Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sign of the times?

As seen in a window of a nearby building.

What do you think?

According to Oscar Wilde:

Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.

But he also said:

Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.

Here’s Mark Twain’s take:

Everybody's private motto: It's better to be popular than right.

But Twain also says this:

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

Winston Churchill’s is thought provoking:

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.

And Ralph Waldo Emerson:

What your heart thinks is great, is great. The soul's emphasis is always right.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Fish, anyone?

They greet you at the entrance of the MK Nature Center...

And check you out while you check them out.

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
~Henry David Thoreau

[Note: fishing is prohibited at the Nature Center, but it is allowed in the Boise River, which is just across the way.]

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Green unfurling

I’m joining the City Daily Photo bloggers in support of those in Iran seeking freedom of speech and self-determination.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Budding thoughts

This will bloom into a Peace rose.

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.

~William Shakespeare, from Romeo and Juliet

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Shakespeare’s park

Within the grounds of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival theater (see Sunday’s post about the play) is a wonderful park.

It’s located on the outskirts of Boise near the Boise River.

The light wasn’t great for photos that day; it was cloudy and even rained on us during the performance. But they give you a glimpse of this lovely area.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Entrepreneurial spirit

You know it’s summer when you hear the music from Scary Larry’s ice cream truck echoing through the n’hood, and when you see lemonade stands appearing on street corners.

I like how the “special” for today is painted rocks. The small ones must be more special than the large ones…

Sunday, June 21, 2009

What is what? Who is who?

What’s this?

A new form of interior design?
An ad for a shutter company?
Another new restaurant (with patio seating)?

It’s the set for The Comedy of Errors, which we saw tonight at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

The play revolves around two sets of identical twins who were separated at birth due to a shipwreck. In one set, both were named Antipholus, and the other set, both were named Dromio. In both cases, Dromio is the servant to Antipholus. Confusion reigns when one Antipholus-Dromio pair comes to the city where the other pair lives, and neither pair knows the other is there.

A brilliant move by director Charles Fee was to set the play in a Rio de Janeiro/Carnival atmosphere, complete with Carnival and Brazilian music, partying, dancing, bright costumes -- and masks. With masks, who knows who is who? A delicious way of playing with identity, reality, fantasy, and sanity.

Perfect for a Sunday night...

There’s none but witches do inhabit here,
And therefore ’tis high time that I were hence…

~ Antipholus of Syracuse, The Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare

Methinks you are my glass, and not my brother.
I see by you I am a sweet-faced youth…

~Dromio, The Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Composition of light

I love the way light looks through these leaves.

Don’t know what kind of tree this is, but there are several throughout the neighborhood. The leaves remain red to burgundy all summer and fall. I wonder how that affects photosynthesis for those trees?

“Photosynthesis” comes from German, photosynthese: “photo” = light and “synthese" = synthesis. “Photo” is originally Greek for “light.” “Synthesis” in Latin means “collection”, and in Greek, “composition.” Which results in “light composition” or “light collection.”

Think of the chemical reactions taking place in the cells of the leaves on a tree as they process the energy from sunlight. If we could see it happening, it would truly be a “collection of light.”

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Words are the leaves of the tree of language, of which, if some fall away, a new succession takes their place.
~ French proverb

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Shadow web

I can imagine this as an artwork done in ink on a type of rice paper. Or perhaps with black glossy paint, drizzled in places, a la J. Pollock.

What would a good title be?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Nearly sunset

Light often transforms ordinary into enchanting.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What's in a name...

Rosa 'Madame A. Meilland' was created near Lyon, France in the 1930s. When it became evident that the Nazis would soon invade France, cuttings of the rose were sent to rose growers in several countries, including the U.S.

The flower first debuted at a U.S. exhibition in 1945 on the same day that Berlin fell to the Allies. Due to this momentous event, it was officially named the Peace rose. Later that year, Peace roses were given to the delegations attending the first meeting of the United Nations. A note was attached to each rose that said:
"We hope the 'Peace' rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace".

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What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet...

~William Shakespeare, from Romeo & Juliet

Sunday, June 14, 2009


A bit of beauty to start a new week…

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A day at the races

What’s all the excitement?

It’s this.

Across the street from the office where I work, is a bar which has a large parking lot. (I work for a small non-profit. We have to go where there’s affordable office space…)

Yesterday, a truck pulling a huge trailer drove into the parking lot and unloaded this car. It immediately became a big attraction. Someone started the car and revved the motor a few times to show it off. A couple of women got inside and had their photos taken as they took turns sitting in the driver’s seat. (I had a great view of all this from my office window.)

I don’t know why it stopped there, but since this was an unusual occurrence, and luck is part of racing (as well as skill), I decided to buy a lottery ticket.

Maybe by applying weird logic, I’ll actually win something.

Wish me (good) luck :>)

Friday, June 12, 2009


No, they're not ours. Caught this scene during an evening walk.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dreams of water

This is what I need today; a gentle rushing stream. Water. Something to quench the thirst of a long week.

Katie’s blog post was a postcard of Venice -- which isn't by a rushing stream, but is an amazing city on water. And that led me to look up Venice on the web, then daydream of riding along the city on a vaporetto, eating some Venetian pizza, taking photos of the sights, watching the sun set over the water….

Maybe I’ll buy a lottery ticket tomorrow :>)

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

More city views

A variety of roof lines in downtown Boise.

The horse (in the first picture) prances atop the historic Pioneer Building.

And here’s our little bit of Paris (I love their chocolate mousse!) They used to have a replica of the Eiffel Tower out front, but it's been moved to create more outdoor seating. I heard an ad today saying they have updated their menu. So, we'll need to go on a "research" trip in the near future :>)

Monday, June 08, 2009

We are water

It’s true. The human body is made up of about 65% water.

And we certainly are drawn to water. Look at the number of people who live on the coastlines, or near large lakes. There’s something about the rhythms and sounds of water that entrances us – and then there’s swimming, boating, skiing, and simply playing in it.

This was taken at the MK Nature Center, where the MK engineers created running streams and pools for wildlife. And for people, too, who like to stand on the bridges and watch the water flow past.

We’re lucky in the U.S to have clean drinking water. I came across Charity:Water, which is a non-profit organization that works to bring safe, clean drinking water to people in developing countries. According to their site, over 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. They have a lot of good information about water management, needs and usage worldwide, and the projects they are working on.

Makes me stop and consider when I wash my hands, fill a glass of water from the kitchen faucet, and hear the “hissing of summer lawns” during our evening walks.

Water is life's mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.
--Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Through Anne's eyes

A statue of Anne Frank, from the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise.

A group of people began planning the memorial in 1995 after an international exhibit about Anne Frank came through Boise (which was attended by thousands of people).

The memorial includes panels of quotes from people all over the world.

This was an important step for Idaho after having a reputation for harboring certain hate groups.

Hopefully Idaho will continue on the road of tolerance and acceptance.


Friday, June 05, 2009

River highlights

The Boise River is running fast and high right now from snow melt and because they have released water from Lucky Peak Reservoir.

In mid-summer, many people tube down the river. Perfect on those days when it’s hovering near 100 degrees.

But yesterday four 20-somethings tried to raft the river (going against public safety warnings) and they ended up on a little island clinging to tree branches with their raft wrecked and submerged. Fortunately, they weren’t hurt. But it took a couple of emergency crews to get to them.

So for now, it’s enough (for most people) to sit on the bank and watch how light plays across the water.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Great Blue into the blue

As we came down the path at the nature center, we saw a guy with a camera with a big zoom lens aiming toward the sky. And there was a heron, posing and strutting.

It graciously allowed me a couple of photos...

Then, launched into flight.

Merci, Great Blue.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Leaf glow

I love how sunlight glows through leaves, flower petals, water. A bit of natural magic to lighten the day.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Fowl wisdom

During a walk we came upon this house, and wondered: What’s with the pole?

It’s an owl perch.

For a fake owl.

Apparently fake owls can sometimes keep birds from nesting in certain places. You can see the problem (in the first picture). This house has the perfect nesting place -- with the (unprotected) front door directly below.

According to the New York Times, Con Edison tried placing a fake owl by an electric transformer platform in Queens to keep parakeets from building nests there. The owl, which they named Hootie, makes hooting sounds, and has worked well enough in scaring birds away that they are going to install more Hooties. But the owls need batteries to keep hooting. To solve the battery problem, they plan to modify the Hooties by running a low-voltage electrical line to each of them.

It’s important that the owls keep hooting. Because if they don’t, birds get wise to them, as another NY Times story pointed out. In this case, some building managers in Manhattan were using fake owls (that didn’t hoot) to scare away pigeons. It worked for a while, but eventually the pigeons figured it out and even perched atop the fake owls. So now they reposition the owls every three months to try and confuse the birds. (I wonder if they’ve tried a “Hootie”?)

As per the NY Times:
Perhaps the moral [of the story] was best expressed by a spokesman for the utility, John Geoghegan: “You can fool some of the pigeons some of the time, but not all of the pigeons all of the time.”