A Photo for Friday: “Alien Sky”

Happy Friday.

An escape from New York, at least for this week:

Alien Sky

“Alien Sky”
June 25, 2018
Pike Road, AL

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Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. 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:

    Your profession (and likely love) is understanding systems and processes, yet you’re a sucker for those great chaotic pink and violet and orange and gray sun-underlit twilight storm out-flow clouds. You’re a modern-day Wallace Stevens: insurance executive by day and poet at night.

    Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock
    The houses are haunted
    By white night-gowns.
    None are green,
    Or purple with green rings,
    Or green with yellow rings,
    Or yellow with blue rings.
    None of them are strange,
    With socks of lace
    And beaded ceintures.
    People are not going
    To dream of baboons and periwinkles.
    Only, here and there, an old sailor,
    Drunk and asleep in his boots,
    Catches tigers
    In red weather.

    You look like, but are not the mundane white night-gown people; you are an old sailor dreaming of grander, wilder things.

  2. de stijl says:

    Was a glorious dawn. Strong wind from the the north chasing the under story of broken stratus like chaff. Milky blue and gun metal gray and soft lemon. I need to download a color-wheel app just to name them.

    Commenter Kathy was feeling downtrodden and overwhelmed yesterday and my bonehead response was basically “buckle up, buttercup!” which was off and wrong. I apologize. Everyone is allowed to feel dark if they need to.

    Here’s some good bittersweet / hopeful get-up, today will be better music –
    The Five Stairsteps O-o-h Child

  3. @de stijl: 🙂

  4. de stijl says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:

    BTW, I saw your “escape from New York” monkeyshines in the sub head. [Snake Plisken smirk]

    Yeah, yeah, so you’re a white collar guy with an artsy-fartsy bent. Stop fellating yourself every Friday, already. 😉

  5. de stijl says:

    There is a stand-alone Wallace Stevens fan wiki.

    My fellow humans bring me down a lot of the time by being ass faces and then they do these beautiful, touching, wonderful things.

  6. @de stijl: Please, no Steve Bannon comparisons.