Learning From More Than Books

school-garden-signThe children whose school garden this is have been learning something more than reading and writing. Yesterday, thanks to a friend, I was able to visit and see school-garden-pumpkinwhat they’ve been growing in a beautiful garden, which is now somewhat past its prime, but still producing

squash-hidingfood and other beautiful things

school-garden-flowersas well as lessons. The plant below, I’m informed, is okra

okraand this next is a pumpkin blossom. This garden obviously wants to keep on going.

pumpkin-blossomAfter that pleasant visit, I went on over to Whole Foods for some provisioning of my own and found that they were into the school garden spirit too.

whole-foods-garden-icon-thrand had some lovely produce of their own to display.

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I was glad for all of it, and for these flowers too.

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A Farewell To Geese

goose-in-chargeDo I photograph geese a lot? I photograph geese a lot. Perhaps for the same reason people climb mountains or rob banks. They’re there. Or here. And then they leave, but only for a while. Despite their Canadian nomenclature, they don’t seem to like the pond as well when it’s frozen over. Which brings to mind a picture of a goose in ice skates. Never mind. I would certainly photograph that if it appeared. Meanwhile,

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geese-splashingthere’s what geese really do.

goose-bullyinggeese-crossing-roadincluding hold up traffic. Ave, vale, guys. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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The Pond Again

pond-at-its-bestWhatever the season, I like to go and look at the pond, and sometimes take its picture.

fall-on-the-pondIn the Fall, which is fast upon us here, it has a quality of stillness that’s different from other times of the year.

pond-busySome things are closing down. geese-in-a-gaggleThe geese will leave for a while, probably come back around March. And this picture (from a year ago) reminds me what’s coming.

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Window Shopping

flaxPutting goods on display must be as old as commerce itself — so it’s not hard to imagine how the first merchants to have windows on their shops realized they could fill those windows with display. Display nobody could handle, but everybody could dream over. This is the Flax window (I’ll bet you could tell) on the downtown mall. They change their display regularly. It’s always attractive.

flax-for-xmasAnd always somewhat the same, even in its differences. I like to catch it at the seasons. The above is from Christmas 2012. Below is a more recent shot. The sale is over now and so is the summer season that provoked it.

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A Response in Cats

 

Inesphoto, a blog I follow, had some wonderful cats today and, in a modest response, I thought I would post some of my own. Like this one

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This is our cat, Tina. Below is a feral cat, who lives on a friend’s property

Tizzy-calico-cat-in-the-graand this one

IMG_0008and this one

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but mostly, I want to post this link — I hope it works, it’s my first attempt at adding a link

Forever Cats

Greetings and many thanks!

We Don’t Go It Alone

child-helping-anotherEven hermits in their fastness depend on somebody for food. If it’s not a person delivering food, it’s a person supplying the wherwithall to catch the food. Imagine here, a picture of someone with a rifle — or a bow and arrow. It doesn’t matter. The hermit who’s a vegetarian, tending his isolated garden, even that guy. And most of us need even more than that…an-embraceEven when, or maybe, especially when, it’s somebody to show the way…

father-and-childOr make the way (at least for a while)woman-with-baby-cart