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February 17, 2008

Only 20 Percent?

The February issue of The Costco Connection has a short article by "travel guru" Rick Steves that’s all about "how travel can help bring the world together." He sounds like a Slow Traveler when he advises people to engage in "thoughtful travel" where you become a "temporary local."

But there's one part that really surprises me - he says that 80 percent of Americans don't even have a passport. I never would have guessed that the number was that high. Hard to believe that there are so few of us traveling outside the USA.

February 18, 2008

Total Lunar Eclipse

Total Eclipse of the Moon Tonight

"A total eclipse of the Moon occurs during the night of Wednesday, February 20/21, 2008. The entire event is visible from South America and most of North America (on Feb. 20) as well as Western Europe, Africa, and western Asia (on Feb. 21). During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon's disk can take on a dramatically colorful appearance from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and (rarely) very dark gray." - NASA website

It starts around 10 pm for those of us on the East Coast. A friend emailed me the following instructions: When you see it, make three wishes... one for your own wisdom and growth... one for the wellbeing of a loved one... and one for the world!

Update: it's 9:15 and it's already started here, so scratch the 10 pm start time!

Update #2: Check out Marta's blog for some amazing photos!

It was partly cloudy here so visibility wasn't perfect, but the clouds were blowing by fast and the eclipse kept coming in and out of view - very cool. The moon looked kind of pinkish/red during the totality phase.

February 22, 2008

Lunar Eclipse

These are my boyfriend's photos of the eclipse - the clouds caused some kind of rainbow/reflection/shadow thing that looks pretty cool.

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February 25, 2008

Favorites

I thought I’d share a few links to some of my favorite websites – some Venice-related and some not.

A Lover of Venice

A beautiful website filled with lots of off-the-beaten-path photos and info about you-know-where. I love the Madonna della Misericordia (Our Lady of Mercy) page which shows her locations all over Venice on a map, and the locations make the shape of her cloak – so very cool. The “Hidden Corners” section has great tours by sestiere –I’m looking forward to seeing the three yet to come.

Venice Daily Photo

Gorgeous photos and a great place to get a Venice fix when you need it.

Campiello-Venise

Six walks around Venice in 900 photos and 22 maps. In both French and English. Lots to look at here!

A Year in the Kitchen

The chef at one of my favorite local restaurants has started a blog. Bill Smith is a excellent chef and writer and also an all-around great guy. Love reading this one. The current entry about putting butter and salt on Girl Scout cookies is funny. High recommendations for his cookbook (Seasoned in the South) too.

The Splendid Table

I love the radio show and also the recipes on the website. I tend to get overwhelmed on sites like Epicurious that have zillions of recipes – Splendid Table has less to plow through, and every one that I’ve tried has been excellent. I love to take the Stuffed Piquillo Peppers to a party – quick, easy, delicious, and people go nuts for them.

Free Rice

A fun vocabulary game. For every word you get right, they donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

National Zoo Panda Cam

This is my “go-to” website when things get too harried at the office. Watching the pandas for a few minutes calms me right down and puts me in a better mood. They don’t do much, just eat, sleep, and play, but they are such beautiful and soulful creatures. I’m trying to write about them without using the “c” word but I can’t stand it…they are cute beyond words!

The photos below are from my October 2006 trip to D.C to see the baby panda, Tai Shan, and his parents Mei Xiang and Tian Tian.

At that time, Tai was 15 months old and weighed 70 pounds. Today he’s two-and-a-half years old and weighs 157 pounds. His father weighs 275, so Tai’s got some more growing to do. He was supposed to be sent to China at age two, but there’s been a panda baby boom and the Chinese are letting him stay here for two more years.

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March 1, 2008

A month of blogging - we did it!

Well, the February Blog Challenge has been a lot more fun than I thought it would be, and I loved seeing all those red dates on my February calendar! But what really made it fun was doing it together with all the other Slow Trav bloggers. I’ve truly enjoyed reading everyone’s blogs, and it’s been so much fun to click from blog to blog every day and see what this interesting and diverse group of folks has to say. Here’s a recap:

Things I’ve learned: how to wash dishes correctly and that the best way to clean kids is to hose them off, from Chiocciola! I’d never heard of digital scrapbooking before Leslie’s blog – I’ve enjoyed seeing her beautiful work. I didn’t know what a meme was and I’d never met Flat Stan. I now have a crush on him too (thanks Jill!). I never knew that wearing your pajamas inside out and backwards would make it snow (thanks Kim!).

Places I’d like to go: St. Louis, thanks to Deborah (I really want to see the mosaics in that cathedral!); Norway, thanks to Chiocciola (the more I read her blog, the more I think that Norwegians are just very wise and sane people); Santa Barbara (I’d love to see the rat on a cat on a dog, thanks to Krista); Rome (reading Sandra’s blog has me thinking about returning there); Nova Scotia (to see the folk art, thanks to Jerry and Anne).

I’ve enjoyed the vicarious trip planning with Sandra, Girasoli, Deborah, Leslie, and Jerry and can’t wait to read about your trips.

Other things I’d like to do: learn to tango, thanks to Angie. I want to start keeping a book list like Jill and learn how to take photographs like Marta. I’m going to restart my bird list and add dates like Kim does. I want to do the James Lipton meme. I need to make a better and more specific plan for what I’m going to do when I win the lottery.

Food for thought: One of the most thought-provoking entries was Kim’s essay about Valentine’s Day. I’d never made the connections between food, love, candy, weight, and our cultural craziness connected to all of the above. I’m still thinking about that one. And I loved reading about Anne’s church, her thoughts on faith, and her female (!) minister Valerie.

Living the Good Life: I think that Palma and Jerry should start a magazine - I would definitely subscribe to it! I’ve got several recipes in my “want to try” folder: Palma’s scallops with lime, Jerry’s steak with blue cheese crust, and Krista’s coffee bean cookies. Actually, Krista and Marta could do the gardening section of that magazine.

Beautiful things I saw for the first time this month: Angie’s paintings, that gorgeous bark from the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree (thanks Girasoli); Anne’s grandmother’s paintings, Marta’s photographs (all of them!), Krista’s Valentine to Venice.

Thanks to everyone and especially to Angie for jump-starting us. I’m in the blogging groove now and look forward to reading more from all you guys. Happy March!

April 26, 2008

Photo Hunt: Signs!

Girasoli and Leslie introduced me to Photo Hunt, and I decided to join in the fun since I had a couple of photos for this week’s theme: “unique/funny signs.”

HippiesFirst up: I wish I knew the story behind this one but I don’t. I saw it on the side of someone’s van in a parking lot at an art show. It reminds me of that old ‘70’s song by Five Man Electrical Band:

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that. Can't you read the signs?


And I love this one below which is from the door of the church of San Moise in Venice.

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May 9, 2008

Photo Hunt: Share Any Photo

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This week's theme is “Share any photo” and I decided to share this one that I took of my friend’s collection of tops. What great toys they are! I do a lot of toy shopping these days for my nephews, and it’s hard to find toys that don’t need batteries or a degree in engineering to put together. This photo makes me nostalgic!


May 16, 2008

PhotoHunt: Candy

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I didn't think that I had anything for this week's PhotoHunt theme (candy), but as I was looking through my photos from my December trip to Venice, I saw this one and it popped right in my head.

"Melts in your mouth, not in your hand"

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False advertising, by the way. If you hold them long enough, they WILL melt.

The photo is from the scuola next to the church of San Marcuola in Cannaregio. Have a good weekend and happy hunting!


May 31, 2008

PhotoHunt: Self (or part of your self)

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The last in May.

My hair, my hand, and my new kitten, Maria! Photo by Stan.

Happy Weekend!

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June 7, 2008

PhotoHunt: Bad Hair Day

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Today's theme is "Bad Hair." This collection is going to fun to look at, I think!

Here's mine....amazing how much fun you can have with a Carolina Blue wig! I think my nephew looks like Thing One and/or Thing Two from Dr. Suess.

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June 14, 2008

PhotoHunt: Emotion(s)

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This week's theme is "Emotion(s)." I'm going with fear.

Ever wonder why we say "I'm chicken" when we're afraid to do something?

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I was walking along and saw this guy out of the corner of my eye. At first, I thought it was a yard sculpture but then he moved, so I got out my camera and he kindly posed. He wasn't scared of me at all! And as I walked away, he cock-a-doodle-do'd.

There's another phrase used to describe someone experiencing fear - "scaredy cat." That one makes no sense...my cats aren't afraid of anything!

Happy weekend!

June 21, 2008

PhotoHunt: Water

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This week's theme is water, so here are a couple that I took in Venice this past December.

Reflections in a canal

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A water door. You can see the range of the tide levels on this building.

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June 28, 2008

PhotoHunt: Bright

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This week's theme is "bright." This angel on the corner of the Palazzo Ducale in Venice looks like she is averting her eyes from the sunlight.

Have a nice weekend!

July 5, 2008

PhotoHunt: Pointed

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This week's theme is "pointed" so I'm going with these two obelisks on the roof of the enormous Palazzo Balbi on the Grand Canal in Venice.

Obelisks were first seen on ancient Egyptian temples, where they were always in a pair just like these. Obelisk comes from a Greek word meaning "needle."

Have a nice weekend!

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July 12, 2008

PhotoHunt: Support

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This week's theme is "support." In this case, I'm not talking about the shrine (though that could work too) but rather that big staple-shaped metal thing above it. You see these all over the buildings of Venice - I'm not sure what it is exactly, but I think it's some kind of support to help hold those old buildings up. I imagine someone with a very large stapler walking around Venice!

Happy weekend!

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July 19, 2008

PhotoHunt: What IS that???

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This week's theme is "What IS that?"

What do you think? Continue reading for one theory...

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July 26, 2008

PhotoHunt: Hanging

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This week's theme is "hanging."

Here are a few things that were hanging in the Magic Wings Butterfly House at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC.

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Happy weekend folks!

July 30, 2008

Strawberry Buttermilk Sherbet

strawberry buttermilk sherbetI enjoy reading all the food/recipe posts on other Slow Travelers' blogs so I thought I’d contribute one too. This sherbet is so delicious and very easy to make (the recipe came from Southern Living magazine). It was my first ever attempt at making a frozen dessert – I borrowed a friend’s ice cream maker and now I’m thinking about buying one of my own. I’m so tempted to join the Sunday Slow Scoopers but I just don’t need to have a new batch of ice cream in the house every week!

This sherbet recipe is guilt-free – I used organic low-fat buttermilk which drastically lowers the calorie count. I don’t like buttermilk by the way, but you can’t tell this has buttermilk in it once it’s done. The buttermilk gives it an element of creaminess that sorbets and ices don’t have but the main thing you taste is intense strawberry! And it’s such a beautiful deep pink color.

I’m going to make it again soon with either blueberries or blackberries, both of which are in season in NC right now. Might try it with peaches too.

STRAWBERRY BUTTERMILK SHERBET

2 cups fresh strawberries*
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Process strawberries in a food processor or blender 30 seconds or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Pour strawberry puree through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large bowl, pressing with back of a spoon. Discard solids. Add buttermilk, sugar, and vanilla to puree; stir until well blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.

2. Pour strawberry mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.) Garnish with mint, if desired.

Makes about 4 1/2 cups

*1 (16-oz.) package frozen strawberries, thawed, may be substituted.

Update: Here's a photo of the same recipe made with blackberries.

August 2, 2008

PhotoHunt: Cloud(s)

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This week's theme is "cloud(s)." I'm going with a reflection of a cloud in this pond that used to be quarry but is now part of the "Explore the Wild" section of the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC.

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Happy weekend!

August 7, 2008

The Three Kings

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Earlier this summer, Maria I posted some beautiful photos of El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan) in Puerto Rico. I told her that I’d spent one day in Old San Juan many years ago when I was on a cruise that stopped there. I fell in love with the place, and I’ve always intended to go back some day. I also told Maria about two lithographs I bought in Old San Juan - the subject matter of both of them is The Three Kings (aka the Three Wise Men).

Maria said, “The Three Kings are iconic in Puerto Rico. It's part of our cultural heritage and January 6 is a big holiday on the island.” So I took some photos so I could show her my art from Old San Juan.

A quick Google search turned up some cool info about “Dia de los Reyes” or Three King’s Day. In Puerto Rico, it’s the Three Kings who bring gifts to the children and the gifts don’t come on Christmas Day, they come on January 6 which is around the time that the Kings arrived in Bethlehem. This day is also known as Epiphany.

On January 5, children in Puerto Rico put out grass for the Kings’ camels instead of putting out cookies for Santa (I love that!).


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August 9, 2008

PhotoHunt: Dark

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This week's theme is "dark."

I didn't have to look hard to find something for this theme. I've been taking lots of photos lately of a little creature with a dark face, bright eyes, and an exuberant spirit.

Taking a power nap:

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Awake!

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Happy weekend everyone!


August 12, 2008

Blackberry Sherbet and Lemon Yogurt Sorbet

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First came the Strawberry Buttermilk sherbet recipe, then I made it again with fresh blackberries that I bought at the farmer's market. Delicious! It looked a bit more purple in real life - this photo looks more red. But it was really good. What a versatile recipe; since I published it, Maria I has made

Guava Sherbet
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Both of these look amazing!

I've ordered an ice cream maker from Costco, but I still have the old Rival that I borrowed from a friend and last night, I tried another recipe. Mixed results on this one, but I think it has potential. I'll type the recipe straight first and then tell you what I did and what I'll change the next time I make this one.

I found this recipe in "The Healthy Kitchen" by Andrew Weil, MD and Rosie Daley. This cookbook has a photo of this served in hollowed-out lemon peel shells - very pretty. I didn't do that though.

Lemon Yogurt Sorbet

32 ounces plain yogurt
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger
1 tsp. lemon zest
1/2 cup honey

Mix all in a bowl and put into the freezer until thoroughly chilled, about 30 minutes. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.

My notes: I used nonfat organic yogurt, and I substituted agave nectar for the honey.

It's good but it's VERY tart. I'm a big lemon dessert fan so I like it just fine, but it's probably not sweet enough for most people. I recommend increasing the sweetener to at least 3/4 of a cup.

I also think that next time, I'll use low-fat yogurt instead of nonfat. I just think it needs a bit more richness.

The crystallized ginger is the best part - I love this stuff! I minced it pretty fine so it's spread thoughout the yogurt. Yum! I don't have a photo yet but basically it looks like vanilla with little gold specks from the ginger.

August 16, 2008

PhotoHunt: Colorful

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This week's theme is "colorful." Fun theme! I've got a couple for this one.

Nice ride, taken in the parking lot at the Fearrington Folk Art Show:

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Kids' art laying in the sun to dry. Taken at Clydefest, an arts festival honoring North Carolina folk artist Clyde Jones:

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Happy weekend!

August 23, 2008

PhotoHunt: Wrinkled

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This week's theme is "wrinkled." It'll be interesting to see what folks come up with for this one. Here's mine:

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This is an African Sulcata Tortoise who was born in Hawaii and now lives in Georgia, but I met him when he was visiting North Carolina, go figure. Happy weekend!

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August 30, 2008

PhotoHunt: Beautiful

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This week's theme is "beautiful." Hope that everyone has a nice weekend!

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September 2, 2008

Sister Wendy

The experiential test of whether this art is great or good, or minor or abysmal, is the effect it has on your own sense of the world and of yourself. Great art changes you. – Sister Wendy Beckett

Story of PaintingThe inspiration for this blog entry came from a discussion in the comments over at SandraC’s blog that made me want to introduce Sister Wendy to anyone who hasn't "met" her yet! “Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting” is a BBC series that I watched on PBS when it was first shown in the 1990’s and then I bought the videotapes so I could watch it again and again. It's such an awesome series. Sister Wendy is one of my heroes because she talks about art from her heart and from the perspective of the bigger picture (why art is important, how art can enrich our lives). She's such a fascinating woman and a great teacher.

But what an unlikely TV personality she is! Sister Wendy lives a “contemplative life” of complete seclusion and prayer in a little trailer on the grounds of a monastery in the U.K. She became a nun at age 16, went to university and taught for a while, and then in 1970 at age 40, she went into seclusion. A contemplative life includes two hours of work a day, and Sister Wendy’s work for several decades was studying art on her own. She published a few articles and somehow was discovered by the BBC who took her on the road all over Europe (and later, America) to make these wonderful shows.

She’s an amazingly free thinker (for a nun!), a great storyteller, and she can be very funny and surprising. One thing that makes the series so powerful, I think, is the fact that she’s such an art lover and when they were filming her, she was seeing many of her favorite paintings for the first time in person, and you can tell that she’s very moved at times.

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September 6, 2008

PhotoHunt: String(s)

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This week's theme is "strings." I've been looking for some interesting strings for a week now and just haven't found anything. Where are all the cool strings?!? Fortunately I did find some in the archives.

Strings of beads:

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String instruments on a sand sculpture:

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Happy weekend to all! Tropical Storm Hanna is blowing through as I type this (8 AM eastern) and it's raining pretty hard and the wind is loud. Hope everyone is okay out there (I'm fine).

4 pm update: Hanna's gone and the sun is out - yay! We got a ton of rain and there's some flooding in parts of the state but overall, it wasn't too bad of a storm.

September 8, 2008

The Forty-Three Meme

Deborah at Old Shoes-New Trip posted a list of 43 city squares, plazas, and piazzas from around the world. She tagged her SlowTravel friends and travel blog readers to see how many of these places they have visited.

The rules:

Copy this list into your own blog and put an asterisk after each city square you've actually spent time in. (Riding past in a taxi or bus doesn't count.) Please include a link back to Old Shoes-New Trip in your own entry and then leave a comment on Deborah's post so she can find your blog and admire your count.

piazza san marcoLike many other Slow Travelers, my list is heavy on Italy. I've only been to 12 of the 43 places. Do multiple visits to the same place count extra?!

Speaking of return visits, my big news is that I bought my plane ticket this weekend and will be going to Venice this December!

Read on for my list:

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September 13, 2008

PhotoHunt: Wild

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This week's theme is "wild.' You can find more PhotoHunters Happy weekend!

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"Nature alone is antique and the oldest art a mushroom."
---Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)


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September 16, 2008

Peach Sherbet

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This is the latest variation of the Buttermilk Sherbet recipe, and I think it might be the best one yet. I was lucky to find some perfectly sweet peaches at the farmer’s market.

Peach Sherbet

2 cups sliced peeled fresh peaches (to puree)
2 cups buttermilk (I used organic low-fat)
¾ cup agave nectar (or 1 cup sugar)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup diced fresh peaches (save these to add at the end of churning)

Peel the peaches by cutting an “X” in the bottom and dropping them into boiling water for a minute. Drain and run under cold water to cool, and then pull the peel off. Remove the pit and slice.

Puree 2 cups of peach slices in the food processor and then mix with the next three ingredients. Chill mixture in fridge for one hour. Then put it in the ice cream maker and turn it on.

At the very end, add the 1 cup of diced peaches and churn for one minute more to mix them in.

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September 19, 2008

PhotoHunt: Road

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This week's theme is "road."

These are photos from a road trip I took to a charming Roadside Attraction in Prospect Hill, NC.

This miniature stone village was built by North Carolina farmer Henry L. Warren (1883-1978) with help from his neighbor Junius Pennix. The village consists of 27 small buildings that include a church, a hospital, a hotel, and a mill with a waterwheel. Mr. Warren named his little village Shangri-la.

Mr. Warren began building Shangri-la in 1968 when he was 75 years old and worked on it for the next nine years until he died at age 84. The village is made of white quartz and other stone that Mr. Warren found on his farmland. I love this place so much! Happy weekend to all.

The road by Shangri-la:

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More photos below:

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September 26, 2008

PhotoHunt: View

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This week's theme is "view."

LuLu's "Room with a View"

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I'm posting early this week since I'm going to be unplugged for a couple of days. Will visit everyone's PhotoHunt posts when I get back on line. Happy weekend!

October 3, 2008

PhotoHunt: Sad

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This week's theme is "sad."

Here's a sad but beautiful angel I found on San Michele in Isola, the cemetery island of Venice.

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Are we all going to have the blues after this photo hunt?! Here's a Chinese proverb to keep in mind:

"You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair." :)

Have a good weekend!

October 10, 2008

PhotoHunt: Lazy

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This week's theme is "lazy."

Somewhere along the way, being lazy got an undeserved bad rap (busy=good, lazy=bad). I don't agree! Regular bouts of laziness are healthy, essential, and good for the soul.

Here’s one of my favorite places to be lazy:

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Hope that everyone has a nice (and lazy) weekend!

October 17, 2008

PhotoHunt: Family

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This week's theme is "family."

Here are my nephews displaying Brotherly Love. Being an aunt to these two is so much fun! I'm lucky to be in a family with them.

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Happy weekend and happy photo hunting!

October 22, 2008

A few things to smile about

Here's a little collection of stuff that makes me happy.

106-year-old voter chooses Obama
Love this article from the BBC. Go Sister Cecilia!

"A 106-year-old American nun living in a convent in Rome could well be one of the oldest voters to cast a ballot in the 2008 US Presidential election.
Sister Cecilia Gaudette, who last voted for President Eisenhower in 1952, has registered to vote and says she will vote for Democrat Barack Obama."

And you gotta love these guys! Their homepage has a great photo of Obama walking up to meet them, and he is cracking up!
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“We Hunt, Fish, Drink Beer, and Support Barack Obama”

And just this week, I've started seeing this message on signs and bumper stickers around here. Hope it ends up being true!

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October 24, 2008

PhotoHunt: Scary

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This week's theme is "scary"

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This stone face is in Venice on the church of Santa Maria Formosa, over the entrance to the bell tower. It’s meant to be scary although these days, most people just find it funky and interesting.

But back in the Middle Ages, people believed that church bell towers were particularly vulnerable to invasion by evil spirits (maybe because the towers were often getting struck by lightning or falling down). So a tradition began of putting some kind of protective sculptural image on the towers.

Some bell towers have benevolent images like saints or angels, but others, like this one, have grotesque images designed to frighten the demons away.

In the photo on the left, you can see it over the door. On the right, the beautiful tower that it’s been protecting for over 300 years.

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Happy weekend and have a nice Halloween next week!

October 27, 2008

Creative Campaigning

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It’s so interesting to see all the creativity inspired by Obama. It’s one thing to slap a bumper sticker on the car or put a pre-fab sign in the yard, but I continue to see hand-made signs and various other inspired ways that people are showing their support. It’s very cool that people are so enthusiastic that they take the time to create something personal and unique. It gives me a lot of hope!

Here are a few signs that I’ve seen here in NC...


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October 31, 2008

PhotoHunt: Blue

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This week's theme is "blue."

Raindrops/roses, whiskers/kittens...blue satin sashes, etc.
Here are a couple of my favorite BLUE things in Venice.

Nov. 4, 2008: Make History

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Happy Halloween, Happy Weekend, and Happy Hunting!
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November 3, 2008

Some comic relief while we wait...

Here are various and sundry things that people have emailed to me during the past few months. Don't know who to credit for these but I've appreciated the comic relief!

A while back, I posted that hilarious Election Trains graphic, and it turns out that there were several sequels to it.

If the Candidates were Ovens:

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November 5, 2008

Happy, relieved, and did I mention HAPPY!

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let's sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

Altogether shout it now
There's no one
Who can doubt it now
So let's tell the world about it now
Happy days are here again

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November 8, 2008

PhotoHunt: Together

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This week's theme is "together."

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This brightly-colored mural in Durham NC shows Pauli Murray (1910-1985), a professor, civil rights advocate, and co-founder of the National Organization of Women. Next to the image is this quote:

“True Community is based upon equality, mutuality, and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity as well as the common human ties that bind us together.”

Find more photo hunters here.
Happy weekend!

November 14, 2008

PhotoHunt: Ruined

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This week's theme is "ruin(ed)."

I've got a couple this week, a shrine in Venice and a shed in North Carolina.

This little wayside shrine in Venice looks like it's melting into the wall. It's not completely ruined but it's on its way.

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But even so, it's still serving its purpose as a devotional altar, as you can tell by the little San Antonio candle someone put in it.

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November 21, 2008

PhotoHunt: Reflection

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This week's theme is "reflection."

This was taken at Surf City beach on Topsail Island, NC.

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Happy weekend!


November 28, 2008

PhotoHunt: Metal

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This week's theme is "metal."

A classic use of metal. I'm hoping that someone will come out with a line of hybrid vehicles with retro styling. :)

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Have a nice weekend!


January 2, 2009

PhotoHunt: Hope

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This week's theme is "hope."
Perfect theme to begin a New Year!

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All over Venice, you see these flags...a lovely way for people to share their hopes for peace. Most of them are in Italian (pace) but I saw one in English too.

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I hope that all of you have a very Happy New Year!

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January 9, 2009

PhotoHunt: Aftermath

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This week's theme is "aftermath."

These photos show the Aftermath of a Hurricane. Last fall, the remnants of a hurricane came though and while there wasn't any wind or destruction, we did have a couple of days of torrential rain.

About a week later, my yard had turned into a forest of mushrooms. There were hundreds of them of so many shapes, sizes, and colors. It was very cool and for a couple of weeks, I went out every day and took shroom photos. Here are a few of my faves:

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A few more below:

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January 16, 2009

PhotoHunt: Hat(s)

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This week's theme is "hat(s)."

Here is part of my friend Susan's collection of old hats (and heads).

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And from the same collection:

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Happy Weekend!
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January 23, 2009

PhotoHunt: Chipped

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This week's theme is "chipped." This theme is kinda challenging! I'm curious to see what everyone does for this one. Here's what I came up with (one in Venice, and one in NC).

A canal in Venice. The rising water has chipped the stucco off that yellow building.

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And here in NC, a truck on a used car lot. It's "chips" not "chipped" but hey, like I said, this theme is hard!

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Have a good weekend everyone. And Happy Chinese New Year (year of the Ox)!

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January 30, 2009

PhotoHunt: Furry

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This week's theme is "furry."

My cats can't believe that I'm not posting one of the hundreds of photos I have taken of them for "furry"!

But I couldn't resist the green furry-looking moss on these old statues I saw on the island of Torcello in the Venetian lagoon. I might have to do "Furry, Part Two" next week to keep the cats happy though. :)

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Happy Super Bowl weekend everyone!

January 31, 2009

Second Annual February Blog Extravaganza

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So for the second year in a row, a group of Slow Travelers are going to blog every day for the next month (we chose February because it's the shortest month!). Thanks to Kim of What I Really Think for making this nice logo for us. Kim is my hero for many reasons (and it's not only because she provides blog tech support to all of us).

And check out the very cool "Blog Everyday" graphic that Trekcapri made for her Photo of the Month!

This blog challenge was so much fun last year especially because I made some really good friends in the process. Over twice as many people are participating this year, which is great. If anyone else wants to join in the fun, please do. And no pressure about this, and no stress if any of us miss a day here or there. And remember that you can always back-date a post. :)

I've got tons of photos and stories from my recent trip to Venice plus I'm going to mix in some "North Carolina local colour" posts and who knows what else. And of course, there's PhotoHunt and Slow Souping. And my crazy cats. :)

Here's the gang...what an interesting and diverse group of people who all love to travel. We've got an American living in Paris, a Norwegian living in DC, a former islander living in the Sonoran desert, a handful of cool Canadian neighbors, and my fellow Americans from sea to shining sea, plus out in the sea (Hawaii) ! Lots of great reading and photos on these blogs.

As the Seasons Change
Happy Trails to Us
Best Trip Ever
Baked Alaska<
Home is where my bed is
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What I Really Think
Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!
A Journey of a Thousand Miles...
Postcards from the Trail
Wanderings and Wonderings
Follow My Bliss
That's My Story...And I'm Stickin' To It!
Palmabella's Passions
Destination Anywhere
Keep your Feet in the Street
Whistlestop Cafe Cooking
Trekcapri's Blog
A Winelover's Wanderings
Let us go then, you and I
My Place in the Sun
In and Out of the Garden
Vagabond Artist
The Trail's Our Thing
Old Shoes - New Trip
Candi's Corner: Wanderlust and Passions
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Happy blogging to everyone. I'm psyched and ready to go!

February 2, 2009

Super Bowl Recap

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I love Super Bowl Sunday even though I’m not a football fan, and I really don't care who wins. I’m all about the party, the music, the commercials, and the food! But this year, the game ended up being pretty exciting too.

I went to a big party with a bonfire outside and tons of food inside. It was potluck, and I took deviled eggs which only lasted about ten minutes (you can never make enough eggs). Other people brought things like shrimp, jerk chicken wings, buffalo wings, and guacamole (in fact, when Bruce Springsteen said “Back away from the guacamole dip” I was actually eating some, pretty funny). The big hit of the party was something called “Bacon Explosion” which was bacon wrapped in sausage wrapped in more bacon and then smoked for two hours on the grill. I didn’t eat any of that but folks were raving about it.

My favorite commercial, hands-down, was the Pepsi commercial, “Forever Young,” with Bob Dylan and will.i.am. I love Dylan, love that song, and really enjoyed all those nostalgic images. Overall, I thought the commercials were pretty lame this year. WAY too much cartoon-type violence with people flying through windows and men getting hit in their privates. Please!

I always love the animal commercials and this year, I liked the chimpanzees (grease monkeys) and all the Clydesdale commercials, especially the one about Daisy the Dancing Horse with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” playing. I think those E-Trade talking babies are pretty funny too.

The music was wonderful this year! I was very moved by Jennifer Hudson’s National Anthem – one of the best versions of that song ever. And then there was The Boss! I love Bruce. I don’t listen to him as much as I did when I was younger but when I was in college, we played the heck out of his first four records. I went to see him live at some point in the early 80’s and it was an amazing experience.

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February 5, 2009

I am an Uber Cool History/Lit Geek


NerdTests.com says I'm an Uber Cool History / Lit Geek.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get nerdy images and jokes, and write on the nerd forum!

I learned about this "Nerd Test" from Chiocciola (who is a Uber Cool Non-Nerd).

Kim did it too (she's a Cool Nerd Queen). And Andasamo is a Slightly Dorky High Nerd. :)

After you take the quiz and get your results, you can cut and paste the results onto your blog. I have no idea how they score this thing or what the difference is between a nerd, geek, and dork, but the test is fun and some of the questions pretty funny. My results make sense to me too!

February 6, 2009

PhotoHunt: Bridge(s)

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This week's theme is "bridges."

Venice has almost 500 bridges so as you can imagine, I have quite a few photos that would work for this theme. In addition to photos of bridges themselves, I have tons of photos that I took while standing on a bridge. So it was a tough choice but I narrowed it down to these two.

Most of the bridges in Venice are made from brick and stone; this one has an angel on it:

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A more unusual wrought-iron bridge. This bridge is pretty small but it cast some cool reflections that day:

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February 13, 2009

PhotoHunt: Nautical

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This week's theme is "nautical."

Not the easiest theme in the world this week. I don't have any photos of sailors! But luckily I had this nautical relief that I saw on the island of Torcello in the Venetian lagoon.

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February 14, 2009

Hearts ♥

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I took this photo last summer and have been saving it for Valentine's Day!

A couple more Valentines from Mother Nature below.

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February 19, 2009

So much to do (and so many places to go)...

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Several of the February bloggers have posted this list - I've enjoyed reading their answers so I decided to do it too.

Of the things that I haven't done, I'd like to visit Jerusalem, see the Grand Canyon and Old Faithful, go to Africa and the Great Wall of China...basically all the travel things.

I have no desire to bungee jump, sky dive, sing karaoke, or kill my own meat. :)

The things I've done are marked with an asterisk. *

*Started your own blog
*Slept under the stars
*Played in a band (in kindergarten)
Visited Hawaii
*Watched a meteor shower
Given more than you can afford to charity
Been to Disneyland/world
*Climbed a mountain
*Held a praying mantis
*Sang a solo

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February 26, 2009

Deviled Eggs

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In the comments on my Super Bowl recap post, Girasoli of shave ice and gelato asked for my deviled egg recipe, which gave me another topic for our February Blog Challenge (thanks and we're almost at the finish line!).

I'm the go-to egg person in my family and end up making these things for every holiday and family get-together. I've made them so many times I can just about do it in my sleep. And it's funny because when I arrive for Thanksgiving or whatever, the first thing my brother always says is "Where are the eggs?" and he grabs the container and everyone starts eating them the minute I get there. They seldom last until meal time unless I make a ton of them.

eggcookbookA few years ago, my mom gave me this cookbook for Christmas: Deviled Eggs: 50 Recipes from Simple to Sassy by NC food writer Debbie Moose. It's a great book and is lots of fun to read. There's even a dessert recipe in there (made with cocoa powder), but I haven't been brave enough to try that one yet.

Everyone I know has a slightly different way to make these eggs and they are really hard to mess up (I've never had a bad deviled egg). I've tried a number of variations but always end up going back to my classic recipe, which is below.

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February 27, 2009

PhotoHunt: Thankful

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This week's theme is "thankful."

There are so many things I'm thankful for, and it's been fun to count my blessings this week as I tried to figure out what to post for this theme. Family and friends, good health, my home, freedom to travel, faith hope and charity, Obama, my cats...

Then I got this classic old hymn in my head and decided to go in this direction:

"For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies..."

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March 6, 2009

PhotoHunt: Space

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This week's theme is "space."

It's gonna be fun to see what everyone does for this wide-open theme!

No surprise, but I've gotta go with "Sacred Space" and the amazing mosaics in the Basilica di San Marco, the cathedral of Venice and my favorite church in the world.

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March 13, 2009

PhotoHunt: Four

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This week's theme is "Four."

This theme had me stumped and I wasn't sure I had anything, but when I started looking, I found some easily. In fact, I found Four photos for the Four theme! It's a very random assortment.

Four birds on the beach

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A four-leaf clover that my nephew found

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It's March Madness now for hoops fans, and I did think about how I hope that my Tar Heel basketball team will be playing in the "Final Four" in a few weeks, but I don't have a photo for that yet. But anyway, Go Heels!

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March 20, 2009

PhotoHunt: Yellow

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This week's theme is "Yellow."

Happy Vernal Equinox! Yellow is a perfect theme for the first day/weekend of Spring. I bet we'll see lots of happy yellow flowers this weekend.

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Have a great weekend everyone. Happy PhotoHunting and Happy Springtime.


March 23, 2009

Earth Hour: This Saturday at 8:30 pm

EarthHour.jpgI first learned about Earth Hour last year when Marta of Postcards From the Trail participated and wrote about it on her blog. I knew I wanted to do it this year and fortunately, I got an email from the World Wildlife Fund reminding me that it's coming up this weekend.

Turn out. Take action.
Be part of this historic event.

March 28, 2009, 8:30 pm local time

World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions.

Earth Hour is a global initiative in which millions of people around the world will cast a vote in favor of action on climate change by turning off their lights for one hour on March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm local time. By voting with their light switches, Earth Hour participants will send a powerful, visual message to their leaders...

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Lots of cool info and maps on the websites. 2,848 cities, towns and municipalities in 84 countries will be participating. The lights will go off at the Great Pyramids, the Empire State Building, and the Acropolis in Athens. Venice is participating by turning off the lights on the Rialto Bridge and at La Fenice. Last year, 50 million people participated - it'll be interesting to see how many people join in this year.

From the FAQs:

Is Earth Hour merely a symbolic act?

Symbols are quite powerful. From the Boston Tea Party all the way to the sit-ins in the 60's, symbols have a way of sparking change that sweeps around the planet. Flipping the switch for Earth Hour is a way for people to get involved and demand action wherever they are. It's easy so everyone can participate no matter their location, age or income level.

What are the next steps after turning out ones lights?

Earth Hour is just the start. After the lights go out around the world we hope that conversations will continue on climate change and that people will take initiative to make small changes in their lives to be more carbon efficient. We encourage simple but effective energy-saving measures such as installing compact fluorescent light bulbs, which are more efficient and last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, choosing energy efficient appliances, making sure their car tires are properly inflated and unplugging electronics when they are not in use. WWF will spend the rest of the year taking the voices of the people who participated in Earth Hour to our policy makers and work with them on finding ways to get us out of the climate crisis the world is facing.

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March 27, 2009

PhotoHunt: Hands

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This week's theme is "Hands."

A large street mural on a building in downtown Durham, NC. I don't know who the artist is but there are lots of hands (and hand holding) in the painting.

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A sweet little painting and message on the back of the car that belongs to North Carolina folk artist Sam "The Dot Man" McMillan.

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And here's the artist Sam "The Dot Man" with his hand in his pocket. :)

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April 3, 2009

PhotoHunt: Stripes

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This week's theme is "Stripes."

I've got one from Venice and one from North Carolina this week.

First up, boat poles in a Venetian canal:

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And an old-timey barber shop pole in NC. That's me reflected in the metal part of the bottom. :)


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April 10, 2009

PhotoHunt: Triangle

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This week's theme is "Triangle."

Many triangles decorate the apse of the Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato (also known as San Donato di Murano), a church built in 1140 on the island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon.

This is one of the oldest and finest churches in Venice. Inside, there's a beautiful golden mosaic of Mary, and amazing multi-colored Byzantine mosaic floors with foilage and peacocks.

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Happy holiday weekend and happy Spring!

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April 17, 2009

PhotoHunt: Purple

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This week's theme is "Purple."

A few of the purples of Spring time.

A couple of crocus:

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A spring sunset in my backyard:

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Even though this vine borders on being a noxious weed, I love it, and it's blooming like mad right now. So beautiful and it smells amazing!

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April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day !

Earth Day 2009: The Green Generation

A few photos from the Earth Day parade that I went to this past weekend at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Silk Hope, NC. It's such a wonderful festival in beautiful rural North Carolina - I heard lots of great music but this parade was my favorite part. Puppets created by NC artists/activists Paperhand Puppet Intervention whose mission statement includes:

Our vision is inspired by our love for the earth and its creatures (including humans) as well as our belief in justice, equality, and peace.

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April 24, 2009

PhotoHunt: Protection

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This week's theme is "Protect(ion)."

This is a bottle tree. An old African folkloric tradition - put a bottle tree in your yard to protect your home and family from bad spirits who will be attracted to the shiny colors and get trapped inside the bottles.

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May 1, 2009

PhotoHunt: Walking

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This week's theme is "Walking."

Walking with a book on your head is supposed to help you learn good posture or at least that's what they told us in grade school when I was a kid.

When I saw this sculpture on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, I flashed back to Health Class when all of us kids would walk around like this with books crashing to the ground. It's not that easy to do!

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Thanks for visiting and have a nice weekend. Happy May Day!

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.

-- Buddhist saying


May 8, 2009

PhotoHunt: In Memory

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This week's theme is "In Memory."

August 2007 was a very sad time because we had to say goodbye to Jordan, my brother's dog. Jordie was a Chocolate Lab and one of the finest creatures I've ever known.

No matter how many times you go through it, it's never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet, and losing Jordan was my young nephews' first experience with the death of a loved one. We read several excellent children's books about losing a pet (listed below) and planted a tree in Jordan's memory. The boys painted this memorial stone to put under Jordan's tree.

So even though we're happy to have a new puppy in the family, I'll never forget Jordan and every time I see this stone under the tree, I remember how much I loved him.

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I have a feeling I may need to get a box of Kleenex ready for this week's theme.

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May 15, 2009

PhotoHunt: Painted

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This week's theme is "Painted."

This week was tough because I have so many photos that would work for this theme. I ended up choosing some recent shots of a community art project at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance where people were putting their painted umbrellas on this bamboo dome. It looked pretty cool.

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And a couple more from the same festival:

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May 22, 2009

PhotoHunt: Plastic

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This week's theme is "Plastic."

It was kinda funny when I started looking and realized that everything I had that would work for this theme were photos of plastic TOYS. :)

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May 29, 2009

PhotoHunt: Book(s)

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This week's theme is "Book(s).

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has for this theme. I've got one from Venice and one from North Carolina.

First up, Venice - a marble relief of an angel holding a book.

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On the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, a girl carrying a huge stack of books.

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June 5, 2009

PhotoHunt: Advertisement

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This week's theme is "Advertisement."

Two vintage ads plus one modern one, all found here in NC. And I didn't notice this until a few minutes ago, but all of these are ads for products made with lots of sugar. :)

Remember Chiclets (that dainty mint-covered, candy-coated chewing gum)?

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Iconic Coca-Cola ads on an old country store:

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And a modern ad on a truck. I've never had anything from this bakery but I like their ad:

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June 11, 2009

A Scottish "Sheep" for Trekcapri

Kathy (Trekcapri) has started planning her trip to Scotland, and she mentioned seeing some photos of a beautiful Scottish hillside with sheep grazing and wrote, "It's crazy that I want to see sheep while in Scotland, but have you seen the sheep they have there? They are so different looking. It's funny what things can attract me when traveling."

I can completely relate to this, and I told Kathy that I thought I still had a postcard that a friend sent from Scotland years ago that had one of those sheep on it.

I'm not a complete packrat but I do save cards (and especially postcards) and sure enough, I found the card from Scotland with the sheep on it. I put it on my desk so I'd remember to scan it in to show Kathy.

Well, I looked at that card for about two days until it finally dawned on me - it's not a sheep, it's a BABY COW! Duh! I had to laugh at myself for being so slow. But it IS an unusual looking cow with long fluffy caramel-colored hair, very cute. So Kathy, here's your sheep and keep an eye out for cute cows while you're in Scotland too. :)

The back of the card says that this was taken on the Isle of Skye.

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June 12, 2009

PhotoHunt: Lock

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This week's theme is "Lock."

This is a roadside stand where I stop and shop sometimes. Nice stuff for sale but what's unusual about this place is that there is never anyone there. You shop on the honor system.

They do have a lock on the money box but still, they trust people to put money in the box (and not grab the box and run off with it). There used to be more stands like this when I was a kid; it made me happy to find this one.

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June 19, 2009

PhotoHunt: Creamy

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This week's theme is "Creamy."

A couple of photos I took in Venice last year. First up is a booth at the Christmas market in campo Santo Stefano. I took this photo because of the marzipan fruit but there are some cream horns behind them.

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A cream-colored statue of the Madonna inside a little street shrine.

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Thanks for visiting and Happy Summer Solstice!

June 27, 2009

PhotoHunt: Flags

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This week's theme is "Flags."

Various and sundry flags seen at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival. The first photo shows Buddhist prayer flags in a tree.

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July 3, 2009

PhotoHunt: Pink

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This week's theme is "Pink."

I had so many photos that would work for this theme but ended up going with flowers in various shades of pink, a color I love!

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Thanks for visiting and have a happy weekend. Happy Independence Day to those of you here in the good ole USA.

July 10, 2009

PhotoHunt: Garbage

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This week's theme is "Garbage."

Gonna be fun to see what folks come up with for this week's interesting theme.

This is my compost bucket. I keep it in the house and put all my kitchen garbage in it (coffee grounds, eggshells, vegetable trimmings etc.). Every couple of days, I carry it outside and dump it into the compost pile. Composting is a great way to reduce the amount of garbage you have and make rich garden soil in the process. Plus composting appeals to our inner alchemist (even though Mother Nature does the work!).

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July 17, 2009

PhotoHunt: Rocks

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This week's theme is "Rocks."

This theme rocks!

A stone wall by the walking trails where I walk sometimes. Every time I go by, that pinkish rock jumps out at me.

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A big pile of rocks on a paved road:

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A mural on a school playground. Central Park Rocks!

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July 24, 2009

PhotoHunt: Utensils

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This week's theme is "Utensils" and I'm thinking about the Fork.

Venice is often given credit for inventing the fork in the early 11th century. Throughout the Middle Ages, civilized Venetians were dining with forks while the slobs in the rest of Western Europe were still eating with crude spoons or with their hands.

The truth is, the fork might have been brought to Venice by a Greek princess named Maria Argyra, niece of the Byzantine Emperor and daughter-in-law of a Venetian Doge. A grumpy priest blasted this princess for “the luxury of her habits”:

“Nor did she deign to touch her food with her fingers, but would command her eunuchs to cut it up into small pieces, which she would impale on a certain golden instrument with two prongs and thus carry to her mouth.”

You might think that it was the food-cutting eunuch slaves who upset this priest, but no….it was the fork!

"God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forks - his fingers. Therefore it is an insult to Him to substitute artificial metallic forks for them when eating."

Whatever. Perhaps such wild and crazy religious objections explain why the fork was so slow to catch on. It took several centuries for the use of the fork to spread from Venice to the rest of Italy and eventually all over Europe.

Anyway, my photos were taken in Venice last year and show a few memorable things I ate with a fork.

Spaghetti con vongole veraci (clams). These clams were so tiny but so sweet and delicious.

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Moeche con polenta. Small crispy soft-shell crabs over polenta. These little crabs are amazingly good.

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Pizza with mozzarella, smoked ricotta, and arugula. In Italy, the pizzas are left whole, not sliced like they are in the USA, and Italians eat them one bite at a time using a fork and a serrated knife. I prefer to eat pizza with my hands but when in Venice, I use the utensils.

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July 31, 2009

PhotoHunt: Entertainment

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This week's theme is "Entertainment."

Round and round, up and down...

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August 7, 2009

PhotoHunt: Low

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This week's theme is "Low."

Low tide at Surf City, NC, and the beach is wide.

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At high tide, the waves come all the way up to the dunes, and there is barely any beach at all.

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August 14, 2009

PhotoHunt: Artificial

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This week's theme is "Artificial."

Artificial flowers, artificial vanilla flavoring, and artificial Christmas trees all came to mind but I don't have photos of any of those.

The dictionary defines artificial as "made by humans as opposed to nature" and that made me think of these creatures from the brand-new Dinosaur Trail at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC. They are very cool-looking but they aren't real. :)

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August 21, 2009

PhotoHunt: Ripples

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This week's theme is "Ripples."

Three turtles on a rock surrounded by ripples.

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The same pond, later in the day. I was trying to photograph the reflections of those little plants but ended up getting the clouds and a ripple circle too.

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And here's a non-water one....ripples on a corrugated metal door~

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August 28, 2009

PhotoHunt: Surprise

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This week's theme is "Surprise."

There's a section of the Museum of Life and Science in Durham that has several carnivorous bug-eating plants including this one, the pitcher plant. Insects get trapped in the pitchers and the plant eats them. My nephews LOVE looking for bugs inside the pitchers.

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The last time we were there, we were surprised to see a little face peering out at us from inside one of the pitchers! We thought it was a lizard but then it jumped out and we saw that it was a frog. Cute little guy. Maybe he was trying to steal some bugs from the plant, but we wondered if the plant might be trying to eat him too.

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September 4, 2009

PhotoHunt: Orange

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This week's theme is "Orange."

Winter in Venice with the sun setting behind the church of San Giorgio Maggiore ~

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September 11, 2009

PhotoHunt: Electric

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This week's theme is "Electric." I'm looking foward to seeing what folks come up with for this theme.

An old building here in NC, probably built before electricity. You can see that the electric wires are visible outside on the tin ceiling, rather than hidden away out of sight behind the walls.

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And here's one in Venice with electric Christmas lights reflected in a flooded calle (street) during acqua alta (high water).

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September 15, 2009

A few green things...

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One of the things about organic gardening is that you sometimes run into some very interesting creepy-crawly creatures, and here's one I found munching away on one of my parsley plants. He was very big and kinda freaky, but also kinda beautiful. I googled "caterpillar eating parsley" and the first match was a picture of one of his relatives. Turns out he's a caterpillar who will eventually turn into a black swallowtail butterfly. I haven't seen the butterfly yet but I expect a beauty because he sure did a number on my poor parsley. I don't mind sharing some of my garden and fortunately, I'd planted several other parsley plants that he didn't eat (plus, the one he ate is starting to leaf out again).

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I'm curious to see if this pepper looks familar to Maria. I found these at the Farmer's Market and the sign said, "Puerto Rico Peppers: All Flavor, No Fire." I bought some and they are probably the most delicious pepper I've ever had. I googled and found that they are also known as aji dolce, rocotillo, and cachucha peppers. They look like they'd be hot but they aren't, just packed with flavor and delicious.

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Another find at the market, these beans have the rather unappetizing name, Greasy Beans, because the pods are kinda shiny and oily looking. These are heirloom old-fashioned beans also called string beans because you have to pull the tough string off the sides before you cook and eat them. I remember my grandmothers sitting around stringing beans when I was a kid, but most beans you find today are hybrids without the string.

Not only are these beans incredibly delicious, they are fragrant like no other beans I've ever seen. When I walked up to the table below, there was this strong, fresh green fragrance. I steamed these beans, and they were so good that I ate them plain (they didn't need butter or salt or anything!). Truly worth the trouble of stringing them first.

I've mentioned this before, but LuLu loves beans and Maria has developed an interest in them too. So when I was stringing the greasy beans, both cats were hovering around and trying to steal a pod to play with. They like to knock them on the floor and chase them around. But if I try to give them a bean, they don't want it. It's all about the thrill of the hunt for them. Cats!

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September 18, 2009

PhotoHunt: Upside Down

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This week's theme is "Upside Down." Fun theme!

Pretty much everyone who goes to Venice with a camera ends up taking reflection-in-a-canal photos; it's just irresistible. Plus, you never know what you'll get since it all depends on the time of day, the position of the sun, etc.

I took these on a cold and cloudy winter day on Torcello, a beautiful island in the Venetian lagoon. I've flipped them upside down. The red brick in the upper right corner is the sidewalk I was standing on when I took the photos.

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In this next one, you can see the bell tower of Santa Maria Assunta, Torcello's thousand-year-old cathedral, down in the bottom right corner. It's upside down because I flipped the photo! It's also covered with scaffolding for restoration work.

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September 25, 2009

PhotoHunt: Twisted

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This week's theme is "Twisted."

I've got one from Venice and one from North Carolina this week. First is a sculpture in Durham Central Park here in NC. Definitely twisted.

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Next is this mosaic that's on the side of the Basilica di San Marco in Venice. One of thousands of architectural details on this amazing church, this is probably close to a thousand years old but looks kinda modern to me.

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October 2, 2009

PhotoHunt: Words

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This week's theme is "Words."

I went to a Folk Art show earlier this year. This wasn't part of the show, it was just an artist's car outside in the parking lot. I don't know who the artist is but there are some nice words (and lots of other stuff) on his/her car~

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October 9, 2009

PhotoHunt: Sports

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This week's theme is "Sports."

I've got a couple of sports-related signs from here in North Carolina.

First is this eye-catching warning sign at the historic Durham Athletic Park baseball stadium:

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And this one is in a shop window in Chapel Hill. Translation: I love the UNC Tar Heel basketball team (2009 NCAA Champions). And I do. Go Heels!

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October 23, 2009

PhotoHunt: Tied

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This week's theme is "Tied."

Found this laying on the ground in a parking lot. A bit mysterious - purple beads and pretzels tied together with a piece of white string. I thought it was probably an art project that some kid had dropped.

But later, I found out that it was a necklace that people were wearing at a World Beer Festival that had taken place nearby. The pretzels are to cleanse the palate in between beers. Go figure. :)

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October 30, 2009

PhotoHunt: Bags

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This week's theme is "Bags."

A big paper shopping bag is one of little Maria's favorite toys:

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My orange cat LuLu loves bags too:

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November 13, 2009

PhotoHunt: Music

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This week's theme is "Music."

I was surprised to see how many photos I had in the archives for this theme. Narrowed it down by focusing on string instruments~

Violins~

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A mandolin at rest~

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And a guitar!

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November 20, 2009

PhotoHunt: Birds

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This week's theme is "Birds."

My blog has been crashed all week and I thought I'd have to miss this week's PhotoHunt. I was bummed too because I love birds. But low and behold, it came back to life a few minutes ago (cross your fingers that it stays fixed).

From Venice, a pair of kissing Byzantine birds~

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The North Carolina state bird is the Cardinal, a beautiful red bird who's a year-round resident of our state~

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Another one of my favorite birds is the owl. Saw this one in a Paperhand Puppet Intervention parade~

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December 4, 2009

PhotoHunt: Curved

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This week's theme is "Curved."

This is one of those themes that was tough because I had so many different photos that would work. I decided to go with a shadowy look at curves~

Curved park bench~

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Curvy gazebo shadows~

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And last but not least, the best curves of all...my LuLu soaking up some sun~

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December 11, 2009

PhotoHunt: Undesirable

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This week's theme is "Undesirable."

Funny theme! I was surprised at how easy it was to find photos that work for this one.

If you have a fish pond, it's undesirable to let this much green stuff grow on top of the water~

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When you go to the beach, it's undesirable to get stung by a jellyfish~

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And if you play golf, it's undesirable to hit the ball in that sand pit~

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December 18, 2009

Happy Holidays!

I've never been one of those people frantically shopping and wrapping on Christmas Eve but boy, this has been such a busy December and I have so much to do to get ready. And now, we have snow in the forecast for this weekend. And it might be a lot of snow!

So anyway, I wanted to wish my blog friends Happy Holidays since I probably won't have time to blog for the next couple of weeks. Tidings of comfort and joy to all of you!

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January 1, 2010

PhotoHunt: Lick

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This week's theme is "Lick."

The first PhotoHunt of 2010 - best wishes for a Happy New Year to everyone!

These fine fellows both live at the cat sanctuary where I volunteer (this sanctuary is home to 300 cats). You can't make a cat pose for a "lick" photo so I was lucky to get these right before this theme came up!

And I'd like to ask all my blog friends to support your local no-kill animal shelters. Even if you can't adopt a furry friend, please think about donating time or money. There are way too many homeless animals out there.

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January 8, 2010

PhotoHunt: Bulky

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This week's theme is "Bulky."

A statue of Hercules in the NC Museum of Art. He looks like a bulky guy. :)

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January 22, 2010

PhotoHunt: Balanced

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This week's theme is "Balanced."

A sculpture of a family with the little kids balanced on the big people's arms and heads.

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This sculpture is in a park next to the Farmer's Market where I shop on Saturdays, and I've taken a bunch of photos of it. Here's another view on a cold winter day.

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January 29, 2010

PhotoHunt: Spotted

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This week's theme is "Spotted."

A spotted cat that I spotted in the wood pile~

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February 5, 2010

PhotoHunt: Average

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This week's theme is "Average."

An average, ordinary, very common wildflower. Nothing wrong with being average!

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February 12, 2010

PhotoHunt: Broken

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This week's theme is "Broken."

A sculpture of a woman. Her dress is a mosaic made out of broken pieces of china and pottery.

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February 19, 2010

PhotoHunt: Cuddly

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This week's theme is "Cuddly."

This cute lemur looks cuddly but probably isn't.

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March 12, 2010

PhotoHunt: Spiral

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This week's theme is "Spiral." I like this theme!

A shop window in Venice~

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A playground in North Carolina~

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A rose spiraling open~

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March 19, 2010

PhotoHunt: Three

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This week's theme is "Three."

Happy Spring Equinox! There was no way I could convince my three cats to pose for a photo together, so I had to find something else.

The farm down the road~

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Three blossoms and a moth on a screen~

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March 21, 2010

It's Spring!

“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”

~George Santayana

I know where George is coming from, but I can't help it...I AM hopelessly in love with spring. It seems like such a long time since I've seen robins and daffodils. Yesterday morning, I saw a male and female bluebird inspecting the bluebird house in my yard. I hope they end up moving in. And today, I planted lettuce, spinach, and a bunch of arugula in the garden. I'm really looking forward to asparagus and fresh peas and being able to open the windows of my house. It's not quite time to put the winter clothes away but it will be soon. Happy Spring!

These crocus popped up in my yard a couple of weeks ago, and the lenten roses are blooming like crazy in a park near my office.

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“It's spring fever.... You don't quite know what it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

~Mark Twain

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April 2, 2010

PhotoHunt: Sweet

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This week's theme is "Sweet."

Sweet potato fries...yum.

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And here's my sweet cat Maria. She turned two-years old yesterday, and I gave her some catnip for her birthday. She thought that was a pretty sweet gift.

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April 23, 2010

PhotoHunt: Addiction

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This week's theme is "Addiction." Gonna be very interesting to see what folks come up with for this one!

American Junk Food. It's addicting but I seldom eat it any more. French fries occasionally but not from a place like this~ (and I've never had a deep fried oreo!).

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April 30, 2010

PhotoHunt: Black

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This week's theme is "Black."

Happy May Day!

Do you know who "The Man in Black" is? I bet Carver will be the first to know.


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He's one of many musicians pictured on this Art Car~


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May 28, 2010

PhotoHunt: Memorial

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This week's theme is "Memorial."

One from Venice and one from North Carolina this week.

This memorial relief says "Ai Caduti di Tutte le Guerre" which translates to "For the Victims of All Wars." There are outdoor sculptures and reliefs all over Venice, but this one is unusual in that it's modern (dated 1964).

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And here in NC - there's something very poignant about these little roadside memorials. My heart goes out to the families who create these shrines. It also reminds me to drive safely.

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June 11, 2010

PhotoHunt: Bubbles

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This week's theme is "Bubbles."

Another fun theme and not too hard since I remembered taking these fish pond photos. The building reflected in the water is my local garden supply store.

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June 25, 2010

PhotoHunt: Purple

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This week's theme is "Purple."

Hard choice because I had lots of possibilities for this theme. Decided to go with this purple flower on an artichoke~

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July 2, 2010

PhotoHunt: Open

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This week's theme is "Open."

At first, I wondered if this was "open theme" week but I decided to go with "open" as the specific theme. Didn't have to look hard at all to find some pics for this one.

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July 9, 2010

PhotoHunt: Free

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This week's theme is "Free."

Another theme that's open to interpretation. Is "free" the theme or is this a theme-free week (a free-for-all)? I bet we'll see some of both.

I'm going with some random pics that say "free spirit" to me.


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July 16, 2010

PhotoHunt: Triangle

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This week's theme is "Triangle."

A Byzantine doorway in Venice~

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Rock wall near the walking trails where I stroll~


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A painting in the NC Museum of Art. Indian Fantasy painted by Marsden Hartley in 1914.


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July 23, 2010

PhotoHunt: Hanging

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This week's theme is "Hanging."

We've done this theme before and it was a great fun to see what everyone came up with. Here's mine:

A street shrine hanging on a wall in Venice~

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And here in North Carolina, a bird house hanging in a tree~

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July 30, 2010

PhotoHunt: Public

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This week's theme is "Public."

I love this theme! It was challenging though because there are just so many possiblities, and it took me a while to narrow it down.

This choice was a no-brainer.

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I have lots of photos of public art, street murals and such. Even when I don't love an individual work of art, I do love the fact that it's there, out in public, and I wish there were more of it.

This mural is very cool. See the faces?

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the USA. The photo below shows campus landmark, the Old Well.


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Shortly after I took the pic of the Old Well, I saw this little piece of public art on a campus building~


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I could go on and on with this theme but I think I'll stop here. Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.


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August 6, 2010

PhotoHunt: Colorful

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This week's theme is "Colorful."

Another fun theme but challenging because there are just so many choices!

A shop window in Venice (I looked but didn't buy)~

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Poppies in glass jars at the farmer's market here in NC~


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August 13, 2010

PhotoHunt: Orange

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This week's theme is "Orange."

I love color themes. I posted an orange Venetian sunset the first time we did this theme. This time I'm staying closer to home~

My sweet orange cat, LuLu~

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Bumblebee on an orange flower. I think this flower is called Butterfly Weed but I'm not sure.~


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August 20, 2010

PhotoHunt: Numerical

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This week's theme is "Numerical."

Tough theme! I had to look for a while before I found photos of this scupture with a vaguely numerical inspiration.

It's called "All the Possibilites of Stacking Up to Two Cubed to Sit On" by artist Vernon Pratt. This sculpture is outside the Durham Arts Council building.

I have a hazy memory of doing math problems like this in school many years ago. Makes me glad my math class days are over!


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September 2, 2010

PhotoHunt: HOT!

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This week's theme is "HOT!"

It's been a wickedly hot summer here in NC (officially the hottest on record, they say), but none of the photos I've taken recently show how sweltering it's been. I couldn't find anything else for this theme in my archives but then inspiration struck in my local grocery store.

Habanero peppers. Beautiful but eat at your own risk! I once made a Jamaican stew using one of these peppers, and it was so hot that it was inedible. I had to throw it out in the yard.


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Wasabi peas. Love these things even though they make me cry~


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Hot candy. I've never tried it.


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Texas Pete Hot Sauce. Love this stuff, but the name is misleading. It's been made here in North Carolina since 1929. I guess they didn't think "North Carolina Pete" would inspire people to buy a hot sauce, and Texas does have a spicier reputation.

Texas Pete is pretty mild as far as hot sauces go. It's vinegar-based so it's really more sour than spicy, but the flavor is good. It has a score of 737 on the Scoville Heat Scale. By contrast, those deadly habaneros' score is 100,000 - 350,000!


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September 17, 2010

PhotoHunt: School

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This week's theme is "School."

A deconsecrated church in Venice that’s now a school.

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One of the San Magno churches, Santa Guistina was founded in the 7th century and rebuilt several times over the centuries. The present building dates to the 17th century, and the sarcophagi on the façade are the resting places of members of the wealthy Soranzo family who paid for the rebuilding. The façade was designed by architect Baldassarre Longhena, whose most famous work is the beautiful church of Santa Maria della Salute which graces the Grand Canal.

Santa Guistina was closed in the early 19th century after the Venetian Republic fell to Napoleon. For a while it was used as a military academy, and since 1924, it’s been a science high school, the Liceo Scientifico.

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September 24, 2010

PhotoHunt: Natural

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This week's theme is "Natural."

This theme made me think of an e.e. cummings poem; here's the first stanza and you can read the whole thing here.

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes


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October 1, 2010

PhotoHunt: Letters

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This week's theme is "Letters."

Letters on a sign in a garden outside an elementary school, which is a place where little kids learn their letters. I like the rather Zen message...

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November 12, 2010

PhotoHunt: Itchy

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This week's theme is "Itchy."

When you're itchy, go ahead and....


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Tough theme! This was the best I could do. :) This is the door to a bakery here in NC (I love the name).


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January 14, 2011

PhotoHunt: Shadow

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This week's theme is "Shadow."

This theme was challenging for me; I had too many possibilites and had a tough time narrowing it down.

Here's one from Venice~


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And here in NC, a bike and bike rack~


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Posting this one from my yard because I heard on the news that this week was the first time in history that there was snow on the ground in 49 out of 50 states in the US~


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And here's my sweet orange cat, LuLu~


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February 4, 2011

PhotoHunt: Fashion

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This week's theme is "Fashion."


Crazy shoes in a shop window in Venice. Fashion or art? ~

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And this one was taken here in North Carolina. Fashion statement~


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March 11, 2011

PhotoHunt: Machines

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This week's theme is "Machine(s)."

Not the easiest theme in the world since I don't take many photos of machines. I did find a couple in the archives. Both of these made me nostalgic and that's why I took the pics.

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My family had a VW Bug when I was a kid.


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April 8, 2011

PhotoHunt: Trees

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This week's theme is "Trees."

A tough theme because I had so many!

These two are from the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. The first one was taken on the hiking trails surrounding the museum ....an outdoor painting surrounded by trees.~


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And inside the museum cafe, a sculpture made of red maple saplings~


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This one was taken in downtown Durham, NC.~


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Winter-time tree at the lake close to my house~


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A bird's nest in a tree~


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October 28, 2011

PhotoHunt: Broken

This week's theme is "Broken."

A few sights from my recent trip to New Orleans. What a great city. It was my first visit there but won't be my last.

New Orleans is famous for its historic cemeteries with above-ground tombs. These were taken in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in the Garden District. Many of the people buried there died in a 19th century yellow fever epidemic.

Broken headstones~

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The wall surrounding the cemetery. Ferns are growing in places where the stucco has broken off; I like the way it looks.~

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A tomb for destitute orphan boys, thinking about that might make you broken-hearted~

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On a happier note, did you know that part of the Eiffel Tower is in New Orleans? In the 1980's when they renovated the tower, a New Orleans citizen bought part of it. It was broken into 10,000 pieces and shipped over from France, then reassembled on St. Charles Avenue.

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Many people think our financial systems are broken and are protesting all over the world right now. I was lucky to stumble across an Occupy NOLA protest parade through the French Quarter when I was there. Power to the people! ~

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November 18, 2011

PhotoHunt: Wet

This week's theme is "Wet/Rain."

A fondamenta is the walkway next to a canal in Venice; this one is getting wet because the water is rising and spilling out of the canal. The light was right for some crazy reflections.

canal and reflections

When acqua alta (high water) occurs, you can walk on these temporary high-rise sidewalks (passerelle) to keep your feet from getting wet~

walk this way

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December 2, 2011

PhotoHunt: Ripped

This week's theme is "Ripped."

This theme had me stumped at first - I had to do a lot of browsing to find these!

First up is this odd piece of street art (or graffiti) in Venice. An enormous strawberry with the note "Cibo per la Mente" which translates to "Food for Thought." Hmm.

But over on the right side, you can see where there was a black-and-white poster that is partially ripped off, leaving those weird legs behind.


Cibo per la Mente


And this one, taken recently, shows my garage. The squirrels ripped all this stuff off the bottom of the door so they could get inside and eat the bird seed. Rascals!


squirrels


This is from my trip to New Orleans. Commander's Palace restaurant offers 25-cent cocktails during lunch. They limit you to three so you won't get ripped. :) This is a cosmo and it was delicious.


25-cent martinis at lunch

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January 6, 2012

PhotoHunt: Tree Branches

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Tree Branches."

A tough theme because I take so many photos of trees. To narrow it down and since it's winter, I decided to choose ones with bare branches.


This first one shows a goddess on a garden wall in Venice~


garden wall in Venice


Here in North Carolina, a shadowy wall of a supermarket where I stopped for groceries on my way home from work one evening (like many of you, I carry my camera everywhere)~


shadows


And the winter solstice sunrise, taken last month~


sunrise, winter solstice

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January 20, 2012

PhotoHunt: Animal

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Animal."

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated."- Mahatma Gandhi

Everytime I read this quote from Gandhi, I can't help but get a little bummed. Let's just say that there is MUCH room for improvement here in the USA.

Three great organizations that I supported in 2011:
Independent Animal Rescue
Best Friends Animal Society
Mercy for Animals.

Being a passionate animal lover made this theme hard for me since I've got so many photos...hundreds of my own cats and then lots of animals I've met elsewhere. I decided to go with a few I took recently at the Museum of Life and Science.

This is Christopher, a Barred Owl. Many of the animals at the Museum have handicaps or other issues that make it impossible for them to live in the wild. Christopher is blind in one eye. I love owls and think Christopher has such a soulful face.

Barred Owl


This is Max the steer, a friendly guy who seems to enjoy people visiting and talking to him.


Max


I love the underbite smile this sheep has! She was very interested in having her photo taken.


under bite

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April 3, 2012

L is for Louisiana

A few "L" photos from my trip to New Orleans, Louisiana last fall.

St. Louis Cathedral~

Jackson Square


An angel in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1~

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1


Water lilies at the New Orleans Museum of Art~

New Orleans Museum of Art


New solar homes in the Lower 9th Ward, a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. These affordable "green" homes are being built by the "Make It Right" foundation, founded by actor Brad Pitt.


Lower 9th Ward


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May 22, 2012

S is for Stainless Steel

I had a blast visiting the New Orleans Museum of Art last year and especially enjoyed The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. What a beautiful setting for an amazing collection.

One of my favorite works was this sculpture made of stainless steel~


NOLA 600


The flat sides were just like mirrors, very cool~

NOLA 594

NOLA 601

But the concave side was even cooler - wild and swirly! So much fun to photograph this piece.


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New Orleans Museum of Art

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June 11, 2012

V is for VooDoo

I bet you all thought I'd be doing "V is for Venice" but that was too obvious. :) Instead we are going to the Big Easy this week.

I don't know anything about VooDoo but I saw lots of signs of it in New Orleans. I didn't buy a voodoo doll when I was there but did take some photos of them.

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Reverend Zombie's House of VooDoo~


Reverend Zombie's


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shop


NOLA


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October 13, 2012

PhotoHunt: Water

There are several water gardens on display at my local garden center. One of them is filled with water hyacinth - I enjoyed seeing it grow and bloom this summer.

This first one was taken in May. Such funky looking plants!


pond plants

And then in July, the water hyacinth bloomed...


water hyacinth (explored!)


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November 1, 2013

PhotoHunt: Raindrops

I'm cheating a bit this week. The actual theme is "raindrops on windows" and I looked through my archives for a while but couldn't find one. I know I have at least one wet vaporetto window taken in Venice but I can't find it!

This is the best I could do - a fallen blossom I saw a couple of weeks ago.

raindrops

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