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November 03, 2023


There is always hope. :)

Thanks, bobbyp.

Ok, so I've been looking at this picture a bunch all day and at different times it's evoked hope and loneliness and calm and even ennui almost kinda sorta. But I keep coming back to hope. I think it's the rays peeking around the corner.

It's given me pause for reflection, and I could use that right now. So, well done and thank you.

Keep hope alive. :-)

Pete -- :-) back atcha.

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Pete -- trying to get out of the Turkish doorbell business... But Typepad is behaving weirdly, even with deleted comments, so who knows what will happen.

Gah! Where am I gonna go for all my Turkish doorbell security needs, now?

I am undone!

Keep hope alive. :-)

It's very hard. But in today's Guardian, there is an interview with Monty Don, a much loved TV gardener, who has been open in the past about his times of mental health struggle. I thought this was rather moving, and reminded me a bit of nous's "people of the future".

Gardening is also an “investment in a future. You’re growing hope, and that’s wonderful medicine for depression, anxiety and grief. It gets you through dark times because seeds will become a plant, and plants will flower, and flowers will fruit. If you can connect to a rhythm of the natural world, that’s incredibly important, and easy to lose in modern urban life.”

The photo reminds me of a Wayne Thiebaud painting, though there are lots of differences. The similarity I see is that the colors present imply other colors not present so that I "see" both. This is especially the case with the trees which flicker with colors both present and implied. I love the blue of the road.
It is, to me, a hopeful image, but I find the shadowed area beautiful, maybe more so than the sun. (Not that I find this shadowed era in history beautiful except in flickers here and there.)

I remember back when this place was strictly about Turkish doorbell security and then it changed to whatever it is now, and here comes wonkie with her eloquent and thoughtful “words”.

I blame the mods.

Google Bard can now process images.

The image you sent shows a winding road that goes through a forest. The road is empty and the trees are bare. The leaves on the ground are brown and yellow, which suggests that it is autumn.

The image is taken from a low angle, which gives the viewer a sense of perspective. The road seems to disappear into the distance, and the trees tower over the viewer. The image is also quite dark, which creates a sense of mystery and atmosphere.

The overall mood of the image is one of solitude and peace. The empty road and the bare trees suggest that the viewer is alone in the forest. The lack of color also contributes to the sense of stillness and quiet.


The image can be interpreted in a number of ways. On one level, it is simply a beautiful and atmospheric photograph of a forest road. However, the image can also be seen as a metaphor for life's journey. The road is a symbol of the path we take through life, and the trees represent the challenges and obstacles we face along the way.

The fact that the road is empty suggests that the viewer is alone on their journey. This can be interpreted in a number of ways. Perhaps the viewer is feeling lost or isolated. Or perhaps they are simply enjoying the solitude and freedom of being alone.

The bare trees can be seen as a symbol of death or rebirth. They suggest that the viewer is at a point of transition in their life. They may be leaving something behind or starting something new.

The overall mood of the image is one of solitude and peace. This suggests that the viewer is in a place of reflection or contemplation. They are taking some time to think about their life and their journey.


The image of a winding road through a forest is a powerful and evocative one. It can be interpreted in many different ways, but it ultimately speaks to the universal human experience of life's journey.

The plants in the image are difficult to identify definitively, as they are bare and out of focus. However, I can make some educated guesses:

• The trees in the foreground appear to be beech trees (Fagus sylvatica). Beech trees are deciduous trees that are common in temperate forests. They are known for their smooth, gray bark and their triangular leaves.
• The trees in the background are more difficult to identify, but they could be oaks (Quercus spp.), maples (Acer spp.), or birches (Betula spp.). These are all common deciduous trees in temperate forests.
• The ground cover is also difficult to identify, but it could include ferns, mosses, and wildflowers.

—Google Bard

This may be of musical interest to some here - excerpt from Daryl's House where Robert Fripp visits Daryl Hall's home and plays through Red with Daryl's band.


Nothing this complex should sound this good on a first ever playthrough.

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