Aster Blossoms and Orion

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“Blood Moon Eclipse” – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

Autumn… Orion… Wind from the north…
Guide me to the sky and let the stars come forth…
Aster blossoms purple… Basil sets seed…
Mighty trees get naked and poppy pods bleed…

Bask in the glow of the warm harvest sun…
This is the point summer and winter are one…
Dreamscapes of neutral memories terraced…
Nightmares will scare us… Pray to Polaris…

The end is near… But the worst has passed…
Surprised to find that any of us could last…
Green leaves fade to a bright shade of rust…
After the autumn leaves decay into dust…

Under the blue sky… Floating balls of cotton…
The scent of the breeze is of fallen fruit rotten…
Green grass fading… Goldenrod swaying…
This is a moment in time worth replaying…

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“Web in Dew – Foggy Bottom” – Frick Park, Pittsburgh, PA

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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Heaven and the Horizon

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“Heavenly Horizon” – Soergel Orchards – Wexford, PA – Apple tree skeletons against the blue horizon…

It’s a beautiful day to be outside among the clouds so white…
Take me to the valley depths and show me to the light…
The space between horizons is colored in sapphire blue…
Midnight stars of Orion shine while holding hands with you…

Stellar dreams of splendid queens and lands so rich and green…
Climb the mountains made of dreams to air that’s pure and clean…
Every night we drift to sleep with good thoughts on our minds…
In the morning chase the sheep and look for hidden signs…

A moment with my merry band among the trees so grand…
Floating off to splendid lands to find the tallest stand…
Stop for moments relaxing on the highest mountaintop..
Heaven is like the freshest air surrounding dew drops…

Waterfalls and robins calls floating through the morning fog…
In the distance under resistance cries a panicked dog…
When I write poems my tattered soul floats right up to the sky…
When I write my dreams my awakening soul will open up and fly…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 2 – Crocus

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“Towards the Sun” – Spring 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Crocus is a genus of flowering plants in the Iris family… They are typically very early blooming flowers… Though autumn blooming varieties exist… They are perennials that grow from corms… The name of the genus is derived from the Greek language and translates to “Saffron”… A variety of crocus is in fact the source of this spice…

Crocus flowers and leaves are protected from frost by a waxy cuticle… In areas where snow and frost occasionally occur in the early spring, it is not uncommon to see early flowering crocuses blooming through the snow…

Some crocuses seed prolifically and are ideal for naturalizing… They can become invasive if not kept in check… Crocus look stellar when naturalized in a lawn… It is important to hold off mowing till a few weeks after they bloom… The simplest way I have found to accomplish this is to literally peal sections of sod back with a flat spade… Place your crocus bulbs how you like… And carefully replace the sod over top…

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“Cluster of Crocus” – Spring 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

Crocus are extremely easy to propagate…  Although tolerant of overcrowding… They will lose some vigor over time… The process starts by digging up the existing Crocus corms after they die back and remove the smaller corms that have grown around the base… If the original corm is still producing foliage and flowers… Put it back in the ground… But if the corm is spent… Remove it leaving a few of the smaller corms to replace it… The recovered corms can now be planted wherever you decide to put them…

Newly planted Crocus corms are a favorite of squirrels, mice and voles… These pests will quickly dig them up for food… You can discourage these pests by placing a cage of chicken wire over your new planting… I find that once established the pests tend to leave them alone… If you can get your corms through two seasons of growth… And learn to successfully divide them… You will have more than you will ever know what to do with…

plant Petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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Personal Beliefs and the Bullies Who Try to Change Them

"On the Winter Blue Forest" - Frick Park - Pittsburgh, PA - Spring 2013

“On the Winter Blue Forest” – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Spring 2013

In an attempt to not generalize anyone… I fear I have generalized everyone… Please continue knowing this was not my intention…

Beware of the eco-bully, and their terrorist regime…
Don’t hear what their saying, just wait and they’ll scream…
How do you find a bully, don’t worry they’ll find you…
I promise that they’ll mention, they are one of the few…

Not only will they tell you, about their lifestyle choices…
They’ll tell you why your wrong, using others voices…
Personal choice is just that, your own personal choice…
You talk shit on everyone, like you’re the only voice…

Studies of private interest, a source from the front line…
Than you reference a source, from the group trying to define…
A non-profit identity, corporations masked by charity…
The sad fact is corporate honesty, is something of a rarity…

Taking grants to get ahead, donated to your cause…
Taking gold and giving lead, the basis of your flaws…
Eventually the poor will rise, and this system will fail…
I want to build the coffin, and drive the final nail…

The path that were on, will soon lead to recourses…
The name of this game, is control all the resources…
Wars fought for oil, protecting the earth with a gun…
I would bet some day, we will fight for the sun…

We never have enough, we have voltage in our blood…
Our hydroelectric dam, is someone else’s flood…
The wind in our turbines, controlling electrical rates…
The monopoly of resources, will soon be our fate…

Generations build themselves, then bury all the rest…
Claiming gross entitlement, while we are second best…
Paying into programs, social securities pyramid scheme…
Bury programs for the poor, with political pension themes…

The only thing that seams real, the only thing that’s true…
The connections I have, through the garden and you…
Forget about the bullies, put your clenched fists away…
Put your hands in the earth, plant your seeds and play…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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Cold Weather Warms the Soul

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The winter fog settles on the sleepy street… The only thing louder than my heartbeat is the sound of silence… And the occasional cats meow… With a steady pace I cut through the fog… Rain drops fall so I start to jog… Through a puddle I feel the cold… Soggy bottoms but a warming soul… Soon my socks are making sounds… Hop along and skip around… December weather urban splendor… Midnight visions spiritually render…

Looking at these midnight sights… Orange glow from the street lights… Tonight the clouds must be especially sleepy… Purposely making the world look creepy… Stuck to the ground… Not making a sound… A slight breeze smells of the snow… Cutting through the rain shower I go… Cutting through the air… And cutting through my mind…

Urban life is really something special… Wildlife and those living the wild life… Friendly folks and mean… Even the occasional obscene… Houses packed like books on a shelf… Side by side… Like volumes in a series… Each one is similar… But completely different…

Many of us go for months… Without actually touching the Earth… We drive on roads… And we walk on sidewalks… But our feet never actually touch the ground… Like at some point it became taboo to do…

Put your feet on the Earth… Bury your seeds in the ground… Harvest your veggies… And pass them around…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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Good Planets are Hard to Find

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Acid Mine Discharge in my neighborhood. A bi-product of coal mining is iron pyrite, when the iron is exposed to moisture it will rust, when that is mixed with oxygen you get sulphuric acid… Shown bubbling out of the street… I could remediate this, but it will require several tons of limestone and some heavy equipment… Not to mention permission that I would not get…

The resources of our planet are already beyond her limits, the best time to act was fifty years ago… The second best time is now… Currently all of the systems that make the world function are failing, mass casualty natural disasters will become commonplace and land will become much more scarce. As we increase our rate of consumption, the rate of degradation increases exponentially, we as humans in turn need to move forward in a way that is not degrading our environment.

As time moves forward we are using less of our most available resource – HUMANS – to harvest the resources that we have less and less of. Even as I write this somewhere in the world a robot is replacing human farm labor, people are losing their jobs faster than we can replace them. When a person loses their ability to feed themselves they often end up on welfare, a system that reminds me of the scrip system that was issued by the mines to miners as payment, scrips were non transferrable and only valid at one company store… Essentially a form of human ownership… And a tool that will one day be used to control people again…

Water is a resource that is literally shaping the world around us as we speak, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find reasonably pure water anywhere in the world… In order for water to be considered potable it is tested for around 2000 elements, this is not an easy test to pass and will only get harder as we introduce and discover new elements.

– 97% of all of the water on the earth is salt water.

– 3% of it is fresh, of which 75% of that fresh water is in ice…

The fresh water is split up into…

– 11% is rechargeable ground water (less than 800m), this water needs to be slowly absorbed to recharge.

– 14% is in deep groundwater (pre-historic groundwater) and is not rechargeable.

– 0.03% is in lakes, ponds and surface water.

– 0.06% is in our forests and soil.

– 0.03% is in our rivers

-0.035% is in our atmosphere.

Of the 3% of our water that is not salty, roughly 0.03% is actually useable. We need more people paying attention to the land and listening to what it is saying, the earth is always speaking. Many of us hear her scream, only a few of us have been tuned in to be able to hear her whisper.

The Gaia Hypothesis

The earth as a whole is a sentient being, meaning a self-healing, and a self-regulating being that has the ability to not only detect problems, but to also react and respond. If the earth really is a sentient being that does have the ability to respond to problems, then it will eventually neutralize the problem… We as humans do the same thing… We identify the problem, consider the solutions and act appropriately, neutralizing the problem.

– Diversity leads to stability…

– Stability leads to fertility…

– Fertility leads to designing and sustaining productivity…

– Productivity leads to designing sustainable economies…

– Economies lead to designing interactive communities…

– Permanence in culture results due to the interactive community…

please just listen – chriscondello

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Glass Always Full Kinda Guy

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Time to wake up… Wait for the sunrise… As the world sleeps… I prepare my reprise…

The earth releases energy… Strong enough to heal… When you go to sleep… Life is what I feel…

Powerful like a god… Yet deadly like a war… Piss nature off… And see what’s in store…

Stop for a second… And take the time to listen… Silence is required… Sometimes she whispers…

If you only listen… To her roar… You’ll simply be… Another crazy eco whore…

So much beauty… As far as the eye can see… Even our industry… Has a chance with me…

Destroyed by humans… What an opportunity… Glass always full… A future Community…

Hands in the dirt… Feet on the ground… Close your eyes… And listen for the sound…

People are changing… As information presents… A political flip-flop…With climatic events…

Hurricane Katrina… Superstorm Sandy… Winter storms get named?.. This isn’t dandy…

But it’s nothing new… The media a joke… Try to set the bar… And it will always be broke…

Forget the propaganda… And the political bull… Live your life… Like your cups always full…

peace – chriscondello

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