NaPoWriMo Day Twenty-four

This image hit me on the way home.

driving home

the houses run through the trees
to meet those driving home.
they may not know the journey,
carefully matching the
straight and turning pavement
with the lean of the car
but they bide and welcome.
the yellow eyes in the woods
unblinking, watching, waiting
can they call out the
one set of tires, the
singular motor,
the muffled radio
knowing the one they seek
The houses run through the night
lights weaving through the trees
then back to its normal perch
and it opens a door, come in!

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Tools and Thankfulness

There’s nothing like going down the road of “researching” something – maybe a tool that might be useful in what you’re doing. More like a deep hole than a road, where occasionally you wonder – do I really need this thing? Need… Want… You know what I’m talking about. You read about something on one website or see it in a youtube video and then it’s everywhere. Seems useful.

Suddenly I was seeing pochade boxes everywhere. But seriously, couldn’t I get it all there with my big tote and a few ziplock bags? Of course but… And couldn’t I maybe just make a tripod-mounted painting surface… sure…

Anyway I went far enough down the road to start comparing various brands and reached that predictable point where I had some serious questions and a lot of confusion. In a moment of clarity I wondered if the manufacturer had their own website. Turns out – YES! And a well-organized and easily explored site. And there it was, a “seconds” listing. “*Note: “Seconds” are fully functional products with minor cosmetic blemishes.” I can deal with that.

So I ordered the box and a few of the basic accessories (for less than I expected to pay just for the box!). Today I got an email saying I’d ordered the wrong extension, not to worry, they’d put on the right one and give me a refund for the difference. How nice. Saved from my own confusion.

So, since I left my small tripod in Wales, I ordered a new portable tripod with quick release mount. Oh and the funky little “stone hammock” that helps lower the center of gravity and weigh the whole thing down. Thanks B&H.

Thanks everyone for helping me out! take my money! fix my flubs!

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NaPoWriMo Day Twenty-three

Thirty-three degrees
Night rain glass beads on car door
Late April morning

Still dew illuminated
Fog flowing soft over hill
weighted by stillness

top step creaks with frost
Morning, chill fog expanding
gold floods the hillside.

hidden birds waiting
quiet hillside wrapped in fog
trees golden with sun

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Calling it done

I’ve been working on this most of the week, on and off, and I’m calling it done. I learned a lot doing it and I’m pretty darn pleased with how it turned out.

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NaPoWriMo Day Twenty-two

standing in a park
cold breeze mutes the noisy crowd
wishing the earth well
focussed on intent, sending
hope for the future
something we all must work for
must come with action.

Short poem today – a couple days of short nights of sleeping and an early morning tomorrow. Plenty of fresh air today too – out with others at the March for Science in Albany NY.

a bridal party
happens on demonstration
crowd becomes backdrop

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