"Speaking of Wood" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 02-13-2008 02:08 PM 674 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Speaking of Wood

What we speak of when we speak wood, is only a tonal nasal activity that soon fades into the ether of our landscape, where reside the scavenging lurkers who are too busy picking up the collected outcasts, those left over pieces of wood, that when finished are often disguised to resemble acts of wood bearing art!

….where i to tell you of my acts of kindness in birthing wood pieces,
the appointed self styled gather’s of other’s dreams,
would soon fall upon me in the oblique particles of my blackened wood holes,
and i would find the need for once again re-turning to the quantum forests….

—-oh waundering imaginations that have served me well,
i cannot see what other’s want with wood,
nor can i tell of all that is wood,
but in the early hours of dawn i can feel the wood seeking out it’s own….

—-carry me back to a time when the wood was before time,
and the gods of the forest saw into the clouds of heavens,
where spreading their oaken lofty branches above the tallest of the evergreens,
there was a stairway that connected from heaven to earth….

—-here i sit as one watching the blinded feverish crazed workers,
all running throughout their forest in daily pursuit of activity,
never having the time to just stop and look up and remember,
that the giving of thanks cancels out a whole forest of dis-ease….

....and so once again i ease back into the landscape of my forest,
where the times are written in the beginnings of all that speaks wood,
my words are soon forgotten just as my breath also evaporates into thought,
and even now i also am gathered into the snowy calefaction of my ether….

Thank you.

” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 02-13-2008 03:11 PM

Thanks for the post and the picture. Your photography is on par with your woodworking skills. This post if quite timely. Yesterday we had about 4 inches of snow here capped by drizzle. I was outside at 4 in the morning and it was quiet and pristine. It was light enough from the snow that I could see the undisturbed layer of snow blanketing the area around my house and those of my neighbors. The only human sound was that of distant scraping (there aren’t many neighbors who would be awake at 4 in the morning) and it was the only thing that interrupted the calling of the horned owl perched in the landscaping in the middle of my yard.

I am surprised that the owl in your photograph remained perched long enough for you to take the picture. Those in this area do not let me approach within 500 yards before taking flight. I really enjoy the picture.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 02:16 PM

Hello Scott;
—-I usually have good luck with the owls around here, just sitting and posing for me.

This one sat for some time here, the hard part was how she//he was constantly turning the head from side to side and watching….so I only was able to get a few pictures of a straight on head shot.

I’ve also noticed that when dealing with animals, if you can maintain straight eye contact, they will sit more patient with you. It’s often when you look away and then look back that you see them as gone. I was able to get up to about fifty yards on this one and also the added treat is that this one has been coming back day by day….until….

I’m glad to see that you also enjoyed your owl viewing….

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 06:15 PM

I wish I would see some owls in my yard. I’ve errected two different owl boxes only to be inhabited by honey bees and squirrels, not at the same time of course. One of these days…maybe….if I’m lucky….They are a fasinating bird. Nice to know you can get close enough and see them often enough to capture on film.


-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 02-15-2008 01:31 PM

Hi Rob;
—-actually getting close enough to take a photo of them is not what I have found to be hard. It’s the finding and seeing them that becomes a work in it’s own right, but well worth the effort and very rewarding. Owls tend to sit very still and quietly, plus they are so well-blended into their environment, that many times we walk right by them I am sure. Makes one wonder as to who’s doing the stalking here in these woods? Often when I am in the woods I depend on my peripheral vision over foveal vision, which allows me to pick up even those little side movements, (the sweeping side to side head movement) of an owls head as he//she looks for food.

The Barred Owl such as this one is, is one of the blessing of living up here in Nh with all the snow we are getting. Especially since the forest soon becomes alive with their sounds as we enter into March and April which is their courtship period….ah yes, the time of love even in the animal kingdom.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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