Thursday, January 6, 2011

Picture for One Moment - Sky Watch - Blogging 'Round the Globe

Hello, Welcome!  In the new decade, I'm committed  to being...how shall we say...hospitable?    hehe. Not an easy task for a sphinx.  ;-)


Picture for one Moment and Blogging 'Round the Globe are my own little titles to head-up things I post, and not to be confused with the massive appeal of SkyWatch, which is truly global. Go take a look and hang on to your berets because you are in for a whirlwind tour of international skies!

The photo below is a result of a solo photo excursion I took last Sunday - a drive, with several stops. My timing was good for a bit of a sunset. Nothing dramatic in terms of a sunset, but when you add Mount Sugarloaf, it's a pretty impressive view. 

I touched the photo up a bit but only to see if I could capture it a bit more as I recall seeing it. Or maybe it was just my rose-colored glasses.  ;-)


Pagan Sphinx Photo 2011 © All Rights Reserved

 This is South Sugarloaf (The original Native American name for the mountain is Wequamps (or Wequomps)


Here is a bit of information about Mt. Sugarload Reservation:

Mt. Sugarloaf offers a commanding view of the Connecticut River, the Pioneer Valley, and the Pelham and Berkshire Hills. Consisting of two peaks, North and South Sugarloaf, the Reservation offers picnicking, scenic viewing and hiking. An auto road winds to the summit, making South Sugarloaf Mountain accessible by private automobiles. Available on the summit is a pavilion for scenic viewing and picnicking.
Mt. Sugarloaf, composed of a prominent sandstone rock called Sugarloaf Arkose, is a fine example of the Connecticut Valley's geological history. From its summit can be seen some of the best scenic views of the broad agricultural landscape of the Connecticut River Valley. More here.


And a song for you, too.  A much listened-to piece of angst from my youth. If you've lived a little, you know how that goes, right?   ;-)





Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blog Note to Readers

I'm currently having trouble leaving comments on a lot of Blogger blogs. I don't know why but it appears that if the blog setting for comments is to have them embedded below the post, it doesn't automatically show that I'm signed into blogger and there is no other option in the drop-down menu for leaving a comment. It's frustrating and I don't know what to do about it.

I want to you know that if I haven't left a comment, I've been there and it's this problem that's preventing me from letting you know I've visited. Violet Sky, Aguja and Singing Bear are bloggers who come to mind on whose blogs I am having trouble. If it doesn't matter to you one way or another, perhaps you could change your comments settings to "pop up" instead to see if that makes a difference?

Thanks!

Peace and Love,
Pagan Sphinx

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

ABC Wednesday - Y

(January 5,1900-1955)

And it just happens to be his birthday!
Happy Birthday, Yyves Tanguy






I Came Like I Promised (Je suis venu comme j'avais promis, Adieu) 
1926



Outside
 1929

"The painting develops before my eyes, unfolding its surprises as it progresses. It is this which gives me the sense of complete liberty, and for this reason I am incapable of forming a plan or making a sketch beforehand.Yves Tanguy


                               The Hand in the Clouds (La Main dans les nuages)
  1927

The Ribbon of Extremes 
1932

"Beloved imagination, what I most like in you is your unsparing quality."
~Andre Breton's Minifesto of Surrealism
(1924)


Sources:

Olga's Gallery

Mental Floss

Yves Tanguy World

Brainyquotes.com 

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Monday, January 3, 2011

On the Tenth Day of Christamas and The Other 15 Films Meme

illustration from Beatrix Potter's Rabbits' Christmas Party

I am almost out of steam for the last two days of Christmas but I'm still all fired up about the lists of fifteen films some of you groovy readers have left for me in comments or on your blog. Those of you who said fifteen films is too few to list - I agree!

Here is the second list of fifteen and I'm sure I could still come up with more, quite quickly.

 1. Hannah and Her Sisters - Woody Allen
 2. Priscilla of the Desert 
 3. Boys Don't Cry 
 4. Fargo (thanks for the reminder!)
 5. Run, Lola, Run
 6. E.T. (another one I was reminded of)
 7. The Wizard of Oz
8.  Love and Anarchy - Lina Wurtmuller
9.  The Red Violin
10.The Song Remains the Same - the Led Zeplin movie
11. Pecker - John Waters
12. I Shot Andy Warhol
13. Capote
14. The Last Picture Show
15. Monster's Ball







Sunday, January 2, 2011

15 Films Meme

Just when I thought I was done with memes, up pops a blog called The Banksyboy Brief and here I go...okay...I admit to being a bit bored this holiday break and looking forward to getting back into my regular routine tomorrow.

Anyway, don't take too long to think about it and come up with a list of fifteen films that you will never forget. Leave me a link, won't you.

1.  Taxi Driver

2. Breaking the Waves


The incomparible Emily Watson as Bess McNeil in  Breaking the Waves directed by Lars von Trier

3. Midnight Cowboy
4. The Piano
5. Knife in the Water

7. Black Orpheus


8. The Bicycle Thief
9. I Am Sam
10. The Hours
11. Annie Hall

12. Blood Simple



13. The Graduate
14. The Last Waltz
15. The Girl with a Pearl Earring



On the Ninth Day of Christmas...

Oh. The ninth day almost got by me...


This piece by Marc Chagall is painted on the ceiling someplace in France or Russia, I believe. Isn't it beautiful? And this I give to you on the ninth day. Have a good one!

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