The Black Derby

The Black Bowler Derby

The bowler hat, also known as the billycock, is a hard felt hat with a rounded crown, originally created by London hat-makers Thomas and William Bowler during 1849, It has traditionally been worn with semi-formal and informal attire. The bowler, a protective and durable had style, was popular with the British, Irish, and American working classes during the second half of the nineteenth centrury.

The Stream

Photographer Unknown, (The Stream)

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”
Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

The Elephant’s Walk

Photographer Unknown, (The Elephant’s Walk)

“Of all African animals, the elephant is the most difficult for man to live with, yet its passing – if this must come – seems the most tragic of all. I can watch elephants (and elephants alone) for hours at a time, for sooner or later the elephant will do something very strange such as mow grass with its toenails or draw the tusks from the rotted carcass of another elephant and carry them off into the bush. There is mystery behind that masked gray visage, and ancient life force, delicate and mighty, awesome and enchanted, commanding the silence ordinarily reserved for mountain peaks, great fires, and the sea.”

Peter Matthiessen, The Tree Where Man Was Born

Jean Lorrain: “The Madness of the Eyes is the Lure of the Abyss”

Photographer Unknown, (The Gaze)

“The madness of the eyes is the lure of the abyss. Sirens lurk in the dark depths of the pupils as they lurk at the bottom of the sea, that I know for sure – but I have never encountered them, and I am searching still for the profound and plaintive gazes in whose depths I might be able, like Hamlet redeemed, to drown the Ophelia of my desire.”

Jean Lorrain, Monsieur De Phocas