Walk: Corte Madera and Fillmore errands, Sundance Kabuki (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Distance: 3 miles and small yoga practice
Probably the main reason Ciwt picked this as her second favorite holiday card to arrive this year is that she likes Crows. Or is it Ravens she likes? Try as she might, she has trouble keeping them straight. Bird people she knows have explained over and over: Crows: smaller, different tail feathers, voice is a caw-caw whereas Ravens sound like a deep, croaking whisper. When it comes time to actually tell one from the other, though, these characteristics don't do the trick.
But I located a short video that I think will.
Ciwt's Holiday Card winner is wonderful for several reasons. The first is that it captures the building of the Eiffel Tower. In all her years of viewing art (including photography) Ciwt has seen many images of the Tower itself, but she has never seen one of the tower under construction. This print is so immediate, brings you back to a city just like your own where there is weather, construction noise. Where traffic is diverted, workmen must work around weather conditions, people are grousing about the attendant annoyances or standing around watching such an unusual edifice in progress. Newspapers are probably writing editorials and publishing letters to the editor taking various positions on the building. It is not a landmark yet; it's just a (probably controversial) new building under construction in a diverse and major city.
The second reason Ciwt favors this card is a bit more complex so she'll write about that another day....