Posted in Arboretum, Life, Longnecker Garden, Madison WI, My Life, Nature, Photography, Post a Week 2012, tagged Arboretum, Longnecker Garden, Madison WI, Magnolia, nature, photography, Post a Week, Sunset, two on April 14, 2012 | 2 Comments »
Magnolia Trees at sunset in the Arboretum Longnecker Garden, Madison, WI.
Flowering trees framed by crab apple blossoms arranged by gardeners in The Arboretum Longenecker Gardens in Madison, WI.
Modern sculpture from native rock Mifflin and Carroll Street, Madison, WI.
Posted in Family, Love, Memories, Memory Lane, My Life, Nature, Photography, Poetry, Post a Day 2012, tagged fall colors, Life, love, memory, Personal, photography, poem on March 27, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. ~James M. Barrie
This is the last time, whispered sweetly,
leaning in, close to my ear
so that only I would hear.
This is the last time, make a memory.
And so I did: wrapped
up in September’s sunshine, kept
safe, a treasure, this simple act,
an expression of love so strong
my heart longs
to hold you back
even as you walk away from me
towards tomorrows I will not see.
There is a story behind this poem—aren’t there always? I considered telling it in this post but I think I will let this poem stand alone for a few days before I write about what prompted the poem in order to let it become what it will for whoever takes the time to read it. I like to make some of my poems a bit ambiguous as to their subject and just try to capture the emotions that surround the situation. Do you think I have managed that with this one? Who do you think whispered this in my ear? What was “the last time?” Why are they walking away?
The picture I used to illustrate this poem is one I took of the sun shining on the leaves in the courtyard of my building in September of 2008 when we had stellar fall colors. I titled it September’s Sunshine and thought it would be a good companion for this poem. It even illustrates this weeks photo challenge “Through” since the sun is shining through the leaves.
Thanks for reading…
Posted in Apartment Life, City Life, Digital Camera, Madison WI, Photography, Post a Week 2012, tagged cityscape, Madison WI, photography, post a week challenge, spring on March 25, 2012 | 4 Comments »
Not terribly unique but I’ve been wanting to take these pictures for awhile and have been waiting for the right moment. Through the window screen on the 16th floor.
Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!
Spring has officially sprung. How do we know this? Because these little blue flowers (can anyone ID these little flowers?) popped up all over the yard and the daffodils bloomed at my Gr-son’s house in Edgerton, Sunday. I was hoping the Magnolia Tree would bloom while I was visiting but alas it was not to be. The high Sunday was 81*! In March! In Wisconsin!
Today is the first official day of spring. After an incredibly warm and dry not to mention positively pleasant winter, we have been having the warmest transition into spring I can remember in my nearly 60 years of living. Spring has not only sprung here in Wisconsin, it is breaking all kinds of records. The forecast high today was 81*, smashing the old record of 76* set in 1911. According to The Wisconsin State Journal, the high on the last official day of winter was “only” 73* but that’s because it rained. Prior to that we had five consecutive record breaking days.
One has to wonder what summer is going to be like if spring is beginning like this.
Spring in Edgerton, WI:
This is a photograph taken while observing an unusual class offered at the University of Wisconsn-Madison. Can you guess what it is? (To see a larger version click on the thumbnail.) TASS Matthew Piepenbrok and Kristine Karlen doing their thing.
I thought the morning sun shining through the “skyscrapers” (they’re only 16 stories) on my street threw some interesting shadows of the trees and other buildings on the building across the street from mine and wondered what it would look like in black and white. I like it a lot and wanted to share so here is my second entry into this challenge.
I really liked the play of light on the curtains and plant in contrast to the near silhouettes of the children playing together in this picture.