A Halloween poem in less than 100 words (as told by a reluctant artist)
Draw a Monsterfor Homework
The assignment: Draw a monster for homework.
My best friend and neighbor Jess, smiles a smirk.
“How hard can that be?” She mutters.
“Do you even know me?” I stutter.
Pencils and markers lined up for the job
I make careful shapes, but end up in a blob
A shadow of gray that won’t go away
“What’s that?” I imagine Miss Riley’s voice say.
So what if the corners are tattered and torn,
It’s Halloween which means endless candy corn!
My blob monster drawing, messy shadow and all,
Hangs proudly with others, out in the hall!
Blending of colors
over the morning mountains
breath taken away
Yesterday I spent the morning at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. There are currently two exhibits that are dramatically different and demonstrate the time and place of the quilters. The other quilts are based on works from the civil war but I am focusing here on Coahagan Island. Look through the pictures for more spectacular works of art.
The quilts of Caohagen Island are now the cultural and economic focal point of the island. Through the exhibit I learned that this tiny island in the Philippines 🇵🇭 with a population of 600 residents has 100 quilters.
The joy in these quilts fills the room and comes through in the stories they tell. Color choices and intricate designs are only part of the story. In 1996, quilting was introduced by a woman named Junko who had traveled to the island from Japan. Beginning with school children, Junko introduced the traditional art of Japanese Quilt making. She then began teaching a group of 10 women who have become the core of the quilting collective. Since that time, men and women have been creating these works of art. In the beginning, lacking the skills and confidence of established quilters, they were known for their imperfections. They turned this into a strength and the world has embraced them.
Unlike the quilts we are familiar with in the United States, these quilts aren’t straight lines and perfect patterns. This may not appeal to a purist, but in my mind, they are superior for their ability to exude island life.
Quilts from this island are available for sale and make up 1/6 of the local revenue. Both the stories of the quilters and the quilts themselves provided a morning of inspiration that I will not soon forget.
Aspen trees play exquisite music in the wind. The sound of their leaves is magical from spring to fall. Called “quaking aspens” as their sound in the forest is unlike that of any other tree.
Aspens are the autumn showstoppers in Colorado. Their magnificent yellow leaves are the reason Long lines of cars drive along Peak to Peak highway and into the high country during “leaf peeper season.” They are beautiful up close or from the distance set against the green pines.
What makes them unique in the world of trees? They reproduce by root sprouts, so when you see a cluster of aspens, they are clones and share a root structure. Knowing this, has changed the way I look at these trees. I imagine under ground they are “holding hands” and supporting each other as they provide shelter to animals in our forest.
Another important feature of aspens is their ability to reduce the spread of forest fire in addition to regenerating in areas where there have been fires. A secret weapon in fire mitigation.
And after the cold has forced them to shed their leaves, they remain a charming part of the scenery in the mountains.
Snow blanketed my landscape
Happy by the fire!
I have been fascinated by the Lark Bunting since I moved to Colorado. It’s the state bird here and until today my attempts to photograph one have been unsuccessful. This may not be the best photograph but I’m pleased to have gotten him to pose for this.
The ever changing view at this time of year is worth stopping for. The snow at higher elevations than my 8200 feet isn’t melting.
The bluebird sky and the scent of pines greeted me as I hiked the Sourdough trail, the only hiker on a beautiful morning.
Stopping along the way to admire the vibrant yellow aspens and the breathtaking vistas that surround me.