Sunday, September 23, 2007

happy fall!

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.
Stanley Horowitz, author

autumn arrived today in the northern hemisphere at 9:51 UT (aka GMT or 5:51 EDT)

"There is a superstition that it is possible to stand an egg upright on its end on the date of the equinoxes (and/or solstices). While this is true it is also possible to stand an egg on its end at any other time of the year. Although this feat is not trivial, a persistent person can usually succeed with enough practice and skill. However, the only connection between success in standing eggs upright and the equinox, to my knowledge, is that because of the superstition, many more people try and persist than would be the case on any other date. Of course, cheating by resting the egg on a thin layer of salt grains and then blowing all but a few invisible grains away is still far and away the easiest method!"

pictures: in remembrance of marcel mareau today's pictures are from the mouse's stash of paris pictures. top: autumn tableau jardin des tuilleries, september 2005; insert: eggs @ marche richard lenoir, march 2007.

Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?
Marcel Marceau (March 22, 1923 - September 22, 2007)
Rest in Peace


Grandmama Carla said...

Thank you for the news of Marcel Marceau. It always better to receive sad news from friends than from the radio.


Gary said...

Yippee and welcome fall (to me the most wonderful time of the year!) I love that top picture and jardin des tuilleries is right up there among my favorite places on the planet.

So, happy fall to you too! (Great quote also.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I agree with Gary about fall, and I miss having a "real" one in California, certainly with no true foliage spectaculars that make me want to be in the East or Midwest right now. Certainly fall days define the meaning of life (and death). They are so gorgeous, and you know they won't last, there will be bitter cold and warmth again after that. I think there is deceptive hope wrapped up in spring that makes us think everything good will last forever, and thus I prefer fall to spring, though I like both. Oh, and since I have more spring than fall allergies, I'm heavily influenced by that as well.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

dc - you are most welcome. thanks for dropping in!

gary & jt -fall is my favorite season also (w/spring a close second) - there's something special about the light and it does seem the season that embraces it all - and the wheel goes round and round!

achoo! - bless you!

Dumdad said...

Marcel Marceau, undoubtedly a great artist, just didn't do it for me - I hate mime in general.

My wife, being French, loves him.

I also don't like Charlie Chaplin - but I adore Laurel and Hardy.

I'm not sure what that says about me and perhaps I don't want to know!

Fine pix, as always.

Unknown said...

yay for fall!

Anonymous said...

well this post is chock full of happy. love it. a mosaic. so perfect.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

dd - I don't know what it is about mimes, but I don't care for them either - maybe one needs to BE french? now, how do you react to clowns?

pj & j - yes, let's hear it for fall!