Retrospective thirty-one (September 2014)

Given the way in which blogs are presented, I am convinced that posts which reside more than a scroll or two behind the most recent are doomed to languish and be forgotten. Because I believe there is value in looking at contributions from days, weeks, and even months ago, I present a gallery of images presented during September of 2014. Hovering an image will reveal its title. Clicking one will take you to a carousel view and you can either move through the collection or click the links to read each post in its original form. This is the thirty-first in my series of retrospectives. If you missed any of the others you may find them all by clicking Retrospective in the tag cloud in the sidebar.

11 thoughts on “Retrospective thirty-one (September 2014)

  1. I remember several of these from their first appearance which means you are finally catching up to the beginning of our acquaintance. It’s a fine collection. Close ups of insects and especially hoppers, both grass and otherwise, are delightful. I really like the chestnuts and would love to have that harvest for a nice bolognese sauce.

  2. The chest in chestnut has nothing to do with any kind of chest but comes from the first part of chastaigne, the Old French development of the Latin castanea that you mentioned and that now serves as the genus name for these trees.

    The first thing I thought of when I saw the picture was the poem by Longfellow that begins:

    Under a spreading chestnut tree
    The village smithy stands;
    The smith, a mighty man is he,
    With large and sinewy hands;
    And the muscles of his brawny arms
    Are strong as iron bands.

    • And, of course, ends …

      Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
      For the lesson thou hast taught!
      Thus at the flaming forge of life
      Our fortunes must be wrought;
      Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
      Each burning deed and thought!

      And … chastaigne, meaning Chestnut.

      I had been in another of my slide-scanning-stupors, and needed something to get my wheels spinning once more. Your comment did just that.

  3. Will have to show the images of the spider web and grasshopper to June. She’s definitely in her bug and monster phase!! The chestnuts are my favorite. You captured well the contrast between the glossy finish of the nuts and the prickly cover!

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