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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Framed

Ocean Scene with Trees - Kauaii, Hawaii Kauai, Hawaii ~ September 24, 2006

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Oregon Beaver

Beaver Art on Driftwood
Astoria, Oregon ~ September 30, 2005

I found this very cool wood-burned driftwood at an estate sale here in Astoria. Somebody had more than average talent. It looks like an old engraving or a book illustration. The date above is when I took the photos, which was near the time I bought the piece. Unfortunately, I sold it on eBay, and it was probably one of the dumber things I've done; for what I got, I should have kept it. At least I have the photos.

Beaver Art on Wood There must be a story here, but I'll probably never know what it is. A pop-top hanger. Nice touch.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hippo in the Sand

Seattle, Washington ~ May 5, 2008
Woodland Park Zoo

I almost stumbled on this sculpture before I saw it. Then it took me a minute to realize what it was. Very cool, very creative. I love this sculpture! And real hippos are only a few paces away.

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Apparition

Sacramento, California ~ April 6, 2008

It's not a movie set, and it's not Egypt. I took this photo from a delightful outdoor restaurant on the Sacramento River. I believe the building holds offices - possibly government offices, but I'm not sure about that part.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Mosaic butterfly

Butterfly mosaic in the Louvre The Louvre, Paris ~ May 6, 2004 (?)

I seem to have taken this somewhere in the Louvre on my birthday. It's with other photos from that day, but these are recovered photos from an SD card that got messed up, possibly from going through an airport scanner in my luggage. To make it a little worse, I had never set my old camera for the right date, so everything from that trip is two days off. The date above is as near as I can get to the truth. I believe it's accurate, but I can't say I actually remember this mosaic, as lovely as it is. I guess it would be an understatement to say there's a lot to see in the Louvre. . . .

Lee and I were also a distracted that day. I don't remember the whole story, but I do remember that his credit card was swallowed by an ATM machine that morning on the Blvd St-Michel (a long way from the Louvre). There was nobody in attendance (I don't remember why - I thought this happened on a Saturday, but May 6, 2004, was a Thursday. We tried going to the Louvre and said we'd deal with it when someone was in the bank's office, but the situation was unsettling. I remember we ended up walking up and down the Champs Elysee looking for the head office of the bank, which was supposed to be open. We finally found someone there who could help us by means of a few phone calls, and then we had to get back to Place St-Michel to find the person we were supposed to see about the card. Long story short, we got the card, and promised to spend more time in the Louvre another day . . . which we did on another trip, although I believe that on the later visit the Roman mosaics were out on tour.

Anyway, nice butterfly.

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Capybara Crossing

Capybara Crossing, Panama January 7, 2006 ~ Gamboa, Panama

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock, Oregon Near Terrebonne, Oregon ~ September 1, 2007

If you're so inclined, you can go onto Google Earth and look up Terrebonne. The numerous blue dots nearby are pictures of Smith Rock. There's a trail up and back (long way or short, your choice) for hikers, but this is also a place climbers come from all over the world. It seems they practice here for bigger challenges, but Smith Rock is stunning in its own right. (I take the trail - and a camera.) The surrounding farmland doesn't prepare you for this anomalous outcropping and it's perfectly scenic Crooked River setting.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Quintessentially tropical

Shells, Belize An island off the coast of Belize ~ February 2, 2005

I couldn't believe it when I saw these shells beneath the tree. They appeared so emblematic of a tropical island. They looked so perfectly posed - even staged. I don't know who put them there, or whether they were tossed randomly. All I could do was enjoy them and . . . snap the shutter.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

King angelfish

Off of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico ~ February 2, 2007

The water was murky, but the king angelfish with their blazing yellow tails hovered in abundance. The snorkeling guide had brough bread to feed them, so there was a lot of commotion over who got the goodies.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

What I do for a living

Plastic Toy Shark Mouth Astoria, Oregon ~ January 11, 2010

Say "Aaaaaaah!" Sometimes the customers want to know things such as, "What's inside the shark's mouth? Can we drill it and pour in grenadine? Is it hard plastic, or soft?"

Plastic Great White Shark A toy animal's portrait usually looks more like this. It lets customers know what they're getting, but maybe it's a little boring. Hmm. I think I just got an idea :)

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

How Seal Court got its name . . .

Sea Lion Sculpture in Seal Court, Scripps College, California Seal Court, Scripps College
Claremont, California ~ c. 2005

. . . even though it's really a sea lion.

Here are two photos of Seal Court: photo 1 and photo 2

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My favorites

Santo Stefano, Sicily, Italy ~ April 30, 2004

I loved these plates so much I bought two cereal bowls of the same design. One (much to my dismay) broke. The other sits on my desk holding a yellow highlighter, a camera battery, a few old Starbucks "Song of the Day" free download cards, a couple of paper clips, a staple puller, and (by actual count) 16 ballpoint pen tops I seriously thought I had lost. (I wonder what happened to all those pens?) At least I can see the bowl every day, and I haven't broken it yet.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Ancient ruin on a hill

Temple at Segesta, Sicily, Italy Segesta, Sicily, Italy ~ April 26, 2004

When we were planning this trip, Lee looked at a picture he found in a guidebook and said, "That's the destination" - the end point before heading back to the mainland. It was Segesta, a picturesque ruin on a hill at the far side of Sicily. The ancient temple was stunning, almost isolated, and very peaceful. Although located in Italy, the ruins are, as they appear, Greek. The way the temple is situated adds dramatically to its appeal. I found a great location photo of it here.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Built to last

Chicago ~ April 24, 2005


Built to last and built to please. I love the architectural wonders of The Windy City. The entire feel of being in Chicago came back to me tonight when I looked at this image. Beautiful and intriguing buildings filled block after block.

My thanks to Stan Hollenbeck for supplying the following info: "The building is Romanesque Revival built in 1897 but not a Sullivan. Louis Sullivan, one of Chicago's most influential architects, developed a unique form of decoration that he used for many of his buildings, beginning in the 1890s. This Sullivanesque style was imitated by other architects. The records do not indicate who was the architect of that particular building."

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Christmas colors on New Year's Eve

Governor Hotel, Portland, Oregon ~ December 31, 2008

The ceiling "skylight" (which actually has bulbs in it) in the lobby was magnificent. The colors were so festive and Christmas-like, and the adjoining restaurant was still in holiday decor.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

In the Pontiff's garden

Flowers in Vatican City Vatican City ~ April 15, 2004

When I think of the Vatican, I think of many things, but I never thought about the gardens until I visited. The gardens are delightful, and these daisy-like flowers were blooming beautifully near the cactus garden - which was really an unexpected discovery. Maybe Krise of "Floral Friday" can tell me what they are.

Visit Floral Friday to see more lovely flowers.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

White on white

Freezing Fog in Bend, Oregon Bend, Oregon ~ December 26, 2009

The entire town and had been enchanted by freezing fog, causing ice to cling lightly to everthing in sight.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Dark clouds

Boat and Islands off Sayulita, Mexico Islands off of Sayulita, Mexico ~ February 10, 2006

We actually tried to snorkel along the rocks here, but the water was rough, and we couldn't see much. It was an interesting experience, though. I'd do it again.

Enjoy Watery Wednesday around the world. Share the fun!

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Cattle guard

Central Oregon ~ January 1, 2010
Highway 26 between Bend and Portland

The weather and sky were oh, so changeable as we crossed the high desert, skirted Mt. Hood, and dropped down into Portland on New Year's Day. Much of the time we were literally chasing a rainbow, but at this moment the blue sky and shredded cloud were what caught my attention.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Zebras in golden light

Zebras at Lion Country Safari near Miami, Florida Lion Country Safari near Miami, Florida ~
January 13, 2008

It had been raining heavily, and the moist air collected the rays of the waning sun.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010