Except as noted, all images copyrighted by and should be attributed to E. Bourland Hawley.
I had become many eons ago a traveling literary gnome, inquisitive about places I had and had not visited,
walking the same paths of peoples from the past, through places once grand and still grand,
photographing images that now show me the places about which I still dream . . .

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Kim at the Kemp

       Artist Kim Ward now exhibits at the Kemp Center. Pop in soon to admire the exquisite art work.

A beautiful tree hangs several feet down from the ceiling. 

Ward placed a 3D dragonfly on a painting.

"A Monet Morning in Valspar" measures about fifteen feet long.

Nice rump shot. "When the Frost is on the Pumpkin," acrylic, shows her devotion and sensitivity to nature. 

"Spanish Gold" has a clever title. The Spaniards brought horses to America; gold implies that indeed, the horses are a treasure. 

"Sweet Potato Sky." Note the delicate brushstrokes to form the curtains in the foreground and the clouds in the background. Ward's hand has command of her brush. 

"Tough Shot." A view of this kind would distract me from my game!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fall Bird Feeding is Fun

        Delighted by the visitors at my bird feeders: Carolina wrens, Black-capped chickadees, Spotted towhees, Inca doves, White-winged doves, bluejays, robins, cardinals, juncos, White-crowned sparrows, English sparrows, House finches, Red-winged blackbirds . . . and several comical squirrels. In the trees, Cooper's hawk and a Barred Owl, eyeing the little songbirds with recipes and wine-pairings rushing through their minds: Roasted or sautéed? Which wine will I pair with my bluejay tonight?

A Bluejay struggles at a feeder. This picture shows the color of his plumage.

Red-winged Blackbird. 

Inca Dove.

Adolescent female squirrel, queen of the feeders at such an early age.

Barred Owl.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Poetry: Golfer Gnome Looking for a Green

Golfer Gnome Looking for a Green

At Garden Club last month I learned
Plant your rose bushes on Good Friday
and I with brown thumbs wait
while the upright thorny green stalks
with a scant few leaves sit by the window
waiting with me for Good Friday

I walk outside my front door
to get my mail and I see a gnome
standing at my front porch
looking up at me. I blink and ask

Are you here to live among my roses?
but looking closely at him --
rather, her, I see she wears a skirt
and underneath her beard a necklace
from which dangles flamingos
and in her hands she holds a golfball.

To confirm her gender she calls
herself Juliette, and she hands me a note
Please take on this mission. Please
take on this mission. Take me to a
golfer's home and leave me on her porch.

Will you return by Good Friday?
but I thought better about asking her
to live among my pink hybrid roses
her skirt being tangerine, her gnome hat red --
What would Garden Club think about that?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Day Barred Owl

          A most remarkable visitor stood on a branch outside my window, looking at me. I looked up in admiration. On this day of Thanksgiving, among my many, many, blessings and privileges, the love of my friends and family, I thank, too, the Barred Owl for the visit.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Visiting Sully

      Sully, Avian Ambassador to Wild Bird Rescue, received visitors. Here he is, and here they are looking into his mew. The visitors brought supplies needed by the sanctuary for everyday operations, such as paper towels and dish washing soap. Please consider a donation. Sully, for instance, is calling for sponsors at one hundred dollars per year to buy food -- yes, mice and worms, yum!



Quite Sunny and Yellow or Red

       Leaves look quite yellow here after a summer of drought . . .


      Or they look quite red . . .


       And surrounded by the season of yellow or red, still stands Buster Brown's mother's house.  After the murder of her son by the mayor, Frank Collier, the townsfolk so loved the boy that they gave Mrs. Brown the house.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Marker in Scurry



        Native American marker trees can seem mysterious, magical, and fascinating in other ways. MyMrMallory and I headed to Holliday to photograph the marker tree there. Visit Ken Fibbe's article about the marker tree pictured here. And the fellow about whom he writes, Steve Houser, published an article in two parts about marker trees in the North Texas region. Steve Houser's article Part One, and
Steve Houser's article Part Two.

        And upon our return, some magic did envelope us; some sort of liquid stuff fell on us, and heavily, too. It took us a while to remember to engage the . . . um . . . that stick that runs across our windshield? Oh, yes, the windshield wipers. They still function on the truck. Seriously, the rain pounded us, and we delighted in it though it hurt our ears and we could not hear one another speak; not that we wanted to speak, for we felt in awe of the rain.




Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Amazing View from the Cockpit

       The smooth air and comfortable temperatures, and great view of the clouds at sunset gave us a remarkable view as we returned home after a practice flight. More photos at the WAJA.

            And from the front seat of our truck, MyMrMallory and I watched an experimental as if flew over the road on final into the airport. 


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Artist From WWII's Foxholes

       
         Carolyn Gilbert hosted a remarkable fellow (a remarkable lady herself, she knows how to do that). On Veteran's Day, William A. Foley, Jr., (at left) gave a lecture on his experience working on his book, Visions from a Foxhole: A Rifleman in Patton's Ghost Corps. ISBN 978-0-89141-850-4. In her column in the Times Record News, Gilbert explains how she met Foley.
         Foley served in the 94th Infantry Division under General George S. Patton. During that time, he sketched some of the scenes he witnessed as an infantryman. Below he shows the unbridled joy the infrantrymen felt when the P-47s arrived to assist them in battle.

       
        Highly descriptive with his words, one cannot help but feel the experiences he had as he related them during his lecture. In regard to his ability to write, he mentioned that not until later in his life he learned that he could tell his story, and he does very well, I say.

         
          Foley sketched himself and his own personal experiences in addition to the men around him. Above he shows himself lunging away from a truck before it is hit by a mortar.
          Click on the images to visit his website and to view more artwork.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Migration's In

       Spotted outside my window this morning all at once, an Eastern Towhee, several juncos, an Inca Dove, a Chickadee, Starlings, one White-winged Dove, and several Bluejays. Thanks to Nila at Wichita Valley Landscaping for compiling a list of bird-attracting plants (it must help to have Saint Frances in the garden, too).

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Beautiful Turns of Phrase in Two Languages


With Fall Drop Pumpkins

   
    On occasion of summer going away and fall arriving, and -- any excuse to fly -- aviators will fire up their birds, load up a co-pilot and a few pumpkins, and toss them out the cockpit as they fly at one hundred feet above ground level to test their skill at hitting a target on the field. My first video, here I show footage of a Stearman taking off, approaching the target, and his or her bombardier clever at judging speed and distance, coming close to hitting the target with one of the pumpkins. The end of the video shows the Stearman landing, followed by Dave's Piper Cub.
     In the distance I spotted large flocks of Sandhill Cranes, the sight of which brought to mind a link David sent to us. For a visual treat, see the video by Sophie Windsor Clive, see her video at Vimeo of a remarkable flock of starlings. Thanks, David!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Roadrunner




City Support

       The City of Wichita Falls is one of Wild Bird Rescue's biggest supporters. Recently, workers from the city placed logs around the grassy area that gives access to visitors to Lake Wichita, and added gravel for the parking space, making the area look landscaped. In addition to looking neater, the grassy area has now become a haven for the Killdeer that nest there every year.





Flute Past Sunset

The Crews played the keyboard and the flute past sunset. Venus appears over Mrs. Woods' home.
Image taken with a Nikon Coolpix S80.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

1886 House: First View

       "Go over there and ask him. I know he'll say yes," Julie said, encouraging me to speak to the owner of a house built in 1886. She was right: I was allowed on the property to document a house built in 1886 and the results are below. Indeed, Matthew was warm and welcoming as he allowed MyMrMallory and me to tag along this evening to take pictures of what we believe has become the oldest house in Wichita County.  The thing is that the house is ruined by mold, so the current owners feel obligated to bulldoze it to the ground. My voluntary mission: Document the house with photographs. Later we will research the history of the house. I hope to document it here as we go along.

A cold front blew in at an estimated fifty-miles per hour as we drove toward the old house.

I hoped the clouds would embellish my photographs of the house.

Northeast view of the old house. (HDR image.)

Southwest view. (HDR image.) The distortion has to do with the effect of the lens. 

Southeast view. (Distortion due to the effect of the lens. Okay, I DO need to read now the literature FEK sent to me to tweak the wide-angle lens distortion.)

Awesome views all around as the cold front moved past us. 


Let Lovely Turn of Phrase Begin

Give Me a Kiss to Build a Dream On

Listen, will you? I think that . . . literature, poetry, music and love make the world go round . . . while mathematics explains things; I fill my life with them, then go walking in snowy woods.
Let us go then, you and I
like two etherized patients floating
through life, together feeling prufrockian.
DDB Jr. makes my world go 'round; during his absence, Pachelbel fills it up.
One summer I sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, then through the Gulf of Finland to reach Saint Petersburg; I pursued Joseph Brodsky in its alley ways. I dream of making that two summers.
I read “Biking to Electra;” found my way in a Jaguar car, and glanced at the flashing steel grasshoppers at sunset. I’ll follow K.O.P.’s footsteps after he followed N.Scott Momaday’s; find warmth and inspiration on a rainy mountain.
Throw chinese coins for the I Ching.
Save the whales, the spotted owl, the woman in toil.
Cast a fly for trout; my memories of fly fishing under the sunny blue Colorado sky remain; I yearn to build more . . . with more trophy Browns.
Listen for the swan’s calls on the Baltic Sea. Feel KKII's joy, his arms spread wide in Yazilikaya.
Good night, Jimmy Durante, where ever you are.