One Observing

A Curious Person's Photographic Notebook

Apples: Ancient and Modern

Imperfect Apples (1)

Apples have existed for thousands of years. Archaeological evidence of the fruit’s consumption in Europe dates back to the Stone Age. Valued in antiquity for their taste and medicinal qualities, apples were cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Apples, Before and After

Although apples can claim a long history, apple crisp or crumble is a relatively modern dessert. According to Wikipedia, the first recipe in print does not occur until 1924 in Everybody’s Cook Book: A Comprehensive Manual of Home Cookery by American author Isabel Ely Lord. Also, on December 9, 1924,  apple crisp is mentioned in a newspaper article in the appropriately named Appleton Post Crescent.

Nature Lady

Pensive Lady

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

Reading Lady

Reading Lady

“What would you sacrifice to sit in that comfy chair with perfect light for an afternoon in eternity, reading the perfect book, forever?” Audrey Niffenegger, The Night Bookmobile

Look Up

Athena Looks Up too

Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom and war, only participated in warfare to protect her home. Up above, in the hall of a Beaux Arts legislative building in Canada, she steadfastly continues her role.

A Glimmering

Glimmering Light

On a quiet summer morning, the dappled sweet light upon a green path can seem a glimmer of goodness.

Farewell, Sweet Boy


Gazing out the window too

Dear Basil, beautiful boy, our hearts ache with sadness. Why you had to go, there will be no answer that brings you back.

So full of life, so proud of your creatureness, you gave joy because you were joy.

In my heart forever, farewell, my friend, my big bunny boy.

Dream On

Peony Pink – A Dream

when the Fates have refused
all your long-held dreams,
forsaken you,
ignored your pleas,
you are set free.
to receive Other dreams,
wondrous dreams,
written in starlight
and moonbeams,
dreams you did not even know
belonged to you
from the start.


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