Friday RPD: Absent

Does absence make the heart grow fonder?

Absent the ones we love
Memories of times gone by
An empty house
An empty building long ago abandoned

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Those absent
Are what we covet
Appreciation grows
For those we no longer have, can no longer touch


Love grows
For our dearly departed
A home we had to leave
Empty shelves, empty nest
Beauty we no longer see
Music we no longer hear in the silence of our mind.


Absent is what is no longer remembered
No longer reachable
Absent is the past.

Mother facing the empty shelves

Photos: A shuttered warehouse, an abandoned trailer, weavers’ nests no longer occupied, my mother in her empty apartment.

Friday RDP: Absent

FOTD: Queen Anne’s Lace

This is the time of year when Queen Anne’s Lace is in full bloom! I am posting here several different pictures of this flower.  See more beautiful flowers at Cee’s Flower of the Day, 8/31/18.

Queen Anne’s Lace in full bloom. Notice the dark red dot at the center of the flower.
A field of Queen Anne’s Lace (bees and butterflies like it!) at Prairie Lakes Park, Des Plaines
This flower curls in on itself, before or after blooming?
Looking at the flower curling in on itself from the top. Actually, I don’t know if this is how Queen Anne’s Lace looks as it begins to bloom or after it’s done blooming.

Capitol Series #3: Santa Fe, NM

This is the 3rd in my series of posts about state capitol buildings I have visited. Each one has something unique. We visited New Mexico’s state capitol in Santa Fe on June 12, 2018.

Santa Fe’s capitol does not have a dome but the building itself is round!

Actually it is built in the shape of the Zia sun symbol, which is also pictured on the New Mexico state flag and the floor of the rotunda inside the capitol.

The Zia tribe regards the Sun as sacred. Their symbol, a red circle with groups of rays pointing in four directions, is painted on ceremonial vases, drawn on the ground around campfires, and used to introduce newborns to the Sun (Wikipedia).

One of the straight hallways:
Although it doesn’t have a dome, the capitol does have a rotunda with a round stained glass panel, and a circle of lights, at the top.


We visited the Senate gallery and chamber.

The capitol building itself, as you can see from these pictures is relatively austere in décor – no fancy decoration as in other capitols. However, the hallways are covered with artwork by New Mexican artists as well as an art gallery with rotating exhibits. When we were there, there was an exhibit of the art faculty at Santa Fe Community College.

The artwork hanging in the halls was also interesting.


Suzy Shipp (1923-2001), The Cat Who Came to Dinner (1996-97), oil on acrylic underpainting on canvas


Carl Schuman (b. 1952), Where All True Paths Meet (1994), woven drawing

My favorite!


Holly Hughes (b. Kansas City, MO, later moved to New Mexico), Buffalo (1992), retail and handwoven, magnetic tape, film, paintbrushes, wire/quilting applique.  Hughes recently made a 4,000 mile bicycle trip to every county in New Mexico, completing 4 active art projects along the way.



Tony Abeyta, Untitled, 2008, oil and sand on canvas




Miguel Gandert (b. 1954), , La Comanchera (Comanche Girl), Laura Aguilera, Talpa, NM,, photograph.

Outside the building, like other capitols, there are statues and sculptures. These, however, are quite unique and celebrate New Mexico’s Native American heritage.


The names of New Mexico’s Native American tribes are inscribed on the base.


Estella Loreto (b. 1954), Earth Mother, bronze. Loreto is originally from Jemez Pueblo.


I really liked this sculpture of children playing.


If you liked this post, you may wish to visit the others in my State Capitol series:

Capitol Series #2 – Denver, Colorado

Capitol Series #1 – Lincoln, Nebraska

Photo for the Week: Mountain Country Roads

Bren at Ryan Photography has a weekly challenge “Photo for the Week” and this week the theme is country roads. I decided to focus on country roads in the mountains from our trip out west and on Route 66 in May/June.


The switchbacks in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, can be treacherous!


Mountain pass on the way to Kingman, Arizona


On route to Kingman



Sometimes you have to brake for donkeys! – near Oatman, Arizona


A road winds through the formations in the Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona


Delicate Are the Butterflies

The subject of Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week this week is delicate.

Recently, I visited the butterfly exhibit at Chicago Botanic Gardens with my friend, Marcia. Marcia was wearing a Hawaiian blouse with blue flowers and a butterfly landed on it.SONY DSC
The butterfly stayed there quite awhile – the flower pattern was large and realistic enough that perhaps the butterfly thought it was a real flower at first.
Butterflies are delicate and beautiful creatures. Their wings are made of scales which help them fly and gives them their coloring, which may be used for camouflage or for attracting a mate. SONY DSCIf you touch a butterfly’s wings, you might rub off some of the scales, but it is a myth that the butterfly will die if you do. SONY DSCIf you handle it roughly, however, the loss of these delicate scales may cause it to fly differently or to lose some of its coloring.SONY DSC
It is best to enjoy these delicate insects by observing and photographing them, while allowing them to fly free!

20180730_102542Did you know that monarch butterflies, whose population had decreased dramatically in the past decade, are making a comeback? Monarch butterflies migrate each year from Mexico to the United States, as far north as the upper Midwest. They depend on milkweed to lay their eggs, but milkweed had been decimated in recent years due to the cutting down of roadside foliage and the creation of “managed” gardens. Now people are creating monarch friendly gardens, which include the things monarchs like: milkweed (there are several varieties), coneflowers, and Queen Anne’s lace, among other flowers. Because of this, I have been seeing monarchs in my own garden and around the neighborhood – the photo above was taken in my garden alongside our driveway.