Thursday, February 12, 2009

talking fishing blues

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American philosopher and naturalist

And all the winds go sighing, for sweet things dying.
Christina G. Rossetti (1830-1894) English poet

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
Maya Angelou (b. 1928) poet, actor, activist

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) Trappist monk, writer, photographer

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), dutch post-impressionist painter

No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise.
Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) mathematician, photographer and novelist

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) humorist, writer, lecturer

I think food provides us the quickest way to understand each other's culture. Each dish reflects the long history of culture of each country, race and region. Talking over such dishes is the first step in promoting understanding.
Tsuyoshi Ozawa (b.1965) Japanese artist
I jotted this down a while back at an exhibition of his work @ ICP
notes on photos:
1) fish by frank gehry. fish have fascinated gehry for years; gehry's fascination manifests itself with this steel lattice fish. the fish is located in the olympic port area of barcelona at the base of two landmark towers. this coppery fish shimmers and shines in the bright sunshine of this beautiful mediterranean city. barcelona march 2007

2) a mermaid weather vane on the roof of a house. lakewood, oh, february 2009

3) in 1999 I joined a group from the university of connecticut that was going to iceland as part of a tour sponsored by the university's william benton museum. it was an amazing trip and I have been longing to go back for another visit ever since. unfortunately I did not write down the title of this piece and I am not 100% sure of who this artist is of this sculpture is, but I think it is by Ásmundur Sveinsson. I'm fairly certain that I snapped this picture when we were visiting Ásmundarsafn

I love to eat anything (well as long as it doesn't fall within my totally subjective cute food category) and I particularly enjoy fish. however, I discovered an exception to my love of eating fish when I was in iceland and experienced hakarl. during our first evening, the group I was with was treated to a dinner of traditional icelandic food and drink. during the cocktail hour, cheerful servers circulated with trays of appetizers. on one tray were little white cubes, the tray was presented to me. I asked the server what it was and she responded "fish." I probed no deeper, thinking of course, "oh fish, it will be delish!" I picked up a toothpick and speared one of the cubes and popped the sucker in my mouth. long story short, it was the most disgusting thing I've ever experienced. I immediately grabbed a napkin and spit it out, then went in search of some type of alcoholic beverage to kill the taste and disinfect my mouth.

soon I went in search of my traveling companion gig to warn her not to eat the little white cubes. unfortunately, as soon as I saw her I realized I was too late. she had just popped one of those little suckers in her mouth. unfortunately for her, her reaction to the repulsive little cube was not to spit it out but to swallow it as quickly as possible.

hakarl is considered a delicacy in iceland, however, I have to agree with anthony bourdain when he declared that it is "the single worst, most disgusting and terrible tasting thing " he has ever eaten.

4) mural in bellingham, washington. from 1997-2000 my daughter em lived in bellingham. on one visit I snapped this picture of a downtown bellingham mural. I don't know if it is still there, I sure hope so. the mural does a wonderful job capturing and celebrating the area's culture and it's connection to the land and sea.

5) fishing boats off the coast of cape breton, nova scotia. photo taken during a family vacation to nova scotia in 1996. this photo, like the two preceding it was taken with film and then retaken with my digital camera - so pardon the poor image quality.

6) fish at a zagara's grocery store, cleveland heights. february 2009

7) fishing fun with uncle f.... this photo was taken a while ago at the annual yanoshik family picnic in pennsylvania. my niece mara, whose back is to the viewer, just turned 23 - her brothers who are also in the photo I believe are 25 and 27 - but I could be wrong, I can never keep the ages straight for all the 'kids' that grace our lives. I included this photo because I just loved the look of accomplishment and glee on adrian's face as he holds up his first catch!

8) a sashimi lunch special at ohashi - yum! north olmsted. january 2009

ramblin' jack elliot performing woody guthrie's classic talking fishing blues:


Candie Bracci said...

I really enjoyed that!

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Beautiful once again, Kimy - I especially love the mural - I hope it's still there too!

John Hayes said...

Wonderful pix & quotes: I especially like the Thoreau & Christina Rosetti quotes-- & great song pick-- love Ramblin' Jack, & he really does Woody G's songs so well.

Roy said...

What an eclectic approach to the theme! I liked listening to ol' Jack again.

Okay, still working on mine, and I won't get it posted yakking to people on Blogger all morning! Heh, heh!

Anonymous said...

I love the mural too- so clever isn't it, to get that perspective when working so close to the wall. No doubt there is a technique for this!

What comes across in your photos and notes is your real interest in the subjects. Just an observation from a very unqualified non-photographer!

I agree with Maya Angelou about travel. i think it applies to 'tavelling in your head' as well:)

Anonymous said...

that should say 'TRAVELLING in your head'..

JGH said...

I especially love the mural photo that you took in Bellingham. I wonder if anyone has ever compiled photos of murals with local themes. I love to find them wherever I travel, too.

VE said...

Very nice!!! I don't think I'd want a giant headless fish above my business though...

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

I just sent the mural image to my older son (the daddy of the baby). He graduated from Western and lives in Bellingham, so I asked him if the mural is still there. I'll let you know what I find out.

R.L. Bourges said...

ooh-ooh! fabulous from top to bottom, great song and would I love some sushi just about now!

great stuff, petite souris.

Skybridge Studios said...

We saw that mural in B'ham in spring '07 when we were last there!

Great photos and quotes, glad to learn about hakarl... a good defensive lesson.

Skybridge Studios said...

Oh! I just remembered that we had a fish lunch at a Japanese restaurant just a block or two from where the mural is. :D

e said...

Fabulous posting. I love the first photo especially, very eye-popping!

Loveanewidea said...

You've had such varied and interesting experiences, which make it an adventure to read your posts. Loved learning about hakarl, which I'd never heard of before.

Squirrel said...

Beautiful photos, you captured every aspect of fishing, even th sirens's song!!

distracted by shiny objects said...

TGIT--I was waiting with baited breath. Let the groaning commence:>)

ArtSparker said...

Terrific ramble with the images (even without Rambling Jack).

Megan said...

Sushi is something I cannot eat. Just absolutely cannot. Oh, well.

Wonderful range of photos today and thank you for always giving the details, it's nice to see not only a picture but get a bit of the story behind it, as well.

Happy Theme Thursday!

Marianna said...

I like your view of the world...through your camera lens everything seem just...beautiful :-)

Take care now
peace and love

gig said...

Anthony and I have something in common - we swallowed - and agreed on the experience! And I think you're right about the museum and sculpture.

Coffee Messiah said...

What can I say, very nice and always interesting.

May have to video cam our sushi in Chicago next week ; )

Hello to everyone and your visitors ; )

Starlene said...

The first quote had me immediately thinking of my father. : ) Good memories of fishing with him...I think sometimes my parents got divorced because my dad fished too much but then I remember that he was out there every day looking for something else.

You have a wonderful talent for weaving feelings in with ideas by using words and visuals. I love
it. ; )

Avid Reader said...

Gotta love that first photo and the one with the kids and their uncle is charming.

eth said...

C and I had fun looking at the fish from Zagaras. She especially loved the colors of the red snapper and has now declared it her 'favorite fish always' which will last at least until she falls asleep tonight.

Merle Sneed said...

Great pix as always. Loved the Ramblin' Jack song!

Colette Amelia said...

Love the sculptures! Love the stories! Love the quotes!

I am not brave enough to try raw fish...pickled is about as adventurous as I get.

Kris said...

Nice collection of fish here. Tasty too.

Lover of Life said...

I am obsessed with water and the sea. Wonderful post.

Edward Yablonsky said...

I loved the comment on compassion by Merton linking it with the interdependence of all living beings.
Today, allover the world, including Tibet, ecological degradation is fast 0vertaking us. I am wholly convinced that, if all of us do not make a concerted effort, with a sense of universal responsibility, we will see "the gradual breakdown of the fragile ecosystems that support us, resulting in an irreversible and irrevocable degradation of our planet, Earth.
The above quote is from the 14th Dalai Lama. Also note the verses from these stanzas on his website:

1. O Lord Tathagata
Born of the lksvakus tree
Peerless One
Who, seeing the all-pervasive nature
Of interdependence
Between the Environment and sentient beings
Samsara and Nirvana
Moving and unmoving
Teaches the world out of compassion
Bestow thy benevolence on us

2. O the Savior
The one called Avalokitesvara
Personifying the body of compassion
Of all Buddhas
We beseech thee to make our spirits ripen
And fructify to observe reality
Bereft of illusion
I like the ending line of the second.

R. Yaeko said...

ooo... the sushi picture looks delicious. now i'm craving some.

WAT said...

I'm not a big fish eater, but I am aware of the health benefits of a high fish diet.

I must do more tuna or salmon or something. Omega whatever is good for you.

Saretta said...

Love that fish eating the car!

Steve said...

I love the Frank Gehry fish! That's so awesome! I've never seen a pic of that before.

Hope all is well with you!

Cuppa Jo said...

I liked the quotes. And the statue of the mer-lady with the fish is beautiful. Thanks.

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lettuce said...

great post kimy

I've been to Barcelona, but didn't see the Gehry. Another reason to go back!

and I've just left a comment somewhere else (Dennis?) saying that I've yet to try a fish I didn't like. I guess I should try hakarl. (or maybe not...)

tony said...

I had forgotten about Rambling Jack!Thank You for reminding Me
.& You broke a dream I had last night!I dreampt someone served me Sushi SO raw it was still wriggling!

Reya Mellicker said...

LOVE the weathervane. The mural is very strange, don't you think?

The sushi pic makes me hungry.

Happy V Day dear Mouse. Thank you so much for the birthday card! I was such a nice surprise. Have fun with tut - give her my love.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

hi everybody....thanks for all the great comments.... sorry I didn't keep up and respond to the comments as they came in but tut-tut was in town starting thursday and we were busy!!!

time flies when you are having fun and it goes really fast when you are meeting a friend for the first time.... blogging is such an unusual phenomena on how we create community and friendship with people all over the place....sometimes if we are lucky we get to meet our cyber community face to face! each meeting is unique as each of us is unique, but every time I have been fortunate to meet a friend from the cyberhood there has been a sensation that we have met before.... does that make sense?

anyhow, the fish theme was great fun and I love how many folks played along...

tut-tut left this morning - her and lucy have one more college to visit before heading home. it was fun being tour guide and you can expect a few snaps in the days to come....

Mrsupole said...

I want to thank you for visiting my site and I can see that I have a lot of work to do on my Thursday Themes, but still had fun with it. I promise as time goes by it should hopefully get better. I love your pictures and your story of the bad fish eating experience. I hope by my not eating it, that there will always be enough for those that love to eat it.

Anyway thank you again for the visit.

Anonymous said...

I finally got round to this one, Mouse. Great collection of snaps and quotes! I'll take that mermaid weather vane but $8.99lb for red snapper? Ouch! My wallet!

Salty Miss Jill said...

Love this!!!
So did my cats. ;)

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

The mural in Bellingham looks like many in my 'hood. On my many visits to Bellingham, I don't remember ever seeing it.