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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Nirvana in Raymond

Raymond Theatre Raymond, Washington ~ August 28, 2010

You just never know. Yesterday evening, as we were driving back to Astoria from visiting the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, we turned off the narrow highway to have a look at the town of Raymond (population 2,975 in the year 2000). We hadn't expected to see this charming theatre, which has clearly been restored with loving care. You can see its web site here. Too bad about the modern marquee, but overall, it makes a striking impression. It seems that the grunge band Nirvana played its first gig here in 1987. Who knew?

Raymond Theatre
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Patterns in Portland

Metal Grating and Shadows, Portland, Oregon Portland, Oregon ~ April 18, 2010
Near Northwest 23rd Street

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Snake Terrace Extraordinaire

Snake in Mosaic, Paris Playground, Tours Aillaud
Nanterre, Paris, July 2010

This wonderful photo is thanks to my blogging friend VP of Livorno, Italy. Check out his Daily Photo Stream and Livorno Daily Photo blogs. If you want some additional fun, see VP's A Bunch of Benches blog. You will be amazed :) That blog started out as a joke and was later discovered. I have no idea what the inside joke was about, but it now has a following of folks who like seeing a daily morph of the bench theme. Back to the photo above: I have not seen this gargantuan snake myself, but I can imagine how excited I'd be to find it while walking through the city. I also love the treatment of the buildings in the background. Thanks, VP!

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sea Lion and Salmon Bench, Tacoma

Sea Lion and Salmon Bench Tacoma, Washington ~ August 28, 2010
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

The sea lions and salmon seem to get along pretty well on the bench outside the entrance to the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington, but don't expect the salmon to be smiling when the two species meet in local waters.

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Camouflage

Camouflaged Fire Hydrant, Point Defiance Zoo Tacoma, Washington ~ August 28, 2010

Can you find the fire hydrant? Of course you can, but I didn't see it when I took this photo of the interesting rock formation near the entrance to the Point Defiance Zoo. I only noticed it on the way back around after visiting the tapirs, tigers, lowland anoa, and some other critters.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Giant Panda and Thylacine (Tasmanian Wolf) on a Carousel in Paris

Giant panda and thylacine on the dodo carousel Paris ~ October 14, 2008
The Dodo Carousel, Jardin des Plantes

We still have giant pandas in the world, but only about 1,600 to 3,000 of them, which is not many, especially when they are so hard to breed in captivity and they are not breeding well in the wild. We no longer have the fascinating marsupial - a thylacine, Tasmanian wolf, or Tassie tiger. We can thank modern humans in our egocentric stupidity for eradicating this unique animal (considered to be a pest) in the 1930s. Unsubstantiated reports of their possible existence persisted until the 1960s, but the thylacine was offically listed as extinct in 1982; the rule is that extinction is declared 50 years after the last definitively-living animal has died.

Giant panda and thylacine on the dodo carousel Here's Lee studying the sign near the carousel. I thought the artwork and explanations were terrific, allowing this entertaining carousel to educate and enrich those who cared to take a look. I also thought the drawings were quite nice. I've left the bottom photo very large in case you want to click on it and see the text and the drawings. For other animals on the carousel, click on the "dodo carousel" keyword below.

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Buzz Up, Catch Down

Staircase with Words and Phrases Los Angeles ~ 2003
From the series "Los Angeles Urban Art 2003"
by Francisca

Francisca wrote, "These were all taken on the Metro Train route from LA Airport to downtown . . . each stop has wonderful urban art."

Staircase at Los Angeles Transit Stop I have no idea where the words and phrases come from in this uniquely thought-provoking staircase. Like a collage, the random juxtapositions cause an interesting cascade of images to form. Is the building at the top a psych center? Holistic healing and therapists' offices? Day Trading Central? Maybe Francisca can help us out here. I love the shadow in the first photo.

Later: Francisca helped answer the question. She wrote, "Sheryl, this is what the architects said about the words: 'Walking up the station's stairs, passengers will discover words and phrases which have entered our 1990's vocabulary; will they remain in our lexicon or become obsolete?' Source: http://www.metro.net/about/art/locations/el-segundo-sta/#1" Thanks, Francisca!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Another Greeter

Scupture of a Prehistoric Animal, Museum of Paleontology, Paris Paris ~ October 14, 2008
Outside the Museum of Natural History (Paleontologgy)
in the Jardin des Plantes

Besides the little creatures all over the facade of the museum, there were three greeters standing at the ready. This proto-something-or-other, perhaps from the Eocene, Oligocene, or Miocene, was much friedlier than he appears. You can see the other two greeters here and here.

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London Underground

London ~ February 14, 2010


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925 Front Street

Eagle Theatre, Sacramento Sacramento, California ~ April 6, 2009
Reconstructed Eagle Theatre, Old Town Sacramento

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pelican, Salmon, Seagull

Pelican, Salmon, Seagull Planter Warrenton, Oregon ~ March 28, 2010

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Thames Water

Metal Drain Cover, London London ~ February 15, 2010
Oxford Street near Marble Arch

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Evening Tide

Light Reflected in Tide Pools, Kona Coast, Hawaii Kona Coast, Hawaii ~ September 23, 2007

This is just how the photo came out of the camera, except for cropping and a teeny bit of contrast. It was evening, and the camera faced the hazy setting sun across tide pools on the rocky shore.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Alive and Well

Flamingo Lawn Sculpture or Garden Sculpture Bend, Oregon ~ May 31, 2010

In case any of us were worried about it, this just goes to show that flamingo lawn sculpture is still alive and well.

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Inside the Bodleian Quadrangle

The Bodleian Library, Oxford Oxford, England ~ February 18, 2010

Check out today's post on my On the Pavement blog to see what was at my feet.

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Oxford Water

Pavement at the Bodleian Library, Oxford Oxford, England ~ February 18, 2010
Bodleian Library

Under the circumstances, the text on the metal cover is perfect. Check out today's post on Tapirgal's Daily Image to see the building reflected here.


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Friday, August 20, 2010

Magic Lantern or a Samovar of Coffee?

Samovar on the pavement, Los Angeles Los Angeles ~ 2003
From the series "Los Angeles Urban Art 2003"

Francisca wrote, "These were all taken on the Metro Train route from LA Airport to downtown . . . each stop has wonderful urban art."

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Some Might Find this an Oasis

Food and Cigs in Portland Portland, Oregon ~ October 7, 2008

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Ten-reais Parrot

Parrot on Brazilian Money On the Amazon, Brazil ~ April 28, 2007

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Bent Bolt

Bent Bolt in Astoria, Oregon Astoria, Oregon ~ March 17, 2010

This industrial-sized bolt is clearly something not to trip on. I don't remember exactly where I found it, but it's in the vicinity of the old Englund Marine along the River Walk in Astoria.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Frog and Shoe

Frog Sculpture, Naples Naples, Italy ~ April 18, 2004

It would be nice if I had recorded any information about this stone frog and what culture produced it, but I didn't. As I so often say, I will have to go back.

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Cefalu

Cefalu Cathedral, Sicily Cefalù, Sicily ~ April 29, 2004

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Monreale Star

A mosaic star at Monreale Monreale, Sicily ~ April 29, 2004
On the floor of the cathedral

Here is a photo of the adjoining cloister on Tapirgal's Daily Image.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sunburst

Art on the Station Floor Los Angeles ~ 2003
From the series "Los Angeles Urban Art 2003"
by Francisca

These were all taken on the Metro Train route from LA Airport to downtown . . . each stop has wonderful urban art."

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Elephant over Greensboro

Elephant Cloud, Greensboro, NC In the air near Greensboro, North Carolina ~
August 6, 2008

Some people think they see images in the clouds, but I'm convinced there was a gigantic elephant high in the sky over Greensboro. It looks like it could be a baby pachyderm.

Elephant Cloud, Greensboro, NC
Before my eyes, the elephant grew to an adult or perhaps took on the form of an ancient mammoth. Then it trumpeted and faded into the evening sky.

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Amazing Face

Frogfish SculptureNewport, Oregon ~ March 11, 2006

I think this may be a frogfish cast in bronze and integrated with the rock in the gardens of the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Nothing Fancy . . .

Metal cover on the street, Astoria, Oregon Astoria, Oregon ~ February 7, 2010

. . . and yet I felt compelled to take its portrait long before I had serious thoughts of starting this blog.


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Deco Delight

Charles F. Berg Building, Art Deco, Portland, Oregon Portland, Oregon ~ August 7, 2010
SW Broadway near Pioneer Square

First, please excuse the crazy angles. I didn't take enough photos to find a straight one, and I didn't want to lose anything in the cropping. I think one crazy angle is fine, but these two going in opposite directions . . . not so much. I love the jungle theme in the dark areas. I also left the photo below at a large size so you can check out the details when you click on it. The inside seems to be worth looking at as well. Hopefully next time I'll go in.

Charles F. Berg Building, Art Deco, Portland, Oregon I posted a close-up of some of the detail on my Animal Art Along the Way blog today. To enlarge the photo above, click it once, then click the photo again when it pops up in a window.

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Peacocks in Portland

Peacocks on an Art Deco Building Portland, Oregon ~ August 7, 2010
On an Art Deco building near Pioneer Square

See today's Tapirgal's Daily Image for a full view of this delightful building.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Along the Amazon

Housing along the Amazon RiverOn the Amazon River, Brazil ~ April 27, 2007
Near Manaus

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Compass Rose: Belém, western Lisbon, Portugal

Compass Rose, Oeiras, Portugal Oeiras, Portugal ~ July 24, 2009
Photo by JM

Many thanks to JM of Oeiras and environs daily photo for the use of this magnificent piece of pavement! You MUST enlarge it. Those are actually people down there! For the full story and comments check out JM's original post of the rose.

I also learned from JM that this type of pavement pattern (the black and white wavy lines) originated in Portugal. Having not been to Portugal (yet), I first encountered similar patterns in Brazil. In fact, I posted one of the sidewalks from Sao Paulo during the first week of Tapirgal's Daily Image.

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