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Majestic…

So I met some family in Cowlesville, NY this evening. No I did not ride a bike, and yes I actually drove a car. Anyhow, I had stopped to take a few photos of the countryside when these beautiful animals came into view. They, of course, knew that I was there before I saw them, you can see them watching me. And this was as close as they would let me get (even with a medium zoom lens). Majestic. That’s word that came to mind when I saw them. They were so graceful. And as I stood there I also thought how I really cannot believe that people actually shoot these beauties for sport. And while I am not a vegetarian, and have indeed eaten venison on more than one occasion, as I stood there watching them I wondered how I could. It really is for this reason–not the environment or health reasons–that I find myself eating less and less meat these days…because I see the beauty in the animal, and the fact that I don’t need to consume meat for my own survival. Not to mention there are so many meatless dishes that I truly enjoy. Anyhow, I’m rambling. I’ll stop. I hope you enjoy the photos. Click any for a slightly larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

Majestic…

So I met some family in Cowlesville, NY this evening. No I did not ride a bike, and yes I actually drove a car. Anyhow, I had stopped to take a few photos of the countryside when these beautiful animals came into view. They, of course, knew that I was there before I saw them, you can see them watching me. And this was as close as they would let me get (even with a medium zoom lens). Majestic. That’s word that came to mind when I saw them. They were so graceful. And as I stood there I also thought how I really cannot believe that people actually shoot these beauties for sport. And while I am not a vegetarian, and have indeed eaten venison on more than one occasion, as I stood there watching them I wondered how I could. It really is for this reason–not the environment or health reasons–that I find myself eating less and less meat these days…because I see the beauty in the animal, and the fact that I don’t need to consume meat for my own survival. Not to mention there are so many meatless dishes that I truly enjoy. Anyhow, I’m rambling. I’ll stop. I hope you enjoy the photos. Click any for a slightly larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

Dans le jardin…

So I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions how fortunate I am to work in a place that is not only such an incredibly beautiful building, but also has such a lovely garden. And on some days–as a form of stress relief–I’ll go out in the garden on my lunch break. It’s interesting in that exactly one week ago today we were in the midst of the “blizzard of 2014” and today it was 40f and lovely out. There was so much activity in the garden today–animals and plants–that I found it really inspiring. It also reminded me of this quote about Brother Lawrence

“During that winter, upon seeing a tree stripped of its leaves and considering that, within a little time, the leaves would be renewed and, after that, the flowers and fruit appear; Brother Lawrence received a high view of the providence and power of God which has never since been effaced from his soul.” 

Beautiful, right? Inspiring.  Anyhow, click any image for a larger view.



Urban Simplicity.

No recipe needed…

One of my food purveyors delivered a case of peaches today from which these two come. Perfect, I thought (or likely said aloud) as I opened the case. I took one and bit in and sweet nectar ran down my chin. In some instances, such as this, I also thought to myself, I could not create a recipe using these peaches that would improve them. They are perfect as is. No recipe needed. Mother nature is amazing. I just felt like saying this and sharing the photos.

A Dish of Peaches in Russia

With my whole body I taste these peaches,
I touch them and smell them.  Who speaks?

I absorb them as the Angevine
Absorbs Anjou.  I see them as a lover sees,

As a young lover sees the first buds of spring
And as the black Spaniard plays his guitar.

Who speaks?  But it must be that I,
That animal, that Russian, that exile, for whom

The bells of the chapel pullulate sounds at
Heart.  The peaches are large and round,

Ah! and red; and they have peach fuzz, ah!
They are full of juice and the skin is soft.

They are full of the colors of my village
And of fair weather, summer, dew, peace.

The room is quiet where they are.
The windows are open.  The sunlight fills

The curtains.  Even the drifting of the curtains,
Slight as it is, disturbs me.  I did not know

That such ferocities could tear
One self from another, as these peaches do.

Urban Simplicity