Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Reason For the Season

"The Redemption Poppy" © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio



Did you know that according to classical mythology (although I do not know if it is Greek or Roman) the bright scarlet color of the poppy signifies a promise of resurrection after death?

Poppies fascinate me. In every state that the flower is in-from the fuzzy bud that reminds me of Audrey-the alien plant in "Little Shop of Horrors", to it's unfurling flower and then the transformation to the remarkable seedhead. I can gaze at them endlessly in all of these states. And I must admit, I did get my fill at Albuquerque's Bio Park yesterday-as everything was in a state of glorious bloom!



"Poppy Buds" © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio







"Poppy Seed Heads" © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio


If you celebrate it, I hope you have a Blessed Easter.


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Which Came First? The Chicken or the Egg?




Such a seemingly innocent question!  And, yet...so perplexing! Do  you have the answer?

I think I'll just go with Aristotle's viewpoint (from Wikipedia):

Aristotle (384–322 BC) was puzzled by the idea that there could be a first bird or egg and concluded that both the bird and egg must have always existed:
If there has been a first man he must have been born without father or mother – which is repugnant to nature. For there could not have been a first egg to give a beginning to birds, or there should have been a first bird which gave a beginning to eggs; for a bird comes from an egg. [2]


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Post Script: I was 'missing in action ' last week, for sure. My Daddy passed away on April 3rd at 11:05 PST. He had made a decision to stop dialysis. Oh, how I will miss him...my heart aches to lose him, but he was truly ready to go. God Bless My Daddy.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Apple Of My Eye




"The Apple of My Eye" © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio



Free association is a great way to think of titles for posts. I usually let the image dictate the title and then write my post from there. This week is no exception.

"The apple of my eye" seems like an obvious choice for this one-which led me to look up where that phrase came from, since I'm sure we've all used it many times in our lives. Here's what the Phrase Finder said:


Meaning

Originally meaning the central aperture of the eye. Figuratively it is something, or more usually someone, cherished above others.

Origin

'The apple of my eye' is exceedingly old and first appears in Old English in a work attributed to King Aelfred (the Great) of Wessex, AD 885, titled Gregory's Pastoral Care.

Much later, Shakespeare used the phrase in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1600:


Flower of this purple dye,
Hit with Cupid’s archery,
Sink in apple of his eye

Although I am always curious about where phrases come from, I did not realize that this popular phrase has a handful of Biblical references. I was truly surprised! Wikipedia cites quite a few of these references in case you want to see them.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

"The Last Straw!"


"The Last Straw" © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio

There is a mild connection to the phrase for the title of this post and the image. It's a stretch, but there is a connection.

Whenever I am given a straw in a restaurant, I slip the paper off like most folks do-except that I take great pains to keep the entire sheath intact so that I can then flatten the paper out and proceed to fold it over into an accordion fold. I often take my husband's straw and remove it in the same manner so that I will then have TWO 'straw papers'. When I have two in hand, I then fold one over the other to make a more dimensional accordion instead of the zigzag one you see pictured here. It's a habit I have to busy myself while waiting for our order to be taken and for the food to come. As I sit here and write this, I wonder if my husband pays attention to this habit of mine since it's one of those 'background' kinds of behavior? I'll have to ask him!

Anyway, while chatting with him, I was holding the paper in the air and noticed the cool shadow it created. Cell phone comes out and need I say more? Deed done. Normal behavior. Everyone does stuff like this.

In selecting this image for today's post, I thought, 'title, title, what  title goes with this image?'. Which made me think of the last straw. Which made me wonder where the heck that meaning came from. So, I looked it up and concluded that no one really knows exactly where this saying came from. Wikipedia says:

"The idiom the straw that broke the camel's back is from an Arabic proverb about how a camel is loaded beyond its capacity to move or stand.[1] This is a reference to any process by which cataclysmic failure (a broken back) is achieved by a seemingly inconsequential addition, a single straw. This also gives rise to the phrase "the last/final straw", used when something is deemed to be the last in a line of unacceptable occurrences. Variations include "the straw that broke the donkey's back", the "melon that broke the monkey's back", the "feather that broke the camel's back", and the "straw that broke the horse's back"."

So, there you have it. I told you it was a stretch!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

We Got Drama, Mama!





Got light? Then you got drama! I was reflecting (pun or no pun intended, either way, it works!) on how without light, we don't get these lovely shadows throughout the day. And, how, at certain times of the day, particularly as sunset approaches, the drama increases tenfold.

Yesterday afternoon we actually got a bit of precipitation-not a heck of a lot in town, but looking 10 miles east at the majestic Sandia mountain, it was getting it all. And, as the sun dipped lower into the horizon, the clouds that had enshrouded the mountain parted to reveal its work. The quality of the light at this brief moment in time is heavenly. But, fleeting it is, and within a matter of seconds, it changes-as though someone had their hand on the 'volume' knob. The shot is grainy because it's the zoom full on in my cell phone-my husband actually pulled over to the side of the road so that I could try to capture this oh so fleeting moment! Definitely a GH (great husband), won't you say?




Sandia mountain bathed in the afternoon light © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio


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