Monday, July 28, 2014

Summertime!


Summertime, and the livin' is easy!!

Hush!  Listen carefully, and you can hear Ella Fitzgerald singing .  .  .
To see and hear a video of Sachmo and Ella go here!


"Summertime"
Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good-lookin'
So hush little baby, Don't you cry

One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing
And you'll spread your wings and you'll take to the sky
But 'til that morning, there ain't nothin' can harm you
With Daddy and Mammy standin' by

Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good-lookin'
So hush little baby, Don't you cry

One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing
And you'll spread your wings and you'll take to the sky
But 'til that morning, there ain't nothin can harm you
With Daddy and Mammy standin' by

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Birdhouse for Birdman


Whenever I see a birdhouse I think of our fellow blogger, Birdman.  I think he needs a new profile photo and believe that this object would certainly be appropriate, don't you?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Creative Playthings-Camera Critters


The entrance to Creative Playthings on Grand Avenue in St. Paul is whimsical and certainly a purffect way to invite the kiddies into the store.  

Linking to Camera Critters

Friday, July 25, 2014

Harley

Slightly different bike
Than ones seen yesterday
Yellow is mellow

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Utilitarian Fence


Many good fences
Are used in different ways
Stand strong and useful

Linked to Good Fences

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Beautiful Birch-ABC Wednesday "B"



Nature changes over the years. There are places along the North Shore where there are patches of dying birches being replaced by brush and grass. The landscape has changed by logging, fires, disease, and development of homesteads, lodges, townhouses and roads. Because of these changes that have occurred over the centuries, the North Shore Forest Collaborative, which includes local landowners, public land managers, and nonprofit conservation groups, is trying to plan and plant the forest of the future.  (Credit: Minnesota Conservation Volunteer: New Vision for the North Shore)

The birch above is a healthy tree on a relative's property located midway between Lutsen and Grand Marais.

Linking to ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bonsai Trees-ABC WEDNESDAY "B"





Today I am beginning my career as a volunteer interpreter in the Ordway Gardens at Como Park in St. Paul.  This area includes the Japanese Garden and the Pavilion and Terrace for the collection of Bonsai Trees.




I am thrilled to be a part of this  Como Park volunteer program because Como, which is one of the few FREE parks and zoos in our country, is a gem in our city.
The Bonsai collection is fantastic.

I'll occasionally give you a few lessons: In Japanese, bonsai literally means "tree planting" or "tree in a pot." Generally an overall Bonsai shape should be a triangle with unequal sides with a rounded top.

The English Ivy is a formal upright with a straight truck from the base to the top but the other two are informal uprights with trunks that have gentle curves.

Linking to ABC WEDNESDAY

Monday, July 21, 2014

Kokopelli


Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with feathers or antenna-like protrusions on his head), who has been venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music. (Credit: Wiki)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Great Paintings


At last week's Art Fair on  St. Kate's campus Evan Abrahamson from Waconia, Minnesota had a display of vividly colored and large bold  paintings.  Check out his website: www.paintingsbyevan.com


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Splitrock Lighthouse


Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark's construction.  Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Splitrock Light Station soon became one of Minnesota's best known landmarks.  Restored to its 1920's appearance, the light station offers a glimpse  of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular setting.
(Credit:  Minnesota Historical Society)