Category Archives: Snapshots from a Happy Life

Reflections and power

This is a very random post in response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week. The theme is to use the photo she published,

as a starting point for a post. Mirror, power lines, clouds and reflection were what I focused on.

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A little mountain magic: blue flowers

Lupines always seem impossible to me. The color seems like fairy magic, especially when lit by a stab of sunlight sneaking in through the trees.

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I randomly grabbed a book to take on our recent trip: The Tolkien Reader and it contained an essay called “On Fairy-stories”, which is very long. Reading it affected the way I saw things.

Posted in response to Ragtag Daily Prompt #75: Blue.

What a difference a day makes!

Time and tide wait for no man…or woman.

Last Sunday night the crescent moon and Venus were in dramatic sync.

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I was trying to be in that beautiful time, so I didn’t fire up my computer to learn how to use the timer setting on my new camera so I could take a picture without camera shake. “No problem,” I naively thought; I would look up the directions and have a second go at a really clear shot on Monday.

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The shot is pretty clear, you can see the star and, if you look closely, a small trail of starlight on the water…but the alignment was gone. The moon and star march to different drummers. Time had moved on.

RDP #52-Time

 

The Uttermost Part of the Earth

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week brought to mind my very brief visit to Harberton on Tierra del Fuego.

Worthy of note: the skeletons are from animals that died and were washed up. This was a pretty cool little natural history museum put together by the family that lived in Harberton. I really liked how they showed the animals in context.

Carlisle to Lanercost Abbey

Most people “do” this 14 or so mile stretch in one day. The walking is pretty easy and even I could have done that (although it would have been a stretch), but we took two: Carlisle to Crosby-on-Eden, then Crosby-on_Eden to Lanercost Abbey.

We did this in order to backtrack a bit and spend the morning at the Tullie House Museum in Carlisle. This was a very worthwhile stop because we learned quite a bit about how to recognize the wall and the earthworks near it when un-excavated-which is most of the way. It made the walk into a sort of scavenger’s hunt.

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On this stretch you start out walking along the Eden River in Carlisle, the main charm of this stretch is the wildflowers along the way.

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It is a nice walk through Cumbrian countryside. The tower in the picture below is a folly, not an ancient fort.

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The weather was okay until we got to Crosby-on-Eden, then the wind came up. Overnight it really blew, and the next day was blustery–good English weather with lots of atmosphere. It was in the stretch between Crosby-on-Eden and Lanercost that you start to see the signs of the earthworks and un-excavated wall. The only parts of the wall itself that you see are the stones re-purposed in churches, manor houses, etc along the way.

The end of that section, Lanercost Abbey, a lot of the stones for the Abbey were initially part of Hadrian’s wall.

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge