“Some birds lay eggs early in the season, some later, but the crane is the last to hatch. When the young ducks and geese were flying away to a warmer country, the young crane was still too weak to fly. Winter was approaching. The mother-bird asked Otter to keep the bird for her during the winter; in return she would reward her in the spring. Otter kept her ward in a warm hole. Once Osni’ (Cold) came to the camp, killed Otter, and carried off the young crane to his home, where he made him stir the fire for him with his bill. He was never allowed to go anywhere else. He was starving and became ugly; the fire burnt his back, so that the crane’s skin is of a reddish-brown color now. In the spring, when the south side of the hills was warm while the northern side was still frozen, the young crane knew his mother would return soon. He went into the sunshine and called her. He continued to do so later in the spring. Osni’ cried, “Come in here, stop that noise, my grandson.” The crane cried all the louder. Osni’ pursued him and nearly caught him, when suddenly a clap of thunder was heard and the lightning struck Osni’ and tore him to pieces. The Crane was there, and asked her young one how he had been treated during the winter. He told her that Otter had treated him well, while Osni’ had abused him. The old bird looked for another otter, and said to him, “Henceforth the cold (osni’) will never kill you.” Thus she paid the Otter for his services. This is why the Otter can live in the water throughout winter without freezing.” — from The Assiniboine by Robert Harry Lowie
Rainer Maria Rilke
The future: time’s excuse
to frighten us; too vast
a project, too large a morsel
for the heart’s mouth.
Future, who won’t wait for you?
Everyone is going there.
It suffices you to deepen
the absence that we are.
“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Taken through glass, someone’s shoe reflection and below a bird’s awkward pose.
You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it. – Author Unknown
Monochrome Madness will be posted later today for your viewing pleasure on Leanne Cole’s blog.
If you would like to participate and submit a photo in the upcoming weeks, please email your monochrome image to email@example.com and include a link to your blog or website if you have one. It doesn’t have to be WordPress blogger, it can be a Facebook page, a Flickr page, etc. Include your name or your blog name. The image size should be low resolution, so the largest size should be 1000 pixels or less. The deadline for submission is before 6 p.m. on or before Tuesday, Melbourne Australia time. The earlier the better for Leanne. If you should miss the deadline your photograph will be posted the following week. The complete instructions are posted on Leanne’s blog should you have any questions or need help. The first MM of every month will have a theme. The next theme will be “Urban” for MM 2-26. Since Leanne will be visiting the USA she asks that you send your photos by the 28th of August. There will be two galleries during the theme week,
one for the theme and one like there normally is for those that may choose not to do a theme. Monochrome Madness will be on hiatus as Leanne will be traveling to the USA and posting a journal during her trip. Be sure to send next week’s MM 2-26 early and no later than Sunday. ✽
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