Transitory golden light, Baltasound. A dull day, suddenly enlivened by 5 minutes of liquid gold just before sunset; looking across the Houb towards the house at Voehead.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 5 March 2009


File:Sheep in winter sun, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 637025.jpg

Sheep in winter sun, Baltasound. With the croft at Voesgarth beyond.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 20 December 2007


File:Pigs in the snow, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1505239.jpg

Pigs in the snow, Baltasound. Pigs (or Grice, as they are known in Shetland), are not common in Shetland, although these pigs were part of a pig-farming enterprise which lasted for a few years in these fields.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 2 March 2001


File:Sheep in the snow, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1725749.jpg

The sheep was alone in its field and so it was easy to see how it wandered around looking for food. Baltasound, Shetland Islands, Great Britain.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 24 February 2010


File:Sheep feeding on silage in the snow, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1725708.jpg

Sheep feeding on silage in the snow, near to Baltasound, Shetland Islands, Great Britain. A variety of breed according to my inexpert eye
.: photo by Mike Pennington, 24 February 2010


File:Shetland sheep, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1691715.jpg

Shetland sheep, Baltasound. These sheep are closely eyeing the photographer, wondering if it's safe to return to the feeder which they've just run from
.: photo by Mike Pennington, 3 February 2010

File:Shetland pony in the snow, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1691743.jpg

Shetland pony in the snow, Baltasound
: photo by Mike Pennington, 3 February 2010


File:Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) in a ditch, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1725712.jpg

Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) in a ditch, Baltasound. Snow sees birds like Snipe looking desperately for any open water, as in this ditch which has almost filled with snow.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 24 February 2010


File:Snow on a drystone dyke, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1721659.jpg

Snow on a drystone dyke, Baltasound, Sticky driven snow from the north has plastered this drystone wall, but the dark marks are not protruding from the snow, but are gaps, presumably where the stones are too far apart so the snow has not been able to bridge the gap.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 22 February 2010


File:Snowy crows, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1120159.jpg

Snowy crows, Baltasound. Hooded Crows (Corvus cornix) in the first snow of an early March snowfall.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 1 March 2006


File:Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) in the garden, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1505245.jpg

Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) in the garden, Baltasound. Among these Starlings are two Turnstones and while Turnstones are renowned for their catholic dietary tastes, coming into a garden to eat bread is something they only do in exceptional circumstances, such as this exceptional week of snowfall.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 4 March 2001


File:Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1580872.jpg

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago), Baltasound. Heavy rain overnight has created nice wet, muddy fields which Snipe favour.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 14 November 2009

File:Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1320158.jpg

 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus), Baltasound
.: photo by Mike Pennington, 24 May 2009

 
File:Otter cub at Skeo Taing - geograph.org.uk - 603494.jpg

Otter cub at Skeo Taing. This otter cub was probably on one of its first trips outside the holt, as it was a poor swimmer. Eventually Mum came and grabbed the cub by the neck and swam away with him!
: photo by Mike Pennington, 4 November 2007


File:Common Seal (Phoca vitulina), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1567563.jpg

 Common Seal (Phoca vitulina), Baltasound. Swimming in an uncharacteristically calm and reflective sea.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 7 December 2005


File:Black Swans (Cygnus atratus), the Houb, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1505252.jpg

Black Swans (Cygnus atratus), the Houb, Baltasound. Black Swans are native to Australia, but these two escapees which spent a several days on the Houb in Baltasound attracted a lot of attention.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 4 May 2001


File:Oystercatcher (Haemotopus ostralegus) with chick, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1357774.jpg

Oystercatcher (Haemotopus ostralegus) with chick, Baltasound. This adult was tending three chicks, which look to be just a few days old. Unusually, Oystercatcher chicks are largely fed by the parents when they first hatch, whereas most waders have to fend for themselves as soon as they hatch.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 16 June 2009


File:Oystercatcher (Haemotopus ostralegus) with chicks, Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1357900.jpg

Oystercatcher (Haemotopus ostralegus) with chicks, Baltasound. Two of the three chicks that were following this adult; the other could be either described as highly independent or rather foolish.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 16 June 2009


File:Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 941661.jpg

Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus), Baltasound. A scarce migrant in Shetland, and elsewhere in Britain, here feeding a little desperately on Rosa rugosa.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 23 October 2005


File:Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) at Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1039403.jpg

Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) at Baltasound. Waxwings breed in northern Europe and, while insectivorous in the summer, they feed exclusively on fruits and berries in the winter. If the berry crop in Scandinavia is poor, or the Waxwing population is very high, the population erupts and heads south and west looking for food. Irruptions into Britain used to be sporadic, but have become more regular in the last few decades. This bird is feeding on Rosa rugosa hips, one of the few food sources available in Shetland.
: photo by Mike Pennington,9 November 2008


File:Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) at Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1039411.jpg

Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) at Baltasound. Waxwings are scarce Starling-sized visitors in Britain, but are one of the most beguiling birds to be seen in the country with their soft overall plumage tone, bandit mask, day-glo yellow tail and wing markings, extraordinary 'wax' tips on some of the flight feathers, sleigh bell call and, as shown well here, a perky crest.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 9 November 2008


File:Passer domesticus - Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1366182.jpg


Passer domesticus. Three newly-fledged House Sparrows waiting to be fed by their parents near Baltasound in the Shetland Islands.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 20 June 2009


File:Blackbird (Turdus merula), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1206037.jpg

Blackbird (Turdus merula), Baltasound. A proprietorial male standing guard over his territory on a fine March evening.
: photo by Mike Pennington, 16 March 2009


File:Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla), Baltasound - geograph.org.uk - 1258686.jpg

 Brambling (Frnigilla montifringilla), Baltasound. Bramblings are close relatives of the Chaffinch but they breed in northern Europe and only rarely breed in Britain. In Shetland they are principally migrants, in both spring and autumn. Males, such as this bird, acquire their summer plumage through the abrasion of buffy tips on the black feathers, and not through moult
.: photo by Mike Pennington, 18 April 2009

To Popeye & Co. (Kudzu cinema)

Los Angeles | 2017 | by Rinzi Ruiz [street zen]

Los Angeles | 2017: photo by Rinzi Ruiz, 9 February 2017

Los Angeles | 2017 | by Rinzi Ruiz [street zen]

Los Angeles | 2017: photo by Rinzi Ruiz, 9 February 2017

Los Angeles | 2017 | by Rinzi Ruiz [street zen]

Los Angeles | 2017: photo by Rinzi Ruiz, 9 February 2017

Untitled | by Dale Strumpell

Untitled: photo by Dale Strumpell, 18 November 2017

Untitled | by Dale Strumpell

Untitled: photo by Dale Strumpell, 18 November 2017

Peareye | by carnagenyc

Peareye [Washington, D.C.]: photo by carnagenyc, 14 April 2014


Peareye | by carnagenyc

Peareye [Washington, D.C.]: photo by carnagenyc, 14 April 2014

Peareye | by carnagenyc

Peareye [Washington, D.C.]: photo by carnagenyc, 14 April 2014


- | by txmx 2
 
Untitled [graffiti, Munich]: photo by txmx2, 2 March 2013
To Popeye & Co.

Age makes strange changes in Wimpy's 
Face. Slowly what hid Swee-Pea's bones away
Un-knits. Gravity undoes Olive Oyl
Bit by bit, day by day accepted
And reality creeps in
Between the you
That exists
And the you
You merely dream, you who came
Before knew as we do, and equally
Did not speak of it! No you didn't Popeye!

For you know
Speech
And 10c would buy you
A cup of coffee
To pour down through the hole in your ski mask
Into your skeleton
And make you feel great!
But now it would cost a multiple of that.

For spinach is useless.
Can you dig it?
Fathers, we flow back
Into the deep light. Silence insists This is it baby
And you won't even listen.

What's more, I don't blame you.

TC:  To Popeye & Co., from At Malibu (1975)
.
http://www.evergreenchorus.org/images/Popeye.jpg

Popeye and company: photo by Alejandro Azteca, 2014

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This "Dennis the Menace" statue was stolen in Monterey, found in Florida ... 9 years later: image via SFGate @SFGate, 12 September 2015


Sunday Dinner. | by david grim

Sunday Dinner [Detroit-Shoreway, westside Cleveland]: photo by David Grim, 22 October 2017

Sunday Dinner. | by david grim

Sunday Dinner [Detroit-Shoreway, westside Cleveland]: photo by David Grim, 22 October 2017

Sunday Dinner. | by david grim

Sunday Dinner [Detroit-Shoreway, westside Cleveland]: photo by David Grim, 22 October 2017


The New York Fashion Week shows begin! @desigual
Spring 2016. Photo: Trevor Collens #AFP: image via AFP Entertainment @AFPceleb, 10 September 2015



#NYFW @BetseyJohnson Ready to Wear Spring 2016. Photo @joshua_lott #AFP
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 #MigrantCrisis A migrant waits for a bus after arriving in the village of Miratovac in Serbia. By @armend_nimani #AFP
: image via Stephanie Beauge @sbeaugeAFP, 12 September 2015



I was so proud of my little one of a kind dance costumes! It was such a perfect moment! @voguemagazine XoX: image via Betsey Johnson @xoBetseyJohnson, 12 September 2015


#Serbia - Migrants and refugees queue at a registration camp in Presevo. By @armend_nimani #AFP: image via Sophie Chauveau @s_chauveau 11 September 2015


Migrants & refugees wait under the rain to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni, Greece @SakisMitrolidis
: image via Stephane Arnaud @Stephane Arnaud, 10 September 2015


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Six Songs for the Next Age

D. H. Lawrence: Things Men Have Made
 


Little horse on wheels (ancient Greek child's toy). From tomb dating 950-900 B.C.: photo by Sharon Mollerus, 8 March 2009 (Kerameikos Archaeological Museum, Athens)


Things men have made with wakened hands
are awake through years with transferred touch, and go on glowing
for long years.
And for this reason, some old things are lovely
warm still with the life of forgotten men who made them.

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930): Things Men Have Made, from Pansies (1929)

 D. H. Lawrence: Things Made by Iron


Metal Petals: a fountainhead on the West Side bikepath near Pier 45, New York City: photo by tauntingpanda (ben britten), 9 February 2005
 
Things made by iron and handled by steel 
are born dead, they are shrouds, they soak life out of us.
Till after a long time, when they are old and have steeped in our life
they begin to be soothed and soothing: then we throw them away.

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930): Things Made by Iron, from Pansies (1929)

 D. H. Lawrence: Self-Pity


Cat sun: photo by Alex Holden, 29 July 2012  
I never saw a wild thing 
sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930): Self-Pity, from Pansies (1929)


Night gnome: photo by Alex Holden, 31 July 2012

D.H. Lawrence: Tortoise Gallantry

Making his advances
He does not look at her, nor sniff at her,
No, not even sniff at her, his nose is blank.

Only he senses the vulnerable folds of skin
That work beneath her while she sprawls along
In her ungainly pace,
Her folds of skin that work and row
Beneath the earth-soiled hovel in which she moves.

And so he strains beneath her housey walls
And catches her trouser-legs in his beak
Suddenly, or her skinny limb,
And strange and grimly drags at her
Like a dog,
Only agelessly silent, with a reptile's awful persistency.

Grim, gruesome gallantry, to which he is doomed.
Dragged out of an eternity of silent isolation
And doomed to partiality, partial being,
Ache, and want of being,
Want,
Self-exposure, hard humiliation, need to add himself on to her.

Born to walk alone,
Forerunner,
Now suddenly distracted into this mazy side-track,
This awkward, harrowing pursuit,
This grim necessity from within.

Does she know
As she moves eternally slowly away?
Or is he driven against her with a bang, like a bird flying in the dark against a window,
All knowledgeless?

The awful concussion,
And the still more awful need to persist, to follow, follow, continue,
Driven, after æons of pristine, fore-god-like singleness and oneness,
At the end of some mysterious, red-hot iron,
Driven away from himself into her tracks,
Forced to crash against her.

Stiff, gallant, irascible, crook-legged reptile,
Little gentleman,
Sorry plight,
We ought to look the other way.

Save that, having come with you so far,
We will go on to the end.

D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930): Tortoise Gallantry, from Tortoises (1921)

Zipper Man

Zipper Man / Hombre Cierre / Homme fermeture éclair | by La Chachalaca Fotografía

 Zipper Man / Hombre Cierre / Homme fermeture eclair. Emeryville, CA.: photo by Miguel Tejada-Flores, 9 July 2017

Hilton Obenzinger: The Count 

Men! It's time to take a count:
There's a president
There's another president
There's the current president
Who says "Believe Me" and grabs
Then there's the senator
There's the Hollywood Mogul
(Do we know what a Mogul is?)
Then there's the comic, the doctor
There's another comic
There's the senator who used to be a comic
Then there's the actor
And there's a director
Of course there's the priest and the teacher
There's a professor also
And another professor
And another
There's an even older president
There's the Sunday School teacher
There's a pastor minister rabbi guru
Here comes another president
The famous writer, all the celebrity
Crackpots are here too
There's the student
There's the guy at the copy machine
There's the guy who cleans the office
Then another senator
A candidate for congress
There's a very rich man
There's a not so rich man
Chalk up another senator
We could be here all night
Every man needs to dig deep
That means me too
There are pinches
There's "seduction"
There's the grab
There's the glad hand
There's all of this and more
Each man and more
Now - no more
Stop
One more president and that's it
Done and over and out
Keep your hands to yourself
Stop
Welcome to a new social contract
Sign on the zipper

11/16/17

Pasaquan - 1992 | by Jeff*

 Pasaquan - 1992. Southwest Georgia near the small town of Buena Vista.: photo by Jeff, November 1990

Pasaquan - 1992 | by Jeff*

 Pasaquan - 1992. Southwest Georgia near the small town of Buena Vista.: photo by Jeff, November 1990

Pasaquan - 1992 | by Jeff*

 Pasaquan - 1992. Southwest Georgia near the small town of Buena Vista.: photo by Jeff, November 1990
Hilton Obenzinger: Let's Shoot 

Let’s go to church and shoot
Let’s go to the movies and shoot
Let’s go to the music festival
Let’s go to the supermarket
Let’s go to the school
Let’s go to the aquarium and shoot out the glass
And have people drown while we shoot them
And don't forget to shoot the fish
Let’s go to the museum and shoot Art
And then shoot the people looking at Picasso
Let’s shoot Picasso
He’s dead so let’s go to the cemetery and shoot the dead
Let’s go to the Halls of Justice and shoot all the judges
Let’s go to the NRA HQ and shoot everyone
Let’s go to the moon and shoot earth
Let’s get drunk and shoot
Let’s pray and shoot
Let’s go to the hospital and shoot the sick
Let’s get naked and shoot
Let’s shoot naked people
Let’s get an AR-15 and shoot people we hate
Let’s shoot people we love
Let’s never run out of bullets
Let’s never run out of long guns automatics
Let's get a truckload of grenade launchers
If only we had tanks and missiles
Let’s shoot while the shooting lasts
So much to shoot and so little time
Let’s shoot the small quiet wind
That blows through our hearts
And kill it good
11/6/17
Lame guide | by Maanavi*

Lame guide: photo by Piotr Debinski, 6 August 2017

Lame guide | by Maanavi*

Lame guide: photo by Piotr Debinski, 6 August 2017

Lame guide | by Maanavi*

Lame guide: photo by Piotr Debinski, 6 August 2017

Parts of Speech

I  Pronouns
File:Crowd in HK.JPG

A crowd in a Hong Kong street: photo by Hamedog, 27 December 2005
Pronouns

respect

persons.


II   Articles

File:Ant on tree.jpg

 An ant sitting on a green bough with water drops, behind there is a green leaf and a green background. The picture was taken in Austria in Summer 2005 on a beautiful morning.: photo by Thomas Quaritsch, 5 July 2005

Articles

dutifully

clarify --

ant-

like.


III   Adjectives

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Sorting moveable type.
Note: the plate says - "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog and feels as if he were in the seventh heaven of typography together with Hermann Zapf, the most famous artist of the": photo by Willi Heidelbach, 28 September 2004


Adjectives

sort

things

out.


IV   Verbs

File:Nekyia Staatliche Antikensammlungen 1494 n2.jpg

 Nekuia: Persephone supervising Sisyphus pushing his rock in the Underworld: side A of Attic black-figure amphora, attributed to the Acheloos Painter, c. 530 BC, found at Vulci (Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich)

Verbs

do

the heavy

lifting.


V   Nouns

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/73/Newton_Cannon.svg/1000px-Newton_Cannon.svg.png

Newton's cannonball (illustration describing how gravity connects motion of everyday objects on Earth to motion of celestial objects such as the Moon): image by Brian Brondel, 2007

Around
 
nouns 

people are 

nervous, 

possessive.


VI   Adverbs

Fichier:Boilly 2.jpg

Les médecins: miniature on ivory, Louis Léopold Boilly (1761-1845) (private collection; photo by Castafior, 2008)

For adverbs
 
men 

did, hopefully,
 
what they
 
could.

TC: parts of speech, from Green, 1971

Berlin Wall, East Berlin Topography, 1990 | by Jeff*

Berlin Wall, East German Topography, 1990: photo by Jeff, November 1990

Berlin Wall, East Berlin Topography, 1990 | by Jeff*  
Berlin Wall, East German Topography, 1990: photo by Jeff, November 1990

Berlin Wall, East Berlin Topography, 1990 | by Jeff*

Berlin Wall, East German Topography, 1990: photo by Jeff, November 1990
High Noon, The Bride Arrives in Town

High noon is purple noon after a two millennium hematoma
bruised with wakened hands
as awake through years with transferred touch and going on glowing
like overripe mangos shredded by monkeys
lying in pieces in the road
for too many long years.
And for this reason, some old things are very unlovely
warm, yet cold with the fears of forgotten men who made them.

The Bride | by Chris Protopapas

The Bride, Varanasi, 1985: photo by Chris Protopapas, February 1985

 Ed Sanders: Manson sky-snake banishment Glyph

 

Here’s a Glyph
tethnake, Greek for “has died”

Apopis is the
Egyptian evil sky-snake, sign of evil
with a Red X of Banishment on top of it.

And hoping for Manson to come to peace at long last.
He was in the slaughter of My Lai

Ed Sanders: Manson sky-snake banishment Glyph, 19 November 2017
 
File:MyLai Haeberle P33 BodiesNearBurningHouse.jpg

Unidentified bodies near burning house. My Lai, Vietnam, March 16, 1968: photo by Sgt Ronald L. Ronald Haeberle, from Department of the Army Review of the Preliminary Investigations in the My Lai Incident; image by bcs78, 31 December 2006


Summer Evening: Edward Hopper, 1947 (private collection)