Saturday, September 26, 2015

on the edge of autumn

 it's colder
and we have to light the furnace
if only to take the edge off the cold.
i hate doing this.
but this year it's remarkably late in coming,

 we're on the edge
and soon the birds will be gluttons
stripping berries and grapes.
here at home.
 and over at the new place i'm also calling home
 i went walking over west
toward the gorge
made by rocky ridge and trout lake drainage
and found a microworld to squint my evening-strained eyes.
mosses and lichens inhabit this small zone
little red caps always please me
 where did the small waterfall go?
the gorge?
 such a dry summer and fall so far
that i came right into the streambed before i noticed
i was in the gorge
but there was no water music.
water barely moving at all.
 this is so strange.
i could easily step across
when normally, well i've thought of building a coracle
or, more likely, buying a wee kayak
just to get out on the pond. 
where's that pond?
 so i found a gift of rosiness
 the thing just would not stay still
as the night wind blew up

 the next day i found bounty for printing,
and had grand results.
autumnal equinox.


Alice said...

For your coracle you might consider Debbie New's knitted lace coracle. I think it would be a good fit for you. I haven't been able to find any really great pictures of it, but this one might give you an idea:

Velma Bolyard said...

alice, ha, surely you don't think i can knit??? but maybe i could ask hannah...

Mo Crow said...

a friend who was a basketmaker back in the 70's wove the most beautiful full size canoe out of rattan cane

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, we've got a canoe which would probably work as a bridge right now because the pond is so little, but no, i'm not weaving a canoe either, way too much work!!!

Nancy said...

So interesting to me to see the lack of water in so many places. I'm so used to thinking about poor old drought stricken California. Really love that last pic with the basket full of goodies!

Fiona Dempster said...

Firstly, I love that you used Autumn in the title! But then I loved the lichen and the redcaps - such delight! And then it was sad that it is so dry; the world of weather is weird right now...hope you turn slowly and gently towards the winter days...

Barry said...

Hi V - even the edge of winter offers bounty. Go well between your places. B

therese said...

...what a beautiful basket (of course it would be ~it's yours) with such happy contents !

neki desu said...

the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Velma Bolyard said...

nancy, the lack of water here is, probably, temporary, just late summer dryness. rain coming.
fiona, autumn is so appropriate, and we will get more water, and hopefully LOTS of snow.
barry, yes, it certainly does
therese, yes. they all went into prints, that came out really really well
neki, so many mists, and such a long and warm and dry autumn

Felicity said...

I love that spiral labyrinth of rocks midstream - what a wonderful landscape you live in

Velma Bolyard said...

felicity, that labyrinth is usually underwater...i've never seen it before.

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