Saturday, September 4, 2010

Today's Flowers

The Dahlia

All of these images were taken at the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, on the Deerfield River on September 5.
Once an abandoned trolley bridge, it has been turned into a garden path and maintained for 80 years.

Thoughts from an Evil Overlord

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San Francisco Mission neighborhood

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Weekend Reflections, Watery Wednesday and Shadow Shot Sunday

Wow. This  photo duet covers a lot of "meme" territory!

A boat on the same dock as ours on the Connecticut River, shows off jewels from the light-play on the water. Meanwhile, the water itself reflects the sky.This one was a fun surprise.

This photo shows the boats on the deck next door to ours.

Love, Peace and all groovy things,
Pagan Sphinx

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Even Clintons Get the Blues

Bill Clinton with Sissy Hankshaw thumbs.

Sky Watch Friday

In recent Sky Watch posts, I've been featuring Nova Scotia, where we travel each year for a week or two. This photos, however, is a sky I don't have to travel very far to enjoy, as it is practically in my front yard.  I see a stretch of this river, the Connecticut, from our picnic table. This particular photo was not taken on land but from the boat we take out on the river throughout the summer to cool off. 

The temperatures in the Northeast have been in the mid-90's F. this week. This photo wasn't taken this week, though. If memory serves, it was a couple of weeks ago. Interestingly, it was much cooler than it has been this week of public school re-opening. But that's New England for ya.  ;-)

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Window Views

I usually post photographs I've taken of windows, with a preference for "quaint".  Today's post is a departure, yet I fell in love with the lines and glass of this building in San Francisco.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Watery Wednesday Goes to Boston

Some images of the swan boats in the Public Garden, Boston Massachusetts
August, 2010

Watery Wednesday

ABC Wednesday and Yard Art Thursday

G is for Gargoyle
ABC Wednesday

This guy sits upon the front deck of a house we drive by frequently. It's at least a couple of feet tall.  I couldn't catch it with my camera from a distance, but its mouth is painted red on the inside.  Its qualities as a deterrent to trespassers or thieves is shaky but it certainly catches people's attention!

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Macro Monday

Lisa's Chaos

Ruby Tuesday - Touches of Nova Scotia Part II

Ruby Red Touches of Nova Scotia

I can't help it - I love Nova Scotia! It's a bit of a therapy for me to revisit my summer travels through photos. I am deeply affected by stress so I am very aware of how fortunate I am to be able to have an entire summer off with such rewarding sights and sounds and textures.  

Thank you to everyone who so kindly leaves a comment. The blog is really for me and as selfish as that sounds, I actually don't mean it that way at all. I say that in a humble way because I post so much and all of it is esoteric or odd or personal and commonplace. It always amazes me how the comments from other bloggers has led me to such interesting discoveries - new friends, new perspectives, new skies, new ways of looking through a lens. I'm especially fond of Ruby Tuesday. Red is a warm color on the color wheel and this is nicely illustrated by the warmth of the Ruby Tuesday participants. Thanks, Mary, for creating it and keeping it going.


My World Tuesday

Finally, an art post!  I have been very lazy with composing art posts lately. Part vacation wind-down, part lack of inspiration, I have had more fun posting photographs from my summer travels. The inspiration for seeking out and enjoying art is always there. Visits to four art museums this summer, two if not three of which are world class museums, have been fantastic and given me much to think about and to explore further. But narrowing down what I want to focus on for posts has been difficult for me and I've avoided trying.

It's not easy to separate out what interests me and what may be accessible and interesting for others.  But just yesterday and practically up the road a ways, I visited one of my favorite museums The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. There is an exhibition titled Picasso Looks at Degas going on at The Clark through mid-September. It was packed with visitors; a testimony to the wide popularity of both Picasso and Degas. Perfect, I thought, for a post that reveals a little something of what the exhibition content held in store. If you are interested to learn more about the exhibition, please follow the links. Better yet, if you live in the area or are visiting, check out The Clark in Williamstown.The grounds are beautiful, with views of Mount Greylock and a tiny but very nice little downtown near Williams College, which boasts a fine little museum of its own.

 By 1904, when Picasso settled in Paris, he had already responded to some of Degas's celebrated pictures—such as In a Café (L'Absinthe) and Woman Ironing

Picasso:  Portrait of Sebastià Junyer i Vidal, 1903
Degas:  In a Café (L'Absinthe), 1876


  A few more shots of  my favorite works in the permanent collection at the Clark. You may recognize one or two of them, if you visit here frequently!

Degas (and a whole wall of impressionism)


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