Saturday, May 28, 2016

Despair



Despair

So much gloom and doubt in our poetry -
flowers wilting on the table,
the self regarding itself in a watery mirror.

Dead leaves cover the ground,
the wind moans in the chimney,
and the tendrils of the yew tree inch toward the coffin.

I wonder what the ancient Chinese poets
would make of all this,
these shadows and empty cupboards?

Today, with the sun blazing in the trees,
my thoughts turn to the great
tenth-century celebrators of experience,

Wa-Hoo, whose delight in the smallest things
could hardly be restrained,
and to his joyous counterpart in the western provinces,
Ye-Hah.

~ Billy Collins
Thursday, May 26, 2016

5/26/16 Snowy Mountain Drive

So Nick and Ali and I took a mountain drive today up to Mt. Evans. The weather said it was going to rain in the afternoon, so we thought we would be ahead of the storm. Not so much.

Normally, you'd be seeing mountain ranges far off into the distance . . .

it was hovering around 36°


we were able to get a bit of a view down into the valley

 
Echo Lake in the gray

the snow/hail/graupel along the trail


not too many folks up here for lunch. Just the tables along the windows had people at them and the parking lot was mostly empty. The view below.

the view above


Nick went for the buffalo burger, Ali the made-from-scratch chicken pot pie

pie time!


and a few more stops to play in the snow on the way down


 
and a stop or two for little bitty waterfalls

 



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Baby Bunny Zoomies


In the weird world of Google photos, this appeared in my cloud, despite not having taken any videos. Apparently the couple of shots I took from the kitchen window were auto-stitched together. None of them came out terribly clear because, as animals go, bunnies are on far the end of the spectrum in terms of fast.

unblurriest of the bunch


It's not been the best week for the babies. Sam found one dead, but whole, in the yard. Evan found another, dead and partial, as well. A third was rescued from the basement well last night. 'Tis the season.
Sunday, May 22, 2016

5/21/16

Saturday afternoon in Colorado Springs

hanging with Deana on a Saturday night

window shopping in Old Colorado City, post-dinner


those pinecones, tho...

setting up for Blue Moon rise

 
the floatie toys made for interesting silhouettes in the blue hot tub

and our blue moon





Saturday, May 21, 2016

Home from Detroit 2016



Photo of the Audi HQ in Germany. Audi U.S. does not look like this.

Detroit Airport giant hanging fluorescent lights. At least the buzzing wasn't in proportion to their size.

Khila and the Chocolate Pump 2016

Khila and the Chocolate Pump 2013


What we actually left the chocolate store with.

Flight out at 8:30 meant watching the light fade


and here's how the full moon comes out with the camera phone through the plane window

Two days of corporate training later, done for another year.

Khila sent me some snaps she took while I was driving around on our sightseeing trip: