A Bit Of John Muir For You …

“Come to the Woods” by Jake Runestad (b. 1986), text by John Muir (1838-1914). World premiere at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX, May 9, 2015 (“This Delicate Universe: New Works for Our World” concert). Video by Austin American-Statesman. Commissioned by Conspirare. With Faith DeBow, piano, and special appearance by Jake Runestad.

Come to the Woods
Another glorious day, the air as delicious
to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.
The day was full of sparkling sunshine,
and at the same time enlivened with one of
the most bracing wind storms.
The mountain winds bless the forests with love.
They touch every tree, not one is forgotten.
When the storm began to sound,
I pushed out into the woods to enjoy it.
I should climb one of the trees for a wider look.
The sounds of the storm were glorious with
wild exuberance of light and motion.
Bending and swirling backward and forward, round and round,
in this wild sea of pines.
The storm-tones died away, and turning toward the east,
I beheld the trees, hushed and tranquil.
The setting sun filled them with amber light, and seemed to say,
“Come to the woods, for here is rest.”

Taken from writings by John Muir, adapted by the composer.

Photo Dump

I have redone things on the computer, moving all the photography to an external hard drive (all thanks to Dan, since I’m clueless about these things!), and because of that I’ve neglected the pattyo.

Oh shoot … I neglect it even without doing a major switcharoo. I just can’t keep up with this blog. It has merely become a “dump site” for photography, and even that I’m not managing well. I am going to try and do some larger photo drops here, and then decide if I even want to keep this site going after I get those all posted. Sometimes it’s best to just say goodbye, you know?

Anyway, stay tuned for a lot of photo dumps now.

Photo Dump, March 2016

Gazania, 3.25.14

Pink Dianthus in Black & White, 3.24.14

Antirrhinum, 3.24.14

White Camellia (I), 3.18.16



Unsharp: Lupine on Green, 3.17.16



Lilac Flowers_(II),_3.14.16

Lilacs (I), 3.14.16

Unsharp: Bluebells (II), 3.5.14

Elizabeth, 2.23.16

Morning Near the Bridge:
Morning Near the Bridge (I), 3.14.14

Morning Near the Bridge (II), 3.14.14

One from Yosemite:
Yosemite: Bare Trees, 2.28.16

One from New York … and most certainly NOT an endorsement.

Pondering Numbers

Jameson is 26. When I was 26 I had my first child.
Brandon is 33. When I was 33 I had three children.

I have worked since I was in my teens, started playing professionally when I was 17 and I landed my symphony job when I was 18.
I am now nearing 60.

I was just mulling these numbers over in my head.

Time is such a strange, strange thing!

There is a part of me that would love to retire now and travel. How much would I miss performing, really? Hm.

Ah well … perhaps the next five years will race by.

I can dream.

And here is my photo dump for the day … things I posted mostly while we were on our Death Valley & Southern California trip:

Iris Abstract, 3.4.14

Orange & Yellow against Green, 3.21.14

Pink Ranunculus (II), 3.18.16

Red Ranunculus (I), 3.18.16

Red Rose, 3.24.14

Salmon Tulips, 3.20.14

Sparaxis, 3.17.14

White Freesia, 3.27.13

Wisteria (II), 3.17.14

Yellow and Red Wave, 3.10.14