Sunday, June 28, 2009

Some Motionless Conflict in the Sky

Some motionless conflict in the sky
As of Milton’s angels painted there
In all their radiance and red malice

It is a special happiness and universal
Simply to know the names of colors
And to see them said

She mixed the colors for house painters
That was Binghamton Rochester Indianapolis
I’ll take less luck if it means less stink she said

A special happiness
When clouds contest with clouds
In fixed flamboyance

Good versus Evil or beautiful cold hair
God loosed angels on us and they are the air

“Some motionless conflict in the sky...” by Donald Revell (1954 - )

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Watching The Golden Glow

Watching The Golden Glow, originally uploaded by TomRaven.

The lordly and isolate Satyrs—look at them come in
on the left side of the beach
like a motorcycle club! And the handsomest of them,
the one who has a woman, driving that snazzy
Wow, did you ever see even in a museum
such a collection of boddisatvahs, the way
they come up to their stop, each of them
as though it was a rudder
the way they have to sit above it
and come to a stop on it, the monumental solidity
of themselves, the Easter Island
they make of the beach, the Red-headed Men

These are the Androgynes,
the Fathers behind the father, the Great Halves

From The Lordly and Isolate Satyrs by Charles Olson (1910 - 1970)

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wading in the Rays

Wading in the Rays, originally uploaded by TomRaven.

Long enough have you dream’d contemptible dreams,
Now I wash the gum from your eyes,
You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life.

Long have you timidly waded holding a plank by the shore,
Now I will you to be a bold swimmer,
To jump off in the midst of the sea, rise again, nod to me, shout, and laughingly dash with your hair.

From Song of Myself by Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Crocodile Island Blues

Crocodile Island Blues, originally uploaded by TomRaven.

Kapiti Island is such a magical, mystical place!

Taken from Pukerua Bay, Kapiti Coast, Wellington, New Zealand and featuring Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, the Kapiti Marine Sanctuary, Sun, Sea, Clouds and Sky.

“Mother of heaven, regina of the clouds,
O sceptre of the sun, crown of the moon,
There is not nothing, no, no, never nothing,
Like the clashed edges of two words that kill.”
And so I mocked her in magnificent measure.
Or was it that I mocked myself alone?
I wish that I might be a thinking stone.
The sea of spuming thought foists up again
The radiant bubble that she was. And then
A deep up-pouring from some saltier well
Within me, bursts its watery syllable.

From Le Monocle de Mon Oncle by Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

Best Viewed Large On Black - Pukerua Bay, New Zealand [?]

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A New Logo For A New Year

Winter Solstice here in the Southern Hemisphere and time to start a new year with a new image. A Raven Image!

A new logo and a new icon for this post and for my Flickr account, signifying a new start and a renewed focus on bringing you the best images I can take and make, for your viewing pleasure :-)

Sunset of the Longest Night

Sunset of the Longest Night, originally uploaded by TomRaven.

Winter solstice today and a bright crisp day it was. Here is the sunset on the eve of the longest night. Tomorrow is the shortest day and it's all up hill from now on :-) It will be fun to watch the sun reverse it's norhbound movement and head back southward and set later each ady... soon I will be able to catch the sunset after work again instead of getting home in the dark.

The white dove of winter
sheds its first
fine feathers;
they melt

as they touch
the warm ground
like notes
of a once familiar

music; the earth
shivers and
turns towards
the solstice.

From The Months by Linda Pastan (Poetry magazine 1999)

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Mystical Mountain Beyond The Sea

Like a mysterious mystical island in the reddish pink sunset, Mt Ruapehu appears to float on the horizon with a deep blue cloud above it. The beach can be so stunning at this time of year and the vistas so distant and beautiful.

Is there no change of death in paradise?
Does ripe fruit never fall? Or do the boughs
Hang always heavy in that perfect sky,
Unchanging, yet so like our perishing earth,
With rivers like our own that seek for seas
They never find, the same receding shores
That never touch with inarticulate pang?
Why set the pear upon those river banks
Or spice the shores with odors of the plum?
Alas, that they should wear our colors there,
The silken weavings of our afternoons,
And pick the strings of our insipid lutes!
Death is the mother of beauty, mystical,
Within whose burning bosom we devise
Our earthly mothers waiting, sleeplessly.

From Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Frosty Morning Reflections

Frosty Morning Reflections, originally uploaded by TomRaven.

Very frosty morning, this morning. Stopped and caught this sunrise shot on the way to work... brrrr... it was cold!!!

From low to high doth dissolution climb,
And sink from high to low, along a scale
Of awful notes, whose concord shall not fail;
A musical but melancholy chime,
Which they can hear who meddle not with crime,
Nor avarice, nor over-anxious care.
Truth fails not; but her outward forms that bear
The longest date do melt like frosty rime,
That in the morning whitened hill and plain

And is no more; drop like the tower sublime
Of yesterday, which royally did wear
His crown of weeds, but could not even sustain
Some casual shout that broke the silent air,
Or the unimaginable touch of Time.

Mutability by William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dawn Volcano: Early Light Over Kapiti

Taken from my favorite roadside stop on my way to work! Looking out over the Kapiti Coast and beyond to Mt Ruapehu at dawn.
This is such a stunning landscape and I feel so blessed to pass this way every day on my way to work... not many commutes have this kind of majesty to be soaked up :-)

In the Empire of Light
the water’s completely dry

floating on a surface of itself
around islands pointed south-southwest

The wind fills it then
with more of itself

according to the rules
which cause parallel lines

to vibrate and cross
less and less

From In the Empire of Light by Michael Palmer (1943 - )

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

In The Wind: A Stormy Sky

In The Wind: A Stormy Sky, originally uploaded by TomRaven.

A stormy winter sky tonight. Blowing a gale and rain on the way. Weather is really changeable at the moment with sunny crisp days and 12C nights and Norwesters followed by arctic blasts from the south with snow and sleet and hard frosts. Welcome to NZ in Winter and I'm in the mild North Island not the frozen South :-)

know nothing, are nothing, save a fume
driving across a mind
preoccupied with this: our doom
is, to be sifted by the wind,

heaped up, smoothed down like silly sands.
We are less permanent than thought.

From Villon by Basil Bunting (1900 - 1985)

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Mystical: A Tangerine Dream

Mystical: A Tangerine Dream, originally uploaded by TomRaven.

Indeed this is a tangerine dream. The volcano, Mt Ruapehu, can be seen on the horizon, snow capped and mystical floating above the blue sea in the tangerine sky! Ruapehu is over 200km away and over 100km inland but some days can be seen like a mystical floating island across the sea from Otaki Beach!

Or fragments of the day's intense serene;
Working mosaic on their Parian floors.
And, day and night, aloof, from the high towers
And terraces, the Earth and Ocean seem
To sleep in one another's arms, and dream
Of waves, flowers, clouds, woods, rocks, and all that we
Read in their smiles, and call reality.

From Epipsychidion by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Morning Glory: Beyond the Fence

Morning Glory: Beyond the Fence, originally uploaded by TomRaven.

The glorious light of morning at dawn on a cold winters day in paradise.
I stop at this place most mornings on my way to work and at the moment this is coinciding with dawn so a great photo opportunity on a nice day. This is another HDR, a little more gaudy this time but a pretty true reflection of what the sunrise looked like on this cold and frosty morning. The viewpoint looks out over the Kapiti Coast with Kapiti Island to the left and the Tararua Ranges to the right. Between mountains and sea on a narrow strip of land lie Paekakariki below and Paraparaumu in the distance and the single road and rail links into the capital, Wellington.

That I walk up my stoop, I pause to consider if it really be,
A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.

To behold the day-break!
The little light fades the immense and diaphanous shadows,
The air tastes good to my palate.

Hefts of the moving world at innocent gambols silently rising freshly exuding,
Scooting obliquely high and low.

Something I cannot see puts upward libidinous prongs,
Seas of bright juice suffuse heaven.

The earth by the sky staid with, the daily close of their junction,
The heav’d challenge from the east that moment over my head,
The mocking taunt, See then whether you shall be master!

From Song of Myself by Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Serenity: The Sun Retreats Beyond The Horizon

Serenity: The Sun Retreats Beyond The Horizon, originally uploaded by TomRaven.

I've been playing with HDR lately. Avoided it for sometime as a lot f HDRs I have seen are just gaudy and unreal and I prefer to try and capture things exactly or as close as possible to the way they actually look.This shot is an HDR created rom two frames with a one stop difference in exposure! Unlike the previous post (also an HDR) I think this one actually captures the reality much closer than a non HDR. I'm aiming to find a subtle HDR effect that helps me capture the beauty and splendor of the sunrises and sunsets here without becoming to unreal or 'trippy' like some of the psychedelic HDR shots I have seen

Here end the works of the sea, the works of love.

Those who will some day live here where we end —
should the blood happen to darken in their memory and overflow —
let them not forget us, the weak souls among the asphodels,
let them turn the heads of the victims towards Erebus:

We who had nothing will school them in serenity.

From Mythistorema by George Seferis (1900-1971)
- original name Giorgios Stylianou Seferiades

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Bliss: Dawn’s Early Light

Bliss: Dawn’s Early Light, originally uploaded by TomRaven.

Thicker crowd the shades while the grave East deepens
Glowing, and with crimson a long cloud swells.
Maiden still the morn is; and strange she is, and secret;
Strange her eyes; her cheeks are cold as cold sea-shells.

Sunrays, leaning on our southern hills and lighting
Wild cloud-mountains that drag the hills along,

From Love in the Valley by George Meredith (1828 - 1909)

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Deep Peace The Beach At Dusk

Deep Peace The Beach At Dusk, originally uploaded by TomRaven.

Dusk. The Flight passing Blanchisseuse.
Gulls wheel like. from a gun again,
and foam gone amber that was white,
lighthouse and star start making friends,
down every beach the long day ends,
and there, on that last stretch of sand,
on a beach bare of all but light,
dark hands start pulling in the seine
of the dark sea, deep, deep inland.

From The Schooner Flight by Derek Walcott (1930 - )

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bottlebrush Bokeh

Bottlebrush Bokeh, originally uploaded by TomRaven.

As though the same blooms had come back, white freaked with red
And heavily scented. Or a cut branch of pear blooms before its time,
“Forced.” Time brings us into bloom and we wait, busy, but wait
For the unforced flow of words and intercourse and sleep and dreams
In which the past seems to portend a future which is just more
Daily life. The cat has a ripped ear. He fights, he fights all
The tom cats all the time. There are blood gouts on a velvet seat.
Easily sponged off: but these red drops on a book of Stifter’s, will
I remember and say at some future time, “Oh, yes, that was the day
Hodge had a torn ear and bled on the card table?” Poor
Hodge, battered like an old car. Silence flows into my mind. It
Is spring. It is also still really winter. Not a day when you say,
“What a beautiful spring day.” A day like twilight or evening when
You think, “I meant to watch the sun set.” And then comes on
To rain. “You’ve got to take,” says the man at the store, “the rough
With the smooth.” A window to the south is rough with raindrops
That, caught in the screen, spell out untranslatable glyphs.

From Hymn to Life by James Schuyler (1923 - 1991)

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dancing The Light Fantastic

Dancing The Light Fantastic, originally uploaded by TomRaven.

This country has such a glorious quality of light! I feel so blessed to live here so close to the wild west coast and the beach. Wandering on the beach every evening with my camera is a ritual I will never tire of. This time of year more than any, I think, is so beautiful! It may be cold on the beach, especially in a brisk westerly wind, but it is truly empty and the light, oh the light.
The Dancing Gull is a signature character in many of my shots and there is a whole story around how he came to be and around the group I co founded on Flickr - Fat Bee & Dancing Gull - so it's nice to catch him dancing at the beach in these glorious winter sunsets.

Come, and trip it as ye go
On the light fantastic toe,
And in thy right hand lead with thee,
The mountain-nymph, sweet Liberty;
And if I give thee honour due,
Mirth, admit me of thy crew
To live with her, and live with thee,
In unreproved pleasures free;
To hear the lark begin his flight,
And singing startle the dull night,
From his watch-tower in the skies,
Till the dappled dawn doth rise;
Then to come in spite of sorrow,
And at my window bid good-morrow,
Through the sweet-briar, or the vine,
Or the twisted eglantine;
While the cock with lively din,
Scatters the rear of darkness thin,
And to the stack, or the barn door,
Stoutly struts his dames before;
Oft list'ning how the hounds and horn
Cheerly rouse the slumb'ring morn,
From the side of some hoar hill,
Through the high wood echoing shrill.

From L'Allegro by John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sunrise of the Moon of the Long Nights

The first blog at sunrise on 8th June 2009 with a photo taken high on Paekakariki Hill overlooking Pukerua Bay and the Full Moon setting in the rising sun> Sweet! The perfect way to start a new enterprise... my first daily blog :-)

Thought I would add to my daily Flickr posts with general ramblings and notes about the day. It was a crisp and very cold winter morning. Scrapping the ice off the car windscreen for the first time this year.
Back to work after a well deserved week off ... the first break in almost a year! Got lots of great photos taken over the last week and had a lazy relaxing time in a crisp sunny New Zealand winter.

The Full Long Nights Moon sets at Sunrise over Pukerua Bay, New Zealand June 8th 2009

Night knows not, neither is it shown to day,
By sunlight nor by starlight is it shown,
Nor to the full moon's eye nor footfall known,
Their world's untrodden and unkindled way.
Nor is the breath nor music of it blown
With sounds of winter or with winds of May.

But here, where light and darkness reconciled
Held earth between them as a weanling child
Between the balanced hands of death and birth,
Even as they held the new-born shape of earth
When first life trembled in her limbs and smiled,
Here hope might think to find what hope were worth.

from In the Bay by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 - 1909)