Gallery of Yellow Flowers II

Cutting garden at Lindisfarne Island
Cutting garden at Lindisfarne

As the world outside is frosty, it’s great to have been prompted to share some more yellow flowers and bask for a while in their warm, cheerful shades. I’ve looked for different intensities of colours from soft, almost greyish to pure and bright and have included some rarities and commoners. For anyone in need of an extra fix, my first gallery is here.

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Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind

Parrot looking over its shoulder

Though I remember going to see the film, I had no idea what the number referred to, so I looked it up. A mere sighting of an alien ship – a close one, mind – is the first kind. The third kind that gave name to the film means seeing an alien. If you speak directly with one, it’s the fifth kind.

It baffles me why we don’t have the same avid fascination to talk to the wild creatures we have on Earth, to find out what they can tell us. You can pooh-pooh this, but if we spent the money collectively invested in looking for the man on the moon to achieve a close encounter of the fifth kind with intelligent life on our own planet, dolphins, say, would we have had a breakthrough by now? Continue reading “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind”

Vintage Car Chrome

Flying lady hood ornament on green vintage car

It always amuses me how so many words connected to cars differ in the USA and the UK. Gear lever. Wing mirror. Windscreen. Bonnet. Belisha beacon. Central reservation. We Give Way and overtake. We rent a car, drive on a dual carriageway and stop on the hard shoulder (in an emergency only).

So while I think of this as a car mascot, since these are American cars, hood ornament is more appropriate.

I’m far from being a car fanatic, so what interests me here is not the car or even the flying lady mascot, but the reflected waves that make the far side of the bonnet so abstract. I have no idea what caused them. Something about them reminds me of corrugated leaves – a hosta, for example – so I’m claiming this is about as close anyone can get to making a car look like a plant in the absence of vegetation. I’d be intrigued by any rival claims! Continue reading “Vintage Car Chrome”