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an intelligent world of blue

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Yesterday, we went on a drive along the Saint John River from Oromocto to Jemseg. We hoped to see some birds or other wild life. But we didn’t even see a crow!!!!

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However we did see the world painted in a sweet-toned shade of blue … the ice on the river, the long shadows on the meadows and the sky. I was reminded of Douglas Adams and his tribute to hooloovoo ‘blue’.

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A Hooloovoo is a super-intelligent shade of the color blue.

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy    

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Written by jane tims

March 3, 2017 at 7:57 am

contemplation

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contemplation

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still

as though cast 

in bronze

mounted on rock

she watches

a strider

skate across

the surface

tension of water

ponders

his agility

the soundless stretch

of the meniscus

dimples on the water

thoughts

barely touch

the shallows

faded as the gentle

brush

of patina

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Copyright Jane Tims 2015

Written by jane tims

August 12, 2015 at 7:00 am

crossing the brook

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Of all kinds of waterways, I certainly love a brook the best.

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When I was a child, I spent many summer hours playing in the brook at my mother’s ‘old home place’.  The brook was in a small wooded valley between farms.  The woods around the brook were always cool and shady, especially on a hot summer day.

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Building stone causeways in the brook was one of my favorite pastimes.  I would find flat stones and place them like stepping stones.  Then, once the stones were in place, I would plant them with mosses.

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I haven’t returned to the brook for many years, but I like to think you could still find the grey and green remnants of my causeways at intervals along the brook!

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a brook in south-west New Brunswick with its own stepping stones

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construction of moss and stone

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in the valley between farms

a brook needs crossing

a freshet-proof ford

lattice-work built

of slate, grey stepping

stones, packed and decked with

moss, hydrophilic flourish

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Written by jane tims

October 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm

aromatic spring

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November 9, 2011 ‘Peltoma Lake’ Jane Tims

 

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meadow aromatic

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ozone lightning, late

waters cede, shoots

of cattail merge

end of day, end of June

fireflies, mosquito nights

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lake-land meadow seeps

wetland meets nostril

marsh musk percolates

half sour, half sweet

methane ooze, decay

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damp fiddleheads unfurl

bird beaks simmer

in duckweed soup

skin of salamander, frog

steeplebush, meadowsweet

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angels crave human years, allow

their pores release, scent imitates

reek of sweat, of work

tears mingle with perfume

aftershave and powder

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Oct. 9, 2011 ‘Reeds and reflection’ Jane Tims

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June 13, 2014 at 7:32 am

a moment of beautiful – ice windows on woodland pools

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the space: pools of water in the Grey Woods

the beautiful: patterns in the thin ice

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While we wait for a lasting snow in New Brunswick, ice defines the season.  On every pool of standing water, ice-windows have formed.  I love the patterns these make against the amber-colored water!  These are photos of ice windows taken last spring, after the snow had gone.

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Written by jane tims

December 9, 2013 at 7:10 am

jet-lag (days 46 and 47)

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I had a great time during my week in California, but it has been hard to return to my regular routines.  The four-hour time shift left me out of sync.  For about ten days after arriving home, I was constantly sleepy, napping at odd times through the day.  I also had a hard time regulating my eating and for a few days, breakfast was a three course meal (doesn’t make sense since in California, I would still be sleeping).

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I slacked off my biking as well and after only two 30 minute sessions in 10 days, I woke one morning to find my knee in pain and almost locked into a bent position.  Besides its other benefits, I think the stationary biking keeps my knee flexible and lubricated.  I started biking again every two days and now my knee is back to ‘normal’.

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46 and 47

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7-46  November 13, 2013  35 minutes  3.0 km  (from Port Navas to Constantine)

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Being able to climb stairs easily is important, especially since I wanted to try out this set of stone stairs along the road in Cornwall …

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November 21, 2013 ‘stone stair near Constantine’ Jane Tims

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My experience with jet-lag has shown me how much easier it is to just hop on my stationary bike and see the Cornwall coast via Street View.

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7-47  November 19, 2013  30 minutes  3.0 km  (from Constantine to Mawgan)

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The route for the last few days of my virtual travel has taken me across the inlets of the Helford River.   This is interesting to me since I worked on waterways for so much of my career.  I also saw a flock of ducks on the water of the Mawgan Creek, also worthy of a look since Street View captures so little wildlife.

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7-46 ducks on Mawgan Creek

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A short distance farther along, the road crosses another branch of Mawgan Creek.  It was a good subject for a watercolour, so I tried to capture the reflections in the water and the contrast between the soft vegetation and the hard stone bridge.  In a lazy mood (more jet-lag???), I decided to use a spatter technique to give some interest to the scene.  I got a little carried away with the red!

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November 18, 2013  'Mawgan Creek'   Jane Tims

November 18, 2013 ‘Mawgan Creek’ Jane Tims

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I coped so badly with my ‘jet-lag’ experience, I now have renewed admiration for those who must travel constantly because of their work.

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I’d love to hear about your experiences with ‘jet-lag’.

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Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

sculpting land and trees

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sculpting trees

sculptured trees in La Grève-sur-Mignon (image from Street View)

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Day 13 1 map

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)

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During my virtual travels in France, I have noticed the way nature has been modified to suit people.  We do this in North America too, pruning trees to take elaborate shapes, pulling weeds and planting domesticated plants, modifying the edges of lakes to be more ‘beach-like’, straightening watercourses, and so on.

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In France, I have particularly noticed how canal-like the watercourses are in the area of La Venise Verte.  This is a result of the area’s history.  When the marshes of the Marais Poitevin were settled, people needed dry land to farm and live.  In the tenth century, there was a huge effort to dig canals and reclaim the land.  The result is the canal system I am seeing on my virtual bike ride.  The waterways are straight and their banks are steep.  Canals intersect at right angles …

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perpendicular waterways

intersecting waterways (image from Street View)

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Other elements of the natural landscape are also shaped by human hands.  For example, older trees are pruned to take on unnatural shapes.  This may be in order to rejuvenate older trees by encouraging new growth.  It may also be for aesthetics …

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some weirdly pruned trees near Balanger

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A man was out pruning these trees as I ‘drove’ by …

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man working on trees near Balanger – he has removed all the sucker branches on the tree nearest the camera (image from Street View)

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I saw some of the most bizarre of these pruned trees in Niort …

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weird trees in Niort (image from Street View)

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I have no idea which tree species these are.  they could be willow, or even olive …

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severely pruned tree in rural area near Irleau

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Do you know which species of tree is being pruned?

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Best View: pruned trees near La Grève-Sur-Mignon …

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'pruned trees near La Greve'

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

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