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16 October 2014

Flying Cat - July 2008

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The Verdant Lungs of Old Aberdeen

Green Lungs. Every city, no matter how bijou, needs them. Imagine New York without Central Park, or Birkenhead without its eponymous green lung (on which Central Park was based): imagine a London lacking its many green spaces, how unbearable that would be - no Regent's, Hyde, St James'; no WWT Barnes; no Kew (this is not just a park, this is a ...)
This is Victoria Park, Aberdeen, Westburn Road. A road much travelled...
'It is necessary to go
through dark and deeper dark
and not to turn' - Stanley Kunitz.
Vic 1

Vic 2

Vic 3

Vic 4

Vic 5
Farther afield in the Granite City, a hot trudge along the once-quiet Anderson Drive, where gracious living has been bisected and diminished by a dual carriageway; where the odd mini mock-baronial folly rubs shoulders with douce granite semi dormer bungalows; where 'Dunroamin' has a liff-size piper complete with bearskin etched in the glass front door, lies the jewel in the crown of Aberdeen's breathing spaces, Hazlehead Park.
Memorial Garden
Piper Alpha+20
Twenty years on.
Piper Alpha+20/2

Piper Alpha+20/3
Rose 'Remember Me'.
Remember Me
tree vista for the arborially deprived
Hazel 2
Its's art Jim, but not as we know it...
Hazel 3
a peaceful place to sit and look (what a lie, its the school holidays and the place was crawling with bipeds large and small!)
Hazel 4
The Three Graces...Granite City style
Hazel 5
Ian Hamilton Finlay. Great artist and creator of Little Sparta...alas, fpu was not tall enough to fit it all in...even on tippy toes...
Hazel IHF
more art-in-the-park...goodness knows, don't ask me, something about a stone bench with...whatever...The Larch is more impressive.
Hazel larch
FC's ancestral fountain: sadly, no water.
Hazel 6 vista
close-up of FC's ancestor, possibly Aslan...
Hazel Aslan
a Patsy Kline moment...Crazy...
crayzee gofe
This is an Ent who allowed fpu to sit on his feet for a while, in the shade of his ancient cascading hair...
Hazel Ent

Hazel Ent hair
three studies in green and bronze
Hazel Green/bronze
'fair hair may hide dark roots' (from The Wee Book of Calvin)
Hazel canapé
'It is midsummer: the leaves hang big and still:
Behind the eye a star,
Under the silk of the wrist a sea, tell
Time is nowhere.' - Ted Hughes
Hazel bronze
Peace and Her Dove 1959
Peace and her Dove
'Only Skuld
born of the Future
lifts her eyes: hope
is the lithe curve of her neck.
Wintering will pass:
she will fly
with the tilting earth.' - Christine de Luca.
Exuent, refreshed and not pursued by a bear or any other scary beasts...
Hazel gate
'I can scarcely wait till tomorrow
when a new life begins for me,
as it does each day,
as it does each day.' - Stanley Kunitz.

Posted on Flying Cat at 10:52

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