Sunday, March 16, 2014

anhinga and alice

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.


“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!” 

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought. 



And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!


One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.


“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.


’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

(Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll)

The Anhinga reluctantly agreed to pose for this bit of nonsense. He normally shuns
all paparazzi, but couldn't resist the opportunity to play the "Jubjub bird." He wouldn't
want me to tell you this, but sometimes when he's all alone he is fond of swinging his
rapier beak about and quoting to himself,

"One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back."



10 comments:

S. Etole said...

These are terrific. It may be awhile before I figure out the poem!

Leslie said...

It's a nonsense poem, Susan, so there's no real need to figure it out :)

Becky Jerdee said...

Clever girl with a clever camera! Enjoyed this :)

Loree said...

What great shots of the Anhiga. The poem made me smile. I had never read it.

Elizabeth said...

Exactly. Art mimics nature.

♥ tinyWOOLF ♥ said...

tell me.
you had fun writing this all down, didn't you? punctuations in place. you did though, didn't you? you didn't copy, paste, did you?
;)))

pictures are stunning, leslie.
x
n♥

beth said...

wow wow wow…i want that bird...like in my back yard for a week or so just so i can just watch him :)

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I've never read those words -- nonsense! Love it. Your captures are perfection.

Beth said...

Such a creative combination! I love that last aside about the bird quoting from the poem. Tee hee!
And that bird---wow! He made me laugh and so did you. Thanks.

Tracy said...

haha... VERY FUN! I've not read this one in a long time. And love your image pairing with the poem--perfect, Leslie! :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))