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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Return to the Fatherland

"Keep it in your mind, do not forget,

That it is not he, or she, or them, or it,

That you belong to."

Bob Dylan - "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)"

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Winter Whiskers

This is the same female that I photographed at Upper Canard  last year on February 8th (See image below).  She is readily identified by her drooping right wing injured at some point in her life that has not healed properly. 

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Outermost House - Numen

"Words whirled like dry leaves
Until all were blown away
Autumn's rattling skeletons
Whisper nothing here can stay.

Pain, the thorn's predilection
Blood red diction at sunset called
The last rose of summer
The only rose of fall."

M.F. Elderkin - November 7th, 2019

Numen - "Is a Latin term for divinity, divine presence, divine place, divine will."

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Autumnal Portraits

The Double-Bed Dream Gallows

Driving through
hot brushy country
in late autumn,
I saw a hawk
crucified on a 
barbed wire fence.

I guess as a kind
of advertisement
to other hawks,
saying from the pages
of a leading women's

"She's beautiful
but burn all the maps
to your body.
I'm not here
of my own choosing."

Richard Brautigan's poem (1968) from "The Pill vs The Springhill Mining Disaster."

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Insanity For a Small Planet

"We now stand where two roads diverge.  But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's poem, they are not equally fair.  The road we have long been travelling is deceptively easy, a smooth super highway on which we progress at great speed, but at its end lies disaster.  The other fork in the road, the one less traveled, offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures preservation of the earth."

Rachel Carson - From her book "Silent Spring" (1962)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Frederick(Fred) Coleman Sears (1866-1949) - Pomologist, Horticulturalist and Photographer

Fred Coleman Sears immigrated to Canada from the United States to become the Director of the Nova Scotia School of Horticulture located in Wolfville, where he taught 'pomology'  between 1897 and 1904.  In 1902, Fred and his wife Ruth, moved into their new home on 28 Westwood Avenue in Wolfville (which still stands today), built for them by Charles R.H. Starr that same year.  He became one of the first professors at the newly formed Agriculture College in Truro, between 1904 and 1907.  After moving back to the United States in 1907, he served as Director and professor at the Massachusetts Agricultural College for many years.  Sears was an accomplished photographer and teacher, skilled in the science of horticulture.  This unique combination of abilities came to the attention of Sir Wilfred Grenfell and in 1928, he began working with rural communities in Newfoundland and Labrador where all of the photos that follow below were taken.  Sears returned to Labrador each summer with Sir Grenfell for several years, taking hundreds of photos in the form of glass "magic lantern slides."  Perhaps his greatest legacy was the stunning visual record he left us, of  a vanishing lifestyle, with people living under the most harsh conditions between the land and sea.  Fred Sears published books on horticulture and scientific articles during his long life.  He died in 1949.