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Pondificating - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
The bottom of the catchment basin next to our house has filled with water more times in the past six months than it had over the previous four years. I know that the end of the drought is more dependent on the accumulation to the north of Tucson than it is on local precipitation, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that our intermittent pond is a good omen. At the very least, it makes for tranquil moments that are hard to come by in the desert.

The trees in the basin are coming along nicely. Pretty soon the formerly barren wasteland out our kitchen window will look like a makeshift park. That's no substitute for real wildlands, of course, but still a great deal better than looking out at the wall of your neighbor's house. I'll take greenery over brownery any day.

Mode: salsified
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chrisglass From: chrisglass Date: February 13th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Great shot.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 13th, 2005 05:03 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks. I like the spindly bits.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: February 13th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
spindly bits over blurred bits. Really super image. I like what it does to my eyes. :-)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 13th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks for noticing! I've always been fascinated by attempts to find abstraction in everyday situation. And I love it when a picture confuses my depth perception.

In a related vein, I really like the way that the photo of you with the log seemed to present a horizontal line, running through the log, that flattened the image.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: February 13th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, that was strange. I didn't notice it until I was leaving the area. Somebody tied a series of branches along the trunks of several trees. I don't know what it was about but, it looked like a place where homeless might hang out. It has also turned into a trash dump although there isn't that much trash there. Thank goodness.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 14th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Serendipity amid squalor!

Your last few entries have been very strong. I like the way you're interweaving prose and picture.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: February 13th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sweet shot indeed. We used to say we got a "lake" in my parents' backyard when it rained, but we were never serious.

I just told KDD I'd wear either my fabulous heels or fabulous pants to your house sometime to stir up trouble. Just so I can be a horrible example to your child, living proof that one should in fact sometimes purchase woefully impractical (and un-rain-friendly) footwear.

And speaking of children: While I was reading at the coffeehouse, I saw a little boy playing with toy cars and I kept looking out for purple ones, thinking of you. He kept thinking the giant poodle nearby was going to eat a favorite, worrying proleptically about its loss.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 13th, 2005 05:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Bad examples are almost always good when they involve fashion. We heartily invite you to further corrupt our daughter in that regard. And thanks for remembering the loss of the purple car! It was Matchbox's #22 model from the late 60s/early 70s, but not in the red it debuted in but purple. I've never seen one on EBay.
somemonad From: somemonad Date: February 13th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Is it this purple Matchbox #22 from 1971 or a different one? I don't know much about their numbering system (they do seem to start over again from 1 every series or so), but they have it for £14 at that link.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 13th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Alas, they must have changed the numbering system. I got mine in 1970 or so, but it was a Pontiac GTO, not one of those moderne bus-things. But I deeply appreciate your efforts. I guess I better get the history of Matchboxes down.
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