Wandering Glider, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
in purple rain–
migrating thousands of miles
to sit still in my garden
Dragonflies have existed for over 300 million years. According to the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, about 16 of the 326 dragonfly species in North America are regular migrants, some traveling hundreds to thousands of miles each year. The major migratory species in North America are: common green darner (Anax junius), wandering glider (Pantala flavescens), spot-winged glider (Pantala hymenaea), black saddlebags (Tramea lacerata), and variegated meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum). Learn more about the mystery of dragonfly migration at The Nature Conservancy piece, Dragonfly Migration: A Mystery Citizen Scientists Can Help Solve, and at Dragonflies That Fly Across Oceans, a TED talk by biologist Charles Anderson.
-posted on red Ravine, Friday, August 8th, 2014
Posted in Animals & Critters, Haiku, Nature, Poetry, Practice, Seasons, Secrets, Silence, Things That Fly | Tagged 5lines, Charles Anderson, dragonflies, dragonfly migration, gogyohka, Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, nature as muse, prehistoric insects, summer, the magic of mystery, The Nature Conservancy, Wandering Glider | 1 Comment »
By Timothy Hastings
Seaside, Kingdom of Tonga, May, 2014, photo © 2014 by Timothy Hastings. All rights reserved.
seaside, selling shells
each of her beautiful strands
spoke her memories
we shared names and nods and smiles
and lapping waves sang her song
-related to post: haiku 4 (one-a-day) Meets renga 52
Posted in Bodies Of Water, Culture, Haiku, Photography, Place, Poetry, Practice, Relationships | Tagged b&w photography, haiga, muse, red Ravine guest writers, South Pacific, tanka, the practice of poetry, Timothy Hastings, Tonga | Leave a Comment »
I Feel Most Alive, Droid Shots, St. Paul, Minnesota, August 2014, photo © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
I saw this blackboard outside of a church in St. Paul and thought it would make a good Writing Topic. Who wants to do a Writing Practice with me. Get out a fast pen, paper, or keyboard. I Feel Most Alive When…10 Minutes, Go!
-posted on red Ravine, Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Posted in Bones, Life, Practice, Structure, Writing Topics | Tagged back to basics, celebrate life, feeling alive, the practice of writing, writing topic | 1 Comment »
I-35 Bridge Memorial, Droid Shots, 35W Bridge Remembrance Garden, Minnesota, July 2014, photo © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
Our lives are not only defined by what happens, but by how we act in the face of it, not only by what life brings us, but by what we bring to life. Selfless actions and compassion create enduring community out of tragic events.
Julia Blackhawk, Poem For Julia, Droid Shots, 35W Bridge Remembrance Garden, Minnesota, July 2014, photo © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
Read more about the Memorial and the names of the 13 people who died at the piece: I-35 Bridge – 5 Years Later – I Remember.
-posted on red Ravine, August 1st, 2014
Posted in Body, Bones, Death, Life, Place, Practice, Wake Up | Tagged 35W Bridge Remembrance Garden, bridges, finding our way around death, I remember, I-35 Bridge Collapse, I-35 Bridge Memorial, In Memorial, Julia Blackhawk, life & death, Minneapolis at night, Minneapolis bridge collapse, names, summer nights | 2 Comments »
I-35 Bridge, July 4th, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 4th, 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
On July 4th, we had dinner with friends at their home near Minnehaha Falls. On the way home, we took the Mississippi River road and detoured to a spot under the I-35 Bridge. A river boat docked, waiting for fireworks. A father and daughter burned sparklers from an overlook. There was a light breeze, no mosquitoes. We were tucked away from the throngs gathered near Gold Medal Park to watch the 10pm fireworks. The river was swollen. The bridge was dressed in red, white, and blue. I wondered at what it means to be free.
-posted on red Ravine, Saturday, July 5th 2014
Posted in Bodies Of Water, Holidays, Life, Photography, Place, Seasons | Tagged bridges, Fourth of July, freedom, HDR, I-35 Bridge, Independence Day, July 4th, Mississippi River, rivers, summer in Minnesota | Leave a Comment »
DAR Flag, Grand Hyatt, Droid Shots, Washington, D.C., June 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
a place to stand
for all who have fallen
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
This tablet with her sonnet to the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty engraved upon it, is placed upon these walls
in loving memory of Emma Lazarus
Born in New York City, July 22nd, 1849
Died November 19th, 1887
-Quote on the bronze plaque from the Liberty exhibit in the base of the Statue of Liberty, originally posted on red Ravine in the piece Going To New York. It was presented by philanthropist Georgiana Schuyler in 1903, twenty years after Emma Lazarus wrote her sonnet. Originally displayed on the interior wall of the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal, it was placed in the Liberty exhibit in the base of the monument in July, 1886.
Throwback Thursday: When John Adams Thought Independence Day Was July 2
Exercising the freedom to NOT celebrate Independence Day
What the Declaration of Independence Means to Americans Today
-posted on red Ravine, Friday, July 4th, 2014.
Posted in Architecture, Culture, Haiku, Holidays, On the Road, Poetry, Practice, Things That Fly | Tagged A Place To Stand, American flag, American history, architecture and light, Emma Lazarus, flags, freedom, freedom for all, Independence Day, July 4th, liberty, senryu, sonnets, Statue of Liberty, The New Colossus | 3 Comments »
Finally. Spring. , Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
beneath the weight of her death
a blossoming light
-posted on red Ravine, Saturday, May 31st, 2014
Posted in Death, Dreams, Haiku, Holding My Breath, Life, Photography, Practice, Seasons, Wake Up | Tagged Death as a new beginning, haiga, images of flowers, losing a friend, spring days, the practice of haiku | 3 Comments »
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