The labyrinth at Leonardskirchplatz in Basel, Switzerland, on Thanksgiving Day.
The small square — on a hill spur above the old city center — is next to the 15th century Leonardskirche or St. Leonard’s Church.
The labyrinth was installed there in 2002 from a design by Agnes Barmettier.
On the right side of the sign is a poem, “Labyrinth Spell” by Ingrid Gomolzik, meant to be spoken before entering the circuit: “The labyrinth is a mystery. . . the giant, the path in the middle, the way to ourselves.”
The design features two turning points around linden trees.
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Torn turned and tattered
Bowed burned and battered
I took untensed time by the teeth
And bade it bear me banking
Out over the walled welter
cities and the sea. . .
— Robert P. Baird, from “The Labyrinth“
A Monday doorway. . .
. . . in the old city center of Basel, Switzerland, where we spent Thanksgiving.
Staghorn ferns ornament the narrow porch of the Lands and Works Office, Brisbane, Queensland, 1904, photographer unidentified, via State Library of Queensland.
(Click on the image for a better view.)
I believe the ferns are Platycerium superbum, which are native to Australia.
“Dudes in a covered wagon garden seat,” Quarter Circle U Ranch, Birney, Montana, August 1941, by Marion Post Wolcott for the U.S. Farm Security Administration.
Both photos are via the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Wolcott had been charged with photographing the recovery of the western cattle industry. The Quarter Circle U ranch in Birney, Montana, like many others in the region, had begun entertaining dudes in the 1920s to augment ranch income, and so she photographed that side of the modern ranch business as well as cattle raising. The ranch scattered its grounds with covered wagon love seats designed for trysting young couples, many of whom purchased western wear as part of their Montana adventure.
— Mary Murphy, from “Romancing the West: Photographs by Marion Post Wolcott”
“What’s not to love about Rhubarb? It’s the easiest thing to grow in Alaska and the moose don’t eat it.”*
“Rhubarb stalk in southeastern Alaska,” ca. 1900 and ca. 1925, Frank and Frances Carpenter collection, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Rhubarb is a very popular garden plant in Alaska. “That’s because the few long days of summer sun there help rhubarb grow to five feet or more,” according to The Plate.
Want to know more? Check out Rhubarb or BUST, a blog all about growing rhubarb in Alaska.
Celebrate bitter things
after long winter
rhubarbs’ red green stalks
and partial sun. . .
— Sheila Packa, from “Rhubarb“
*Renae Wall, from “What’s not to love about rhubarb,” Peninsula Clarion.