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October 22, 2008

This fall…

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Walden at sunset 11/02/08

Walden at sunset 11/02/08

Charles River near Brandeis U.

Charles River near Brandeis U.

October 16, 2008

And even evergreens change color…

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Fall pine from below

Fall pine from below

September 28, 2008

Vancouver island

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We’ve just returned from the Vancouver Island.

Starting with “The Arms of Her Majesty in Right of Canadain a public garden in Victoria.

Coat of Arms

Coat of arms of Canada

And this is The Arms of Her Majesty in Right of British Columbia on a garbage can:

Coat of Arms of BC

Coat of Arms of BC

A spoiled seal at the Fisherman’s wharf:

A spoiled seal at the Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria

A spoiled seal at the Fisherman's wharf

Houses are moored along with ships…

A floating house for sale at $300,000+

A floating house for sale at $300,000+

And on the East Coast beaches are plenty…

A beach in Parksville

A beach in Parksville

But on the West – The Pacific bellows near Tofino

McKenzie beach, Tofino

McKenzie beach, Tofino

But not all the time…

Tofino inlet through the anchor from Tonquin

Tofino inlet through the anchor from "Tonquin"

While the rain forest calls and bars…

View from the trail -1

View from the trail -1

Scares and pulls…

View from a trail - 2

View from a trail - 2

Springs from everything…

Nurser log

Nurser log

Looms as a green wall…

Schooner cove

Schooner cove

Envelopes and adorns…

view from a trail -3

view from a trail -3

And reaches out.

View from a trail -4

View from a trail -4

Meanwhile, papers beseech to “preserve nature”…

Talking trash

A note from humans

And some try to do that:

Fool for Forest, carrying old trash from the beach

"Fool for Forest", carrying old trash from a beach

September 1, 2008

An interesting post on Sarah Palin from an Alaskian

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August 30, 2008

On Sarah Palin joining McCain

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Here comes Sarah
And she has a gun
She will like Bara
k and we will have fun.

Joe Biden will go
McCain will retire
Palin and O
bama will grow higher

Oh, isn’t that wicked?
Oh, isn’t that strange?
We’ll have just one ticket –
The ticket of change!

August 26, 2008

Last days in Eden

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Cape Cod, end of August 2008

Cape Cod, end of August 2008

July 3, 2008

My translation of “Атланты” by Gorodnitsky.

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 Атланты						Atlantes

Когда на сердце тяжесть				When your heart is bare,
И холодно в груди,				And cold is in your breast,
К ступеням Эрмитажа				To Hermitage's stair
Ты в сумерки приди,				You come to think and rest
Где без питья и хлеба,				Their bread and water gone,
Забытые в веках,				Where Time just passes by,
Атланты держат небо				With arms of shiny stone
На каменных руках.				Atlantes hold the sky

Держать его махину				To hold this heavy bubble
Не мед со стороны.				Is a back-breaking grind.
Напряжены их спины,				Their backs are in a trouble,
Колени сведены.					Their knees are in a bind
Их тяжкая работа				This weighty job they bear
Важней иных работ:				For them is not a ball
Из них ослабни кто-то -				One yields by just a hair -
И небо упадет.					The sky will shake and fall.

Во тьме заплачут вдовы,				Will widows cry aloud
Повыгорят поля.					And fields will burn and rot
И встанет гриб лиловый				Will rise the mushroom cloud
И кончится Земля.				And Earth will go to pot
А небо год от года				And as they count years,
Все давит тяжелей,				The sky hurts their grips,
Дрожит оно от гуда				It trembles and it fears
Ракетных кораблей.				The boom of rocket ships

Стоят они – ребята,				The sky on them bestowed,
Точеные тела,					With bodies carved, unbent,
Поставлены когда-то,				Erstwhile they took the load,
А смена не пришла.				Their shift will never end
Их свет дневной не радует,			The day can't make them lighter,
Им ночью не до сна.				The night can't give them sleep,
Их красоту снарядами				The bomber and the fighter
Уродует война.					Hit them and nick and rip.

Стоят они навеки,				But still they stand forever,
Уперши лбы в беду,				Between the sky and soil,
Не боги – человеки,				No gods, but men, as ever
Привыкшые к труду.				Accustomed to the toil.
И жить еще надежде				And hope will not be gone
До той поры пока				While, letting no sigh,
Атланты небо держат				With arms of shiny stone
На каменных руках.				Atlantes hold the sky.

21.02.1963 г. Северная Атлантика			06.20.2008 Waltham, MA
Alexander Gorodnitsky						Translation - Slashdown

May 10, 2008

Bruges (Brugge) – click on thumbnails

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Ghent -click on thumbnails

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February 9, 2008

Light in a drop

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I did not shoot for this “star” effect – I tried to capture  a drop, illuminated by the sun behind the tree…


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