This is a little gargoyle that has been trapped in one of the pillars outside Chartres Cathedral for centuries.
When the restoration reached this set of pillars, these little guys showed up, underneath centuries of grime and smog and dirt.
Here's another one...
...and here's the pillar showing how they were sculpted into the stone.
I'm amazed, totally.
Photohunt this week is...Road!
A mountain road near Jasper, Alberta...with the unending line of RV's and tourists stopping to look at and photograph the huge herd of big-horned sheep that own this road!
Here's two of the guys getting frisky and ready for a head-slamming fight...
...and this is what happens when I get a little too brave...and a little too close! One of the sheep broke away from his herd and challenged me for ownership of the road.
"May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand." ~ Irish blessing
This week's subject is Road...here are a few of my favorite roads...
Road to my lodge near Jasper, Alberta...Hwy. #93
Road to the Colosseum from our apartment in Rome...
Road to inner peace...the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
~ Robert Frost
This week's Photohunt is...Family!
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday, dear Brenda,
Happy Birthday to me!
Today was a fabulous birthday for me.
My day started with a phone call from my dear friend, Sophia, wishing me a quick Happy Birthday, before she went to work.
My beautiful daughter, Mylene, called shortly afterwards to wish me a Happy Birthday and we had a lovely before-we-both-leave-for-work conversation.
When I arrived at work, my front office person Crystal, had decorated my outer office door with balloons and Happy Birthday banners.
When I walked into my office, she had also decorated my counter with balloons and Happy Birthday banners, and a lovely gift rested on the countertop in a very pretty bag.
When the mail arrived a little later, several cards tumbled out...one from my brother, Edward; another from my sister, Leah; one more from my Aunt Margaret; yet another card from my wonderful friend, Lola Jean...a stash of love and good wishes for me.
Then, Sophia stopped by just before lunch to give me a perfect present, a luscious gift certificate to my favorite art supply store, Delta Art. I get to go shopping at Delta!
After dinner, my son, Michael called to wish me Happy Birthday and we had a nice long conversation about living in Burgundy, buying property in France, my new condo building and life in general.
When the call ended, I discovered there were 3 new messages on my voice mail from people who had called to wish me Happy Birthday....my dear friend, Eleanor; my son-in-law, James and my Aunt Margaret.
Then, my 12 year old grandson Bryden called on his own to wish me a Happy Birthday.
Right after Bryden called, his mother/my daughter phoned me to let me know that my granddarling, Taryn, tried to call and couldn't get through, because I was talking on the phone to Michael! (Yes, you're right, that's the Paris granddarling, Taryn!)
Her husband, my son-in-law James, could also be heard in the background of my conversation with Mylene, letting me know that he'd called to wish me a great birthday. What a wonderful family I have!
So, this day has been full to overflowing with the love of these amazing family members and best friends who cared enough to take a moment and make my day so much brighter by their simple act of kindness and love.
I am so blessed.
Yesterday's Photohunter topic was Family.
I was struggling with it because there are so many loving people in my family and I wasn't sure how to include everyone, not leaving anyone out.
This day became the conduit for me to write about those people in my life who love me and support me; and even more special, they are the people who allow me to love them.
We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together." ~ Erma Bombeck
That thread is love, Erma, love.
Photohunter topic for this week...Scary.
How to choose, how to choose...there are so many scary images in my files!
Let's start with this scary-for-me image.
It is a photo of the stairway that goes down underground into the ancient crypt beneath Chartres Cathedral.
The crypt is located directly below the cathedral.
I was trapped in that crypt for a few very scary hours this past July.
If I'd not wanted just one more photo session in that crypt, I'd never have walked down these stairs.
On the other hand, if I'd not walked down these stairs, I'd not have a scary story to tell!
Here's a photo of the chapel in the crypt where I spent quite a few minutes taking just one more of those elusive photos that got me trapped underground...
The little guy in this image is a cute wee gargoyle who resides inside one of the pillars of the south portal of Chartres cathedral.
There are several of these cuties, screaming to get out.
He looks scared to me!
What a great sense of humour those 11th century sculptors had...
Here's the pillar, showing one of his friends...
"After the first cathedral of any great substance burnt down in 1020, a new Romanesque basilica which included a massive crypt was built under the direction of Bishop Fulbert, then later under the direction of Geoffroy de Lèves." ~ Wikipedia
Couldn't resist another Photohunt...Blue!
Another bit of blue from Paris...
I won't post all photos from our wonderful evening at the Eiffel Tower, 'cause there are over a hundred,
but this one is also one of my favorites. It shows the lighting on 2 of the pillars that support this magnificent structure. Enjoy!
"Fifty engineers and designers produced 5,300 drawings, over 100 workers built more than 18,000 different parts of the tower in a workshop. Another 132 workers assembled them on site."
~ Eiffel Tower website
Photohunt topic this week is...Blue!
This was EEEEEEAZY!
My granddarling at the base of the Eiffel Tower, after her famed ascent of the tower this summer!
You go, darlin'!
“Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue,
and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” ~ Lyman Frank Baum
This week's Photohunt topic is...Together.
I couldn't decide between these two photos, so you get both.
2 for the price of 1, this weekend!
Nothing's more together than this little guy, totally enraptured with his flower of the hour. I found him in the flowerbed in front of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, in Chartres, France.
Now, that's intimacy!
And, then there are the ancient statues carved into the central transept of the Cathedral in Chartres...
Together forever, since the 12th century.
Now, that's togetherness!
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller
This week's topic for a photo hunt is...Ruin(ed)
That's so easy-peasy for me!
First, the decadent dessert that was delivered to our table at Narnanzaria Osteria in Venice...
And now, I'm totally ruin(ed)!
"My four favorite food groups:
~ Me, of course!
This week's Photo Hunt topic is Reflection!
Lovely idea, let's see, which to choose, which to choose...
Might as well post 'em all.
Mount Edith Cavell at the top of the road past Marmot Basin ski resort in Jasper National Park...
Part of the flock of Canada geese, resting before their autumn migratory flight south in the fall. Photo taken of Lac Beauvert in front of Jasper Park Lodge...
Lac Beauvert as seen from Jasper Park Lodge...
"The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face."
~ William M. Thackeray
Photohunt this week...Breakfast!
Easy-peasy for me...
my favorite meal of the day, and my favorite meal to prepare for my family and friends!
In Paris, this past summer, we lived right across the street from Bread and Roses Bakery and Deli.
Fresh brioche, spelt bread, croissants, pastries, Corinthian cereal sticks...every single morning we made a food run for breakfast.
A bowl of fresh apricots, blackberries and kiwi slices...
...served with a plate of pastries...
“I went to a cafe that advertised breakfast anytime, so I ordered French Toast during the Rennaisance.”
~ Stephen Wright
This week's Photohunter topic is...Favorite!
That's a very difficult topic for me to choose only a few images, because the word favorite brings to mind a thousand and one images about:
...and on and on...
Let's try and narrow it down a little.
My roses in the early morning rain...
My 1887 Heinzmann transposition keyboard piano, fresh from the restoration that took the craftsman 2 years to complete...
My favorite piece in the Louvre. How could someone sculpt this to show the facial features under a veil of thin cloth? This is amazing to me...
"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens;
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens;
Brown paper packages tied up with strings;
These are a few of my favorite things."
~ My Favorite Things by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers
This week's Photohunter topic is...Squeaky!
It's winter, we have tons of that beautiful white stuff on the ground and it definitely squeaks when we walk on it. My driveway was heaped with a huge dump of fresh snow and I managed to get my car stuck at the end of the driveway.
What was I thinking?
There's no way a car can make it up the driveway in this kind of wet heavy snow, especially when it's a couple of feet deep!
"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water." ~ Carl Reiner
This week's PhotoHunter topic is...Hope!
This is me, hoping I will make it safely to the beach on my first boogie board ride in the gentle waters of Kailua, Oahu!
I did make it to shore, I didn't drown...but I did crack three ribs towards the end of the afternoon, when a large wave rolled me under and slammed my ribcage into the butt-end of my boogie board, which was nose-down into the sand on the bottom of the ocean.
Cracked a few teeth, in the process.
Speaking of cracked, my dentist cracked up when I told him how I did it!
My granddarling's hopeful wish list while in Paris this past summer...she wished she could have this, wished she could buy that...so she wrote it all down, marking each item off her list as she made her purchases! She did find all that she was hoping for, and more!
My favorite photo from Paris...this gives me hope every time I look at it...
Hope is the Thing with Feathers
~ Emily Dickinson
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I've heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest sea,
Yet never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
This week's Photo Hunter topic is Aftermath...a very interesting topic!
I've searched through several CD's of images...here's what I found:
Azaleas in Savannah were spectacular for a week, and then, it rained heavily.
After the rain...aftermath.
Johnny Mercer composed hundreds of songs.
Beautiful music that haunts and reminds.
After he passed, all that remains besides his music is the aftermath of this great talent...
Jill, Michael and I enjoyed Royal Afternoon High Tea at the Savannah Tea Room.
Here's their Flaming Tea, the perfect aftermath to follow a delightful tea service...
“There's always some aftermath, good and bad, makes-me-happy or makes-me-unhappy, for anything we choose to do.”
~ Richard Bach
This week's Photohunter is...hats!
Now to choose just a couple of images...
Here's my first one, a photo of my oldest granddarling at our Christmas gift opening, wearing the toque I gave her with the tiara that her mom gave her on top of her toque, because she's a princess! Then, to complete the effect, she's wearing her new plush mittens that I gave her to check out the movie that I gave her. D'you think I spoil my granddarlings? A little?
Then, here is the sidewalk artist we met in London, working in a crowd beside Big Ben. Cool hat!
"Wearing a hat is like having a baby or a puppy; everyone stops to coo and talk about it." ~ Louise Green
This week's Photohunter is Bridge!
Let's see, I need to think about it for a minute...
Oh, yes! Now I know what to do!
One evening in Venice, we were walking along the water's edge and I saw this lovely scene peeking out from under a bridge...Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute with the sun setting behind her.
A little further back...
“The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.” ~ David Russell
This week's Photohunt is...Nautical.
That subject makes me think, which isn't a bad thing at all!
Let's try these...
My very first look at Venice, taken from the train as we approach this luscious city...
A bit of a stretch, maybe...a canal in Venice and a water taxi speeding by...is this really a nautical image?
A boat ride back from Spirit Island on Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park. I love riding in the spray on the back of the cruise boat that takes us across the lake and miles back into the back country...the water's emerald, cobalt and teal colours are created by the glacial silt that washes down the mountainsides from the many glaciers in this area. Maligne Lake is glacial-fed.
I love water.
I love the colours of water and the icy feel of the mist on my face from the wake of the boat.
I love painting water, everchanging and difficult to capture in an watercolour painting.
"Greatness is not where we stand, but in what direction we are moving....we must sail,
sometimes with the wind, sometimes against it, but sail we must, and not drift nor lie at anchor."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
The topic for Photohunt this week is...books!
Have I got a ton of 'em!
Here are a few of my favorite stacks of books from around my home...
A stack of my travel guides side by side with a very old photo of my great-grandparents...
A wicker book stand tucked into a niche beneath the stairs in my family room...baby photos of me, an old photo of my mother and one of my son with his l-o-n-g hair...
Some of my favorites, stacked for re-reading...sometime...
From my daughter one Mother's Day a few years ago...niiiiice!
"I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves."
~ Anna Quindlen
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