As the eclipse approaches
inward outward, overlaid, and reflected find
details and situation
This Climate Spiral, as I call the altar, is made on this day of the people’s climate march, toward the end of a week of solidarity. It was inspired by hearing about the water blessings taking place in Washington DC before the day’s events begin.
I build this altar. Recognizing that the earth is whole, and shall be fine. Also recognizing that we are at choice, we can influence how quickly our planet changes and what will be lost.
Contemplate, make your choices, add your unique voice.
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On a pleasantly cloudy day with passing showers we visited Wooden Shoe Tulip farm and enjoyed the delicious vibrance of many many tulip varieties. From white to red to pink and blue, with ruffles, points, variations, and flowers within flowers. Wondrous sights and borderline overwhelming variety and bounty. Highly recommended.
Went out hoping for some sunshine. Got some, and some wind, and lots of wildflowers! So many Grass Widows, one hillside in particulare was super Dense!
Suddenly the world turned orange – glowing
after the grays and blues of another cloudy day.
And out up in the sky a rainbow shone!
I can only think of the Washington Monument.
Of the thousands gathered there,
of the millions who would be there,
and of all those silent because they just don’t know.
For what will you raise your voice?
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Honoring Our Ancestors as fall sweeps over Portland, turning leaves to bright colors, and bringing the rains with it. Candles fizzled in the rain drops, and Trick or Treat Halloween goers were cautioned by parents to beware the candles (some came for candy, some gazed wide-eyed at the glowing altar). In honor of Dia De Los Muertos / and continuing through All Saints Day – we and this altar held our ancestors in reverence. We laid out the leaves, in forms, shapes, and ways. Flowers too found their bright offerings. Small dishes of loved one’s favorite foods were carefully measured out. Ganesha properly dressed presided over the affair (we hear it was a good one) – holding the gateway of life and death . . . Continue reading
Here are some images from my first week shooting IR ‘infrared’ Photographs (tech / how-to information below). Portland has been cloudy mostly, so just shooting artificial light, around the block, and in the trees; not shooting much in full sun. I still haven’t settled on a processing method either. Tell me what you think and leave your thoughts and start some discussion below!
Seems every year I have a similar post of the first fall colors emerging. Biking and walking around, I suddenly really notice the turning of the leaves. This year it was more that a particular spot of trees were just showing off, (this happens at other times during the year too: fall color).
Going up the street, a color palatte of late fall.
NE Portland, OR 2016
(PS, Happy Equinox!)
Finally harvested some plums! And so it is time to make Zwetschgendatschi, a plum cake / tort I very much enjoy from my German heritage. It’s basically a sweet, sugary/ buttery, pizza dough with plums sprinkled in sugar on top =)
This one is gluten free, and improved on the one from two years ago.
It still could be juicier, and it still needs whipped cream…