Monday, October 7, 2013

remarkable things

 the sound was exquisite
friday night at helen hosmer hall
on the suny potsdam campus
 the skies this weekend weren't bad, either

 a steaming pile reminded me of that age old thing
fires in autumn
eating the debris of summer excess
 i have to stop taking these photos!
 but because i live on a hilltop
i'm forced to see these performances
 then i saw something so familiar
and so beautiful
blue beads grace this abandoned nest
a near neighbor
which does make paper
and whose name i can't find in my menopausal brain.
a little blue-making 
chemistry at my house
and then glennis sent this!!!
milkweed, twined with pine nut
on indigo and persimmon silk.
this made my heart sing!
there's a nifty little video about twining


Sweetpea said...

Sure am liking the look of your remarkable-ness over there on the left coast. WHO could ever tire of those hilltop sky movies?!

That little fluffy headed "neighbor" ... I've a yellow-flowered clematis growing on my arbor that looks quite a bit like that ...

aimee said...

bursting with all the things you share with us! love the twined milkweed, of course.

Valerianna said...

Oh my, don't stop taking firey sky photos! I see it too rarely these days living in the forest! I think I might need to make a milkweed bracelet!!

Ms. said...

If that represents a day or two in the life...well, I wish you many many more!

Min said...

You bring the autumn skies to us so please keep the photos coming. The fluffy one looked like Old Man's Beard.

Velma Bolyard said...

sweetpea, left coast? anyway, thanks. i always forget the name of that one...i'll work on it.
aimee, i was so excited i kept holding it, surprised i didn't rib the indigo right off.
valerie, it's my kind of precious jewel...and dthanks for the reinforcement.
ms. well, they're not all so amazing, but living here is good for the soul
min, thanks! nope, it's not a lichen.

neki desu said...

oh goodie! you have a papermaking neighbor to talk shop with.and perhaps play.

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, this papermaking neighbor is a plant, that many of my papermaking neighbors, and i have to kill them (though they are dying anyway) to make paper with them. that sounds horrid!

Gardener in the Distance said...

Ah - please don't stop the skyscapes Velma. Who could blame you standing in awe?
( I'd seen something on twining on TV the other day but didn't get it. Now I might, I hope! )

Velma Bolyard said...

faisal, the sky is very insistent here! i thought this twining video was so clear.

Barry said...

V- beautiful images or light; and what a lovely simple and generous gift. Go well. B

Velma Bolyard said...

barry, thank yo. i know you are a sky watcher, too!

Fiona Dempster said...

Love those skies V - ours are coloured by the smoke of fires at the moment; makes them stunning but makes me wary...

hope you have fun with twining!

Velma Bolyard said...

fiona, oh, not fires again! keep safe. twining is such good meditative work.

india flint said...

i always thought the west was the left coast
and now i'm really confused
i do especially like the nest picture

Velma Bolyard said...

india, i was confused, too, but that nest looked lovely with the wild grapes keeping it company

Gardener in the Distance said...

The video IS clear Velma, but I reckon I'm just going to have to practise to really get the knack.

Velma Bolyard said...

faisal, yep, it doesn't take too long, really!

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