Friday, June 08, 2012

market flute tufts

At the Pantiles  farmers' market.

A Buddhist monk is photographed playing a bamboo flute at Chegde in Hebei province in  China.  If a photograph can be heard you can hear this one thanks to  the combination of calm and tension in the subject's  face, a fleeting mischief in his eyes and  his attentive fingers disposed over the instrument. It is for photographs like these that I buy The National Geographic Magazine's  sister magazine Traveller, even though my travels are nowadays strictly limited.

Gales have been blowing last night and all day with an unseasonable abandon. In The Grove tufts of leaves are scattered everywhere  as if a monster vandal has been at work grabbing and stripping the branches.

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