early flowers

March 30 – morning snow shower – temperatures just above freezing.

Watching Werner Herzog’s “Happy People: A Year on the Taiga” over the weekend gave me a whole new appreciation for spring snow.

dwarf siberian iris

dwarf siberian iris

crocus

crocus

magentafest

I got carried away with magenta. The whole painting is disturbingly bright. But crops of it are very pleasant. As a child, I was fascinated with magenta, the word and the color. It seemed rare and unusual, so I still feel surprised that it has a prominent place in the CMYK model. I looked up the name – it was named in celebration of the Battle of Magenta, to celebrate a victory of the French and Sardinian army on June 4, 1859, near the Italian town of that name.

Magenta 1

Magenta 1

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Magenta 2

Magenta 2

Magenta 3

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hello world

I love the earliest flowers. It is a challenge to get enough of them, they disappear so fast.

snowdrops

snowdrops

crocus at sunset

crocus at sunset

the eerie

Notes on the erhu:

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I was reading haiku on The Heron’s Nest last night. I came across a word new to me: “erhu.”

evening breeze
ruffling thoughts of her
echoes of the erhu

Chen-ou Liu
Ajax, Ontario
Canada

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I used the “define” function on iPad’s Safari to look it up.

erhu |ərˈho͞o| (also erh hu)
noun
a Chinese two-stringed musical instrument held in the lap and played with a bow.
ORIGIN early 20th cent.: Chinese, from èr ‘two’ + hú ‘bowed instrument.’

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Maybe fifteen minutes later, I’m reading Teju Cole’s Open City, a hard cover copy from the library. I come across the following passage:

I walked under the trees, past the creak of children’s swings and, as I moved closer to the end of the arbor, I could make out the sound of an erhu. The line was breathy and nimble, the precise nimbleness of an old-fashioned thing. …

When I reached the other side of the park, I saw that there were actually two erhu players, not one. …

I sat in the grass for a long while listening to the erhu players and the singer. It was cold.

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Spellcheck has a very difficult time with the word erhu. It is finally learning that I mean it when I type it. But I had to struggle to avoid “eerie” (left its choice in subject line), “erg” and “eh.” I got the impression spellcheck was trying to write a poem.

old roses

Poor housekeeping … or a love of elderly flowers? These are left over from Valentine’s day, more than a month old.

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