Monday, April 23, 2007


POD NOTE: When I was but a Podlette, I was sure that other worlds existed, the otherside of the mirror, the back of the wardrobe, behind a frosty spider web between two branches of a tree. I would often try to reach them, trying hard to get through the back wall of the wardrobe, or looking for trees with split trunks, so that I could climb through into another dimension. Sometimes now, I see little 'signs' that I fantasize point to another place, like the light shining on this one stringy frond. It seemed to me to be pointing somewhere 'else'. Of course 'The Magic Faraway Tree' and 'The Enchanted Wood' are still favourite books of mine (I was rather surprised to hear that they are favourites of none other than Jackie Collins, who apparently wants to make the film versions. How do I know this? More importanly, how do I stop this??). The point being, that to me, this photo was a little enchanting and magic, and I thought perhaps some may like to know this.

I still believe!


Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Love the autumnal light - at least that's what it looks like to me. And the circle of time goes round and round.

Hope you had a delicious birthday. Just yesterday, I imagined a birthday vid to make for you - though it will be late, it's still a Pod-perfect idea. Maybe I'll wait till next year.

A toast to you! BRAVO!!

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes. great light but odd to think of autumn. it looks like the tail to something.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Was it YOUR birthday Pod??

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had a great time in B'day land?

Again autumn leaves?
Again cold winter?
Again curling up in front of an imaginary fire that can't be found in Sydney's houses
Again free of pain?
Again up and running?
Again and again and again
Running and running

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For something that appears to be dying, it sure is lovely. I adore the colors and texture. Happy belated ;)

2:48 AM  
Blogger raindog said...

nature is a crafty devil, isn't it? very nice find pod! love the colors and feel of it.

hope it was a spectacular pod-style bday!

3:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again and again and again.

4:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Pod!
My posts have been about buds of our slow spring and because you are upside down, your posts will be pods of your colourful autumn.
Have a good, painless times!

4:39 AM  
Blogger J. David Zacko-Smith said...

Autumn for Pod equals summer for Jeffrey - YIPPEE!

6:44 AM  
Blogger Bobby D. said...

the deep grey blue, forest green and rust are a perfect color combination. I will be glad to be living spring and fall simultaneously with podpix.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first nations was right. you da man. but does that mean she's da wo?

9:26 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Great pic! Happy Birthday.

10:49 AM  
Blogger m.a. said...

Happiest of birthdays my dear! Your mix is being concocted. I'm taking my time. It should be good! :)

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The colors and the focus and everything are just just just just right. You delight me, Pod.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Ben Nakagawa said...

very nice bokeh in back, it bring up the nice rusty pine-needles very well.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Ah yes, the world behind the mirror, the invisible beings in the woods, oh yeah, I know this is true, or at least it's one truth.

The cool thing is that the most highly respected physicists agree with us.

All over the world throughout history, people have known that the world is rich with possibility and alternatate truths. Only in our impoverished western culture (since the Age of Reason ... how sad) have we tried to strip ourselves of all this richness.

I think that's why we're so focused on collecting more and more stuff - because we feel impoverished. By "we" I mean the culture, not you and me, Pod, not you and me! Everyone on reypod is rich beyond belief. Everyone on reypod has stars in their eyes.

I always tell people that the world I live in is so much more interesting than the usual mundane world. Also, I'm harmless, so ... I carry on, thinking about the world reflected in a car window and such.

I'm so happy we're family.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Drizel said...

thanks for sharing...we all have to believe:)

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the way you think, pod! People that can't find the magic in everyday things are missing something very important.

It is what feeds and nourishes our core being.

11:17 PM  
Blogger mamasan said...

The Magic Faraway Tree! With Sylvie and Moonface? The one with the Land at the top that would mysteriously change all the time? And one day they could have any ice cream flavour they wanted and one of the horrid girls tested the ice cream seller by demanding rudely, a sardine-flavoured ice cream, and, haha! that's what she got served? I loved it too. Or maybe that was The Enchanted Wood? I wish my daughters would let me read it to them (they just want to chat at me when I start reading aloud). Hapy Birthday, glad to hear the tooth job ended happily. C

11:32 PM  
Blogger Steve Reed said...

My favorite part of this photo, actually, is that blurry sun-dappled green background. Maybe that's because I'm starving for springtime while you're preparing for autumn. That sun-brightened branch is sort of mystical and alive - and, as James said, it DOES look like a tail.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Mmm... I knew there was but a fantastic story behind this gem.

12:18 AM  
Blogger ramblingwoman said...

OMG the Magic Faraway Tree? I would never have remembered that if you hadn't reminded me!! Thanks! Wow! I can't believe I ever forgot it. I just love it when long buried (good) memories can come to the surface like that.

And what about the world between the cracks of the pavement? That was scary though.

1:37 AM  
Blogger Sherry Snowdrop said...

So do I Pod. So do I.

2:54 AM  
Blogger Bobby D. said...

I liked all of those magic books By Edward Eager (written in the 1940s or earlier?) when i was a tiny ched. He used to have major characters in one book walking past major characters from Another book and just glance at them. (Vonnegut did that too)
anyway they were great stories "Magic by the Lake" and so forth--for young readers.

4:45 AM  
Blogger Bobby D. said...

Edward Eager wrote in the 50's. I thought he was British, but just ooked him up--he was from ohio.

4:53 AM  
Blogger Donna Flower said...

I just finished reading the Magic Faraway Tree to my little boy who adores this book as much as I did when I was little. We have a huge tree in the garden that he calls the fairy tree and has a regular correspondence with them by letter. He has a wish to be a Pokemon trainer and wants them to grant it. The fairies replied that his wish will come true when he is a grown up man, he was thrilled. I just hope he doesn't still want to be a pokemon trainer when he is grown up!

8:40 AM  
Blogger meetmeatmikes said...

The Magic Faraway Tree is a favourite.. and I do believe the lovely frond is saying WISHA WISHA WISHA and the the top of the tree may swing about any second, with a great gust of wind and reveal... the Land of Birthdays!
xx pip

2:34 PM  
Blogger alice said...

Did you read Philip Pullman's books (A la croisée des mondes, in French):the other worlds do exist.

3:23 AM  
Blogger lowenkopf said...

You touch a sense of wonder, beauty, mischief, and sometimes just flat-out joyous humor every time you snap your shutter or sit at your keyboard.

May the joys of creation continue to attend you.

6:21 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

its one of nature's tassels

7:43 AM  
Blogger Annelisa said...

'The Faraway Tree'! Wow, that brings back memories - do you recall the sweet that you put in your mouth, and it grows and grows until it bursts with sweetness all over your tongue? (or something like that... :-) ) - that was definately one her best!!

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you know any hackers? The number one match on google for the guy who disconnected me connected him to Al Qaeda. Yeah. Does my name match up with anything on Al Qaeda? No. Why? And recently in his last email to me, he admitted that he had been monitoring me, the American.
"I enabled you connection and emailed you. In the last line of the first paragraph I said "Also online TV/videos like youtube takes alot of bandwidth and you should not use them."
and still you used youtube, why?"

His quoted section is fictional. I'd report him but he's the only one I can report him to...and he's in an undisclosed location (probably a cave) to avoid direct confrontations.

Seriously, you gotta get this guy. Since when has YouTube been illegal?

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muppets in space?

4:38 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

REYA - no no! i can't wait til next year!! i am all the more rich for having found you, and of course we both have reypod to escape to when necessary. how lucky!!

JA-MEZ - are you serious? have you really been monitored? that is terrible! i am sure you will triumph! i cannae believe that! you can tell, because i keep using exclamation marks!

ROBERT - yes it was MY birthday

NATHALIE - yes the fire came out of its cave this week!! i loved the end of your little ditty here. quite apt at the moment. how did you know?

ZIP - thanks ;0)

RAINDOG - twas a very pod style b'day thanks!

BUD - still no parcel :*o(

MIMMU - oh i thought you had retired to the summerhouse...i shall pop over!

JD - no need to rub it in! ;0p

CHED - don't get too excited about seeing autumn here. not much changes. we get the odd brown leaf fall here and there, and that is about all. i shall look up edward eager. what a great name!

PINK - i wouldn't like to say excactly what i think she is....oops! ;0p

GARY - hey! thanks ;0)

MA - ooh, sounds like a potion is on the brew! take your time ;o)

JC - ah. that is good. you delight me too, as i imagine you do many on that trombone thing ;0)

BEN - thanks. what is bokeh?

ETAIN - wishing you a magic trip! bon voyage my friend! bottoms up and all that what! ;0)

LYNNE - too true! too true! i wish the world inside my head was recordable, so that i could show you!

MAMASAN - yes yes yes! that very one. hold the children down and make them listen. every child needs to read them!

STE - spring is on its way over, fear not! ;0)

RW - i think i must have blotted the world between the cracks oot?!

SHERRY - i know you do silly, you live there!

DONS - what a coincidence. that is brilliant that he writes to the fairies. i love that!

PIP - ah! of course you know the books. i almost called this post 'wisha wisha wisha', but i didn't think anyone would get it! ;0)

ALICE - of course!! all time favourites! i almost took time off work to read them!

SHELLY - what a wonderful thing to say!! may the joys of creation always attend you too. hurrah!

LETTY - so are you (and do you have tassels on your nighties?)....

ANNELISA - yes that's the one! once i got a giant gobstopper stuck in my mouth, i don't really know how i got it in in the first place!

NOSEYBONK - couldn't be more cold!! ;0o

7:25 PM  
Blogger Tanya said...

Pod I am a beliver too! never lose that it makes you, you.. Loved to see your nekid pod soon, ohh err missus!

8:47 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

CLAMMY - i think i am more likely to get lost in it than lose it! oo-er indeed! ;0p

9:31 PM  
Blogger Ben Nakagawa said...

Pod Bokeh is defined at here. Don't we love wiki?

"Bokeh (from the Japanese boke ぼけ, "blur"[1]) is a photographic term referring to out-of-focus areas in an image produced by a camera lens. The aesthetic qualities of the bokehs produced by various lenses are open to dispute, but it is generally conceded that an out-of-focus background image can at the very least reduce distractions and emphasize the primary subject."

It's a nice thing Pod.

7:00 AM  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

Nooooooooooooooooooooo! No films of The magic faraway tree, noooooooooooo! Not allowed, never.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

BEN - thanks for explaining. what a good word. i like it!

HHB - i know!! especially not by jackie collins!!

10:40 AM  

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