Saturday, August 30, 2008

bien pensees (no accents?)

On photography

I have learnt to look without seeing,
Always through glass,
Distanced, but not darkly.
Peppered by the sprinkled words of conversations unheard
Surrounded by the actors caught
Frozen in my photographs.

Always absent but there; behind, not in,
Dot and pixellated
Photon by photon
Until one drowns
In the waves of
Every moment of the moment caught,
On, not forgettable.

Oh for the light amnesia,
And warmth of memory's gentle caress,
For the organic software that does
Blur, edit or elide,
And kindly sharpens only that beyond the sight
Of photographs.


(through a glass "darkly":-The phrase is interpreted to mean that humans have an imperfect perception of reality). And dogs?

wild angelica

luscious wild angelica, about to erupt forth into a froth of small white flowers flushed with purple and much loved by insects of all sorts. Culpeper (Nicholas, that is) recommends angelica for all epidemical diseases, which is just about everything so give it a try (usually to be found crystallized on top of expensive cakes).

and a visitor from space

landing now.

Maybe the black dog days are over.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

good luck from Launceston Lilian

Lilian, the narrow gauge steam engine, puffing into Launceston Station wishing everyone who needs it good luck (for more pics of Lilian and her friend try this link)

and the shop, note kindly placed drinking water for dogs, a very civilised station.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Spot's blog

Welcome to Spot's blog. The blog contains over a 1000 images of the parish of Stoke Climsland, including flora and fauna. The images are archived by date (month and year). Use the labels (listed on the left of this page) to look at areas of particular interest. The link to Google map (see the list of links) will show you where many of the photos were taken.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

a fond farewell

After a lot of thought Spot and I have decided to call a close to this blog. We have been blogging for almost three years now and there are over a 1000 pages of photographs in the blog. We are finding it difficult to find new things to photograph, or to find anything interesting to say, so rather than blog for the sake of it we will call it a day now. We will leave the blog up for anyone who wants to look at photographs of local flora and fauna (eg through the links to local sites). We will add the occasional page if anything really interesting crosses our path. Thanks to the many people who have visited the blog since November 2005 and left comments; you all feel like friends.


Spot and Co

Friday, August 01, 2008


common centaury growing in the meadows. This is a very variable plant, and these robust florid specimens look very different from their more slender cousins in the woods