Archive for August, 2013

today’s doodle… dancers

Posted in art, computer art with tags , , , , , on 2013/08/30 by greenteadoodles
dancers

dancers

I didn’t start with a particular dance in mind – it just seemed full of movement. Maybe there are tam-tams playing – that seems about right ๐Ÿ™‚ย  a park, and tam-tams… summer’s end…

UPDATE: New summers-end poem from Tom – thanks!!

For we who dance at summerโ€™s end
will sway to beats that pulse and bend
along the geodesic line
toward the equinocal time
where darkness balances the light:
this long day wanes, encroaching night
extends its fingers up the sky
but still we dance, though winterโ€™s nigh!

poem (c) 2013 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer

today’s doodle – stretching cat

Posted in art, cats, computer art with tags , , , , , , , on 2013/08/28 by greenteadoodles
stretching...

stretching… or pouncing?

It’s been too long! I’ve been working longer hours recently and haven’t wanted to look at a computer too much after work but here is a quick doodle. Hoping to get back into the zone!

Hoping a haiku will be in order… Tom??

UPDATE: Thanks Tom!

beneath rainbow skies
stretching cat prepares for work
then goes back to sleep

image (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer

haiku (c) 2013 Tom Radcliffe

China trip – bye bye Beijing and west coast interlude

Posted in photographs with tags , , , , , , , on 2013/08/04 by greenteadoodles
quiet Beijing hutong morning

quiet Beijing hutong morning

Before flying back to Canada, I had a few days in Beijing staying in a lovely small courtyard hotel in the Drum and Bell district again. Because of a strong rain the night before, the air was actually quite pleasant and the sky was blue that morning!

Beijing rush hour hutong style

Beijing rush hour hutong style

The hutongs (the traditional alleys of Beijing) have their own busy-ness but it is not like the regular traffic jams of the larger streets. Everything is at a smaller scale – even the vehicles.

Vancouver reflections on the way out of harour

Vancouver reflections on the way out of harbour

…and after a flight of 12 hours and one night’s sleep, the seemingly surreal beauty of Vancouver, British Columbia as we cruised slowly out of the harbour. (It is great to have a friend with a boat!)

feeling fine

feeling fine

Although the winds were too light at this point to actually sail, the day was beautiful and enjoying the scenery from the shade cast by the sail cover was just about perfect… the word “awesome” got slightly but justifiably overused during these few days ๐Ÿ™‚

sunset in the Gulf Islands

sunset in the Gulf Islands

Sunset the first evening after managing to prepare a pretty delicious meal in the galley – or maybe sailing makes you hungry ๐Ÿ˜‰

view from hiking trail

view from hiking trail

Pirates Cove Marine Provincial Park had some nice hiking around and through the point of an island.

otter

otter

Yay! Wildlife!!

sculpted landscape

sculpted landscape

Fantastical rock forms…

tidal pool

tidal pool

Fascinating tidal pools… the very first one I saw had the most diverse inhabitants.

view from shore

view from shore

There she is, still afloat!

Nanaimo Harbour

Nanaimo Harbour

A beautiful day in Nanaimo…

back to Vancouver

back to Vancouver

Strong winds made for a quick trip back to Vancouver and sadly the end of an amazing trip.

photos (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer

except #4 (c) 2013 TJ Radcliffe