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On my walk this morning I was thinking how on a walk some days ago, I'd found a robin eggshell. I looked down and found a cardinal eggshell. Further along on the walk I found a luna moth wing: it was a morning for sweet finds.

cardinal egg, luna moth wing

In the evening, as the sun was setting and streetlamps were lighting up, a cardinal came and perched on one. From newly hatched to adult in one day.

Later in the evening, when it was quite dark, I went to pick some cilantro, and the first firefly of the season was in the cilantro patch, lighting up the underside of the cilantro leaves--and he paid my hand a visit, too.

Earlier in the day, some kids were playing soccer on the common, and one of them was wearing a Brazilian flag as a cloak. I had only my cell phone to take a picture with, but:

Viva Brasil
Viva Brasil!

I guess we know who he's rooting for in the World Cup!

I am writing a little something with bridges in it, and almost every day I walk along a bridge, and as I walk, I think about bridge folktales--mainly bridge battles: the three billy goats and the troll, Robin Hood and Little John, Benke and Yoshitsune. Can you think of any more bridge battles in folktales or legend?


Benke meets Yoshitsune on Gojô Bridge, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Source)


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aliseadae
Jun. 18th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
I'm writing something called "Bridge" right now!
asakiyume
Jun. 18th, 2014 03:59 am (UTC)
Hi fives, fellow bridge writer!
lignota
Jun. 18th, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
There's Horatius at the bridge. Besides the Classical versions, Lord Macaulay wrote a poem on it in his Lays of Ancient Rome.
asakiyume
Jun. 18th, 2014 04:00 am (UTC)
Excellent--thank you!
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sovay
Jun. 18th, 2014 03:57 am (UTC)
it was a morning for sweet finds.

That's absolutely beautiful.
asakiyume
Jun. 18th, 2014 04:00 am (UTC)
I felt very lucky.
jordan179
Jun. 18th, 2014 04:08 am (UTC)
Horatius at the Bridge. The Bridge at Remagen. The Bridges at Arnhem.
asakiyume
Jun. 18th, 2014 04:12 am (UTC)
I don't know the second and third; I'll have to look them up--thank you!
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browngirl
Jun. 18th, 2014 04:33 am (UTC)
How did you get those beautiful fragile finds home without crushing them?
asakiyume
Jun. 18th, 2014 10:50 am (UTC)
I carried them very carefully! I made my hand a cup. I must have looked a little odd if anyone caught a close view.
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duccio
Jun. 18th, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)
The Milvian Bridge is an actual bridge conflict, but there is a lot of important, world-changing folklore connected to it.


Edited at 2014-06-18 04:52 am (UTC)
asakiyume
Jun. 18th, 2014 10:53 am (UTC)
I didn't remember the name of the bridge, but I definitely remember the Latin phrase in hoc signo vinces, and the story of its significance. Thanks!
desperance
Jun. 18th, 2014 06:01 am (UTC)
Not a battle, but I know a very sad story about bridges, called "A Terrible Prospect of Bridges", which begins with the bridges across the Tyne and ends ... otherwhere. And yes, of course I wrote it. If you send me a snailmail address - to chaz at chazbrenchley dot co dot uk - I could send you a copy.
asakiyume
Jun. 18th, 2014 10:55 am (UTC)
Done! And thank you.
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nineweaving
Jun. 18th, 2014 07:00 am (UTC)
Utterly achingly lovely things. Birth and death are both bluegreen.

Nine
asakiyume
Jun. 18th, 2014 10:56 am (UTC)
Isn't it arresting, the similarity in color.
cmcmck
Jun. 18th, 2014 07:33 am (UTC)
A certain person of the male persuasion is watching what seems like an awful lot of footie atm!

Lovely things. :o)
asakiyume
Jun. 18th, 2014 10:58 am (UTC)
Does he have a favorite? I guess people cheer their national teams, right? The boy in the photo has a Brazilian mother :-)
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frigg
Jun. 18th, 2014 08:29 am (UTC)
Regarding robin eggs. I used to ponder why the robins in America laid blue eggs, while the robins in Europe didn't. Took me a long time to figure out that it's not the same bird. :p
asakiyume
Jun. 18th, 2014 10:59 am (UTC)
My husband always says that the British colonists must have been VERY homesick to name the American robin after the British one, as they are such different birds!
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khiemtran
Jun. 18th, 2014 10:20 am (UTC)
They grow fast, but that's because moths are such a good diet...
asakiyume
Jun. 18th, 2014 10:59 am (UTC)
Especially whopping great moths like luna moths!
lizziebelle
Jun. 18th, 2014 11:13 am (UTC)
There are a lot of Brazilians here in Hudson, and they're a popular choice in these parts. :)
asakiyume
Jun. 18th, 2014 12:18 pm (UTC)
It's fun to see everyone so excited by something!
sartorias
Jun. 18th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
I tend to write about a lot of bridges. Only noticed that a few years ago. Still haven't decided if that is an oops. (I may have to change the title of "Bridges", tho, which comes before "And Felt Along the Heart.")

Love the pic of the kids on the green. Oh, greens are so wonderful.
asakiyume
Jun. 19th, 2014 01:10 am (UTC)
Given the connection desperance articulated between bridges and liminality, I'm not surprised that you do! And I don't think it's an oops.
noachoc
Jun. 18th, 2014 06:03 pm (UTC)
Robin Hood and Little John (though I'm sure someone else has mentioned it already by now)

xjenavivex
Jun. 18th, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
That's a great one.
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oiktirmos
Jun. 18th, 2014 06:46 pm (UTC)
Not a legend but a movie. In Hot Rods to Hell Dana Andrews and his family are driving through the southwest. They are chased and harassed by hot rods driven by college age thrill seekers. In the final minutes of the film the driver and passenger of one of the hot rods try to kill Dana and his family by running him off the road by driving straight at him at night, forcing Dana to swerve into the desert to avoid a head on collision. After a couple of passes and near misses Dana pulls his car onto a bridge, leaves the lights on and takes his family into a ravine. When the hot rod makes its next pass the driver sees too late that the car is driverless on the bridge and rolls the hot rod trying to make a last second evasive maneuver.
asakiyume
Jun. 19th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
That sounds *very* intense.

--And I got your other message too, and do send an email, as it's very likely (sadly) the case that I've misplaced the memory :-(
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