Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Theme Thursday - Egg

For a while there I was at a loss as to what I would do for this week's theme. I don't eat eggs (cholesterol issues), so I don't have any hanging around in the fridge. I'm not a Christian, so I don't celebrate Easter and won't be dyeing and painting eggs for the holiday. And even though I'm a total bird freak, I'm at least a good ten years beyond the days when I would climb a tree to peek in a nest. So what was I to do about posting photos of eggs?

And then I remembered; we have plenty of eggs (or at least egg cases) from sea creatures lying on the beaches around here. We have Skate eggs, also known as Mermaids' Purses (below left), dotting the ocean beaches. And up the Sakonnet Passage of Narragansett Bay, dotting the cobble and shingle beaches there, are whelk egg cases (below right).























And I couldn't pass this one up - some ovate rocks in a "nest" of seaweed and reed stems. As a friend on Gather.com said: "Of course! They're Roc's eggs!"



And on to the inevitable music video! Lene Lovich did a song called "Egghead", but apparently she didn't make a video for it. But while searching YouTube, I found this lovely little piece - a sequence of illustrations called "The Loneliness of William Egghead" by David Lupton. They're used by the band Keane as live stage projections to accompany their song "On a Day Like Today", and serve as a lovely little music video here.




Photographs & text © 2008 & 2009 by A. Roy Hilbinger

19 comments:

  1. crazy video! nice progressions. sometimes, my egg seems cracked as well. miss seeing the egg cases at the beach. have a great TT Roy!

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  2. hey, I'm sure you know eggs at easter predate christianity and just another coopted tradition....

    ....I love keane, started watching the vid (it's great!! but now my ride's here and I gotta come back)

    great post....

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  3. When I as a kid, I used to love finding rocks or stones that looked like eggs. Let the imagination run wild.

    Great post!

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  4. ...love Roc's eggs! The music and the artwork was wonderful. You're so good at finding neat videos!

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  5. I know when I come here I am going to learn some interesting great stuff!

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  6. Don't the skate eggs look weird and bat-like.

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  7. There is a beauty in the egg cases that seem to strike a primordial note. Loved the presentation.

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  8. Looks like he got the girl, great video, I think we all feel like our egg has cracked at one time or another.

    Some interesting egg skins there. Always a learning experience.

    I just was wondering if you don't ever have eggs how do you do baking that needs eggs? I know that there are some recipes that adjust to not putting eggs in them, and I have tasted a few, but I like them better with the eggs. Good thing that most breads do not need eggs.

    God bless.

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  9. You live near the beach? I am extremely jealous. Although one day, thanks to global warming, maybe the beach will come to me here in Tennessee : D

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  10. What a sad, sweet video... I loved the drawings - and the photos!

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  11. Nice post! I like the "Roc" egg in nest.

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  12. Thanks for that video, Roy! And of course, b-e-a-youutiful photos as always.

    Of course they are roc's eggs!

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  13. A different approach. Nice photos & instructive! Music accompanied by the video is sad. I am a little creeped out by the drawing of the lonely egg head but that's the point, isn't it?

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  14. Nice focus and close up shots!

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  15. Brilliant Text Sir.And You Photos Are Equally So.Regards
    Tony.

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  16. I love those photos. Are those real? I never knew. Never heard the song. The drawings are lovely. Thanks for sharing your find.

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  17. I am always lost for something to do at Easter.

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