Creative Arts THURSDAY/FRIDAY … An Unusual Day for Early February in Southeastern, Pennsylvania

  
By:  A. Macarthur  •  5 months ago  •  62 comments


Creative Arts THURSDAY/FRIDAY … An Unusual Day for Early February in Southeastern, Pennsylvania
 

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My wife is doing well after her bone marrow transplant … her activity levels returning to near "normal"; several days ago the weather here was April-like, so we took a hiked up a steep hill on a trail that runs between a meadow on the west and a forest on the east. We did the hill and the woods … here are some pi.

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Near the top of the hill, facing North.

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At the top of the hill about to go eastward into the forest … facing South.

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An ancient tree; looking from the forest edge towards North … another meadow.

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At the lower portion of the forest is a stream that runs roughly east-west

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A. Macarthur
1  author  A. Macarthur    5 months ago

A map of the area appears atop the article; if interested …

https://pennypacktrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Pennypack-Map-072216.pdf

The area is just outside of Philly in Montgomery County.

 
 
 
Kavika
1.1  Kavika   replied to  A. Macarthur @1    5 months ago

Philly did a heck of a job setting aside park/wilderness area within the city for the citizens.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
1.1.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Kavika @1.1    5 months ago
Philly did a heck of a job setting aside park/wilderness area within the city for the citizens.

Actually, the park area depicted is in Montgomery County, just across the county line from Philly. But Philly too has a huge park system with, among other things, the largest wild White-tailed Deer population of any urban area in the world (part of which hangs out in my back yard every day).

Fairmount Park is the largest municipal park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the historic name for a group of parks located throughout the city. Fairmount Park consists of two park sections named East Park and West Park, divided by the Schuylkill River, with the two sections together totaling 2,052 acres.   Wikipedia

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shona1
1.1.2  shona1  replied to  A. Macarthur @1.1.1    5 months ago

Evening. Great to hear Mac and I always look forward to your wife's updates..I am back home for near on a fortnight now and head back to Melbourne on thursday for the next treatment. Had a review last thursday and everything is heading in the right direction for me..But as always a day at a time and slow and steady as we go..I return to Melbourne the night before I have treatment friday and then plan to catch the train back home that evening....A 5 hour journey one I don't particularly care for but it is what it is and just get on with it..Hard to believe all this Multi myeloma started 12 months ago this month..never expected it, never wanted it, but that's life..Stay well Mrs Mac and no doubt with the wonderful care you are giving Mr Mac...all will be well...

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
1.1.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  shona1 @1.1.2    5 months ago

In retrospect, much of what we read prior to the transplant was "worst case scenario" experience; hopefully, you will attain permanent remission as the research and treatments progress.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.1.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  shona1 @1.1.2    5 months ago

Best of wishes to you shona for a speedy recovery!

 
 
 
shona1
1.1.5  shona1  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.1.4    5 months ago

Evening Pierre..Still have another 8 fortnightly treatments to go so will push it out to May sometime..Then my collected stem cells go back in. But now it is fortnightly and no longer weekly treatments at least I can come home inbetween...Can't beat home...

 
 
 
Suz
1.1.6  Suz  replied to  A. Macarthur @1.1.3    5 months ago

I am thrilled you have good news to share about your wife.  Both of you have been through Hell and then some.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    5 months ago

First of all, it's good to see that your wife is doing so well.

From your link, it appears that there are some interesting, and I would think very photographical, points of interest along that trail.  Are they too far for a hike?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
1.2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.2    5 months ago

All points on the map's trails can be reached by hiking, some more difficult than others. There are many places of entry, but, the trail goes for many miles and it wouldn't be feasible to try and cover it all at once.

 
 
 
pat wilson
1.3  pat wilson  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    5 months ago

Great news to hear your bride is doing well.

Lovely photos per usual. 

 
 
 
JaneDoe
1.4  JaneDoe  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    5 months ago

Good morning. As always your photos are beautiful.

If I remember correctly the first picture in your post is the same hill that your wife (just a few months back) needed to rest on a bench. Now she is able to do the hill and the woods! That is wonderful news!! My best to you both!

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
1.4.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  JaneDoe @1.4    5 months ago
If I remember correctly the first picture in your post is the same hill that your wife (just a few months back) needed to rest on a bench. Now she is able to do the hill and the woods! That is wonderful news!! My best to you both!

You are in fact, correct! And many thanks.

 
 
 
evilgenius
2  evilgenius    5 months ago

It's great to hear your wife is doing well! I like to hear all the good news I can. B and I stopped out to our newest area park, Quarry Park on Saturday where the local climbing club was featuring what they do.

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Raven Wing
2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @2    5 months ago

Cool pictures EG. I would live to go climbing, but, my Vertigo won't allow it. jrSmiley_47_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
evilgenius
2.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Raven Wing @2.1    5 months ago

Thanks RW. I think I'll leave the climbing to younger folks and just take the photos. LOL!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @2.1.1    5 months ago

LOL.  I'm with you on that,

 
 
 
Kavika
2.2  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @2    5 months ago

Great photos EG....I'm with you, let the younger kids do the climbing.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @2    5 months ago

There was a climbing wall right next to our apartment building that I could see from my windows and balcony, where high school kids were brought for climbing sessions under proper safety and guidance procedures, but it was removed.  The only reason I could think of for removing it would be that people were trying to use it without the proper guidance and procedures.  This is a photo of it when it was up.

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Raven Wing
2.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.3    5 months ago

I have seen some of those climbing walls in a few of the Chinese movies I have watched. As you say, there are great preventive safety equipment in place in case someone slips or falls. While I would love to test my skill at climbing, with my current physical issues and my age it would not be a wise move on my part. jrSmiley_85_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
evilgenius
2.3.2  evilgenius  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.3    5 months ago

That looks fun!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.3.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @2.3.2    5 months ago

LOL. In my case, climbing into bed is more fun.

 
 
 
TTGA
2.4  TTGA  replied to  evilgenius @2    5 months ago

Looks like they're climbing up a frozen waterfall EG.  Like all of us, I'm a bit old to try that.  Here's one I got of a waterfall a few years back in the summer.  It's called Taquamanon Falls and is located in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Beautiful area but the mosquitoes are fierce.

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The reddish color is from the river.  Upstream, the river flows through a cedar swamp and leaches the tannic acid out of the bark of the trees.

Really glad to hear that the ladies are recovering well.  We've been doing birthdays around here during the last couple of weeks.  On Jan. 22nd, it was Levi's; on the 30th, my daughter's and yesterday Greyson hit double digits.  The cake and ice cream consumption was enough to feed a small city.

 
 
 
evilgenius
2.4.1  evilgenius  replied to  TTGA @2.4    5 months ago

Nice shot. 

 
 
 
TTGA
2.4.2  TTGA  replied to  evilgenius @2.4.1    5 months ago

Knew this was coming, the only question was when.  It finally got us last night.

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Buzz of the Orient
2.4.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  TTGA @2.4.2    5 months ago

You know, sometimes I miss snow.......NOT. 

 
 
 
TTGA
2.4.4  TTGA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.4.3    5 months ago

We got a little more too.  Main roads are OK but the secondaries are pretty well buried.  Schools closed but probably only for today.  Can't get buses down the back roads until they're cleared.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
3  Raven Wing    5 months ago

Great pictures Mac. So very glad to hear that your wife is doing well. Good that she could make the hike up the hill and into the forest.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
4  r.t..b...    5 months ago

Thanks for the Thursday pics, sir. And happy to here you and your wife were able to enjoy a hike on a spring-like day. We go in for my wife's 2nd chemo infusion tomorrow, after our daily stroll tonight, and are hopeful for a positive outcome as well. Peace to you, A+. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
4.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  r.t..b... @4    5 months ago

And peace to you as well and the wish of the best of outcomes.

 
 
 
Kavika
4.2  Kavika   replied to  r.t..b... @4    5 months ago

The best to your wife, r.t..b...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
4.3  Raven Wing  replied to  r.t..b... @4    5 months ago

Sincere prayers and many good wishes for you and your wife coming your way r.t..b...

 
 
 
shona1
4.4  shona1  replied to  r.t..b... @4    5 months ago

Evening rt...Yes a daunting road for your wife and one filled with intrepidation but one that can be travelled down..I have had 10 infusions so far number 11 coming up this Friday...Everything is going well and I always take it a day at a time...You have good days and average days and that is when I "sloth out" as I call it..Do nothing or go for a drive and head for the sea...Just to watch all Mother Natures moods as the waves wash upon the shore...Have courage and know with good family and friends it really is road where you are both carried along, without realising it..Peace to you both, in what ever you perceive that to be...

 
 
 
JaneDoe
4.5  JaneDoe  replied to  r.t..b... @4    5 months ago

Stay strong! My best to your wife and you.

 
 
 
Kavika
5  Kavika     5 months ago

Great to hear that Mrs. Mac is doing well. Great photos and a bit of snow on the ground...

 
 
 
Kavika
6  Kavika     5 months ago

Here is Jan/Feb in Florida....St. Pete Beach January 2019.

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Raven Wing
6.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @6    5 months ago

Beautiful sunset, Kavika. With the reflection on the water and tables it looks rather surreal.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @6.1    5 months ago

I believe those are reclining cots, RW.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
6.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.1.1    5 months ago

Thank you for the clarification, Buzz.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @6    5 months ago

Having spent many Christmas and other vacations in Florida, from the age of 16 until more than 60, and even having shared with my brother ownership of a golf condo in Hallandale, just west of Hollywood, Fla., for some years, I have fond memories of my times there. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7  Raven Wing    5 months ago

Here is my new creation. A Hopi Kachina Doll artwork. I hope our Members enjoy it.

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Kavika
7.1  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @7    5 months ago

Another beauty RW.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @7.1    5 months ago

Thank you very much Kavika.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @7    5 months ago

I've not seen one of your creations that I did not enjoy (and you know I've seen almost all that you've posted).

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.2    5 months ago
(and you know I've seen almost all that you've posted).

Thank you Buzz. Indeed you have seen many of my creations, as I have been posting my creations in the Anishinaabe group for a few years before I began to share them in the Arts and Crafts group at your urging. (smile)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @7.2.1    5 months ago

Although I know you don't agree with me I think, and I'm sure that there are many who will "second my emotion", that your creations deserve to be shared with more than just NT members.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.2.2    5 months ago

Perhaps one day I might take your advise, Buzz.

But, for now I am very happy sharing them with my Friends and my NT Family. (smile)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
8  Buzz of the Orient    5 months ago

For reasons of which you are aware I'm unable to leave my home, so I am posting a retrospective collection of my photos that were posted previously over the years.

1.   An amusement park in Chongqing - note the Wizard of Oz figures up front.

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2.   One of the (misty) views from my balcony.

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3...Springtime in one of the university campuses within walking distance of my home.

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4.   Downtown Chongqing from across the Jialing River.

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5.   A "decorated" waterfall in Ciquikou, also known as the Porcelin Port, being an ancient area in  Chongqing. 

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6.   Traditional dance in Millenium Park in the ancient capital of Kaifeng.

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MUVA
8.1  MUVA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8    5 months ago

Buzz I have been wondering if you are ok where you are stay healthy my friend best of luck.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
8.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MUVA @8.1    5 months ago

I've been receiving emailed travel advisories from the Canadian government (as I keep them informed of where I am) and the one I got yesterday said that all Canadians should leave China if they can.  However, I'm married to a Chinese woman who is not able to leave, so I will tough it out here - stay home unless it's absolutely necessary for me to go out for some reason, and I have proper masks given to me by a doctor friend.  We are being very careful, and we are more than 500 miles from Wuhan which is where the real problem is.  Although there are as of today 411 cases of the virus in Chongqing, it is a city of 32 million and we live in a very upscale middle to upper-middle class modern area in the suburbs among people who are mostly educated (we are surrounded by 3 university campuses), intelligent and very careful. I just looked outside (it's 10:20 a.m.) and saw only 3 people anywhere close - usually at this time there could be 100 or more.  

But I thank you for your concern and good wishes.

 
 
 
shona1
8.1.2  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.1.1    5 months ago

Evening Buzz...sounds like you are doing everything right..Out of the 20 odd infected here no one has died and many have been released from hospital as they are now cured etc...So yes short term pain for long term gain and people need to put that in perspective..Stay safe and stay well...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
8.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @8.1.2    5 months ago

Thanks shona,  The aged are the most vulnerable, and I'm 83 so I have to be very careful.  I don't have cabin fever yet because I spend considerable time on the computer, checking the news from around the world on the internet, spending time here on NT, watch movies and I still have lots of books to read on my eReader that a friend sent me loaded with 244 books. I just remembered now that he also sent me a harmonica, and I can practise on it (as long as it doesn't drive my wife crazy - LOL).

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8    5 months ago

These are beautiful photos, Buzz.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
9  author  A. Macarthur    5 months ago

Very nice array of interesting imagery, Buzz.

 
 
 
KatPen
10  KatPen    5 months ago

So glad your wife is feeling better, AMac!  Thanks for the beautiful photos.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11  Raven Wing    5 months ago

Here is another of my creations....

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Buzz of the Orient
12  Buzz of the Orient    5 months ago

Today is Lantern Festival in China, marking the end of the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday.  Some holiday. jrSmiley_98_smiley_image.gif   In the past I have watched people light the candles inside the paper lanterns and let the heated air inside them during the February cool evening float up into the sky.  The sky fills with them, and its an amazing sight to see.  But not this year - nobody is leaving their homes unless they absolutely must.

I took these two photos many years ago at a park near the river in downtown Chongqing. 

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This photo is off the internet (not mine) that displays what the sky can look like when many people launch their lanterns.

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Although you've most likely seen this photo before, it's one of my favourite photos, taken in Chongqing at Lantern Festival  time in Chongqing around the time I first met my wife.  The China Daily has a "Spring Festival Photo Contest" going on around now and I was tempted to enter it - first prize is the equivalent of US$430 +/-, but I thought it better to remain anonymous.

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Raven Wing
12.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12    5 months ago

Although I have never seen the Lantern Festival in person, I have seen several of such events in the Chinese historical dramas I have been watching. It is truly amazing to see such a mass of awesome lanterns floating in the air. It is interesting that the event is still in practice today.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful event.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
12.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @12.1    5 months ago

These days major cities no longer allow candles to be used because on landing the lanterns have lit fires, so to have them float using small battery-powered bulbs makes them more expensive and less likely to float from such a small heat source. 

 
 
 
Ender
12.1.2  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.1.1    5 months ago

I love those and have set them off several times.

Several states have banned them.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
12.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.1.1    5 months ago

Getting the right balance of source and enough air to allow the lanterns to rise indeed problematic. While the candles did present an issue with setting fires when they landed, they sure did make for a beautiful array of colors of the lanterns as they floated in the sky.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
13  Perrie Halpern R.A.    5 months ago

Beautiful pics of your park system. Looks like a lovely day to be out and about, too!

 
 
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