WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: CLOSE UP

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WP designer Brie says get up close and personal with your subject this week.

Percebes at the Festa do Marisco de Vigo

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Percebes are tube-shaped crustaceans that cling to the granite rocks of the storm-bashed Galician coastline. Pollicipes cornucopia, or goose barnacles, are cartoonishly inelegant but fearfully tasty.  Ask Spanish gourmets.

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Knife and fork are not required for this impossibly ugly, extremely expensive delicacy. You pinch the foot between your thumb and finger, pull the inner tube out of its scaly case, twist off the claw, and eat the flesh.

Harvesting percebes is hazardous business.  Collectors, called percebeiros, have to maneuver down steep rocks or jump from boats in crashing surf to reach them, risking death. The very best goose barnacles are found on the Costa da Morte — the Coast of Death — in north-west Galicia. Not likely to be confused with the Costa del Sol.

These punks of the crustacean family thrive in violent waters. Watch  daredevil percebeiros torqued to the limit. Click hereHoly percebes!

My first encounter with briny-sweet percebes was in the fishing port of Vigo during the Festa de Percebes. Everyone tucks into mountains of this exotic gourmet gold accompanied by plenty of Albariño, the local white wine.

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The best of the sea in a mouthful.

Quite the swashbuckling swallow.

 

 

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Yodel. Tremolo. Back and Forth. Stay Connected. Ply the waters as a group. Stay in touch. Not so crazy an idea. (a 420 character 9-liner by Patty accompanied by a Nani sketch)

Surely not, John McPhee.

The tremolo yodel twixt Common Loon mates is NOT a laugh of the insane.

I listened from the edge of a secluded pond–Private! No Trespassing!

But CLs don’t read, just emit ethereal enunciations,

like the back & forth between Lydia, Chloe, Luke, William, Claire, Hannah

& the elders as they ply the waters of Long Pond.

Call & connect.

It makes me laugh & reminds me to love. Insane?

Surely not.

PATTY

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“Our” Red Tail Hawks are writing songs across the sky this morning and I remember one of our favorite song(s): George Schroder wrote the words and Kate Wolf used to sing it along with Purple Clouds Turn Scarlet in the Setting Sun…just remembering this while the man who knows all about it sings me Kate Wolf songs.

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“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage.” For some reason this Rilke line was in my head as I listened and learned from the gathering of our kids and grandkids in Wellfleet. We missed the traveling couple who too would have informed and enlightened me as to the wisdoms of the world.

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Listen to the “We Are Family” video and get up there and sing!! https://youtu.be/TNAQ8LLptUo   DSC01071  Caveat:

Some of the fun of the past couple of weeks was listening to metaphorical versions of “What’ll we Do With the Baby-O” in regard to this that and the other thing that comes up when a loving bunch of family is tooth and jowl for a while. As was ever thus, I learned things from my children that have improved me.

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage.” For some reason this Rilke line was in my head as I listened and learned from the gathering of our kids and grandkids in Wellfleet.  We missed the traveling couple who too would have informed and enlightened me as to the wisdoms of the world.

#TBT: While the photo isn’t old, the gathering contains objects of antiquity: the APs (Aged Parents). We’re also missing 2 of the family who were across the pond as it were. If you’re on the Cape go to Laura and Tony’s Kitchen.

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