Wow — Spring Is Early This Year

Feel's like spring, Gamble Garden, Palo Alto

Feel’s like spring, Gamble Garden, Palo Alto

The iPhone camera was overwhelmed by this bed of tulips at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto.

Wow is the word of the day. A perfect day to get out of the library, explore the outdoors, read a poem in the park, take a few pictures — anything, but not indoors. Spring fever, I call it.

With me I’m taking Spring Issue 22 of the Two Lines Press Journal, World Writing in Translation. The issue just arrived by mail and I can’t wait to explore the contents.

Eduardo Chirinos is a peruano who teaches at the University of Montana in Missoula— the university campus lies at the foot of Mount Sentinal near the Bitterroot Valley, which recently has been ravaged by forest fires.

Chirinos writes about Autumn, the fire season in Montana:

1 Smoke clouds the September sky, turning
The moon red and blocking the view of the
Mountains. To console myself I think
About the start of autumn, the blazing red
In Titian’s late phase. The radio warns
Of the perils of exercise and venturing
Outside the house. I write about animals
To forget my body, to escape from myself.

2 The smoke blocks the view of the mountains.
Now I understand how much I needed them.
They manage to keep their green in September,
Their hushed and discreet presence. …
— Translated by G. J. Racz, Two Lines Press, 2015

Read more poetry. And take your camera along when you go for a walk.

Photos by Carto at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, March, 2015. Click any image to start a slide show.

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. , it’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week.



About carto

Retired software engineer who grew up in Montana, went to Montana State College in Bozeman, and moved to California to work at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Carto's Logbook is about photography, travel and adventure; Mt. Maurice Times is tall tales mostly biographical; Carto's Library is about books I've read and liked.
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5 Responses to Wow — Spring Is Early This Year

  1. Oh, ah. I didn’t think of using different photos to cover the color spectrum. Nice photos. (I didn’t think to write about all the books before I gave a bunch away either. That’s a nice thing to do, Carto.

  2. Love the deep orange colour

  3. I love the white and blue 😀

  4. Tina Schell says:

    It may be early in Palo Alto but certainly not in the northeast!!! Lovely photos of spring flowers tho so at least we can imagine!

  5. Beautiful pictures.
    Here’s hoping you’ll check out my blog too sometime soon.

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