Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hurricanes and Earthquakes

Last week in the midst of New England's major natural events, I wandered over to Great Meadows one morning to enjoy the fresh air, walk a bit, and see what I could see. While birding was interesting, the bird count that day saw 77 different species; the photography, was ordinary.

Unmotivated to quickly post, I took a vacation and let these images enjoy several days riding the carousel known as my hard disk. During the hurricane induced power outage on Sunday, I encountered the following passage, written 160 years ago to the day. It seemed so appropriate, I thought I should share it with you along with the "ordinary" photos from that day.

Without further ado, here's today's guest commentary courtesy of Concord's own Henry David Thoreau.

"I omit the unusual — the hurricanes and earthquakes — and describe the common. This has the greatest charm and is the true theme of poetry. You may have the extraordinary for your province, if you will let me have the ordinary. Give me the obscure life, the courage of the poor and humble, the workdays of the world, the barren fields, the smallest share of all things but poetic perception. Give me but the eyes to see the things which you possess." — August 28, 1851


Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110823 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110823 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110823 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110823 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110823 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110823 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110823 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110823 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110823 &emdash;

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1 comment:

  1. A very nice late summer sampling. Just back from DownEast Maine and catching up on the hurricane and earthquake news. Good to see life goes on at GM!

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