Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

A Grey November Day

It is hard to imagine that some people could like a grey November day. But pampered by so much sunshine for so many days in a row, my wife and I felt very adventurous and decided to go for walk along the shore of our beloved Arrow Lake. Walking through the woods, we found some mushrooms posing to be photographed. At the shore we discovered more of nature’s art work, a head sculpture in the water, interesting driftwood shapes, and tall golden grasses. Even when totally clouded over, our lake, valley and mountains look beautiful. Enjoy.

Here is a funny puzzle that recently emerged from my childhood memories. My mother who had never learned Latin in school asked me one day for a translation of the following phrase by an obscure Roman writer. Di currentum serum. If you have a solid background in the German language, you will be able to crack this nutty puzzle.

45 Replies to “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes”

  1. Your puzzle suggests that someone is late, but that’s the best I can do. However: here’s a totally wrong but fun translation. When I first saw the phrase, I thought of ‘currants’ and ‘serum’ — and remembered the juice from currants that my grandmother used to make jelly.

    All of your photos have something to commend them, but the third is my favorite. The twists and curves of the tree are particularly appealing.

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  2. You have to have the right frame of mind and the right eyes to catch all that beauty. Bravo to you and Biene!

    I’ve absolutely no clue as to the puzzle, given that I don’t know Latin, and my German is at best elementary. 🙂

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  3. Your introductory text led me to expect an actual sculpture of a head.
    I’m afraid I don’t know enough German to figure out the nut that’s getting cracked in your riddle. There are two Latin words serum, a noun meaning ‘whey’ and an adverb meaning ‘at night’; the word reminds me of German herum.

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      1. My thinking was that the s at the beginning of serum might attach to the end of whatever currentum actually stands for, in the way that someone calling on the telephone says “Ich bin ‘s” instead of “Ich bin es.” Then the remaining erum would represent a casual pronunciation of herum in which the h, already a weak consonant, has gotten lost.

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  4. You are right, Peter, Arrow Lake is beautiful, no matter what weather!
    I thought I am firm in German language, but I don’t seem to be able to solve it. Is it one of these Küchenlatein, where German words are pronounced the Latin way? My Grandfather used to do that.
    I can offer: Die Kur rent umse rum. Tickuhr rent umse rum? Mit sächsischem “T”? Also: Tickuhr rennt um sich rum? Nicht lachen! 😉

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  5. We all like cows running around. Highland cows are highland coo in Scottish pronounced almost like the German Kuh but more Küh. I actually read the sentence backwards and figured out the sounds but of course I’m a German native speaker so no probs. The mushrooms you found look almost like made out of plastic.

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  6. About the cows. Depending on the German dialect it can be a lake or a person the cow is circling. When I’m with family or friends I pronounce Sie as Se. Kommse, gehnse, wollnse!

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    1. The lake is another correct piece of the puzzle. If the other commentators read your response, they will have the answer, before I provide it next Wednesday. Thank you for your valuable contribution, Debra!

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