nature

nature

“as I wandered the forest, the green leaves among, I heard a wild flower singing a song …”   – william  blake

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Until it’s just you…

Until it’s just you…

A beautiful poem by Canadian spoken word artist Shane Koyczan about the wild within British Columbia, Canada

 [Destination British Columbia]

It’s just the ocean.

Until you are pulling your dinner out of it.

Until you see first-hand everything that lives in it.

Until you feel the push and pull of a thing so vast…

It is untameable.

It’s just a tree.

Until you see someone release the art trapped inside it.

Until you need shade from the sun or reprieve from the rain.

Until the night steals the warmth in you blood and a cedar sacrifices his its own flesh to give you fire.

It’s just a mountain.

Until you are standing at the bottom of it.

Face to face with it.

Until you take your first step to the top of it.

Until you reach the summit and stand eye level with the setting sun

It’s just a sky.

Until the stars poke holes in the darkness.

Until the wind pushes its howl through the open air with a wildness so blatant.

It sounds like a song you must dance to.

And it all looks…

So tame.

Until you there surrounded by no one.

Until water, earth, fire and air rewind you to a time you once knew.

Until the world feels massive again.

Until it’s just you…

I see postcards #7

I see postcards #7

 

“When you set sail for Ithaca,
wish for the road to be long,
full of adventures, full of knowledge.”

— Constantinos P. Cavafis .”

Discover Greece

 

Discover the Greek island of Ithaca HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

I see postcards #5

I see postcards #5

 

“I find it incredibly amazing how at every sunset, the sky is a different shade.   No cloud is ever in the same place.   Each day is a new masterpiece.    A new wonder.   A new memory.”

— Sanober Khan

 

 

photography by vocabularyinchunks

 

 

Daily Gratitude #4

Daily Gratitude #4

photography by vocabularyinchunks

 

“In the garden, birds sing, bees hum and the flowers and butterflies bewitch me.

Every bug and beetle, petal and leaf grants peace to me in the present moment.

As I tread upon emerald blades that gently sway below crystal skies,

the garden unveils to me the philosophy of life.”  

― Amelia Dashwood

Weekly photo challenge – The road taken

Weekly photo challenge – The road taken

 

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,  I took the one less travelled by.  And that has made all the difference”   – Robert Frost

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photography by vocabularyinchunks

Read the poem –  HERE  

Poem guide,  suitable to use in class – HERE

In response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge The Road Taken
More of my Weekly Photo Challenges
Standing on the edge of the world

Standing on the edge of the world

 

 [Destination British Columbia]

“When I pause   Listen   I hear it

The Calling   A beacon to return to a place   And myself  British Columbia

To be amongst the elements    The purest water and air

Fertile abundance

 A natural richness that overtime has quietly becomes the true currency of life

And this place is the kingdom of abundance

A land of giants    British Columbia forces you to rethink life’s measures

What is big?   What is power?   What is important?

The supreme nature    Super  Natural

The thread that connects us all is undeniable in this place that the aboriginal peoples have honored for millennia

Massive groves   Standing giants fed by the climate and circle of life

Altitude swings that take you from sea  to sky

From rainforest  to dessert   to snow-capped peaks.

This is the place where wildlife thrives

All in the court of her majesty   mother nature

She chose this place to erect her monuments

Masterpieces forever in the making constant and changing

A dichotomy that reflects our refined civilization and raw wilderness

It’s the rush of standing on the edge of the world

The deafening quiet of a mystical morning

The exhilaration of British Columbia that reminds you of what it feels like to be alive

To find the wild within   Super  natural British Columbia ”

 Discover more HERE

“Poetic Dogs”

“Poetic Dogs”

   [DW English]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • It’s not easy turn stray dogs into photo models
  • His photo series “Poetic Dogs”
  • Animal shelters
  • A four-legged look-alike
  • He treats the dogs sensitively
  • It houses more than 200 dogs
  • He had a difficult life
  • He’s a tough character
  • He sells his photos as posters
  • The head of the kennel welcomes the initiative
  • A pet store
  •  To cause a stir
  • Still life pictures
  • Take something from the past and re-use it
  • The animal shelters are full of photogenic  models

 

 

Weekly photo challenge – Local #2

Weekly photo challenge – Local #2

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photography by vocabularyinchunks

“If you deconstruct Greece, you will in the end see an olive tree, a grapevine and a boat ”   

                                                   – Odysseas Elytis  * Greek poet – Nobel Prize in Literature
 
In response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge Local
More of my Weekly Photo Challenges
A place where the sidewalk ends

A place where the sidewalk ends

[Alex Soloviev] 

Where the Sidewalk Ends

                       by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends

And before the street begins,

And there the grass grows soft and white,

And there the sun burns crimson bright,

And there the moon-bird rests from his flight

To cool in the peppermint wind.Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black

And the dark street winds and bends.

Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow

We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,

And watch where the chalk-white arrows go

To the place where the sidewalk ends.Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,

And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,

For the children, they mark, and the children, they know

The place where the sidewalk ends.

[famous poets and poems]
Read an analylsis of the poem here

 

“The best is yet to be ” Robert Browning

“The best is yet to be ” Robert Browning

Happy New Year to all my students, followers and visitors !

  [1PYRO8 – Fireworks from around the world]

Until it’s just you…

Until it’s just you…

A beautiful poem by Canadian spoken word artist Shane Koyczan about the wild within British Columbia, Canada

 [Destination British Columbia]

It’s just the ocean.

Until you are pulling your dinner out of it.

Until you see first-hand everything that lives in it.

Until you feel the push and pull of a thing so vast…

It is untameable.

It’s just a tree.

Until you see someone release the art trapped inside it.

Until you need shade from the sun or reprieve from the rain.

Until the night steals the warmth in you blood and a cedar sacrifices his its own flesh to give you fire.

It’s just a mountain.

Until you are standing at the bottom of it.

Face to face with it.

Until you take your first step to the top of it.

Until you reach the summit and stand eye level with the setting sun

It’s just a sky.

Until the stars poke holes in the darkness.

Until the wind pushes its howl through the open air with a wildness so blatant.

It sounds like a song you must dance to.

And it all looks…

So tame.

Until you there surrounded by no one.

Until water, earth, fire and air rewind you to a time you once knew.

Until the world feels massive again.

Until it’s just you…