March 29, 2012
Your dog, tranquil and innocent, dozes through
our cries, our murmured dawn conspiracies
our telephone calls. She knows--what can she know?
If in my human arrogance I claim to read
her eyes, I find there only my own animal thoughts:
that creatures must find each other for bodily comfort,
that voices of the psyche drive through the flesh
further than the dense brain could have foretold,
that the planetary nights are growing cold for those
on the same journey who want to touch
one creature-traveler clear to the end;
that without tenderness, we are in hell.
- "Twenty-One Love Poems (X)," The Dream of a Common Language, Adrienne Rich
March 25, 2012
March 24, 2012
March 21, 2012
March 18, 2012
It looks like the whole western side of the reserve burned during last year's wildfires, but it's recovering nicely. Bren and I got to spend a few beautiful hours hiking together on a cool, overcast spring day. Doesn't get any better than that.
The last shot is of a ranch along the way near Liberty Hill.
We were stalking golden-cheeked warblers today. I've been trying to get a picture of one for several years. This one fooled me - I thought it was a female golden cheek, but it's a male black and white warbler. Maybe next year! (The golden-cheeked warblers only come to Texas for about three weeks to breed, and then return to Mexico and Central America shortly after the babies fledge. There are thought to be fewer than 4,000 remaining.)
March 17, 2012
March 16, 2012
A good training exercise. But here's the fun part: after watching Aries catch six or seven pieces without missing any, I tossed several in the air for myself. I too, caught them flawlessly. I haven't tried that for years, decades even, but watching Aries do it must have activated my sympathetic nervous system. It was uncanny and fun.
March 15, 2012
March 14, 2012
March 13, 2012
I busted my 55-300 a year and a half ago. This year's tax return enabled me to get a 50-200 to replace it. Considering it's one of Pentax's cheapest lenses, it's nice! I'm impressed with how small and light it is. (Someday I'll upgrade to a K5 and the 60-250, but not anytime soon.)