Open Thread TH 22 APR 21


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But at last the traveller sees the light between the trees!
Henry Van Dyke

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What have you? Out on a mission today, so post your comments away!

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Impermanent Sculptures by Victor Schietti 2021 Brasilia

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janis b's picture

Light between the trees,

Trees and light, nature’s perfect conjunction.

Four years ago, almost to the day …

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QMS's picture

Your shimmering canopy is very cool.

Cheers!

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Lookout's picture

Got help coming today to help tame a bit of the wilds. It's 35 F this AM here. Unusual this late in the season. Glad the tender plants are inside and the lettuce is covered.

Dealing with car issues this PM. Truck has a dead alternator and battery, and my little GEO tracker has a blown head gasket I think. When it rains it pours. The old '86 Toyota is still running though.

Well y'all have a good one!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

can relate to your car troubles
just sold my 2 Honda Insights
couldn't get them inspected
two less headaches ...

Now for the broken sump pump in the basement,
the fault allowed the space to be filled up
with about 6" cold water, using a backup DC pump

always something..

Good luck!

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@Lookout
Everything was blooming nicely. bye-bye fruit crops.

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I've seen lots of changes. What doesn't change is people. Same old hairless apes.

@Lookout @Lookout and all of you, too.

Directed to lookout because my garden center order of Lantana arrived today and it was easy to recall why I vastly prefer to buy what I need in person.

My poor little pots arrived squished and dried out, some broken branches. I transferred them immediately into a very large pot filled with fresh soil watered them and placed them in the sunniest spot in my home. Too cold and windy for outdoors in NYC today. The info that arrived with the plants assured me that they will revive in a few days with the proper care. Well. Quoting from the Walnut Springs enclosure: "Shipping can be a little rough on the plants but they will bounce back after a day or two!"

in additional gardening news, a longtime neighbor of mine told me that my sunflower seeds will surely flourish. as advised, I got the shorter varieties to cope with high floor wind conditions.

If the sunflowers work out----next year basil dill and in the future tomatoes. OK Now I am dreaming.

Happy days with sustaining natural beauty to everyone.

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NYCVG

and journeys.
Small and large.
MICROSCOPIC and astronomical
It's all the same.

Who can open the door who does not reach for the latch?
Who can travel the miles who does not put one foot
in front of the other, all attentive to what presents itself
continually?
Who will behold the inner chamber who has not observed
with admiration, even rapture, the outer stone?

Well, there is time left---
fields everywhere invite you into them.

From; Have you ever tried to enter the long black branches.
by Mary Oliver

"The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time." David Bowie

"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end."
Ursula K. Le Guin

Thanks for the OT QMS. It's somewhat hectic in my household with various tasks presenting themselves in intrusive and most unwelcome ways. It looks from your comment above you have some of the same. Most importantly, don't succumb to inundation (by water or otherwise)! I hope to put some ideas together soon and give you a break.

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@randtntx @randtntx

Feel the same way in terms of relative scope / scale
Seems like the tiniest things we perceive are just the
opposite side of the biggest we can imagine.

As if a molecule is just a galaxy on another scale.

Wink

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@randtntx @randtntx Thank you, Rand.

"If i knew the way, I would take you home" The Grateful Dead

Plus David Bowie's words.

These two selections are far from the mindless conglomeration broadcast on our TV stations.

This website is a sane place.

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NYCVG

@NYCVG . The Grateful Dead sure had a way with words and tunes.
Keep us posted on your garden. I have to cheer for a bit of green and flowers in every nook and cranny, every balcony, every rooftop.

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@NYCVG

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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@randtntx

Good taste!

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal . "Well read"....I would say not exactly...just a work in progress. Smile I do like to read though.
My daughter introduced me to Mary Oliver a year or so ago and I finally checked out a couple of her books of poetry from the Library. I've been reading her lately and, among other things, she makes me want to ditch my bad attitude.

Le Guin is an old favorite, I didn't know her in my childhood but read her along with my daughter as she read her way through a chunk of "young adult lit".

Thanks for the kind words, take care.

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enhydra lutris's picture

Don't know what to see. Form and substance. Cosmic cobwebs.

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be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

Branches will do that to you.

contrast between the dark and light

have a good one!

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These two keep watch over the garden.

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

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@earthling1

we hear them sometimes in the woods out back
amazing how well camouflaged they are!

a different kinda hoot

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@earthling1 they sure blend in...to what looks like birch trees.

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enhydra lutris's picture

they're there and fantastic that they keep an eye on the garden.

Be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --