Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Bach - Second Sunday After Epiphany

Bach composed three cantatas for the second Sunday after Epiphany: a short solo cantata - BWV 155, Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange; a regular cantata - BWV 13, Meine Seufzer, meine Tränen; and a magnificent chorale cantata, BWV 3 - Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid.

Photo © 2016 by A. Roy Hilbinger

Friday, January 13, 2017

Wolf Moon

Wolf Moon, January 13, 2017, 6 am

Do not fear the night.
Instead, summon the wolf inside you
and welcome the darkness
like it is home.

– Nikita Gill

"Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!" – Bram Stoker, Dracula

The highlight of any Paul Winter concert - howling with the wolves!

Photo © 2017 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sight & Sound - Earth Ritual

Bone and Bamboo
Earth - Rock, stone, dirt, sand, wood, bone, shell, feather. The understructure of the world, bridging Air and Water, forged by Fire. Feel the heartbeat of the world and dance the dance of Earth.

© 2017 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Sunday Bach

I'm starting a new weekly feature for this blog today. For the past several years I've been posting one of Bach's liturgical cantatas on my Facebook timeline every Sunday. The idea comes from the late, great WGBH radio host Robert J. Lurtsema, who played a cantata every Sunday morning on his Morning Pro Musica show. Robert J played them in numerical order according to BWV number; after he passed away his successor, Brian McCreath, continued the tradition but played them according to which Sunday in the Lutheran liturgical calendar it was. This order has always made more sense to me, and that's how I've been posting the cantatas on Facebook. And now I've decided to expand that tradition to this blog. Each Sunday I'll post the correct cantata for that day, along with something from my photos.

Today is the first Sunday after the Feast of the Epiphany, and Bach composed three cantatas for that day. I chose BWV 124, "Meinen Jesum laß ich nicht". I'm partial to Bach's chorale cantatas, and this is one of his best.

Photo © 2016 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Greeting the New Year

With a walk in the woods and fields of the Dykeman Spring Nature Park.

Multiflora Rose hips in the wetland
Hemlock with cones by the north duck pond
Teasel husks along the Meadow Trail
Looking north from the top of the upland meadow
© 2017 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


In Autumn the late-blooming Asters mark the boundary between forest and field. In the tag end of December all that's left are brown husks. They may be without the white and yellow decoration, but there is an austere beauty to these husks of Calico Asters along the Dykeman Walking Trail.

© 2016 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas to all my family and friends!

In this time of trouble, division, and strife, keep in mind the person whose birth is being celebrated today came to be known as the Prince of Peace. And peace is certainly the theme of this post today. As I usually do, I'll pay tribute to the Christmas Truce of 1914, when soldiers on all sides of WWI pur aside their weapons and came together in No Man's Land to celebrate Christmas together, by posting John McCutcheon's classic "Christmas in the Trenches". And this year I'll add "Let There Be Peace on Earth". Keep peace!

© 2016 by A. Roy Hilbinger