Roy G. Biv

A rainbow of photos for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Wordless: Sun and Snow

Sunday in Spring

This afternoon we went on a family hike during which we heard spring peepers, proving that spring has, in fact, arrived in New England (or at least in our corner of New England).

Spring peepers audio:

All during the hike, I thought about transcendence and how not only is there so much experience that’s below the level of thought, there’s so much experience that defies efforts to corral it into thoughts, words, or pictures. I long to put into words the feeling of watching my children run through the woods, of listening to the peeping of little frogs, and of knowing that spring is finally here. I long to capture these experiences, and although I know I’ll fail, I welcome that longing.

Knowing I’ll fail, I still try.


Love Dogs

by Jelaluddin Rumi


One night a man was crying,

Allah! Allah!

His lips grew sweet with the praising,

until a cynic said, “So I have heard you calling out,

but have you ever gotten any response?”


The man had no answer to that.

He quit praying and fell into a confused sleep.


He dreamed he saw Khidr, the guide of souls,

in a thick green foliage.

“Why did you stop praising?”

“Because I’ve never heard anything back.”

“This longing you express is the return message.”


The grief you cry from

draws you toward union.


Your pure sadness

that wants help

is the secret cup.


Listen to the moan of a dog for its master.

That whining is the connection.


There are love dogs

no one knows the names of.

Give your life to be one of them.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

This is my photographic response to this week’s photo challenge by The Daily Post. I like taking photos, especially for this type of challenge. I find it leads me to see the world differently. And seeing the world differently is something I always find enriching.

Curves from our weekend in New Hampshire.

After the Snow: Photos

I took these photos in response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge entitled “My Neighborhood,” but originally I didn’t tag them as such because this week’s is a “phoneography” challenge and I thought the post didn’t qualify since I’d taken the photos with my camera rather than my phone. Now that I know it’s legit to use a camera, I’m belatedly entering the challenge.