Many weeks have passed, with their highs and deep lows, since a certain wildcat was mentioned in these pages.
The time has come, however, to greet her again, after more than a month of considerable adversity, with a floral message.
She's travelled again, very far for a while. Now she has returned to the "old continent", the cactus may seem a strange choice but its significance is a tribute to a brave heart.
"Stop running and learn to walk." Such counsel came from the man whom the wildcat loved most in the world, now gone, if merely in the flesh. All I'd like, this week, to add to those words from somebody I would have liked to meet, is said by the adonis.
Both these beauties come from the same place, distant both from the wildcat's native land and my own, Seoul. John, who built 'photoshutter: Living in Korea', describes himself an "amateur photographer". Maybe so, but apart from taking only a part of each picture myself and scaling it down, there's not a photo on his site -- the fruit of a decade's work -- which anybody with any sense would even think of "retouching".
The phrase "hymn to life" may be a cliché, but I can't think of a better phrase for John's website. It's a remarkable place to spend a quiet hour or two on an afternoon darkened by a grim cloud of grief.
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