Happy Birthday, Marian McPartland

For Marian’s birthday I made this video of photographs that I took over the many years of our friendship. I wrote and performed the piano piece. it is called “D is for Daffodil.” For as Marian always said, ” the key of D is Daffodil Yellow.”

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Supermoon February 19, 2019 in Babcock Wildlife Management Area

I tried out my new Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera on some night shots and was very pleased with the results so I decided to use it to photograph the Supermoon rising on February 19. as advertised it as the biggest full moon supermoon of 2019. Technically, the Supermoon is called a ‘perigean full moon,’ that is, a full moon closest to Earth. This is called near perigee. I love to watch the moon rising as it appears red and gloriously large!

Supermoon rising in Babcock Wildlife Management Area near Punta Gorda, Florida

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Connoisseur of Chaos and Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Just a little Sunday contemplation…

The poet Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1879. One of my favorite poems is his “Connoisseur of Chaos” written in 1942. Another poem of his I admire greatly is “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” I sometimes try to compare the two poems but inevitably end up integrating one stanza from each poem into the other. Here is third stanza of “Connoisseur of Chaos” and the fifth stanza of “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.”

“After all the pretty contrast of life and death
Proves that these opposite things partake of one,
At least that was the theory, when bishops’ books
Resolved the world. We cannot go back to that.
The squirming facts exceed the squamous mind,
If one may say so . And yet relation appears,
A small relation expanding like the shade
Of a cloud on sand, a shape on the side of a hill.”

I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.

Male Red-winged Blackbird at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico

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