Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, March 28, 2015

When All Else Fails


There's noting better than a good walk in the woods.

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm." 

Aldous Huxley

Meet acrobat kitty.

"Animals make us human." - Temple Grandin

"The most important thing people did for me, was to expose me to new things."
Temple Grandin

"And hand in hand, in the center of the kitchen, 
they danced by the sound of music in their hearts." - Me

Everybody likes a good archaeology dig.

Hello sweet shadow!

"You have to dream before your dreams can come true."
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Count yourself lucky if you know a Gnome.

"Sometimes you have to go outside your field of study to find the right people." 
Temple Grandin

Friday, March 27, 2015

Six Word Fridays- Perspective

"Everything we hear is an opinion,
not a fact, everything we see
is a perspective, not the truth."
Marcus Aurelius


His capture of shadows, are incredible.

Height provides overview, and an overview
facilitates insight, while insight generates consideration.

The further you get from the 

past, the more concrete and plausible 

it seems, but as you approach 

the present, it inevitably seems incredible."
Salman Rushdie

My Memory Art six word fridays

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Stones Throw Away - Good Fences

Or rather, mighty boulders cometh since my last visit here, you'll see what I mean.

Giddy up horsey please take us to the Burwell House.

and it was quite by accident that we drove right by it last Sunday.  We were headed elsewhere, but how could I resist a quick stop there as well?

You might believe this wall of boulders has been here since the beginning-

but you'd be mistaken.

The wall serves to break the way of the land, more than anything else.

It's beautiful too, and had my camera not shut down from the cold air, I would have captured a few of the etchings scattered about the rocks.

This bridge and fencing crosses the Minnehaha Creek, and is also a new addition to the property.  They've been busy out here.

Care to rest for a bit?

Just keep following the path, it will lead you back to the main house.

"Something there is that doesn't love a wall
that sends the frozen-ground-swell under it
and spills the upper boulders in the sun
(if it were out)
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast."
Robert Frost

Speaking of frost, which reminds us of winter, just a few hours after taking these pictures winter returned to most parts of Minnesota.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Black and White Wednesdays - Still


"Everything takes time. 
Bees have to move very fast to stay still." 
David Foster

If I could board a plane for Brazil, which of course I can't,
 I'll pedal my bike instead-

Across the barren stillness of this gift of spring-
knowing surely it wouldn't last.

Still hoping, spring has surely sprung.
Yet feeling dampness in the air, 
not by skill but by winter's hold
 clutching still-

 Oh how the breath of winter still grasps from afar, swaggering across my afternoon sky forcing my feet to be still.

By Sunday evening-

Above me I catch billowing,
  Art Deco peaks floating
 ever so still,
 gliding ever silently over me.  

So it goes winter returns.
Yet to reassure me-
shapely curled smoke rings 
rising high from chimneys
 break the chill
of my evening air in silent frill.

I know this stillness not by skill,
 but by reason and reality.

So winter wins and leads on still-
and I shall travel nowhere without a shovel.  Still
a girl can dream right?

I'm linking with Adrienne for Black and White Wednesdays

My Memory Art

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thematic Photographic - Get Dirty

From the land of dirt, or other like pie in your face stuff- I offer "Get Dirty" for Carmi's Thematic Photographic post this week.


"I love nature, I just don't want to get any of it on me."
Woody Allen

Mud Castles!

C.S. Lewis quote, mud pies, or sand castles?  We are far too easily pleased."

What's that on your nose Mason?

What happens when you bite into something scrumptious?

Just can't get enough!

"The surest way of spoiling a pleasure, is to start examining your satisfaction." 
C.S. Lewis

Too much road dirt, or can you see Misty's reflection, as she romps in the snow?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Timeless - The Mag

"To be evenminded
is the greatest virtue.
Wisdom is to speak
the truth and act
in keeping with its nature."
- Heraclitus

From this Land
Chattering Folk
Grow Trees

Why do
Trees speak
even to those who 
cannot tell an elm from 
a four-hundred year old oak?
As it whispers from the hallows
of those mighty Pillars in close formation,
swinging low from Angel Oak to the many dancing 
magical auras rooted deep within the most beloved Zelkova, 
with its ornamental shade and wise old trunks sagging
of honesty and swallowing up old vows 
Cast by sticks and stones, shedding happiness and fertility
and shade with limbs of power branching strangely under 
rituals and myths both past and present 
 deeply rooted
in our souls
igniting auras

Now for the nature of things in my neck of the woods.

A whiteness powdered the sky around us.

We welcome not this storm of spring
and still it came in festive fling.

Branches worn heavy, of white shag in March Madness form.

No blistering blizzard 
simply silent-slanting snow falling
10 inches deep it scissored
the center of our spring.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday's Critters

Greetings critter friends, I was thinking I shouldn't just stand back and watch all this critter fun.  It's time to post my own as well. 
Especially, once Eileen said, post any critters, either old or new photos will do-
well count me in.

A two for one from my neighborhood.

Chew, chew, chew, it's what I do.

When you're feeling blue, "Hey Mr. Grumpy Gills, when life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming." 

Nemomobile, sunning himself on the sandy grounds of Hot Sam's!

Horses, Drinking, Lighthouse

I hope the spring bug is biting in your neck of the woods.


and drinking.

So Alan mentioned drinking, and horses for our theme and what springs to mind for me is water, and what does every good sized body of water require? Well a lighthouse naturally.

"Man must behave like a lighthouse; he must shine day and night for the goodness of every man." - Mehmet Murat idlan

Block Island South East Light
Spring Street and Mohegen Trail at Mohegan Bluffs New Shoreham, Washington County. Rhode Island.

The lighthouse is known for being one of the most architecturally sophisticated lighthouses built in the United States in the 19th Century.

Year first constructed 1875
Year first lit 1875
Automated 1990
Deactivated 1990-1994
Characteristic - FI Green 5 sec
Fog Signal-  Horn, one every 30 sec

Lantern of light tower seen from ground.

General view of lighthouse tower looking northwest.

Northeast elevation and front porch.

Showing side and rear of lighthouse building.

Detail of light tower base.

Detail of lens pedestal and underside of cast iron lantern platform.

Detail of lens pedestal and bottom of watch room stairs.

Bottom floor of tower interior.

"If lighthouse becomes a burning candle, 
flickered upon ocean's insanity, 
your sailing heart there anchors to handle
 the obsessed breeze towards sand dune's vanity." -  Munia Khan