Sunday, September 29, 2013


 sugar maples are turning, 
and so are so many others: 
popple, red maples (showing off, for sure)
sumac and virginia creeper.
rich grape and cider wine smells, too.
 a bit of longridge indigo STILL on my right thumb
 and then i met frieda.
 and her man mark
 who talked about falconry,
but really about animal behavior and biology
 and this royal one, a barn owl
 who has ears
that work by means of feathers 
(and a whole lot else)
 looking over her shoulder.
paul smith's VIC
old time skills festival
 we brought home three lovely goat cheeses
from asgaard farm.


susan bowers said...

Have just had a lovely want through your last post Velma - a walk through the green of summer and now into the flush of autumn colour. Hope your sister is mending and that you are finding your strength and inspiration again.

Lynn said...

Love how you've captured the autumn in just a few words and images.
Belated equinox wishes to you.

Velma Bolyard said...

susan, sister is mending and has yet another health hurdle, but is doing well, and last night i printed!
lynn, many thanks, to you as well. a good time of year.

neki desu said...

how i envy your colors

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, but NOT the great white shroud that follows for five months, give or take.

Long Ridge Farm said...

that old indigo magic

Anonymous said...

wild colours and feather patterns, inspiration everywhere. how is the finger? jean

Velma Bolyard said...

nancy, INDEED!
jean, yes. finger is slowly healing and so far there's no tendon damage that i can detect!!!!!

handstories said...

those beautiful feathers across her back!

Velma Bolyard said...

hs, YES!

Valerianna said...

Oh the color on my commute!! Bird - love... cool that you got to be so near. I've not made it to a falconry or other big bird exhibition event since I was a child, though I guess I get the barred owls visiting here and what could be better? But, the desire to stay WITH them, up close and so personal for a bit, yes.

Velma Bolyard said...

valerie, after holding those kestrels found dead on the road side, i had a bird thing happen deep inside! frieda charmed and terrified me.

Nancy said...

Oh to have the power and beauty of one of those birds right on your arm...oh my.

Velma Bolyard said...

nancy, one of the people there did put on the glove and hold an owl!

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