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Rose Garlands

I was wandering around my yard, procrastinating as usual, when I saw these pink roses trailing over a stone wall. The breeze was blowing and it looked like they were trying to escape, so I took a few shots (ok, a ton of shots) attempting to capture the moment. I figured out that if I jiggled the camera in a certain way I got these sort of fluffy blurred blossoms that I really like. When I was thinking of a title for the post, I remembered one of my favorite German songs, Das Rosenband music by Richard Strauss and overblown lyrics by Klopstock. I won't quote it all here, the song is better than the poem anyway, but there is a line about wrapping somebody up in rose garlands ...

This led me on an enjoyable hunt for a good recording of this song in the orchestrated version, so much more sensual than piano accompaniment. I had the pleasure of rediscovering Soile Isokoski, a Finnish soprano with a beautiful Strauss style. This recording is with the Berlin Radio Symphony, conducted by Marek Janowski, if you're in the mood for listening:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Sl11V_NkyU&list=PLFpkVvoc-CfVw4R82tdvIcQuh24jxaKJ6&index=1

... mmm paradise :)
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5/24/17
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keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for good luck, and fall in love whenever you can. ~Alice Hoffman
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Cherry Season

George Washington didn't really chop down a cherry tree, all he did was hack the bark with his new hatchet, deep enough to leave a permanent scar. Typical boy. But cherries have been around for a lot of other historical events. The earliest written mention is by the Greek historian Theophrastus, in 300 BCE. Roman soldiers were responsible for spreading cherry trees around the Empire, they snacked on them and tossed the pits alongside Roman roads. European adventurers brought the cultivated cherry to North America in the 1600s, but both black cherries and chokecherries are native trees here.

My personal history with home-grown cherries is practically non-existent. Our backyard cherry tree had about 10 cherries on it the first year we lived here, which vanished in a bidding war between the birds and the gnomes. The tree declined to fruit last summer thanks to the drought, but this year, it's laden. We harvested yesterday and are now feasting on a bounty of sun-ripened delicious fleshy droups. Which, as you may know, is the botanical classification of cherries.

The world distance record for spitting a cherry pit (93.5 ft./28.5m) is held by Brian Krause, of the Krause cherry-pit spitting dynasty. The gnomes find this very inspiring, and are practicing. 
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Orchids

Mysterious, ghostly, alien ... orchids are always interesting. 
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5/17/17
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Happiness is letting go of what you assume your life is supposed to be like right now and sincerely embracing it for everything that it is.
- Angel Chernoff
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The Rest of the Album

Now you'll know for sure where Colin and I went for spring break. He has a new camera, and we had a great time pretending to be photographers in a city with endless possibilities. Colin has a really interesting perspective as a beginning photographer .. completely different from mine. He comes from the graphics side, with game design, 3-D modeling and video editing experience. We are learning a lot from each other! This was my first attempt at architecture photography, as you can probably tell .. and I'm amazed by how different these images look at different sizes. I'd swear they were all stick-straight lines on my big monitor .. sigh. Anyway, thank you Gotham for the inspiration ......

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More Hints

If this is your town, or you're a photographer, you may know by now ...

Where are we?
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4/19/17
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Where are we?

A little guessing game for your Tuesday ... I'll continue to add to the album and I'm sure you'll all figure it out :) 
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4/18/17
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Only in Iceland

I love this story, it really illustrates Icelandic values in action. 

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My dream come true

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