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Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Restful Corner

Portland Convention Center Portland, Oregon ~ May 4, 2008
Portland Convention Center

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Avalon

Snake and Lizard, Avalon, Los Angeles, California, Urban Art Los Angeles ~ 2003
From the series "Los Angeles Urban Art 2003"
by Francisca

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Pigs in Portland

Pig SculpturePortland, Oregon ~ April 18, 2010
Northwest 23rd Street

They look so animated. What are they talking about?

Today's post for "On the Pavement" also includes animal art.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Green

Oxford, England ~ February 18, 2010
On The High Street


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Tranquil Garden, Ravello

A tranquil garden in Ravello, Italy Ravello, Italy ~ April 22, 2004

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Humpback Whale and Baby

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico ~ February 3, 2007

Today's animals are also in a traffic circle, or perhaps more of an intersection, I don't remember. They were much harder to photograph than yesterday's deer. I apologize for the cluttered photo, but every time I come across it in my archives, I want to include it. I loved seeing the nice whales in such an unexpected location. Maybe someday I'll get back there to take a better picture. Or if you have one, maybe you will e-mail it to me :) Someone got some different angles for this page. (Scroll down to the bottom.)

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Stepping Stones, Palawan

Stepping Stones, Palawan, by Francisca Palawan, Philippines ~ 2010

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Bronze Deer and Fawn

Deer and Fawn Bronze Sculpture, Bend, OregonBend, Oregon ~ May 31, 2010

You may think I found this beautiful example of ruminant art out in the woods somewhere, but actually, the deer and her fawn can be found inside the traffic circle at SW Simpson Drive and SW Century Avenue (aka 14th Street).

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Under the Skin

Eglise St-Sulpice, Paris Paris ~ October 15, 2008

I could not understand why my photos of St-Sulpice on Google Earth were getting hit so often until I realized that this church had featured so prominently in Dan Brown's cult classic, The Da Vinci Code. Although I'd read the book a few years before, I had not remembered the connection when we were there.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

City of New York

Manhole Cover, NYC New York ~ May 6, 2009

This manhole cover was made in India. There were some interesting comments when I posted another metal cover in Astoria, Oregon, that was also made in India. Especially check out the comment by Kcalpesh on that post. I thought maple leaves were the symbol of Canada, so maybe this is a secret passageway to our neighbor to the north.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Yellow

Urban art at a Metro Train Station, Los Angeles, California 2003 - photo by Francisca Los Angeles ~ 2003
From the series "Los Angeles Urban Art 2003"

Today I'm posting a random shot from a number of photos Francisca generously loaned for use on this blog. She wrote, "These were all taken on the Metro Train route from LA Airport to downtown . . . each stop has wonderful urban art." Check out Francisca's View Thru My Global Lens.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Rectangles on The High Street

Walking on The High Street, Oxford, England, in the Rain
Oxford, England ~ February 18, 2010

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Everyone's MoMA

Museum of Modern Art, New York New York ~ May 6, 2009
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)

I think everyone takes this photo, and here is my contribution. It was an incredibly beautiful day - perfect temperature, a lovely walk. It was also my birthday, which made the walk with my honey and the visit extra special.

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Better than a Briefcase

Native American Turtle Bag January 12, 2007

The turtle-design zipper bag that I bought from an Indian market near Tucson often serves as a travelling briefcase. It has no pockets, but it makes up for it by the smile it puts on my face. Here it sits at my feet on a plane trip to Mexico.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On Oxford Street

A manhole cover on Oxford Street, London London ~ February 14, 2010

All pavement photos are not pretty, but they're interesting in their own way. One of the first things that caught my attention was the incredible variety of metal covers and gratings, their interesting patterns, the words saying where they're located or where they are made. Love the cowboy boot.

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In the Center of the City

Pilot Butte, Bend, Oregon
Bend, Oregon ~ January 3, 2009

Somewhere near the center of Bend, Oregon, is Pilot Butte. Surrounded on all sides by traffic, shopping malls, housing, and stores old and new, the butte is a refuge for those who want to experience nature and get some exercise. For many, it is the local oasis.

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Commentary

Lemur - A sculpture made of shell casings, Museum of Natural History, London London ~ February 20, 2010
A lemur made of shell casings

I wish I'd learned more about this interesting and poignant sculpture, but there was so much to see.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Calm Inside

Near Tillamook Bay, Oregon Near Tillamook Bay, Oregon ~ March 11, 2006
From North Jetty looking north

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Drafts

Library Walk, New York City
New York ~ May 4, 2009
Library Walk outside the New York Public Library
Poet: Julia Alvarez
Sculptor: Gregg Lefevre, 1998

You can see another pic from this series of sidewalk reliefs on my Tapirgal's Daily Image blog here.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Capricorn near the Altar

Capricorn and Taurus on the floor of St. Denis Basilica St-Denis, France ~ October 15, 2008
St-Denis Basilica

This is the last in my series of zodic animals on the floor near the high altar of St. Denis Basilica near Paris. You can see the others here. A better view of Taurus appears here along with an explanation of how Zodiac signs came to be associated with Christian churches.

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Deco on Fifth Avenue

Art Deco Tree Grating, New York, Fifth Avenue New York City ~ May 6, 2009
Fifth Avenue

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Divine Either Way

Grating in the floor of the Divinity School, Oxford, EnglandOxford, England ~ February 18, 2010
Divinity School, Bodleian Library

This building is famous for its architecture, particularly the stunning fan vaulting of its Gothic ceiling. If you look away for a moment, you may discover this beautiful grating in the floor.

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A Leaping Roebuck

The Roebuck Inn, Warwick, UK Warwick, England ~ February 17, 2010
The Roebuck Inn

The lighting was poor, and we were walking quickly up Smith Street to reach Warwick Castle before closing. Despite the rush and the unhelpful sky, tavern signs all over the UK make compelling targets for roving photographers on the prowl for animal art. The link above is about roe deer. It looks like this tavern needs a good web site. I found lots of basic listings on food and drink listings, but nothing worth linking to.

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Dancing Roots

Tree Roots on Ke'e Beach, Na Pali Coast, Kaui, Hawaii Kauai, Hawaii ~ September 20, 2005
Ke'e Beach ~ Na Pali Coast

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Horses on Parade: Checkerboard Rumps

Horses on Parade in Paris Invalides, Paris ~ October 19, 2008

Horses on Parade in Paris It's decorative, but I don't know why they do it. I saw horses at St-Michel in Paris a few years ago with the same pattern. They were also on parade. In the second case, it seemed as though they were escorting some dignitary. On October 19, 2008, they were part of a police exibition with all sorts of interactive events taking place.

Note: It's called quartermarking, and VP found the answer. Check out the comments on his post.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Floating the Deschutes

Bend, Oregon ~ August 9, 2009

Restaurants with outdoor seating line this part of the Deschutes River in Bend. You can enjoy summer activities on or off the water.

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Egyptian Ducks

New York ~ May 7, 2009
Metropolitan Museum of Art

I love the ancient Egyptian portrayal of animals. What I read somewhere is that because the Egyptians didn't have the rigid restrictions for portraying animals that they did for portraying humans, the animals are depicted more realistically, relying on the artist's perceptions rather than on the learned conventions for human forms. For this reason, they have a particular charm and realism. I love what the dim lighting did for this photo.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Dragonfly Banner, Bend, Oregon

Dragonfly Banner, Bend, Oregon May 31, 2010

Initially, I took the photo because I liked the festive banners on this upstairs window. When I looked at the photo, I really liked the colors all around it, too - and the reflection.

More Weekend Reflections from around the world

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Off the Path

Panama ~ January 9, 2006
Near the town of Volcán

A mistaken turn or fork in the road near the town of Volcán in western Panama brought us this delightful vista, which we would otherwise have missed.

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