In the attitude, and with the manner, of the woman of old,

Full of grief, she stands in the glorious morning light.

The dew is like the tears of to-day;

The mosses like the garments of years ago.

Her resentment is that of the Woman of the Hsiang River;

Her silence that of the concubine of the King of Ch’u.

Still and solitary in the sweet-scented mist,

As if waiting for her husband’s return. ~ Li Tai-po*

Leica D-Lux 7 … f//2.8 . 1/200s . 34mm . 100 ISO
Leica D-Lux 7 … f/2.8 . 1/125s . 34mm . 100 ISO

Early morning mist submitted in response to Cee’s CBWC challenge: weather

*Cited (Fir-Flower Tablets Poems Translated from the Chinese, Various Author Project Gutenberg)

It is a bit of a puzzle as to the reason the log and rock are placed in front of the gate. I suppose the first thing to explore is, which way does the gate open?” If the gate moves outward, then what is being kept within?

That dear Watson invites another mystery to explore.

If the gate moves inward, the gate is not a barrier so does it open both in and out? If so, then I assume the log and rock are meant to keep the gate from extending outward?

Humm…

Cee’s black and white challenge: fences and gates

fading memories… Nikon D750 f/5.6 1/400s 78mm

 “At the threshold of stillness within silence, the scent of mothballs signals the opening of a small steamboat trunk entrusted with long-forgotten memorabilia.  Carefully placed upon a layer of women’s 1930 era clothing are three stacks of yellow ribbon-tied envelopes. Within each are hand-written letters reminiscent of second grade penmanship inquiring, “Dear Mother, how are you?  Fine I hope.”  On the left side is a stationery box filled with certificates of marriage, birth, baptism, and death intermingled with a child’s brilliantly colored drawings. Beneath the box is a small silk sachet holding a solitary diamond engagement ring and an ivory locket.  At the bottom of the trunk, children’s books and wooden blocks with carved letters surround a miniature wooden rocking chair and a one-button eyed velvety-patched teddy bear. I become distracted from the remaining contents as black and white photograph images softly held within the folds of a woman’s garnet silk dress glide in the air and scatter on the floor.

“The photographic images are a visual memoir of a young family where trust once allowed two young sisters to roam free throughout a field of tall, yellowed grass.  ‘How many days,’ my questioning mind wonders, ‘how many days were left before the decline of my father’s health shifted the lights of a colorful present into the gray-shaded time of waiting?’ Within this stillness of waiting, memory tells of a young child seeking solace through repetitive rocking behaviors and of a father’s fragile heart enduring a turbulent wait for a donated aorta.

I hear compassion speak to my heart and I begin to feel how my father intuitively knew of my inner turmoil and of the tranquil stillness within rhythmic repetition.   His gift of a rocking chair tells me some fifty years after his death of the multiple emotional and physical sufferings within his suffering, the interconnectedness of the suffering within the family, and of his wish to ease our suffering.” …

~B C Koeford, A Meditative Journey with Saldage

Walden, Colorado is a small town hidden in a basin surrounded by the peaks of the Medicine Bow, Never Summer, Rabbit Ears and Park Mountain ranges. Landscape image submitted in response to Travel With Intent’s One Word Sunday challenge: change