Picture Thursday: Hawaii Snapshots

Souvenirs of a trip to Hawaii around this time last year. Was not on my bucket list–was just a convenient work add on, but turned out to be pretty amazing.

That interior is the Bishop Museum, strongly recommended if you find yourself in Honolulu. And of course my informal (and unattainable) quest to visit every public library in America continued.

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Image makers: Todd Hido

Discovered the photography of San Francisco-based Todd Hido recently, through one of his “homes at night” series. Striking images, and perfect for a Shirley Jackson or Stephen Milhauser book jacket.

“This is the night of revelation. This is the night the dolls wake. This is the night of the dreamer in the attic. This is the night of the piper in the woods.–Steven Millhauser, Enchanted Night

Creative Commons New Image Search

Creative Commons (the effort to provide a platform and legal framework for individuals to share their work legally through a simple licensing scheme) has released a prototype multi-source image search. For anybody who has looked for images to use by going to individual websites and repeating the same search laboriously (bloggers, media producers, and the like) this is potentially a real time saver.

One search result:

A nice shot of the Peabody Library in Baltimore. Courtesy of Kimberly Vaderman.

 

 

Seaside Words

A last shot from vacation….

Ptown
Early morning, Provincetown, MA

an excerpt from

Corsons Inlet

by A. R. Ammons

in nature there are few sharp lines: there are areas of
primrose
       more or less dispersed;
disorderly orders of bayberry; between the rows
of dunes,
irregular swamps of reeds,
though not reeds alone, but grass, bayberry, yarrow, all …
predominantly reeds:

 

I have reached no conclusions, have erected no boundaries,
shutting out and shutting in, separating inside
          from outside: I have
          drawn no lines:
          as

 

manifold events of sand
change the dune’s shape that will not be the same shape
tomorrow,

 

so I am willing to go along, to accept
the becoming
thought, to stake off no beginnings or ends, establish
         no walls

 

 

The Sea

Whitehead
Headlands at Monhegan Island, ME. August 2015

An excerpt from Beowulf:

Then moved o’er the waters by might of the  wind
that bark like a bird with breast of foam,
till in season due, on the second day,
the curved prow such course had run
that sailors now could see the land,
sea-cliffs shining, steep high hills,
headlands broad. Their haven was found,
their journey ended. Up then quickly
the Weders’ clansmen climbed ashore,
anchored their sea-wood, with armor clashing
and gear of battle: God they thanked
for passing in peace o’er the paths of the sea.

Vacation Words

Theatrical distances, bronze shadows heaped
On high horizons, mountainous atmospheres
Of sky and sea.
          It was her voice that made
The sky acutest at its vanishing.

–Wallace Stevens

Monhegan Harbor, August 2015
Sunset view across Monhegan Harbor, August 2015, my photo