Whales

Well, kind of …

Blanco, Eight Ball and other assorted Gray whales from the Central Oregon Coast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oregon Coast – Depoe Bay to Seal Rock

 

Some scenes from the coast.

 

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Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, May 18th, 2016.

Tides

 

 

This entry requires re-visiting a haiku previously written, so it’s possible you might recognize the opening lines.

 

tears drop in ocean

cloaking pain with saltwater

eternal waves roll

 

and then it becomes …

 

everything returns

waves and whales riding currents

tides and love a swell

 

view original prompt here

 

 

 

Saltwater- Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille – February 17, 2016 – The Water Exercise

Saltwater

 

 

tears drop in ocean

cloaking pain with saltwater

eternal waves roll
 

View original prompt here.

Sometimes a rock is just a rock.

Writing 101’s assignment number 5 conjures Hemingway.

“The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The sharks are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit.” – Ernest Hemingway

Papa famously reacted to explanations about symbolism in his writing as evidence of someone who did not understand  his writing.

In the end, only the writer knows what their symbolism truly represents. But what others guess it to represent is also part of the effect of any written piece, intended or not. I often introduce weather in my stories. It’s generally not symbolic, but I could understand if someone inferred such intent because weather often effects the mood of a scene. It’s not a huge leap from mood to meaning. At the least, they intertwine in context and change each other. If a thread sewn into the pattern of a blossom is pulled from a quilt, is it still a flower, or just a thread without guidance?

Only Hemingway knew if his sharks represented anything more than sharks, and he took that secret to the grave, but “The Old Man and the Sea” wouldn’t have been a classic without them.

San Francisco – Part Three – All Around the City

The best of the rest of the city by the bay.

In this post, the last of our three-part series on San Francisco, your assignment (besides enjoying a tour of the city without leaving your desktop) is to find:

    1. Sylvester Stallone (or a reasonable facsimile)
    2. A Western Gull
    3. A pyramid

Good luck.

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San Francisco – Part Two – Alcatraz

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Part two of my three-part photo series on San Francisco features Alcatraz, the iconic island that dominates views of the bay from the Embarcadero to the Presidio. Residents have ranged from Al Capone to baby seagulls. Enjoy.

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