Thursday, October 31, 2013






TRAFFIC CONE IN PROCTOR







Wednesday, October 30, 2013





ASILOMAR












Monday, October 28, 2013





THE REDBUD

Planted ten years ago, it took center stage for a week or so in the backyard this year.























The maple begins coloring just as the redbud peaks.











A rare, foggy morning.























From my kitchen window.










Thursday, October 17, 2013







COMANCHE INDIANS THROWING THE LASSO 
George Catlin,  Oil on canvas, 1852














Saturday, October 12, 2013






SPOTTED TOWHEE




Spied  Towhees scratching around under the bird feeder this morning.  This is the third consecutive year that I've recognized them visiting me in the Fall.  Attracting birds with seed and suet is a benefit of keeping my cat indoors.









Friday, October 11, 2013






A GLIMPSE OF AKKA, ISRAEL






Akka in 1292





The deteriorated condition in the late 1800's.




Akka is revered as a sacred place for its association with Bahá'u'lláh, recognized by Baha'is as a Manifestation of God and the Promised One of all scripture.  Bahá'u'lláh's cell windows are on the upper right.  I stood at one of those windows, and saw the golden dome of the Shrine of the Báb, another place of pilgrimage for Bahá'is, on the slope of that mountain across the bay of Haifa.  There is a similar view, but just a glimpse, in a scene in the movie Exodus.





















Some photographs from my pilgrimage in 1990.


Approaching the land gate.

















I heard the Muslim call to prayer from upstairs at the House of Abbud, where for a time Bahá'u'lláh resided.




















Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Я играю на гармошке







Crocodile Gena’s Birthday Song






Пусть бегут неуклюже 
Пешеходы по лужам, 
А вода по асфальту рекой. 
И не ясно прохожим 
В этот день непогожий, 
Почему я весёлый такой. 

А я играю на гармошке 
У прохожих на виду. 
К сожаленью, день рожденья 
Только раз в году.

Прилетит вдруг волшебник 
В голубом вертолёте, 
И бесплатно покажет кино. 
С днём рождения поздравит 
И наверно оставит 
Мне в подарок пятьсот "эскимо".

А я играю на гармошке 
У прохожих на виду. 
К сожаленью, день рожденья 
Только раз в году. 

К сожаленью, день рожденья
Только раз в году. 









Thursday, October 3, 2013




West Coast Swing Alert






Wednesday, October 2, 2013

на чай









Leaving a tip at a кофе хауз (cognate for coffee house).


на чай



Pronounced nah chai.  It translates as 'for tea', or...keep the change.









Tuesday, October 1, 2013



EAGLE OWL STRIKE