Photo: Married Amidst Crosses


Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/ AFP

A newly married couple is photographed on the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania, a pilgrimage site near the city of Siauliai. About 100,000 crosses have been brought to the site by pilgrims over nearly two centuries

via Eyewitness: Crosses to bear | World news | The Guardian.

Amazing Photos from Wild Goose

My Beloved, Courtney Perry, is a uniquely gifted photographer.  She shot the Wild Goose Festival last weekend, and she’s uploaded 227 images for your enjoyment — you can even order prints of your favorites.  (They’re also available for download to media organizations that are reporting on the festival.)

View Courtney Perry’s Gallery on PhotoShelter


True Love and Homegrown Tomatoes

As Guy Clark wrote, “Only two things that money can’t buy / That’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.”

I arrived home from a vacation/brother’s wedding last night, and it was too dark and buggy to venture out into the garden. So first thing this morning, out I went and found a bounty of tomatoes on the vine, plus the last few beans of the season.

It’s been said before — many, many times by Garrison Keillor — that one of the wonderful things about living in a place like Minnesota is that we don’t take things like homegrown tomatoes for granted.  There’s a short window of time when they’re available.  That window has just opened, and it will slam shut in about a month.  Then all that will be left in my garden is the squash and pumpkins that I hope will last into the fall.

We’ve started the long descent into autumn.  It may be 95 and humid out, but my kids are talking about school everyday.  We’ve got our plans for the State Fair.  Grandma just bought them all back-to-school jeans.

But, we’re not quite there yet. For now, we’ve got homegrown tomatoes.  Here’s Guy Clark’s homage to them:

Get you a ripe one don’t get a hard one
Plant `em in the spring eat `em in the summer
All winter with out `em’s a culinary bummer
I forget all about the sweatin’ & diggin’
Everytime I go out & pick me a big one

Homegrown tomatoes homegrown tomatoes
What’d life be without homegrown tomatoes
Only two things that money can’t buy
That’s true love & homegrown tomatoes

Homegrown Tomatoes by Guy Clark

Photo taken on iPhone 4 with Hipstamatic; lens: Jimmy; film: Ina’s 1969