Monday, January 22, 2018

дружная птичка!



I walked up on anAmerican Goldfinch at the suet feeder this afternoon. It was just an arms length away.

дружная птичка!




Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bay Bridge


San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge









Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pilgrim's Shoes





Pilgrim's Shoes


“All prejudices, whether of religion, race, politics or nation, must be renounced, for these prejudices have caused the world’s sickness. It is a grave malady which, unless arrested, is capable of causing the destruction of the whole human race. Every ruinous war, with its terrible bloodshed and misery, has been caused by one or other of these prejudices.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks







Monday, January 15, 2018

Jupiter's Southern Hemisphere







This image was taken on Dec. 16, 2017 at 10:12 PST (1:12 p.m. EST), as Juno performed its tenth close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 8,453 miles (13,604 kilometers) from the tops of the clouds of the planet at a latitude of 27.9 degrees south.  LINK









Friday, January 12, 2018

Sunrise in Murmansk



First sunrise in 40 days celebrated by the people of Murmansk. The daylight lasted for a little over an hour.







Thursday, January 11, 2018

Eagle Boy Totem












Eagle Boy

During the cool summer evenings, the chief's nephew would go down the narrow piece of land, jetting out into the ocean, to feed eagles. The other villagers called him lazy when he went off to gaze at the skies rather than help dry salmon for the approaching winter. Only his grandmother believed in her heart that he would prove himself one day.

When the village became short of food, the uncle decided to move everyone, except his nephew, to the Euchlegan Rivers further north.

The nephew, now lonely and without food, watched as an eagle flew out to the spit. As he watched, the eagle released his tight hold on a salmon. 

He stumbled on rocks as he quickened his pace to get to the food. The nephew burst with joy when more eagles came with offerings for him.

Meanwhile, the uncle did not fare well. There were no Euchlegan in the rivers.

As they returned to the nephew they all noticed his strength from being well fed. He offered food to them. In return they gladly offered their wealth to him. He became a much respected man in the village which filled his grandmother with much happiness.




Saturday, December 30, 2017

My Lagan Love








MY LAGAN LOVE

Where Lagan stream sings lullaby
There blows a lily fair
The twilight gleam is in her eye
The night is on her hair
And like a love-sick lennan-shee
She has my heart in thrall
Nor life I owe nor liberty
For love is lord of all.

And sometimes when the beetle's horn
Hath lulled the eve to sleep
I steal unto her shielding lorn
And through the dooring peep.
There on the cricket's singing stone,
She spares the bogwood fire,
And hums in sad sweet undertones
The song of heart's desire






Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Monday, December 25, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

Hill's Corners







I once moved into an apartment a few doors down from a retirement home.  Every morning at 10, I watched from my window an old man walking around the block. One day I introduced myself, and we began walking regularly together, and we became friends.

I hadn’t seen the old New England shipbuilder for a while, and when I finally ran into him on the sidewalk he was crying. He said that he couldn’t remember my name, and he didn’t want me to think badly of him. Dementia was obviously setting in.

I asked him to sit with me on the bench nearby, where I told him not to worry, as I was sure he knew my name, but just couldn’t recall it.  I also said that the day may come when he couldn’t remember me at all, and I would still consider him my friend because our real friendship was of spirit.

A broad smile appeared on his face, and his eyes twinkled through his tears, and he said to me: “Thanks, Joe.”

We had a great laugh.





Thursday, December 21, 2017

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sam Ewing



Sam Ewing recording a commercial from his copy.  He was known as "One take Sam".





Tuesday, December 12, 2017

брянск





Look how valiantly the people of  брянск defended their homeland!










Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Птичка/Little Bird


моя маленькая птичка






A poem by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin.


Птичка / Little Bird


В чужбине свято наблюдаю
Родной обычай старины:
На волю птичку выпускаю
При светлом празднике весны. 
               
Я стал доступен утешенью;
За что на бога мне роптать,
Когда хоть одному творенью
Я мог свободу даровать! 



In a foreign land I faithfully observe
A native rite of olden times:
I liberate a little bird
During the shining fete of spring.

My heart is filled with consolation,
How can I complain of God's will
If to but one of his creations
I can bestow sweet liberty!





Friday, November 24, 2017

Ben Gurion Avenue, Haifa



Another beautiful post by Irit Prize.

"My home town, Haifa, is ready for the holidays. The Baha'i Temple lit up at the top of the mountain, leading to it is a street decorated for Muslim, Jewish and Christian holidays, with a motif of Peace (a big dove caring an olive branch as the centerpiece). May there be peace and joy and light for all beings everywhere". 



















Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In a Cloud





Irit Prize posted: "We are in a cloud, it didn’t stop raining all day and... it has a special beauty".

She posted these images to prove it.