Entries from Churches in Venice tagged with 'PhotoHunt'

Madonna Nikopeia

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "stones." Here's a Venetian mystery concerning precious stones and a beautiful icon of the Madonna. The Madonna Nikopeia can be found in the Basilica di San Marco. The Venetians love her and even when the...

PhotoHunt: Steps

There are so many steps in Venice (all those bridges!), but I didn't have a lot of photos of them. I did find a few though. Here are some steps with a wooden barricade at the bottom. Check out all...

PhotoHunt: Vertical

The campanile of San Marco is the tallest bell tower in Venice and is a strong vertical that's visible from many parts of the city. Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend. See a list of upcoming Saturday Photo...

PhotoHunt: Water

A charming piece of street art in Venice showing The Baptism of Christ. I love how the artist carved those squiggly lines to represent the water. This carving is very small and can be found above the entrance to a...

PhotoHunt: Wine

These big glass jugs of wine are familar sights in Italy. I'm not sure what the Italian word for them is, but maybe someone else will know. The four jugs in the first photo were empty, sitting outside in a...

PhotoHunt: Glass

Venice has a long history of glass making. In the 13th century, the glass factories were moved to the nearby island of Murano to reduce the risk of fires in Venice proper, and glass making continues on Murano today. Here's...

PhotoHunt: Fruit

Clementines are one of my favorite winter fruits. These were for sale on the green grocer barge close to San Barnaba in Venice. Also in Venice, a relief with five pomegranates (another favorite fruit in the winter time)~ I think...

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...

PhotoHunt: Vehicles

One of the reasons that I love Venice so much is the fact that there are no cars. Venice is a medieval city, for the most part, with narrow streets and canals, and simply no place to put modern roads....

PhotoHunt: Close Up

Here are some close up looks inside a few of Venice's many street shrines. The first shrine honors San Antonio (St. Anthony of Padua) while the others are shrines to the Madonna. Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend....

PhotoHunt: Books

A weather-beaten saint holding a book in his right hand~ My guess is that this is St. James (San Giacomo) since he's holding a staff in his other hand and because he's over the small door adjacent to the entrance...

PhotoHunt: Outdoors

There are a bunch of museums in Venice that I haven't visited yet because, unless it's raining, I prefer to stay outdoors and roam around. One of the things you'll see when you wander around Venice are these small residential...

PhotoHunt: Shadows

First up, an interesting shadow of a light next to a Madonna and Child shrine in Venice. Here you can see the light casting the shadow and a couple of residents of the campiello that houses this shrine~ Also in...

PhotoHunt: Sculpture

An interesting modern sculpture in Venice. Its title is Il Vento e Il Sole (The Wind and the Sun), and the artist is Italian sculptor, Matteo Lo Greco. This sculpture is right beside the church of San Fantin in sestiere...

PhotoHunt: Venice Skies

I hope you enjoy this look at the ever-changing skies of Venice~ Sometimes the sky is vivid blue~ Sometimes it is partly cloudy~ Sometimes there's a moon~ Sometimes the sky is reflected~ Sometimes the sky is gray~ Sometimes there are...

PhotoHunt: Upside Down

A sculpture at the NC Museum of Art - I'm not sure who the artist is but I'm sure you'll agree, it works for this week's theme! Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend. See a list of upcoming...

PhotoHunt: Peace

Another lovely street shrine in Venice. The inscription on the top, Regina Pacis Ora Pro Nobis, translates from Latin to "Queen of Peace, Pray for Us." There's a black-and-white print inside the shrine showing the Mother and Child with Saints,...

PhotoHunt: Sunrise, Sunset

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, on the North Carolina coast~ Sunset in Venice~ Another sunset in Venice, behind the church of San Giorgio Maggiore~ Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend. It's almost Spring! See a list of upcoming...

PhotoHunt: Food

When in Venice, do as the Venetians do and eat cichetti, delicious little bar snacks usually eaten standing up and enjoyed with a glass of wine or two. One of the best places for cichetti is shown in the photo...

PhotoHunt: Landscapes

Happy Saturday! Here are a couple of scenes from a recent daytrip to the North Carolina mountains (Ashe County). You can see why they call them the Blue Ridge Mountains~ See a list of upcoming Saturday Photo Hunting themes on...

PhotoHunt: Architecture or Building

One of the oldest and most breath-takingly beautiful palaces on the Grand Canal in Venice, Ca' d'Oro (golden house) was built in 1420-1431 by the Contarini family in the Venetian Gothic style. Over the next four centuries, it had at...

PhotoHunt: Something Yellow

Some vivid yellow flowers next to a street shrine in Venice~ See a list of upcoming Saturday Photo Hunting themes on Gattina's website here....

PhotoHunt: Looking In

I love looking in to the street shrines of Venice to see what sacred image is inside. Most of the shrines are dedicated to Mary, and she has many many faces. The second most popular saint honored in Venetian shrines...

PhotoHunt: On a Shelf

I like this theme. Gonna be fun to see what everyone comes up with. I'm got a few street shrines in Venice. This shrine has shelves on each side with flowers on them. On the metal front is an inscription...

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...

PhotoHunt: Sculpture

These sculptures are on the wall in between the church of Santa Maria della Salute and the Seminario Patriarcale in Venice. They were originally on the high altar of the church of Le Vergini (Santa Maria delle Vergini) which was...

PhotoHunt: Planes

An airplane wing and sunrise over the mountains. I'd crossed the ocean and was almost in Venice! If you click to see the photo larger, you can see a lake nestled in the valley. It looks so small but I...

PhotoHunt: Music

San Maurizio is a deconsecrated church in Venice that's now a music museum (Il Museo della Musica di Venezia). More info about the church is here. It's a cool place. It still looks like a church inside, with altars and...

PhotoHunt: Graveyard

Venice's cemetery island, San Michele in Isola, is the most lovely graveyard I've ever visited. With all those cypress trees and so many flowers, it's a beautiful and peaceful place. There are two churches on this island. The photo below...

PhotoHunt: Bridges

Bridges galore in Venice! But how many bridges are there in the city of canals? If you google that question, you'll get many different answers starting at 387 and going up. Wikipedia says that the city with the world-record for...

PhotoHunt: Humor

Some one was having fun with doorbell graffiiti in Venice. Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend. See a list of upcoming Saturday Photo Hunting themes on Gattina's website here....

PhotoHunt: Yellow

Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring! A large yellow street shrine in Venice with a long and interesting history~ At one time, this shrine contained a miracle-working image of the Madonna del Parto (of birth). The plaque underneath the shine...

PhotoHunt: Artificial

Many of the street shrines in Venice have artificial flowers. They are beautiful, and it's not always easy to tell if they are real or not. Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend. See a list of upcoming...

PhotoHunt: Shoes

Happy weekend! I wanted to let everyone know that there is now word verification on the comments on my blog because all of the Slow Travel blogs were getting spammed. The good news is that it's (hopefully) a user-friendly verification...

PhotoHunt: Power

The 14th century Palazzo Ducale (or Doges' Palace) was for centuries the seat of power for the Venetian empire. From "Venice and Its Lagoon" by Giulio Lorenzetti: "The Doges' Palace - the seat of government of the old Republic -...

PhotoHunt: Fluffy

A fun theme that gives us an opportunity to honor the fluffy and furry creatures we share this planet with! I've said this before, but some of the cutest dogs I've ever seen live in Venice. Both of these guys...

Circles

The theme for this week's Saturday Photo Hunt is "circles." I love this theme even though I seem to take many photos of circles and it was tough to narrow it down. Here's a small collection of circles that can...

Twigs and Dedication

I'm participating in two PhotoHunts this weekend. First up, the theme for this week's Saturday Photo Hunting is "twigs." I took this photo this past November when the color of the leaves caught my eye. The more I look at...

PhotoHunt: Dark

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Dark.." An appropriate theme for me today. This morning before the sun came up, there was a thunderstorm that caused a power outage in my neighborhood. It was completely dark and I had to creep...

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...

PhotoHunt: Joy

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Joy." There's so much amazing architecture in Venice, palaces and churches that I love to see. But it also brings me joy to find these charming little neighborhoods, especially when they have a happy and...

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...

PhotoHunt: Lights

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Lights." A few scenes from Venice... A glass and light baptismal font in the Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato on the island of Murano. This church, built in 1140, is one of the oldest...

PhotoHunt: Natural

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Natural." I love to visit the Magic Wings Butterfly House at the NC Museum of Life and Science. It's a large conservatory that recreates the natural habitat of various tropical flora and fauna. It's especially...

PhotoHunt: Christmas Decorations

Thank you to TNChick for hosting PhotoHunt for all these years, and thanks to Gattina of Keyhole Pictures for keeping it going now that TNChick has retired. Here's a list of upcoming themes. This week's theme is Christmas (or other)...

PhotoHunt: Ripped

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Handwritten

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Handwritten." A handwritten sign welcoming us to "the most beautiful bookshop in the world". A charming place called "Libreria Acqua Alta" in Venice. Many of the books are piled in boats like this one.~ The...

PhotoHunt: Wet

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Two

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Two." Happy 11/11/11! Back to the New Orleans Museum of Art and a few photos from the The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden that fit the "two" theme. Thanks for visiting and have a...

PhotoHunt: Light

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Light." Another post from my recent trip to New Orleans. The name of this sculpture is "Travelin' Light." From the sign: "This sculpture, by nationally renowned African American artist, Alison Saar, is a thought-provoking memorial...

PhotoHunt: Broken

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: High

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "High." Most of the street shrines in Venice are at eye-level, but there are a few that are up high, second story or so. Not quite as easy to spot. Below the jump, you can...

PhotoHunt: Waiting

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Waiting." These were taken in Venice on a vaporetto landing, a platform on the water where you catch the boat. Public transportation at its finest. While I was waiting for the vaporetto, I watched these...

PhotoHunt: Covered

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Covered." The Basilica di San Marco in Venice is covered with marble, mosaics, and funky carvings. I never get tired of looking at it, and no matter how many times I visit, I see something...

PhotoHunt: Yellow

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Yellow." Happy first day of Autumn! It's been a long hot summer and I'm ready for some cooler temps. Yellow leaves in the trees and on the ground, in the Sant' Elena neighborhood of Venice~...

PhotoHunt: Wooden

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Wooden." Venice is mainly a city of stone, marble and brick and such. But there are a few wooden things around town. Many of the windows have wooden shutters, often green. I like the contrast...

PhotoHunt: Greasy

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Greasy." Ha ha, crazy theme this week and kinda tough! Here in the US, fried seafood is often greasy. But not in Venice. These are moeche, tiny soft-shell crabs, served with grilled polenta (here in...

PhotoHunt: Wrong

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Wrong." I met this cat at my local Petsmart in the "available for adoption" kiosk. The poor guy was rescued after being used for dog fighting bait. He's got some injuries but is super friendly...

PhotoHunt: Drink

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Drink." A typical day of drinking in Venice~ Before dinner, enjoy a Spritz (recipe here). There are several different versions, but the one in the photo contains prosecco wine, fizzy water, and a splash of...

PhotoHunt: One

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "One." Here is one photo of Joey, one of my three cats. He's the youngest (just turned 2 years old) and the only boy. One of the sweetest cats I know! Thanks for visiting and...

PhotoHunt: Painted

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Painted." Burano is an island in the Venetian lagoon that's famous for its brightly painted houses. It's a happy island, about a 45-minute boat ride away from Venice, and is a fun place to visit...

PhotoHunt: Together

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Together." Tibetan monks work together to create a sand mandala that honors the female Buddha, Green Tara. They came to my area as part of a Sacred Arts Tour, spent a couple of weeks creating...

PhotoHunt: Patch

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Patch." An unusual door in Venice. I can't figure out how it opens. I like the patchwork effect and the colors. Thanks for visiting and have a nice weekend. You can find more Photo Hunters...

PhotoHunt: Backwards

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Backwards." This work by artist Devorah Sperber is in the NC Museum of Art. It's the Mona Lisa backwards and upside-down, and the image is made of 5,184 spools of thread suspended on metal...

PhotoHunt: Near

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Near." We are getting near the end of the Harry Potter saga. The final movie (HP7 part 2) comes out next week; my nephews are very excited about it and so am I! Thanks...

PhotoHunt: Triangle

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Triangle." This is the third time I've done this theme but that's okay - it's a fun theme. The first time I showed the decorative Byzantine triangles on the church of Santi Maria e...

PhotoHunt: Cluttered

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Cluttered." This is a work of art at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh. From a distance, it looks kinda cluttered. But when you move closer, you see that it's a bunch of...

PhotoHunt: Missing/Missed

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Missing or Missed." A beautiful 16th century relief in Venice that shows the Madonna and Child with saints Chrisopher and Rocco. Sadly, San Rocco is missing his head. You can click on the photo...

PhotoHunt: Dusty

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Dusty." The guy in the orange shirt playing the mandolin is my cousin. His name is Dustin but everyone calls him Dusty. :) Nothing to do with dust but here's a "Happy Earth Day,...

PhotoHunt: Road

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Road." The last time we did this theme, I showed you a charming little NC roadside attraction, the folk art village of Shangri-La. This time I'm going to Venice. One of the many things...

PhotoHunt: Cage(d)

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Cage(d)." Birds for sale in a shop window in Venice. Seeing animals in cages makes me sad. These little guys look very crowded in there. I hope they ended up in better living quarters...

PhotoHunt: Machines

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Mostly Black

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Mostly Black." Interesting theme! Here's one from my recent trip to Venice...the Grand Canal at night. Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend. You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt...

PhotoHunt: Silhouette

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Silhouette." I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this theme. Downtown Durham, NC~ Also in Durham, a mural showing the silhouette of the city skyline~ And this one is my...

PhotoHunt: Fashion

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Fashion." Crazy shoes in a shop window in Venice. Fashion or art? ~ And this one was taken here in North Carolina. Fashion statement~ Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend. You can...

PhotoHunt: Standing

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Standing." There used to be over 100 bell towers in Venice but some of them collapsed or were demolished; today there are 66 still standing. The most well-known is this one, the campanile di...

PhotoHunt: Hands

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Hands." A few carved-in-stone hands seen on the streets of Venice. I was surprised how many of these I had. We did this theme a couple of years ago; my first take on this...

PhotoHunt: Shadow

This week's PhotoHunt 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~ And here in NC, a bike and bike rack~ Posting...

PhotoHunt: Free Week

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Free Week." A theme-free week so I'm free to post a few more photos from my November trip to Venice. When I saw this theme, the Joni Mitchell song, "Free Man in Paris," popped...

PhotoHunt: Male

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Male." A few from the streets of Venice. Not sure who this is but he's definitely male. Seems to be walking some kind of sea monster on a leash~ Another unknown male~ Mosaic saint....

PhotoHunt: Funny

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Funny." When I was in Venice last month, I had lunch outdoors at Trattoria Busa alle Torre on the island of Murano. There was a sign on the door that said "please do not...

PhotoHunt: Hard-To-Find

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Hard-To-Find." A great theme for me since Venice is a maze and many things are hard-to-find. The first time I went to Venice, it was hard to find the church of Santa Maria dei...

PhotoHunt: Itchy

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Itchy." When you're itchy, go ahead and.... Tough theme! This was the best I could do. :) This is the door to a bakery here in NC (I love the name). Thanks for visiting...

PhotoHunt: Alive

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Alive." A foggy morning in Venice. Some places and sights and even poems can make you glad to be alive. I Believe in All I believe in all that has never yet been spoken....

PhotoHunt: Dark

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Dark." How lucky that I live with a black cat for this Halloween weekend theme. Dark fur, bright bright spirit. :) Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend. You can find more Photo...

PhotoHunt: Orange

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Orange." This is the third time I've done the orange theme but that's okay, as I seem to have taken lots of photos of orange things. These are both from Venice. Palazzo on the...

PhotoHunt: Miniature

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Miniature." I've written about this place before but had more photos. Plus, it's just the coolest miniature thing in my archives. It's Shangri-la, a little stone folk art village in Prospect Hill, NC. There's...

PhotoHunt: Stripes

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Stripes." I'm glad this theme got repeated. Last time, I showed a boat pole in a Venice canal and a barber shop pole here in NC. This time, I've got this huge painting by...

PhotoHunt: Letters

This week's PhotoHunt 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... Thanks for visiting and have a...

PhotoHunt: Natural

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: School

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "School." A deconsecrated church in Venice that’s now a school. One of the San Magno churches, Santa Guistina was founded in the 7th century and rebuilt several times over the centuries. The present building...

PhotoHunt: Anniversary

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Anniversary." This Venetian shrine commemorates some kind of anniversary but I have no idea what these dates mean. Also, this month is my blog's third anniversary (or blogiversary, a funny word that actually made...

PhotoHunt: HOT!

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Framed

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Framed." There are hundreds of street shrines in Venice....here are just a few, framed with stone. Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend. You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt...

PhotoHunt: Numerical

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Orange

This week's PhotoHunt 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~ Bumblebee on an orange...

PhotoHunt: Colorful

This week's PhotoHunt 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)~ Poppies in glass jars at the farmer's market here in NC~...

PhotoHunt: Public

This week's PhotoHunt 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. I have lots...

PhotoHunt: Hanging

This week's PhotoHunt 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~ And here in North...

PhotoHunt: Triangle

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Triangle." A Byzantine doorway in Venice~ Rock wall near the walking trails where I stroll~ A painting in the NC Museum of Art. Indian Fantasy painted by Marsden Hartley in 1914. You can find...

PhotoHunt: Free

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Open

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Purple

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Purple." Hard choice because I had lots of possibilities for this theme. Decided to go with this purple flower on an artichoke~ You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here. Thanks...

PhotoHunt: Six

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Six." Tough theme this week - I had to look through the archives for quite a while before I found this photo with six bales of hay in a field. This is a very...

PhotoHunt: Bubbles

This week's PhotoHunt 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. You can find more Photo Hunters...

PhotoHunt: Sparkle(s)

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Sparkles" Fun theme! All of these pics were taken in Venice. The first three show Venice's sparkling blue Christmas lights, and the last one is a shop window (you can see one of the...

PhotoHunt: Memorial

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Monthly

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Monthly." Hardest theme ever! I thought about things I do monthly....at first, paying bills was the only thing I could think of and I don't have any photos of that. I was stumped. But...

PhotoHunt: Half

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Half." This is the top half of the bell tower (campanile) of the church of San Pietro di Castello in Venice. A beautiful Renaissance tower that leans a bit, though you can't really tell...

PhotoHunt: Mother

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Mother." A few images of the Holy Mother taken in Venice, Italy. A mosaic on the facade of Basilica di San Marco~ Street shrine on a pink building~ You can find more Photo Hunters...

PhotoHunt: Black

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Black." Happy May Day! Do you know who "The Man in Black" is? I bet Carver will be the first to know. He's one of many musicians pictured on this Art Car~ You can...

PhotoHunt: Addiction

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Covered

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Covered." I've got this theme covered with a few shots from Venice, Italy. Venice is a city that's covered with art, not just in museums and churches but in outdoor public areas too. First...

PhotoHunt: Vertical

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Vertical." Vertical poles holding up an old water tower~ A sculpture at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. It's called "Crossroads" and the artist is Martha Jackson-Jarvis. From the museum brochure: A...

PhotoHunt: Sweet

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Sweet." Sweet potato fries...yum. 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. You can...

PhotoHunt: Fresh

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Fresh." A couple of photos from Venice. First up, the market close to the church of San Leonardo~ Fresh flowers on a street shrine~ You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt...

PhotoHunt: Three

This week's PhotoHunt 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~ Three blossoms...

PhotoHunt: Spiral

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Spiral." I like this theme! A shop window in Venice~ A playground in North Carolina~ A rose spiraling open~ You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here. Thanks for visiting and...

PhotoHunt: Foreign

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Foreign." Some themes are tough because you've just got too many photos that would work! No surprise that I'm going to my favorite foreign (overseas) city for this one....a street shrine in Venice. Shrines...

PhotoHunt: Daily

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Daily." When you share your life with cats, there are things you have to do daily (provide food and water, scoop the litter boxes). All are easy to do and don't take much time,...

PhotoHunt: Cuddly

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Cuddly." This cute lemur looks cuddly but probably isn't. You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here. Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend....

PhotoHunt: Broken

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Broken." A sculpture of a woman. Her dress is a mosaic made out of broken pieces of china and pottery. You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here. Thanks for visiting...

PhotoHunt: Average

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Average." An average, ordinary, very common wildflower. Nothing wrong with being average! You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here. Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend....

PhotoHunt: Spotted

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Spotted." A spotted cat that I spotted in the wood pile~ You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here. Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend....

PhotoHunt: Balanced

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Balanced." A sculpture of a family with the little kids balanced on the big people's arms and heads. This sculpture is in a park next to the Farmer's Market where I shop on Saturdays,...

PhotoHunt: Bulky

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Bulky." A statue of Hercules in the NC Museum of Art. He looks like a bulky guy. :) You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here. Thanks for visiting and have...

PhotoHunt: Lick

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Twelve

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Twelve." The twelve signs of the Zodiac on the clock face in Piazza San Marco in Venice~ You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here. Thanks for visiting. Hope everyone is...

PhotoHunt: Undesirable

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Curved

This week's PhotoHunt 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~ Curvy...

PhotoHunt: Birds

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Music

This week's PhotoHunt 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~ A mandolin at rest~ And a guitar! You...

PhotoHunt: Bags

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Bags." A big paper shopping bag is one of little Maria's favorite toys: My orange cat LuLu loves bags too: You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here. Thanks for visiting...

PhotoHunt: Tied

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Free Week!

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Free Week (Share Any Photo)." No surprise that I'm going to share a few favorite scenes from Venice. I love this cathedral (Basilica di San Marco)~ I love the leaning bell towers~ And I...

PhotoHunt: Sports

This week's PhotoHunt 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: And this one is in a shop...

PhotoHunt: Words

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Twisted

This week's PhotoHunt 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. Next is this mosaic that's on the side...

PhotoHunt: Upside Down

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Electric

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Orange

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Orange." Winter in Venice with the sun setting behind the church of San Giorgio Maggiore ~ You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here. Thanks for visiting and have a good...

PhotoHunt: Surprise

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Ripples

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Ripples." Three turtles on a rock surrounded by ripples. 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...

PhotoHunt: Artificial

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Low

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Low." Low tide at Surf City, NC, and the beach is wide. At high tide, the waves come all the way up to the dunes, and there is barely any beach at all. You...

PhotoHunt: Entertainment

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Entertainment." Round and round, up and down... You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here. Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend....

PhotoHunt: Utensils

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Rocks

This week's PhotoHunt 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. A big pile of rocks on a...

PhotoHunt: Garbage

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Pink

This week's PhotoHunt 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! You can find more Photo Hunters and...

PhotoHunt: Flags

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Flags." Various and sundry flags seen at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival. The first photo shows Buddhist prayer flags in a tree. You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here. Thanks for...

PhotoHunt: Creamy

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Lock

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Advertisement

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Book(s)

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Plastic

This week's PhotoHunt 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. :) You can find more Photo Hunters and...

PhotoHunt: Painted

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: In Memory

This week's PhotoHunt 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....

PhotoHunt: Walking

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Protection

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Purple

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Purple." A few of the purples of Spring time. A couple of crocus: A spring sunset in my backyard: Wisteria Even though this vine borders on being a noxious weed, I love it, and...

PhotoHunt: Triangle

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Stripes

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Stripes." I've got one from Venice and one from North Carolina this week. First up, boat poles in a Venetian canal: And an old-timey barber shop pole in NC. That's me reflected in the...

PhotoHunt: Hands

This week's PhotoHunt 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. A sweet little...

PhotoHunt: Yellow

This week's PhotoHunt 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. You can find more Photo Hunters and join...

PhotoHunt: Four

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Space

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Thankful

This week's PhotoHunt 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,...

PhotoHunt: Warm

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "warm." A warm morning sunrise on Topsail Island, NC. I'm looking forward to seeing some warm photos this weekend (it is NOT warm here right now!). You can find more Photo Hunters and join...

PhotoHunt: Nautical

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Bridge(s)

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Furry

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Chipped

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Hat(s)

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "hat(s)." Here is part of my friend Susan's collection of old hats (and heads). And from the same collection: Happy Weekend! You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here....

PhotoHunt: Aftermath

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Hope

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

PhotoHunt: Metal

This week's PhotoHunt 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. :) You can find more Photo Hunters here. Have a nice weekend!...

PhotoHunt: Reflection

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "reflection." This was taken at Surf City beach on Topsail Island, NC. You can find more Photo Hunters here. Happy weekend!...

PhotoHunt: Ruined

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Together

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "together." 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...

PhotoHunt: Blue

This week's PhotoHunt 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 Happy Halloween, Happy Weekend, and Happy Hunting! Find more photo hunters here....

PhotoHunt: Scary

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "scary" 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...

PhotoHunt: Family

This week's PhotoHunt 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. Happy weekend and happy photo hunting!...

PhotoHunt: Lazy

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Sad

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "sad." Here's a sad but beautiful angel I found on San Michele in Isola, the cemetery island of Venice. Are we all going to have the blues after this photo hunt?! Here's a Chinese...

PhotoHunt: View

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "view." LuLu's "Room with a View" 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...

PhotoHunt: Road

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Wild

This week's theme is "wild.' You can find more PhotoHunters here. Happy weekend! "Nature alone is antique and the oldest art a mushroom." ---Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)...

PhotoHunt: String(s)

This week's PhotoHunt 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:...

PhotoHunt: Beautiful

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

PhotoHunt: Wrinkled

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "wrinkled." It'll be interesting to see what folks come up with for this one. Here's mine: This is an African Sulcata Tortoise who was born in Hawaii and now lives in Georgia, but I...

PhotoHunt: Colorful

This week's PhotoHunt 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: Kids' art laying in the sun to dry. Taken at Clydefest,...

PhotoHunt: Dark

This week's PhotoHunt 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....

PhotoHunt: Cloud(s)

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Hanging

This week's PhotoHunt 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. Happy weekend folks!...

PhotoHunt: What IS that???

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "What IS that?" What do you think? Continue reading for one theory......

PhotoHunt: Support

This week's PhotoHunt 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 -...

PhotoHunt: Pointed

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Bright

This week's PhotoHunt 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!...

PhotoHunt: Water

This week's PhotoHunt theme is water, so here are a couple that I took in Venice this past December. Reflections in a canal A water door. You can see the range of the tide levels on this building....

PhotoHunt: Emotion(s)

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Emotion(s)." I'm going with fear. Ever wonder why we say "I'm chicken" when we're afraid to do something? I was walking along and saw this guy out of the corner of my eye. At...

PhotoHunt: Bad Hair Day

Today's PhotoHunt 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...

PhotoHunt: Self (or part of your self)

The last PhotoHunt in May. My hair, my hand, and my new kitten, Maria! Photo by Stan. Happy Weekend!...

PhotoHunt: Candy

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...

Photo Hunt: Share Any Photo

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

Photo Hunt: Signs!

PhotoHunt 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.” First up: I wish I knew the story behind this...