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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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Humming Bird refuels in flight

While I was staying at Luba’s house in Philadelphia, I relaxed for some time on her back patio keeping an eye out for the fauna which reputedly make use of the garden. She has a resident fox and  two resident wood chucks. Deer pass through from time to time too. Unluckily, none of these appeared while I was sitting in the comfortable patio chair, a-watching. However, I did see several visits from a humming bird sporting a plumage of grey and white feathers which I don’t think I’ve seen before. I managed with patience to take these shots of him refueling:

. . . approach . . . .

 

. . . alignment . . . .

 

. . . HOOK UP!   . . . . .

 

These proceedings were observed with a critical eye by a Cardinal from a nearby feeder:

 

. . . . Judge!

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3 Responses

  1. I have yet to see a humming bird take advantage of the feeder I have provided. Maybe I should post your photo near the feeder as inspiration.

    • Amy. You need lots of spare time and patience to see them – they’re in and out in a flash. Perhaps you should add a little alcohol to the feeder mix? — Well! It did wonders for me!

  2. That was very pleasant to view of your photos. Thanks for sharing. Nereida

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