From a Dandelion

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Photo taken: July 28  (well, 1 photo – when I got the idea but realized I needed more light) and July 29.  Text written July 29. I wish I had a macro something. I do not. One day, one day…

My time has come. I am nothing but a seed sphere
but the wind will carry my dedicate seeds
where they will grow
in your lawn
(and maybe your neighbours’ too.
fear not, they’re indiscriminatory)

but my dear minions will grow
taller than your grass
crowned by yellow suns
where they will overcrowd your dying grass
much too joyous for your desolate excuse of a meadow
where they will live and dance in the wind
until they too, go to seed

we are not poisonous
we are edible, nutritious even
some say that we cure things
even cultivate us

But you want us out of your lawn
since we are not the image
of the the ideal lawn, of what should be
not in tune with your expectations
somehow lesser than the manufactured grasses
so you try to knock us with your weedeater
but you will not win
for our roots are firmly in the ground
and we will grow once again
and again, and again, and again
we will not be overcome
we will not be conquered
and well, we grow like weeds

Photos from the Last Week

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Taken at Reifel Bird Sanctuary (Ladner) and Cleveland Dam (North Van).

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I’m thinking of just using Flickr to host my photos since I upload them there anyway but I dunno since I’m not fond with most plugin gallery options. (Though I guess I could change them…).

Trout Lake and the Tomato Festival [Gallery]

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Yes, seriously a tomato festival.  But it was more like a market.

This is my first meetup (photography group). I’m not sure if I’m going again as it was a bit much socially but maybe if they just let me listen and leave me alone it’ll be ok. We scattered anyway. I really wanted to photograph other parts of trout lake but the person I was with was obsessed with the market!! (Which was way too crowded btw).

Edit: I missed a photo so I added it.

Photos also uploaded to my Flickr account and the Meetup group.


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Farmyard Critters [gallery]

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Visit to Maplewood Farm. No I don’t have kids and I’m not 7. But I like farm critters.

I’m increasingly feeling that I don’t belong in the city. I belong in country fields and forest trails. I belong with horses….and maybe other critters too. Yes, the donkeys were on artificial turf…apparently vet recommended since one was eating rocks. And yes, those goats just stood on the tire. People sat there, took photos and they’re still there!

The Brevity of Spring [gallery]

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It went quickly. It’s now late May and the foliage looks full, leafy and summery. It’s amazing to think that by six months, all will be bare again. But for a few weeks…

Reminders of autumn, with the falling petals
Reminders of winter, with the still bare trees.
Reminders of spring, with the blossoms and tiny young leaves.
Reminders of summer, with some trees beginning to fill out in full leaf.

It lasted just for a few weeks when suddenly everything was full and green. Like summer.

But for about two weeks in April, it was like this: