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Friday, May 30, 2008



Blogger Sonya said...

K, that made me kinda' dizzy.

30 May 2008 at 18:54  
Anonymous Captain Cat said...

Yup, feeling thoroughly sick looking at those. Weird how a photo can do that. Great shots though (not to be viewed on a full stomach or before a long car journey).

I love the last photo (rightsideup, comfortingly normal), the trees look almost alive, as if they are ambling forwards in procession. Not quite so normal then.

Going off on a bit of a tangent, do you think birds (particularly skylarks) get dizzy with all the swooping they do? In the same vein, have you ever listened to Vaugh Williams' The Lark Ascending? It is exquisite. My mother gave it to me for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. You can really imagine a lark soaring up into the sky when you listen to it.

Big hugs to you up in Yellowknife. Why is your town called Yellowknife by the way?


31 May 2008 at 00:52  
Anonymous Captain Cat said...

I mean Vaughn Williams. Or maybe it's Vaughan Williams. Either way, it's an odd name.

31 May 2008 at 00:54  
Blogger Colleen said...

Sorry for all the queasiness, you two! Take two aspirin and call me in the morning. :)
That bird question is a good one. Ha! I just thought that maybe the dizzy factor is exactly why they swoop and dive. Did you ever go star spinning as a kid? I didn't. But I did as an adult and let me tell you it was greatly weird and strangely exhilarating. It's when you stare straight up at the sky on a starry night (pick a star, any star) and you, well, spin. And you spin and turnspinturnspinturn and spin as you look at the stars and before you know it you're laying on the ground. In fact, when I did it it felt like I was still standing and that the ground rose up to stand up beside me. I couldn't wrap my head around that one for a few moments.
Okay, next. The Lark Ascending? I've heard bits and literally bits. So very bittish. I'd forgotten it until you mentioned it and now must seek it out and seek I will! Anything described by the word exquisite is not something I can ignore. (SO glad your mom and you had time together.)
Kay. Now I'm off to find the true meaning of my town's name. I think it has something to do with a yellow knife. Ha! I kid! Alright. I'll be back. xo.

31 May 2008 at 07:14  
Blogger Colleen said...

I'm back! Wow. The Lark Ascending. I have shivers. Thank you, Cat. I, wow. What recording do you have of it? What a beautiful way to walk into my day.

Yellowknife. It does have to do with a yellow knife. I wasn't kidding. The Dene First Nations people made tools from the copper deposits in the area and that is where the name came from. The Dogrib First Nations people have another name for Yellowknife and it is Somba K'e (pronounced samba kay) which means "where the money is". I think this derives from the fact that gold (and now diamonds just north) have been mined here. Hmmmm. I really should write more about this place. Thanks for asking, Cat. I've been thinking of you lots lately. Love. xo.

31 May 2008 at 07:38  
Blogger Captain Cat said...

Colleeen! Thank you for the explanation of your town's name - although they could have called it Copper Knife, I am not sure why they didn't. Yellow Knife is good though, more enigmatic (I think).

I am so happy you liked this piece of music. My mother had been telling me about it for years and I heard it for the first time on my birthday (I had diligently not opened the carefully wrapped gift in pink chiffon paper my mother had hidden in my suitcase two weeks' earlier, as I left for Kabul). It is a magical piece of music, particularly the beginning. I am not sure which version I have, I'll check when I get home later. Oh I am so glad you like it!

Been thinking of you too.x

1 June 2008 at 04:23  
Blogger Captain Cat said...

Oops, I have it here: it's the Sarah Chang and Bernard Haitink (London Philharmonic Orchestra) version.

I'm listening to it now. What is it about violins? They soar and make your heart sing.

1 June 2008 at 04:31  
Blogger Colleen said...

Yes! I meant to ask you what it felt like as a violinist to listen to this piece. I heard Janine Jansen play the piece with the BBC Orchestra on YouTube. A proper recording will be beautiful to listen to ...
...and (since I'm supposed to be running out the door right now and instead I'm typing to you)just thought I'd say (ahem) at least they decided not to go with Yellow Tool.

And on that ♪!

1 June 2008 at 08:23  
Blogger Sonya said...

I am totally going to try out star spinning on the next clear night. I've never heard of it before but it sounds like something I'd love. :)

1 June 2008 at 09:22  
Blogger Colleen said...

For sure you would! It's weird and fun and a very "in the moment" thing to do. :)

1 June 2008 at 14:52  
Blogger Kori said...

I am enjoying ALL of your photo's!!

1 June 2008 at 18:21  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

Love all the photos. Also yours and Cat's conversation! Ha! Ha ha!

2 June 2008 at 20:09  
Blogger Nan said...

Great, great pictures, as always!

Off the subject, but I wondered if you knew about this:

The man who is running it is about to move to Yellowknife!

3 June 2008 at 07:15  
Blogger Nan said...

Oh, and I meant to say that I love Ralph Vaughan Williams. In fact I used to belong to the Society:

A lot of the hymns I grew up with were written by him. I love, love, love his work. And I wonder if you or Captain Cat have ever come across a British series from the 1970s called A Family At War? The theme song was The Lark Ascending. Beautiful music, and perfect for the show.

3 June 2008 at 07:20  

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