If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

Oscar Wilde


Vax plant - Hoya carnosa


No moon on the best night for moon viewing;

I sit alone near the iron candle stand and
quietly chant old tunes -
The best poets have loved these evenings
But I just listen to the sounds of the rain and
recall the emotions of past years.

 - Ikkyu

 [from 'Wild Ways' translated by John Stevens]

Spooky Halloween poem: "The Incubus" by Charles Baudelaire

As if, with beasts’ eyes, angels led

The way, I slip back to your bed,

Quiet as a hooded light,

Hushed by the shadows of the night.

And then, my dark one, you shall soon

Embrace the cold beams of the moon,

Around a fresh grave, the chilling hiss

Of serpent coiled shall be my kiss.

When morning shows his livid face

Your bed shall feel my empty place,

As cold as death, till fall of night.

Others take tenderness to wife:

Dread gives away your youth and life

To me, to be bride of fright.

(Translated by John Hollander)

Fall leaves preserved in wax


  1. STEP 1

    Slowly melt bleached beeswax over a double boiler; never allow wax to boil. Dip leaves in wax one at a time, holding by stem. gently shake off excess wax.
  2. STEP 2

    Hang leaves on clothespins to dry. Some may be dipped again, depending on desired look; let dry between coatings. Hang finished leaves from lengths of monofilament.

Leaves fall

where no green earth remains:
a person at his ease,
wears a plain, white robe.

With simplicity and plainness
his original nature still,
what need to practice
"calming of the heart."

- Chia-Tao

from: 'The Clouds Should Know Me By Now',
translated by Mike O'Connor

Fluffy moths

Leucoma salicis – Satin Moth

Pink-legged tiger moth (Spilosoma latipennis)

Spilosoma congrua on a feather

Naked and marooned for 60 days on a tiny island

Expedition expert Ed Stafford survived for 60 days on an uninhabited island. The hardest part didn't happen until he was back home again. 

Listen to the interview by Mark Frauenfelder:

Retro sci-fi

I was in China in 2007, at the first party-approved science fiction and fantasy convention in Chinese history. And at one point I took a top official aside and asked him Why? SF had been disapproved of for a long time. What had changed?

It’s simple, he told me. The Chinese were brilliant at making things if other people brought them the plans. But they did not innovate and they did not invent. They did not imagine. So they sent a delegation to the US, to Apple, to Microsoft, to Google, and they asked the people there who were inventing the future about themselves. And they found that all of them had read science fiction when they were boys or girls.

neil gaiman


Mom are we normal

Vintage Halloween cards

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Halloween bat

Kerivoula pictas, Orange painted bat

Any kind of expectation creates a problem.

We should accept, but not expect.
Whatever comes, accept it.
Whatever goes, accept it.
The immediate benefit is that
your mind is always peaceful. 



NJ to FL in 16 days - Monarch migration

How long does it take for a Monarch to fly from Cape May, NJ to St. Marks NWR, FL?

Monarch THW658 was caught on October 7th at Cape May. And then it flew 807 miles in 16 days and was caught at St. Marks on Friday October 24th.


Happy Halloween from Grumpkin

Just as grumpy as Grumpy Cat!

Creepy as hell post card

True legend: A ghostly figure produced by a moth saved a train from traversing a washed-out bridge.

The British express train raced through the night, its powerful headlamp spearing the black darkness ahead. The train was carrying Queen Victoria.

Suddenly the engineer saw a startling sight. Revealed in the beam of the engine's headlights was a weird figure in a black cloak standing in the middle of the tracks and waving its arms.

The engineer grabbed for the brakes and brought the train to a grinding halt.

He and his fellow trainsmen climbed out to see what had stopped them. But they could find no trace of the strange figure. On a hunch, he walked a few yards further up the tracks. Suddenly he stopped and stared into the fog in horror. The bridge had been washed out in the middle and had toppled into a swollen stream. If he had not heeded the ghostly figure, the train would have plunged into the stream.

While the bridge and the tracks were being repaired, the crew made a more intensive search for the strange flagman. But not until they got to London, did they solve the mystery. At the base of the engine's head lamp the engineer discovered a huge dead moth. He looked at it a moment, then on impulse wet its wings and pasted it to the glass of the lamp. Climbing back into his cab, he switched on the lamp and saw the "flagman" in the beam. He knew the answer now: the moth had flown into the beam, seconds before the train was due to reach the washed-out bridge. In the fog, it appeared to be a phantom figure, waving its arms.

from Snopes

Zombie finger attacks

Vintage ghost stories

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Your monsters

Reality denied comes back to haunt.

 ― Philip K. Dick

Witches in the Air, Goya

Devil's carnival

Scary! Nurse Ratched

Let it all out


The windflower and the violet, they perished long ago,

And the brier-rose and the orchis died amid the summer glow;
But on the hills the golden-rod, and the aster in the wood,
And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood,
Till fell the frost from the clear cold heaven, as falls the plague on men,
And the brightness of their smile was gone, from upland glade and glen.

William Cullen Bryant
Death of the Flowers

Magnolia blossoms