A Photo for Friday

Welcome to the weekend.

“Sunset at Lake Seneca”
Seneca, SC
December 26, 2019
FILED UNDER: Photo for Friday, Photography
Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. de stijl says:

    You have a poet’s soul.

  2. @de stijl: A kind thing to say, which I very much appreciate.

  3. de stijl says:

    Do you know the biography of Wallace Stevens?

    Lawyer at an insurance company.

    Also, insanely gifted poet.

  4. DrDaveT says:

    @de stijl:

    Also, insanely gifted poet.


    With most poets, if I don’t get the poem, I assume it’s the poet’s fault. With Stevens, it’s clearly my fault. Always.

    Beauty is momentary in the mind—
    The fitful tracing of a portal;
    But in the flesh it is immortal.

    The body dies; the body’s beauty lives.
    So evenings die, in their green going,
    A wave, interminably flowing.
    So gardens die, their meek breath scenting
    The cowl of winter, done repenting.
    So maidens die, to the auroral
    Celebration of a maiden’s choral.

    Susanna’s music touched the bawdy strings
    Of those white elders; but, escaping,
    Left only Death’s ironic scraping.
    Now, in its immortality, it plays
    On the clear viol of her memory,
    And makes a constant sacrament of praise.

  5. de stijl says:

    So evenings die in their green going


  6. de stijl says:


    13 ways of looking at a black bird

    The emporer of ice cream

    Genius. Heartbreaking.

    Such people should be revered.

    Dude was a lawyer. Working for some dumb ass company.

    I can’t even imagine what it was like to be him.

  7. de stijl says:

    It was evening all afternoon.
    It was snowing
    And it was going to snow.
    The black bird sat
    In the cedar limbs.

    Snowing now right here. Light, probably a dusting. Maybe an inch or two. Barely enough to shovel except to be neighborly.

    Tomorrow to decide anyway.

  8. gVOR08 says:

    Lovely. Not only is it a striking visual, it has nothing whatsoever to do with Trump. Nice to have a weekly respite.

  9. @gVOR08: I almost went with this one, which was more thematic for the last couple of days. but thought a respite was needed.

  10. de stijl says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:

    I hate taggers. “I was here!” So lame.

    But artists demand respect. Even if it’s just the form of the letters. A conscious choice. You don’t have to like it- disliking is perfectly valid.

    But there is thought, practice, skill, consideration, control. It is art and craft.


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