Friday, 22 January 2021

AFRICAN FISH EAGLE


"The Eagle":
He clasps the crag with crooked hands:
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.
- from Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem

OJ - considering the lethal talons of this Fish Eagle 

 

Thursday, 21 January 2021

TREES ARE POEMS


"Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.  We fell them down and turn them into paper that we may record our emptiness" 

- Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam, 1927)

OJ - reminded of Kahlil Gibran's words by a photo received in midsummer South Africa from his belle soeur in midwinter England

 

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

A QUICK CUCKOO


A quick early morning visit by a female Klaas's Cuckoo to the wild olive outside my study window was the highlight of my day yesterday.  I often hear the cuckoo's call, but seldom see it as it moves furtively through the trees.

William Wordsworth described the same cuckoo behaviour in his poem, To the Cuckoo:
" O blithe New-comer!  I have heard,
   I hear thee and rejoice;
   O Cuckoo! shall I call thee Bird,
   Or but a wandering Voice?"

OJ 

 

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

A SNAKE CAME TO MY WATER-TROUGH


"A snake came to my water trough
  On a hot, hot day, and I in pyjamas for the heat,
  To drink there."

So begins D.H. Lawrence's poem, "Snake" and although I wasn't in pyjamas despite the 30+ degree heat on Friday last week, the water trough (bird bath) was visited by this thirsty Western Natal Green Snake.

These snakes are not venomous and prey on lizards, geckos and chameleons.

OJ - posting a second pic and poem extract in a series on Poetry & Photo'ry



 

Sunday, 17 January 2021

MONOCHROME MONDAY #133: MENDING WALL


While repairing a stone wall in our garden this past week I remembered photographing this ancient stone wall in Paunat in the Dordogne.  It reminded me of Robert Frost's poem, "Mending Wall" in which he describes the efforts that he and his neighbour go to each spring, to repair the wall between their properties in the belief that "Good fences make good neighbours".

An extract from the poem:

 ...And on a day we meet to walk the line
 And set the wall between us once again.

 We keep the wall between us as we go.
 To each the boulders that have fallen to each.

 And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
 We have to use a spell to make them balance:
 "Stay where you are until our backs are turned!"...

OJ - considering recent events and their links to remembered poems

 

Friday, 15 January 2021

DARWIN ... BONE COLLECTOR


 

Darwin - my son's devoted old Dachshund, is probably the most senior member of our family dogs.  

He is an enthusiastic collector of whatever other dogs leave lying around and places them in his domain where only the most intrepid would dare to try and retrieve from his pile of "lost and found".

His ballet dancer's fourth (ouverte) foot position has become his signature stance when meeting visitors!


OJ 

Thursday, 14 January 2021

LUCA - A CAT WITH CAT-TITUDE


Luca is a feisty old veteran of many escapades.  She is now almost 15 years old and demands respect from  the dogs with whom she lives AND prompt service from her companion human.

She is an avid hunter of lizards and regularly and proudly presents her trophies (lizard tails) to the rest of the family to prove that she has not lost her stalking and pouncing prowess despite her advancing years!

Unfortunately for her (but fortunately for the birds) the bell on her collar makes bird-hunting impossible.

OJ