Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rusty Rail Cars and Raku Kilns

ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. This fabulous meme was created and hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt who hails from Great Britain. Over time, others have joined in to help host this wonderful and informative meme. We are now in our seventh round-some of the participants have been with this from the very first round; others have joined in along the way. Each week we are taken across the globe to see the varied and exciting contributions people have taken the time to discover and capture. We start with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. This week's letter is, "R".


Raku fired ceramics are quite magical to me. Also, a risky proposition. I think the whole process of firing ceramics is risky because anything can go wrong during the firing process and, yes, you can loose that piece that you worked so hard on. But, listen to me! I sound like I do this all the time and I don't. I only tried ceramics a few times and I had to pull myself away since I already work in too many mediums. But, I love the whole notion of constructing your own raku kiln. And, I love raku ware. Lots of it on You Tube, so be sure to check it out! This one is particularly mesmerizing (but it's not a 'how to make a kiln' video)


This raven proved to be the 'poser'. Although I had no idea he was, when I first spotted him on a sign at an overlook at the Petrified Forest National Park. I thought I was being clever and sneaky and stealthily approached him with such caution, camera already snapping images away as I got closer and closer to him. Heck, I was just about leaning up on the sign as I took these! He even threw his head back and cawed for me! Such rapture! Such raucous!


Cue Judy Garland singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"! Except, be sure to insert the word, 'double' in front of 'rainbow'! You know, in Hawaii, I don't think I've ever seen a double rainbow. But, here in New Mexico, when we do have them, they are often a double rainbow.
Although I've looked up what causes a double rainbow, I still have trouble applying that answer to how it works up there in the sky. Roger? Perhaps you can help here!! OK, and if you do tackle that, how about also explaining why I see them much more often here in NM than I would in Hawaii. Is it the curvature of the earth? Would a meteorologist please step forward?


Nope. This is not a repeat of the rust abstract posted a few ABC rounds ago. However, it is the same side of a 'retired' rail car from the BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe). This rail car is in Magdalena, New Mexico. I just love the aged, peeling, patinaed layers of this rusty car. I really, really, really, like rusty surfaces!


Sylvia K said...

Oh, you're always so clever and come up with such great words for the day! I love them! I always learn something new and at this stage of the game the very fact that I CAN still learn something is priceless!! Love that raven!! He is putting on a show, isn't he? Hope your week is going well, Paula! Enjoy!


Tumblewords: said...

Raku is surely magical. I adore it - it feels futuristic and ancient, all at once. Ravens are fascinatingly raucous, for sure! My daughter digitally captured a double rainbow in Hawaii last June, first time she visited. Amazing! Nothing finer than a good old rusty spot! Love it..

Kay L. Davies said...

I love the raucous raven posing for you, Paula, but was slightly mystified by your love for rusty surfaces. When I took a closer look, however, I started to realize there really is something attractive about rust. I never thought of that before.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Reader Wil said...

Very clever to find such beautiful R words and such photos to go with them.

Cildemer said...

Very nice photos and great choice of R words!
Love the raven and the double rainbow!
Thanks for sharing;o)

Happy ABC Wednesday****

photowannabe said...

I really, really, really like rusty things too.
Terrific pictures and dialogue to go with it, especially the Raven.

Roger Owen Green said...

i did pottery in 7th grade; everything I made blew up!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Amy said...

Oh, Paula, I loved this post - we've been to Magdalena! We didn't see what you captured though. That raven is amazing - I once saw an injured raven at what was then a rescue venue. The size of that bird alone was awesome, let alone his mournful pleadings.

My sister-in-law is an artist - I have some "raku" pieces she created. That kiln shot was fascinating too! Thanks!!!

Leslie: said...

That shot of the raven is fantastic! Almost like he posed for you. Hope you're having a great week. :D

Nanka said...

Great takes on the R- word and that is a quaint kiln quaint word 'RAVENESQUE' and quaint liking rust and a beautiful rainbow :)

Mar said...

Very interesting choices and information!! love, love rainbows ;)
R is for R&R

Gattina said...

Love the raven shot ! nice R collection !


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