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Medicine for a Rainy Day

On a dreary, rainy autumn day, Cee’s photo challenge for vibrant colors is just what the doctor ordered!

Goldfinches love to eat the seeds from these thistles (I believe they are Canada thistles). 47 more words



Last month I posted a picture of a juvenile bird and said I’d post a another one of an adult later. Well, now it’s later ;) so here’s an adult European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) I photographed in the South of Portugal where I spent the beginning of October. 16 more words


Blown away....and not just by the wind

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Dropscone, who took it with his phone while going along a local bike path.  It reflects exactly how much care and respect our council has for this path. 705 more words


future reads: a wishlist

prior to ebooks & audiobooks, i used to get excited for trips & camps because of the necessary bookstore run prior.  my mom & i would go to borders & spend hours there looking for books to take with us to make plane rides, & downtime more bearable. 810 more words


"Far-drifting ash and hostile immensities"; "relentless irony" vs. "divine providence"; "the polychrome edge between truth and untruth"; and others from Tartt's Goldfinch

“I’d felt drowned and extinguished by vastness–not just the predictable vastness of time, and space, but the impassable distances between people even when they were within arm’s reach of each other, and with a swell of vertigo I thought of all the places I’d been and all the places I hadn’t, a world lost and vast and unknowable, dingy maze of cities and alleyways, far-drifting ash and hostile immensities, connections missed, things lost and never found…”

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Doing even less

My brother Andrew visited Queenstown and Kinloch in the South Island of NZ earlier in the month.  This picture shows the famous paddle steamer Earnslaw, returning from Walter Peak farm, viewed from his motel balcony. 671 more words


Carel Fabritius: The Goldfinch


Having recently read Donna Tartt’s ‘The Goldfinch’ I thought it would be apt to look at the painting itself in this blog post. 256 more words