Gateway

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Watchful scholars,
cure vacant minds
Hands open wide,
catch empty thoughts
The portal opens,
welcoming all
Leave ignorance
standing outside

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Entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Photo by: c.b.w. 2005

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I hope it can be forgiven that this week’s Sunday Abroad is a day late.

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c.b.w. 2013

Critters in the Garden

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Throughout April, my garden steadily grew, bringing flowers of all sizes, bright colors, and a few new critters into my back yard.

Most of the vegetable plants have started to bloom and that means it won’t be long before the first crop of zucchini, cucumber, black-eyed peas, and beans is ready. However, a couple of weeks ago, the first harvest was pulled from the vegetable plot. A few pea pods and a clump of radishes made my garden rabbit very happy!

The rabbit is stashing pea pods!
Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

It looks like my rabbit has a made a little friend. Lizards are common in Arizona and there are always a few that camp out in the yard during the summer. However, it is a rare occasion that I catch one for such a cute shot.

Rabbit and friend are checking out the radishes.
Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

Near the front gate, a patch of wildflowers is in full bloom thanks to some seeds I planted last year. Some of those seeds were perennials, so with almost no effort we’ve got black-eyed susans, poppies, zinnias, daisies, and snapdragons. They attract both moths and butterflies, which gives us quite a show every evening.

This little fella came for a visit and stayed for a few days. He preferred to land on all the yellow flowers in the patch. His presence inspired a haiku to go with a photograph I snapped before he flew away.

Fluttering angel,
white wings on yellow petals
spotted, velvet touch

A little garden visitor.
Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

In a forthcoming post, I’ll exploring the wildflower patch with more detail. Every time I go out there it seems as though there’s a new flower blooming. Recently, we realized three enormous plants in the center of the patch are evening primroses. These marvels of nature are a real bright spot in the garden!

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c.b.w. 2013

Written in Stone

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Temples to prose,
rooted in earth
Lessons preserved,
wisdom stands still
Should we forget,
the words crumble

Forest of Steles, Xi’an China
Photo by: c.b.w. 2005

The Forest of Steles is part of the Xi’an Beilin Museum in China. The museum holds about 3,000 steles, (both inside and outside) with tablets that date back more than a thousand years. These stone steles serve as markers for historical record, works of poetry and calligraphy.

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c.b.w. 2013