Mr. Dependability

Santa on vacation

Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters.  This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Today's view of the pond

Today’s view of the pond

Last Saturday I posted about dependability, the Tarot, and the small (10-card) challenge I’m taking on to represent the cards from the Tarot photographically.  Just for fun.  The first card I picked for this project is the King of Pentacles (or King of Coins, if you prefer) who is the epitome of dependability.  I went to the archives to find something I wasn’t sure existed in my collection of images.  I was right.  It wasn’t there.  That turned out to be a good thing because I found, instead, a photo of Santa Claus on vacation in New Orleans.

Red-tailed hawk

Red-tailed hawk (I think — could be a red-shouldered hawk).

Santa is dependability personified.  Every year he makes the rounds, delivering toys, without fail.  He honors his commitments.  Mr. Claus also appears to be a man who knows how to relax and have fun.  He is the essence of the King of Pentacles.

M and I met Mr. Claus in 2009 while visiting the fabulous city of New Orleans.  He was sitting on a bench in Jackson Square, enjoying the beautiful weather, and answering questions from a group of school children who were out on a field trip.  One of the children asked if he was really Santa Claus, so Mr. Claus pulled out his wallet and showed the child his driver’s license.  Who knew that a license is required for driving a sleigh pulled by reindeer?

Fire and snow

Fire and snow

On Saturday I’ll have a look at the next card.  If interested, you’re welcome to join me in interpreting the cards with your own images or words.  It’s always more fun when others join in.

Today's view of the creek

Today’s view of the creek

We didn’t get as much snow as predicted, but it is a good amount.  Certainly enough to go cross-country skiing.  I took a hike down into the woods and to the creek earlier today.  I’d forgotten what a good workout walking through snow can be.  Once in the woods, I followed the deer tracks to the creek.  It seemed safer that way as there is no way to know what is under the snow.  All the rain we’ve had over the past few months have left a lot of pools in the woods where it would normally be dry.  We normally see those pools form in the spring which is why they are referred to as vernal pools.  I’m not sure what they’re called when they form in the autumn and winter.  Autumnal or winter pools, maybe.

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The red-tailed hawk pictured earlier sat in the tree, watching me make my way through the snow, whistling and calling frequently.  It was quite unusual.  The hawks normally fly off as soon as they catch sight of me.  I wonder what he was trying to tell me?

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That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for visiting and joining me on my walks and challenges.  I’ll have more on challenges tomorrow.  Hopefully I’ll have some photos from skiing, too, using the new camera.

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Wishing you a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.  🙂

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Winter’s day


16 Comments on “Mr. Dependability”

  1. Nice giggle over the New Orleans Santa.
    We should all be so industrious and dependable – and full of magic!

  2. Joanne says:

    Fabulous story about Santa on vacation Robin, and in New Orleans of all places! My son enjoyed his time in New Orleans when he visited the USA, saying the atmosphere was magical and the people there so friendly. Perhaps that is why Santa chose there for his vacation. 🙂

    I’ve noticed that the birds in my graden usually hover around when there is something nearby that they regard as a danger to them (eg, when my cat, Miss Tibbs, is about!) but mostly when there is another bird in their territory that they don’t wish to be there. Perhaps that was the case with your little friend, he may have been setting the ground rules for another bird that you didn’t see there. Birds have a very interesting way of communicating to each other if you watch them closely.

    • Robin says:

      New Orleans is like another world, Joanne. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to visit, at least once. You may be right about the hawk, although it might not have been a warning. Yesterday I noticed there are two hawks hanging around in the trees by the pond so perhaps he was serenading his mate. 🙂

  3. Jo Ann says:

    Glad Santa is finally taking some well-deserved time for himself. 🙂 Lovely winter pics.

  4. dawnkinster says:

    Love the Santa…and the pond photos! We got 7 inches yesterday…that’s plenty for me!

  5. That Santa picture is awesome! LOL!

  6. mobius faith says:

    Beautiful images. Santa made me smile.

  7. Sallyann says:

    Lovely pictures of the woods and creek in the snow. We haven’t had any snow to speak of here this year. Just a few sprinkled which were quickly washed away.

  8. Dana says:

    Perfect! Love the photographic representation of the King of Pentacles. Absolutely marvelous, Robin! 🙂

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