The route from here into Newburgh, where we drop both guys off in the mornings, Oliver at his college, Ken at the stop for the shuttle that takes him to his school, takes us past the entrance to I-84 East, the first leg of the trip to Cape Cod from here. Early one morning, couple weeks back Uncle Merlin sent this picture from the front porch of his place on the Cape. He’d just come back from a walk down to one of our favorite coffee shops in town. I got the photo on my phone just before setting off to drop the guys off.
So as we come up on the entrance ramp to 84, the guys shout at me together.
“Dad, you’re in the wrong lane!”
Power of suggestion, the strength of my addiction, or the lure of a gorgeous morning on the Cape?
Wonder how far I’d have gotten if they hadn’t been with me.
The Massachusetts border maybe.
And if I gotten that far, then what would have been the point of turning back?
Photo by Uncle Merlin. Chatham. Eight a.m. Monday. September 22, 2014.
Our old blogging buddy M.A. Peel recently returned from Italy where she took this photo. “A lazy Saturday in Assisi and the medieval heralds are doing their thing.” San Francisco di Assisi. August 16, 2014.
Mrs Peel was there for a workshop in Renaissance polyphony. While she was in the hometown of the new pope’s namesake, she took the opportunity to brush up on the biography and character of St Francis and filed this report.
Hard shell clams, beached and bleached. These are filled with sand, not the fixings for chowder. Doesn’t look like seagulls got to them. Probably some sea stars or crabs ate them down in their beds. Taken at Revere Beach, which doesn’t look at all how I remembered it from my college days. For one thing, there’s a swimmable ocean there now. I think it’s imported.
This one was taken by blogging comrade-in-pixels, Lawyers, Guns & Money stalwart, and not so near neighbor of Sarah Palin, Dave Noon, who reports: “It was 3:30, I was bored, so I decided to climb a mountain. Juneau is charming that way.”
Somewhere on the path to the spot from where Palin can see Russia. Juneau, Alaska. Thursday. July 24, 2014.
Blog artist, travel writer, nature writer, world wide adventurer and explorer, current Ph.D. candidate in History, birder, ace photographer, sometime surfer, and long time friend and patron of Mannionville, Sean Paul Kelley, was traveling a leg of the Silk Road back in May with his father and took this on the walkway to the shrine of the Imam Zayd in Merv, Turkmenistan. The bird’s a European Roller and had just plucked a grasshopper out of the air in mid-hop.
And because some of you I know will want to know, Sean Paul shot this with a Nikon D3200 with a Nikkor af70-300 lens.
Photo copyright by Sean Paul Kelley 2014. Used by permission.
Liz Keith, Uncle Merlin’s Aussie cousin and an old friend of the Mannion boys, made a visit to the Horizontal Falls Monday (Sunday, our time?) and sent us this photo. Horizontal Falls, the Kimberly, Western Australia. Monday. June 16, 2014.
Photo copyright by Elizabeth Keith. 2014. Used by permission.