Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius–and lots of courage–to move in the opposite direction. 

-Albert Einstein

Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

Instead of worrying, get moving.

From The Art of Simple Living – By Shunmyo Masuno

Updated Comment: Some of my posts are pre-scheduled, and with today’s coronavirus precacutions, we can’t go too many places, but perhaps we can accomplish some other tasks we’ve been delaying.

Or we can go for a solitary spring walk, like this great blue heron.

I must say, my most dreaded public closing has happened: Our local library will be shutting down after today, until who knows when. Thankfully, they will still offer checkouts and returns via window service.

Cross Currents

A windy day at the water last fall. I snapped this photo which captured the interesting geometric pattern formed by the waves amid the rocks.

It’s winter today, but it won’t be long before we can enjoy balmy days at the beach.

Whether Lake Blue or Ice Blue – It’s Winter’s Most Common Hue

The photo above and the next two were taken at Lake Erie on a relatively balmy winter day, early last week. What a difference a few days make.

The ones which follow were snapped at the end of the week, following a winter storm that dropped a few inches of snow and coated the branch tips with a glittering glaze of ice.

This week’s photos reminded me of the prominence of the colors of gray and blue in the cold season landscape. We all miss the azure sky of summer, but other subtle blue colors can be just as attractive if we learn to appreciate the many shades and formations of winter clouds and the varied qualities of water.

Lake Erie on a warm winter day . . . 
Same site, with a subtle light change . . .
Sparkling treetops after the ice storm . . .
A closer look . . .


Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

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

Wintry Waters

I love to visit Lake Erie in any season. These dark waters are as fascinating to me as the clear blue ones of bright July days.

The sediment stirred from the depths and surrounding shores, I view as a necessary cleanse, in the same way an angry day with a partner sometimes clears the air for better times on the morrow.

Don’t the clouds mirror the water’s surface perfectly? Heaven and earth, in harmony.

A Delightful Display of Diminutive Vintage Sailing Ships

This thrift shop does a wonderful job of whimsically displaying merchandise for sale. Love these little watercraft, sailing across the seashell-strewn shelf.