Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A September bird in October's cloak, . . .

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a rare bird* whose melody is a lullaby of the Little People, whose message is the whistle of a strong heart and rushing wings.

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* Today, Hunger Road begins its next regularly-scheduled eight-day hiatus. For that period, we return to photos. 

I'm always interested in how words come to be, how names come to be, and never more so than when they are spoken in the language of my ancestors. I've done this with most of the photosets I've posted on this site, but without making it explicit until now: The text that accompanies each entry is an exploration, sometimes oblique, sometimes express, of the roots of names and the points of connection and separation between the branches of each root. I'm not inclined to explain; it ruins the flow. Simply know that this is where the text is birthed, where it lives and grows and transforms and evolves.


This time around, the theme is "Rare Birds." No, they are not "rare" in the sense of small numbers or endangered status. But each of them will possess some rare quality that makes them unique, whether it is something immanent in its identity and spirit, or merely in some way related the fact that I was able to capture its image — out of time, out of place.


We begin with what is, in this country, perhaps the most obvious bird, the first one whose name I knew as a child. However common, however obvious, however well-known, this little painted spirit of autumn here in this place is still a rare bird.




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Adance On Silvery Wings

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's Wings's latest, a pair of earrings utterly simple and spare, otherwise unadorned, yet evoking wholly archetypal imagery. They are beautiful small spirits, wonderfully lightweight, whose dance upon the air captures and holds and releases the light itself.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. As always these days, use the Contact form for inquiries. And, as always, shares of the site links are much needed and much appreciated.



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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Section VII, Chapter 7; First Line:

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It’s a night lit only by the yellow glow of a horned moon, and the leaves murmur and moan as the rising wind carries their voices home.

Ghosts pursue their obsessions from beyond the grave. Sometimes, those obsessions pursue them in turn.



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Jewels and Gems: A Stone of Strength, Courage, Hope

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's this week's entry in our Tuesday series on Jewels and Gems. This time around, it's a less expensive stone whose given name mimics another, one far more rare and valuable, but it's a beautiful stone in its own right, and its name holds great power.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Of all the works featured in it, all have long since sold save the very last one, which remains available in inventory at a remarkably reasonable price. However, Wings has a good selection of cabs in his supply of stones, and if it speaks to your spirit, he can create and beautifully unique piece all your own; simply inquire via the Contact form. As always, shares of the site links are much needed and much appreciated. 



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Monday, August 31, 2015

Section VII, chapter 6; First Line:

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The canopy of trees along Hunger Road are turning gold in the late-summer light.

A benevolent ghost may protect you when it can. If you're lucky, when it can't, it'll send someone else to help.



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Y'all, I need a favor. Fast.

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I'm in a bind.

I'm on an ad deadline (that would be today, natch), and I'm at the point where I'm smacked in the face with the realization that I simply do not have the skills with the limited graphics software I have to make this work. If you have the ability to turn my Pixelmator draft into camera-ready copy per pub guidelines, would you be willing to do us a huge favor and fix this for us?  I'll owe you. Trade for editing, for a photo, etc., etc., or pay you your hourly rate as soon as I can?

Thanks.



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Monday Photo Meditation: On the Last Winds of Summer

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a photo meditation for the last day of August, and for the end of the season. Today, we bring you three spirits who ride the last winds of Summer, brilliant, beautiful, colorful messengers of love and life and hope.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. All three photos are available for purchase in any of the usual three formats; simply inquire via the Contact form (use that for other communications right now, as well). And, as always, shares of the site links are much needed and much appreciated.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Wings and Aji, 2015; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.