flooded field

anuket · water goddess of elephantine 

Anuket was originally a water goddess from Sudan. Her name meant, “to embrace” which was interpreted to mean that her embrace during the annual Nile floods fertilized the fields. Later, she became a goddess of lust, whose attributes and cult were obscene. However, her cult’s origins can be traced back to the Old Kingdom. She is closely associated with Nubia. She is not an imported goddess though. Anuket was generally depicted as a woman wearing a tall headdress made either of reeds or of ostrich feathers, often holding a sceptre and the ankh symbol, but was occasionally shown in the form of a gazelle.

Fic Rec Time!!

Since it’s the start of Fandom Fic Rec Days…here are a few fabulous stories that deserve a share!
These are in no particular order~

Those Flooded Fields by Euphorion @flightlesscrowkids
Rated:  T (Violence)
Fandom:  Haikyuu!!
Pairing(s):  KageHina, AsaNoya, KiyoYachi, DaiSuga, TsukiYama, KuroKen, BokuAka, IwaOi
Status:  WIP
Summary:   Post-apocalyptic but not particularly dystopian (yet) Artificial Intelligence AU where Kageyama is a voice in Hinata’s head and they’re still not very good at communicating. Title from Neko Case’s Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.
A word from Jubesy:  Oh my goodness.  This world is so interesting and the angst is legit.  What a cool concept!  It’s written well and it’s interesting no matter the character’s POV.

the Sun and the Mole Rat by TCon @secretly-devious
Rated:  M
Fandom:  Kuroko no Basuke
Pairing(s):  AkaFuri, KagaKuro (mentioned)
Status:  Complete
Summary:  Akashi Seijuurou was like the sun; beautiful, radiant and infinitely unreachable. It was an impossibly stupid thing that someone like him could ever be compared to someone like Furihata Kouki, who was so ordinary in everything, nobody would look at him twice should he walk down the crowded streets.  So when Akashi came onto him for a fuck, he didn’t exactly say no. AkaFuri Future-Fic
A word from Jubesy:  I love this.  It was one of the first AkaFuri fics that I ever read.  It’s hot and angsty and (spoiler) has a happy ending!  Definitely worth the read!

The Iunctio-Stones Series by Luxie @flyingassassin
Rated:  E
Fandom:  Free!
Pairing(s):  SouRin, MakoHaru
Status:  Complete
Summary:   “I’ll do it.” Sousuke says, looking the doctor straight in the eyes. “I just have to ask. What’s the down side?”
The doctor smiles again, wider and with a glint in his eyes. “The down side, Yamazaki-san, is that you get to be a Superhero.”
A word from Jubesy:  Sexual tension at its finest.  Danger?  Action?  Adventure?  It’s all there!  Really cool premise and it includes a lot of side characters from Free!, which is always nice.

Designation: Miracle Series by umisabaku @umisabaku
Rated:  M
Fandom:  Kuroko no Basuke (includes Haikyuu!! and Big Windup!, as well)
Pairing(s):  KagaKuro, KiKasa, MidoTaka, MuraHimu, AoMomo, KageHina, KuroKen, AkaFuri, AbeMiha, HanaTaji
Status:  WIP
Summary:   It’s been three years since seven human experiments, called “Miracles,” escaped Teiko Industries, alerting the world to the presence of super-powered children. Now they’re finally integrating into society– going to normal high schools, playing basketball, falling in love– and trying to find out if it’s possible to truly escape their past.
A word from Jubesy:  An amazing concept!  Really cool!!  Full of angst and super powers.  The “minor characters” take the lead in this AU and I love that.  Kasamatsu, Kagami, Takao, and Himuro are a really big part.  Every couple is great and interesting.  Check it out!

I Will Follow You Into the Dark by shions_heart @shions-heart
(for  knightswatch)

Rated:  M (Major Character Death)
Fandom:  Haikyuu!!
Pairing(s):  KuroKen, IwaOi, BokuAka, TsukiYama, KageHina, DaiSuga, YakuLev, AsaNoya, KyouHaba
Status:  WIP
Summary:  With terrifying creatures mysteriously appearing in downtown Sendai, consuming every living thing in their sights, the country’s leading scientists hatch a plan to create super soldiers to fight and destroy these monsters.  Kuroo Tetsurou is one of those soldiers.
A word from Jubesy:  This fic is just so good I can’t.  Even with the major character death (which I never, ever read, mind you) it’s so captivating and interesting and well-written that I can cry and keep going.  The concept is really great (think Pacific Rim meets Attack on Titan)  The characters are fabulous, the angst is choice, and the world is so interesting!  I can’t wait to see how it ends (but I also don’t want it to end)

A Warrior’s Heart by donguris @donguris
Rated:  T
Fandom:  Free!
Pairing(s):  SouRin, MakoHaru, SeiGou
Status:  WIP
Summary:   The story of a lost boy and the heir of an empire. And lots of dragons.
A word from Jubesy:  I love this AU!  Dragons, magic, mystery, and more!  All of the characters play a part in this amazing fantasy fic.  It’s so, so good.  It even includes SeiGou, which I love!  SouRin is the main focus, but the MakoHaru parts are beautiful, as well.  An excellent read!

I’m sure I missed some amazing fics that I’ve read, but I didn’t want to bombard everyone with a giant list of every story I’ve ever enjoyed.

Please give these a read if you haven’t already! ♥

When your bara bro kills your bara dad…

Pacific Northwest Gothic

The basement, flooded / the fields, flooded / an empty boat drifting on a pale lake / muddy shoes by the door / mud on the kitchen tiles / mud in the cracks of the front porch steps / deer hiding in the woods / creeks swelling with brown water / kids in rubber boots / kids with blackberry-stained hands, purple mouths / chalk drawings on the pavement, washed away / sagging grey churches, salt-bitten / sagging white houses, salt-bitten / trees leaning against the wind / rusty pickups abandoned in tall grass / fog lingering over the marshes / fog lingering between the trees / bodies washed up on the rocks / the smell of river water / the smell of wet grass / streetlight reflecting off wet roads / blackbirds dotted across lavender sky / soggy ghosts, damp sheets / your heart fumbling in your chest, roaring like a bear / no signs to say god lives here too.

anonymous asked:

ooh.. OH. DO SOME SORT OF CRANBERRY PLANT FOR GRILLBY!!! okay okay, so cranberry fields are flooded with water to harvest them because THE BERRIES FLOAT.

oh god-

My observation went really well and I learned so much.. I totally geeked out and loved it until one lady told me that since it’s such a specialized field I probably wouldn’t find a job when I graduated because the field is flooded in NH and I’d need to travel for experience first LOL AWESOME HOW INSPIRING


Three paintings I finished last fall as a warm-up of sorts in preparation to start painting tiny remarques on my duck stamp prints!

All three are 5″ x 7″ and are acrylic paint on Claybord.

From top to bottom:

“Flooded Field - Cattle Egret”
“Early Morning Redhead”
“Boss Hen Moa”

Rainy Obstructions

Rating: K+
Summary: Though Yamamoto normally loves the rain, he is annoyed with it when a downpour forces him to pull over into a diner, preventing him from making a straight trip home. But sometimes it doesn’t take much to turn a bad day into a good one. Such as a sweet person with a cellphone.

Yamamoto loved the rain. He enjoyed the way the water felt against his skin, admired how it fell from the sky, either in a graceful drizzle or a rough, unyielding downpour. It was entirely fitting that he was the Rain Guardian, and it was not just because of his qualities.

But in this particular instant, Yamamoto was having a rare moment where he wished the rain would cease. It fell from the dark grey sky in sheets, flooding roads and fields in seconds flat. It was so bad, in fact, that he was forced to pull into the first roadside diner he came across. Road visibility was awful and it wasn’t worth the risk to force onwards.

Though he was sorely tempted to do so. He’d been away on a mission for the past two weeks, and he didn’t want to spend any more time away from his family than necessary.

Heaving a sigh, Yamamoto used his neon-coloured straw to swirl the contents of his ice-tea. The only way he could wait out the rainstorm inside the diner was if he bought something. He sat in the corner of the small, slightly run-down diner, eyes flitting from the scratched tabletop to the dirt-streaked windows.

“Got caught in the rain too, huh?”

Surprised, Yamamoto looked up to see a slim, blonde woman standing near his table. She offered a smile. “I’m sorry for intruding. You don’t seem too happy to be here, so I figured you might be sharing my problem.”

“You’d be right.” Yamamoto smiled back. “Take a seat, if you’d like.”

She slid in the booth across from him. “Thanks. I’m Serena.”

“Yamamoto. It’s nice to meet you.” He moved his drink to the side and folded his hands together. “Where were you headed before the rain hit?”

“I was on my way to visit my sister. I only had an hour left to travel before I got bombarded by water.” Serena gave a shrug. “But hey, what can you do? I’ll get there eventually. How about you?”

“I was on my way home. I’ve been gone for two weeks, so I was excited to get back.” He stared over her shoulder and out the window. The rain was showing no signs of stopping.

Serena looked at him with sympathy. “You miss them, huh?”

“Yeah. But it’s like you said, I’ll get back eventually.” Yamamoto gave his head a slight shake and tried to brighten his spirits. “I just wish I could let them know I’ll be late getting back. My phone died a couple of hours ago and it turns out I left my charger back at the hotel I was staying at.”

“One of those days, huh? I hear that.” Serena reached into her pocket and pulled out a thin white cellphone. She slid it across the table and when Yamamoto looked at her questioningly, she laughed. “You can use my cell to call them.”

“Oh, no, I couldn’t do that,” protested Yamamoto. “There’s long distance charges-”

But Serena waved her hand dismissively. “Don’t worry about it. I already racked up a bill calling my sister. Another charge won’t hurt. Go ahead.”

A grateful smile crossed Yamamoto’s face and he took the phone into his hold. “Thank you. I’ll be as quick as I can.”

“Go.” Serena shooed him away. “I won’t eavesdrop, swear.”

Laughing, Yamamoto stood up and went to an empty corner to make the call. His heart pounded hopefully in his chest, and then burst in elation when Lambo’s familiar voice drifted into his ear. “Vongola residence-wait, no, Sawada residence-uh…Lambo speaking. Who do you want?”

“You really need to work on your phone skills,” teased Yamamoto.

“Take-nii!” Lambo cried. “When are you coming home?”

Yamamoto’s face softened. “Soon, Lambo. I just have to wait out this rainstorm. How have you been?”

“Okay,” he replied. “I-Pin and I have a project to do in school. I want to leave it until the last minute, but she’s not having it. So we’ll probably have it done way early.”

“Don’t let her do all the work,” Yamamoto chided. “You both need to do equal parts.”

“I know, I know. Everyone’s already given me the speech. We-”

“Lambo, who are you talking to?” Gokudera’s voice cut the fifteen-year-old off. Yamamoto’s smile widened.

“Take-nii,” the boy responded.

“Give me the phone!”

“Haya-nii! I’m talking to him!”

“Go find I-Pin.” There were sounds of a brief struggle before Gokudera managed to get possession of the phone and send Lambo on his way. “Baseball Idiot, where are you?”

“No clue,” he admitted. “But I’m at least three hours away.”

At least you had enough sense to ride out the storm,” said Gokudera. “You find an okay place to wait?”

“It’s just a roadside diner,” answered Yamamoto, leaning against the wall. “Listen, I can’t talk for much longer. I’m borrowing someone’s phone and I don’t want to rack up the charges. My phone is dead and I forgot my charger back at the hotel I was staying at.”

“Typical,” snorted Gokudera. “And don’t worry about the charges. We’ll cover it.”

“That’s what I want to do. But she seems like the type of person who does things for the sake of helping people, not expecting payment in return.”

“You didn’t say you were borrowing a girl’s phone.”

Yamamoto rolled his eyes at the teasing tone. “Very funny. She’s just someone who’s in the same position as I am.”

“At least you found someone nice to wait the storm out with.”

“Yeah. But I wish I was with you guys.”

“Us too. But-” Gokudera suddenly paused, and Yamamoto could hear a voice speaking in the background, though he couldn’t make it out. “What do you mean, who am I talking to? It’s none of your business-ouch! Alright, alright! Freak. I’m talking to Takeshi.”

Yamamoto grinned. “Is that Kyoya?”

“Yes, and he just jabbed me in the gut with a tonfa. He apparently wants to speak to you.”

“Alright. I’ll see you soon, Hayato.”

“I’ll let Juudaime know you’re fine. He’s been fretting since the rain started. Reborn gave him some paperwork to try and distract him-ouch! Stop it! Here’s the stupid phone!”

There was a crackling sound before Kyoya’s smooth, cool voice travelled down the line. “You found a place to stop, then?”

“Yeah. A roadside diner.”

“That doesn’t sound secure.”

Yamamoto laughed. “Don’t worry, Kyoya. There’s not a lot of people in here. Just a couple of motorists who don’t feel comfortable driving in the rain.”

“At least you’re not herbivorous enough to attempt to drive in this horrendous weather.”

“It’s not that bad,” said Yamamoto, feeling the need to defend his favourite element. “It’s just not the safest to drive in. Though I don’t know why you guys think I would try and drive through this downpour anyway.”

“Because you have some odd affinity for rain, and it wouldn’t surprise us if you did enjoy driving through this madness. And if you had tried I would have bitten you to death.”

“Yeah, I figured as much. Is everything okay down there?”

“Everything’s fine. Don’t worry about us.”

“Well, that’s an impossible thing to ask for.” Yamamoto spotted Serena waving at him out of the corner of his eye and he turned his head. Smiling brightly, Serena pointed at the window. Yamamoto looked out the glass and grinned widely. The rain had stopped. “Actually, I won’t be worrying much longer. The rain seems to have stopped.”

“Make sure,” warned Kyoya. “Give it ten minutes.”

“Yeah, yeah. I’ll see you soon, Kyoya.”

“I’ll expect you in three hours, then. Don’t be late.”

“Wouldn’t dream of it. Later.” Yamamoto hung up and went back over to Serena. “Hey, thanks a lot.”

“No problem.” She slid her phone back in her pocket. “I know how important family is.”

Yamamoto nodded. “Tell me about it. Listen, I talked longer than I intended to. I’ll cover the charges.”

“Don’t worry about it,” insisted Serena. “I’m happy to help. It completely sucks to be without a phone.”

“Well, the rain may have stopped, but I think I’ll wait for a few minutes to make sure I’m in the clear.” Yamamoto settled across from the girl. “If you wouldn’t mind, I’d enjoy your company.”

Serena smiled from ear-to-ear. “It’ll be my pleasure.”

My youth was but a tempest, dark and savage,
Through which, at times, a dazzling sun would shoot
The thunder and the rain have made such ravage
My garden is nigh bare of rosy fruit.

Now I have reached the Autumn of my thought,
And spade and rake must toil the land to save,
That fragments of my flooded fields be sought
From where the water sluices out a grave.

Who knows if the new flowers my dreams prefigure,
In this washed soil should find, as by a sluit,
The mystic nourishment to give them vigour?

Time swallows up our life, O ruthless rigour!
And the dark foe that nibbles our heart’s root,
Grows on our blood the stronger and the bigger!

—  The Enemy (Charles Baudelaire)

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” - Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad