English is such a crazy language! I’m glad I don’t have to learn it as a foreigner! We have many words with more than one pronunciation (homographs), and many words that sound alike but are spelled differently (homophones). Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week plays on the theme of red: a pair of homophones RED – READ; a pair of homographs READ (present tense) and READ (past tense); and another homophone pairing: READ and REED. So here are my REDS, READS and REEDS.
RED: (adjective) a bright primary color
READ: (verb) past tense of read: I read an entire book yesterday. But I have not read any of the books in the two photos below, which are written in other languages.
READ: (verb) present tense. I like to read every day.
REED: (noun) any of several species of large aquatic grasses, such as those pictured below.
Day 4: Movie There are lots of holiday movies but only two of them have ever been an annual tradition. When I was a kid, every year we’d watch Menotti’s operetta Amahl and the Night Visitors. My siblings and I knew it so well that even today we can quote (singing, of course!) from it.
Several years ago, I acquired the DVD of Love Actually, which is sort of a holiday movie. I really enjoy this movie and we watch it almost every year. There were a few things that made it special: 1. Colin Firth 2. Colin Firth attempting to speak Portuguese 3. the soundtrack 4. Sam, the 12-year-old character 5. the scene where the prime minister (played by Hugh Grant) “tells off” the American president 6. the fact that my mother loved it until she thought about it and decided it was “soft porn.” 7. Colin Firth proposing to the love of his life in Portuguese at a restaurant in Portugal
Day 5: Music
I love carols and Christmas songs, but my favorites are the classical pieces associated with Christmas: Handel’s Messiah, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and others. That said, I love a few Christmas songs that I can’t get enough of.
Oddly, although I don’t believe that it is a fact that Jesus was actually the product of a virgin Mary and God, nor that Jesus literally walked on water, etc., my favorite three Christmas songs that give me goosebumps are: Mary Did You Know
The Cherry Tree Carol
The Prayer (not specifically for Christmas, but it’s on Celine Dion’s Christmas album)
Day 6: Plants A poinsettia, what else?? The poinsettia is native to Mexico where some of its leaves turn red (or white) around Christmas time. This happens because of the shorter days of December. I was told that if I wanted my poinsettia to rebloom, I should put it in a dark place, to coax the leaves to turn red again. Instead, I killed the poinsettia because I forgot about it and it was totally neglected! Here’s a photo I took in January of a poinsettia with red & white leaves (obviously it didn’t live in my house!)
Day 7: Fireplace My son and I never lived in a place with a fireplace when he was young enough to believe in Santa Claus! I would hang his stocking on a nail! By the time we moved into our house with a fireplace, he was 10 and no longer believed in Santa. So then I just hung decorative stockings over the fireplace! Alas, I have not a single photo!
This isn’t really a flower, but it’s an autumnal plant growing along the shore of our West Lake, where plants are just left to grow wild. I don’t know the name of it either, but when I spotted it, I stopped to examine it, and finding it interesting, I photographed it! It has a seed pod that resembles a pine cone growing on it.
Close-up of its seeds:
If anyone can tell me the name of this plant, I’d appreciate it! Posted for Cee’s FOTD 10/1/20.