Monday, February 27, 2017

In Honor of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Today, February 27th, 2017, would be Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 210th birthday; and although I have been very familiar with many of Longfellow's works, the wild birds who visit my urban garden, as well as the flora I grow have reinforced his quotation, "The best thing one can do when it's raining is let it rain," Cam, the cardinal pictured above. Moreover, Cam and I have referenced this quotation in the book, Words In Our Beak, Volume One;



when we explain how birds withstand rain, as she is doing in the first photograph above; and, as a pair of blue jays and a lone mourning dove are doing in the images below.



The book also references Longfellow's wisdom re rain in terms of flora, especially when it comes to the flowers of a Paeonia suffruiticosa (Tree Peony), as seen in the photos directly below.




these images of peonies were featured in a prior entry here on Blogger that I posted a number of years ago!

Recently I returned to Longfellow's quotation re rain and birds, but it was in relation to the fact that bird types known as the American Robin, as well as Mourning Doves, seem to apply the prolific poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's wisdom of letting it rain, to letting it snow; as evidenced in the following pictures.




Btw, the latter of the three pictures posted directly above, is included in a fairly recent entry here on Blogger re Longfellow.

Be that as it may, as  I was doing my research for this blog entry, it dismayed me to read of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's sorrow re the circumstances surrounding his wife's accidental death. Please refer to this Wiki Page if you are interested in the details of that tragic event.

Moreover, another fact re Longfellow that I had not realized was that the pop singer, Neil Diamond's song, Longfellow Serenade, was about Henry Wadsworth! DUH! And so, before I sign off, dear reader, I'm saying thank you for your contributions, Henry Wadsworth; and I'm posting a You Tube video of Neil Diamond performing this song (below).

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