Book of Poetry

IMG_5937

I got a lovely surprise the other day when this book of poetry arrived in the post. Emily Benton from The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia had been trawling through some images on line in search of something to put on the front cover for their current year’s anthology of student’s poems.  She happened to come across one of my posts on here, My Nativity, A Soupy Opera – a series of photos I took whilst going through the car wash – and got in touch with me to ask if they could use one of the images.  Of course, I said yes and this is the result.

Picking up the book just now, I randomly flicked through its pages only to alight on a page where there was a poem called, 10th February.  As it happens to be 10th February today, I took a picture of it to include it here.  It is written by Paul Frederik Carlson.

IMG_7469

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under my sketchbook pages

black & white

The result of a recent Facebook challenge.

 

IMG_4767

Leave a comment

Filed under my sketchbook pages

Catch Up

 

IMG_6845I’ve just spent some time updating this blog.  When I last published a post on here, we were also deep in the midst of winter.  That was the winter of 2015, since which time I have continued blogging but on new sites set up to highlight my subsequent projects.  Also, a running commentary on Facebook.  (Caro Woods)

IMG_6849

Today, on here, brings me bang up to date with what is going on.  Plus, in the middle of all this, a big move from the far West of Cornwall to a village on Dartmoor in West Devon, and the arrival of my first grandson, Noa – a moment of great celebration amidst the gloom of winter.  These pictures were all taken early one morning on my daily walk through the village to visit the ponies.

IMG_6836

So, if like me you’ve been busy with other things and want a quick resume with what I’ve been up to, take a look at Recent Projects, and Gallery.  This site doesn’t allow me (because more money required) to post videos but if you would like to look at any, do let me know.

IMG_7154

Leave a comment

Filed under my sketchbook pages

A Frozen Serenity

Sunrise on a cold and frosty morning

Sunrise on a cold and frosty morning

For more Serenity pictures, here…..or follow this link to my other blog, pilgrimonhorseback.com, to see more frosty photos.

1 Comment

Filed under my sketchbook pages

My Nativity, a Soupy Opera

I remember my father saying that before I was conceived I was just the twinkle in his eye.  So its true then, we really are created out of star dust?

IMG_4541

Recently, I decided to record the experience of going through a car-wash.  I am mesmerised as miles of accumulated grime is scuffed and rinsed away.  From my space capsule’s insiders view, I marvel at how something so mechanically mundane could produce such a beautiful spectacle.  I watch the ebb and flow of water and suds, glint and sparkle around me in the light, every foamy streak unique in its formation yet producing beautiful, minuscule galaxies and mobile symmetries.  Rinsing water is sprayed and squirted, misting into a liquid film on the windscreen like the wrinkled surface of a lake, whilst black rotating rubber flanges beat and flail their way along the panels and side windows gently rocking me from side to side.

Finally the giant drier blasts the remaining droplets of water into oblivion and the muddy residue vanishes down into the drains.  After what seems like no time at all, the machines just stop and there is a moment of eerie quiet.  The green light comes on and I turn the key to start up my engine, emerging from my reverie back into the world, my carapace duly cleansed, dried and polished and ready for the next journey along the road.

I hope you enjoy this sequence of images: A symphony of light and shadow, water, sparkle and movement punctuated by a soapy froth and passages of frenzied blackness.  Inspiration in the twinkle of my eye.  This is my Nativity.

IMG_4542

IMG_4545

IMG_4549

IMG_4551

IMG_4559

IMG_4564

IMG_4567

IMG_4569

IMG_4571

IMG_4573

IMG_4575

IMG_4589

IMG_4592

“You come to us from another world, from beyond the Stars and void of space. Transcendent. Pure. Of unimaginable Beauty, bringing with you the Essence of Love.
– Rumi

To see other ‘twinkle’ posts, this week’s photo challenge, see here.

1 Comment

Filed under Wordpress Photo Challenge

Candy Stripes and Winter Blues

Tammie and I found ourselves on a deserted beach at West Wittering, one rather cold and wet day this week.

IMG_4514

IMG_4500

IMG_4499

IMG_4459

IMG_4506

This punctuated orange triangle stood out from the crowd

IMG_4503

We dried ourselves out and warmed ourselves up in the pub afterwards

IMG_4454

Then I found this in my bedroom.

IMG_4529

 

For other Converge posts, this weeks’ photo challenge, see here.

Leave a comment

Filed under Digital, Found Objects, my sketchbook pages, Pilgrimage Walks

Hubble and Bubble and Remembering Loved Ones

I keep seeing frogs.  Live ones and even a dead one.  Could this mean I’m about to find my Prince Charming?  Unlikely.

Only the other day I rescued this little beauty that had fallen into a bucket of water.

IMG_5856

What could be more appropriate as a Halloween animal spirit?  As we all know, many a poor frog has been sacrificed in a special witches brew.  As the thin veil between the world of the living and the dead draws near, it is a moment to celebrate the lives of loves ones and special animals friends who have left us: my darling brother, Tim; my sweetest whippet, Sadie; Mitzi the black cat; the rare-breed chicken; and Horus, the pig, to name but a few. They will all be sadly missed but not forgotten.

In all my correspondence with my brother, he called me 'sis' and I called him 'bro'.

In all the correspondence with my brother, he called me ‘sis’ and I called him ‘bro’.

This is a photo of me and my brother (circa 1959), when we lived in Australia

This is a photo of me and my brother (circa 1959), when we lived in Australia

Then I googled and found this on-line meaning for Frog Spirit which seems completely appropriate:

“The frog as spirit animal or totem reminds us of the transient nature of our lives. As symbol of transition and transformation, this spirit animal supports us in times of change. Strongly associated with the water element, it connects us with the world of emotions and feminine energies, as well as the process of cleansing, whether it’s physical, emotional, or more spiritual or energetic.

The frog spirit animal and rebirth

The frog totem symbolizes the cycles of life, in particular the rebirth stage. Its own journey through life, from tadpole to the adult state, reminds us of the many cycles of transformation and rebirth in our lives.

The symbolism of the frog as animal associated with birth and rebirth can be traced in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome and other cultures from antiquity. The frog was a popular symbol for fertility, as well as rebirth or resurrection. For example, in the Ancient Egypt mythology, the frog was associated with resurrection; the Roman Venus, goddess of Love, was often depicted with a frog.

The frog, symbol of transformation

The frog is an amphibian and goes easily from water to earth during its life. By extension, it has been often revered as a symbol of transition. If you see the frog as your animal totem or spirit guide, you may be called to experience change in your life. Those changes might be with regards to how you lead your life and can also be of spiritual nature.

Call on the frog spirit animal to guide you through times of transition and help you smoothly go from one state to the next. It will support your transformation or metamorphosis in a subtle yet powerful way.”

If you would like to know about Rabbit Spirit, hop over to the latest post on my Pilgrim on Horseback blog.

1 Comment

Filed under Found Objects, my sketchbook pages, Nature / Nurture Project