Friday, April 23, 2010

Looking at fennel

Pardon the lack of a photograph, but this is being posted in a hurry, on lunch break.

I'm working on a "project" of sorts, but it just slowly coming into focus, so I don't know how to describe it, and I certainly don't know where it will take me.

For the past few years I have been noticing the wild fennel here in the bay area. It tends to grow in vacant lots, places where the ground has been used for something else.

(These vacant lots are the urban equivalent to we used to call no-mans-land when I was a child living in the country-- fallow places where there is seemingly nothing but potential. Maybe that's why I liked them so much: they are forlorn but resounding with hope.)

In my project area (which I call "You are Here!") there are these wonderful young fennel plants. Right now, due to the wet spring, they are healthy and of the most beautiful watery green color.

But the amazing thing is that you can smell them, with their spicy anise/licorice scent, before you see them. Marvelous.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

April is here

Hi all.

Sorry to be away so long.

T.S. Eliot wrote (I think in The Wasteland) that it is the cruelist month, but I don't know if personifying months is a good idea.

On the other hand, maybe I have just grown away from Eliot. (I used to love reading his poems in college and I still remember beautiful moving passages in Four Quartets.)

I don't have a lot of time for introspective reading these days. I need my introspective time for walking and looking at things.

Several months ago I wrote that my greatest regret was not having been a "working artist." Well, I've decided to address that issue and begin to art. And that is what I am doing.

How will this blog figure into that effort? I don't know. That has yet to be seen. I hope you will stay tuned.