(And a non monochrome post!!)
Count down to the trip begins!! So much still to do. I’m posting less but trying to keep up. 13 days to Edinburgh!! (first stop)
We’ve had a bit of cloud lately though still warm, so while I slowly pull last minute arrangements together for abroad and at home I know it’s coming!! I’ll be frantic in the last few days.
But there is still
And everything in between
Because I’m rather fond of Loki’s mischievous daughter I am presenting her in mono for Leanne Cole and Laura Macky and their Monochrome Madness at Leanne Cole’s blog. Make sure you check out this wonderful event on Tues, Aug 12.
She appeared one day out of the mysterious woodland light
with a message
And I’m also fond of
These are a few summer images and portraits of family I took this last while. I had fun, using a few filters ; one called Fractalis which sings the image electric!! For some reason I saw the final photos as mythic! I have been re- reading the Edda- that heroic and doomed epic of Norse kennings by Snorri Sturluson and also, the Anglo Saxon poem, Beowulf.
Visions of the rainbow bridge (Bifrost), the twilight of the gods (Ragnarok), Odin’s ravens and Valkyries ( also called swan maidens) appeared everywhere. Then there was the acrobat on the sand who insisted I include her tricks, Loki’s daughter?
Background stuff: Did anyone ever read Michael Crichton’s “Eaters of the Dead?” It’s a strange Norse tale supposedly based on an old manuscript written by an arab wanderer. Ibn Fadlan came in contact with vikings on the Black Sea and sailed with them. We now know that the vikings sailed far and of course even made it to the new world where ruins of a viking settlement were discovered in Newfoundland, Canada. Their influences can be seen in both Scotland and Ireland. In Scotland many surnames are of Norse origin.
As this is such a busy month and I’m so scattered these days -this is short and sweet (100 word challenge) but here it is for Leanne’s Story Prompt:
Cavete Felem ( beware of….)
Mr. Feles was trying to enjoy his breakfast tea and muffin when he heard the newspaper arrive with a thud at his front door. It hit the dozing cat who screeched in protest. He had been getting complaints about his rental property and he sighed, wondering how he would handle it this time.
Looking at the news headline he rolled his eyes wearily. He carefully took off his glasses. He left the remaining morsel on his plate and headed for the door. He hoped he had enough money in his wallet to bail out his sister, the crazy cat lady again.
Thank you all for visiting and/or commenting on my last post. It must have been as difficult to read as it was to write, but it was healing, though sad, to post my thoughts about this great loss.
And these are some selections, monochrome and two others from a lovely drive up island. We stopped and walked through Cathedral Grove which is home to giant Douglas fir trees, some over 800 years old. You feel very small and insignificant in the presence of these magnificent guardians, and totally in awe and wonder. We also were treated to an unexpected concert in the forest. I thought it was fairy music wafting on the breeze but it turned out to be human voices almost as lovely! They are singing in front of the oldest tree of the forest.
I have submitted the fairy’s toll booth ( where you must answer a riddle to enter the enchanted wood) to Leanne Cole and Laura Macky’s Monochrome Madness. Please visit them for all the great submissions.
I will add more from our drive up island in another post.
Life is about change and loss. Because I am studying Buddhism I am understanding this more, and as I get older I get more philosophical too. I struggled with whether to post on this heavy subject but a good friend called me up last week with the sickening news of her sister’s suicide. This is also an anniversary for my family and one we would rather not have to endure. My friend is beating herself up thinking she could have done something to stop this tragedy from happening. Sometimes friends and family members don’t see it coming and are left with terrible anguish and guilt.
Many people in our society today suffer from mood disorders, bipolar and depression being among them, and many of those suffering often try to mask the pain somehow. Many don’t seek professional help. For some the ultimate solution is suicide and the terrible finality forever changes those who are left behind.
To my beautiful brother,
Oh, I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end.
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend,
but I always thought that I’d see you, one more time again.
- James Taylor
I can’t believe that it’s been three years. It’s not easier.
You so loved life, your music, Carol, the outdoors, traveling, your horses, and more. Yet so much I didn’t know, so much I wanted to ask you, so much I didn’t tell you!! One thing I do know is that you were loved,- and by so many, good friends at home and abroad.
We still ask why but- Om mane padme hum my bro
though fire be mixed with your dust
yet care you not
For now all is well with you!!
- With or Without You- U2
And you on your kit with the boys at the club in Thailand performing U2’s with or without you
this smaller drum kit was given to the kids you were teaching to drum at the Thai orphanage
you pondering the tigers and a prayer ceremony for you in Bangkok