Yesterday our 4-year-old neighbor Fiona celebrated her birthday with her friends. What fun to have pony rides for entertainment!!
Saturday, May 30, 2015
I have always loved this statue, The Source, and have posted it before, but the previous photos were always a front or side view. I also like to take photos of people from the back view so I tried it with this statue and like it.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Arriving early for a performance of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, we often sit in Rice Park, located across the street from the Ordway Performance Center. Watching the people who visit this tiny square oasis is always interesting. I noticed this sleeping man who seemed more well-dressed than most homeless people I have observed downtown. Minutes after I had discretely photographed him, a cyclist approached with a small paper bag, awakened the man, and gave the bag to him. The man on the bike sped off much too fast for a photo--he did not look like a messenger or delivery person and no cash was exchanged. The man removed a rather tired looking sandwich from the bag, ate it and then reclined and went back to sleep, making me wonder: was this a scene between a Good Samaritan and a homeless person, between friends or what??
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Despite a misty and rainy day my small lilac bushes make my heart sing!
The tall fence was erected by our neighbor who prefers more privacy whereas I like wide, open spaces.
Linking to good fences.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
On a rainy afternoon I stepped out my front door to go marketing , walking down the street, framed nicely for a photo, I met Maid Marion. On her way to a hardware story to get the screen repaired she gracious consented to having her portrait taken. While chatting I learned that she originally is from Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, where I once lived while sowing my wild oats, but she is now living in Minnesota. In my neighborhood! She went to Grinnell for college, and we discovered another coincidence. While in school she knew another student whom I taught when he was in high school where I used to teach. I love all these little human connections and surprises!
Monday, May 25, 2015
I stood there before the crosses
glowing white in row on row
Everyone a young life cut short
as the names upon them show.
“Voices of boys were by the river-side.
Sleep mothered them; and left the twilight sad.”
An Irish Airman foresees His Death
|I KNOW that I shall meet my fate|
|Somewhere among the clouds above;|
|Those that I fight I do not hate|
|Those that I guard I do not love;|
—Wm Butler Yeats
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
— John Gillespie Magee,
Sunday, May 24, 2015
A few weeks ago I decided to photograph church steeples of various denominations to see if there is a correlation between religion and the architecture of the spires. After a few snapshots and posts, I have lost interest and find the theme a bit boring so this is the last photo of its kind until I am able to revive interest in my steeple chase.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
a charming neighborhood I found quite by accident. While sitting in its small park, one of the residents greeted me when she walked by with her two Australian Shepherd dogs, both rescue animals. The beautiful animals are friendly and well-trained. Alas, I
Linking to Camera Critters & Saturday's Critters
Friday, May 22, 2015
These customized bike racks certainly are attractive and so different than the usual commercial racks but I wonder about how to use them, especially if a number of bikes are involved. So far I have never seen multiple bikes attached to one of these modern racks,
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
I have been pretty much housebound because of vertigo, which is still hanging around and keeping me from taking new photos. I am going to show you another wonderful Art in Bloom pairing of sculpture and floral arrangement that I saw in April during the exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This particular statue, Ganymede and the Eagle by Bertel Thorvaldsen, was interpreted by Mary Mulvehill who was "fascinated with eagles and inspired by Ganymede's boyhood charm."
Don't know about Ganymede? "Ambrosia and nectar were believed to be “the food of the gods” in ancient Greece, and Ambrosia is often characterized as a fluid. The Neoclassical sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen shows Ganymede – the gods’ cupbearer – serving Ambrosia in a two-handled drinking vessel or kylix to Zeus, the Father of the Gods. Zeus is portrayed as an eagle, which is the guise Zeus took on when he carried Ganymede away from earth and to Mount Olympos, where he made the beautiful young man an immortal servant to the gods." (Credit: ArtsConnected.org)
Monday, May 18, 2015
Dutton, one of my former English teacher colleagues, recently participated in a parish talent show, and was a big hit. My iphone camera did a creditable job, but I think I could have gotten some clearer shots if I had had my Canon. Dutton is a man of many talents and was a favorite among the students when we were still teaching. Since retirement he has not slowed down at all, keeping busy with many interests in a variety of areas: painting, writing, bird watching, travel and volunteering.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Linking to Camera Critters
Friday, May 15, 2015
I think that this season has been the most disruptive because of road repair and construction. Residents, businesses, and drivers in our end-of-town are not happy. Some of the streets plus a freeway bridge are being widened and reconstructed, which has been a collective pain for the people who normally use them. People trying to get from one end of town to another have to be quite imaginative to circumvent all the road work and construction. Others in "that other town" across the Mississippi River are experiencing some of the same problems and frustrations.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
At the Art in Bloom exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Patty Murphy and Patty Kelley designed this floral arrangement to interpret the painting by Van Gogh. They said, "Both the movement and texture in Van Gogh's "Olive Trees" inspire us. Tropical greens and bright yellows demonstrate these strong brush strokes."
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The three day "Art in Bloom" at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is over. For many years I have visited this exhibition, taken photos and posted them on my blog. Go here to see a 2011 example. This year I got to the museum on the last day when the flowers were beginning to look a little tired, yet despite this and the large crowd, I still managed to photograph a few bouquets that creatively interpreted a piece of artwork. This particular duo made me laugh. I need a little humor in my life right now and hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
Artwork: "Your Dog," Yoshitomo Nara; Floral Arrangement: Wendy Lutter & Stepanie Ross
Monday, May 11, 2015
We'll take ALL the credit, kids!
Update on vertigo: 7TH DAY which is now manageable; I'm past the slap to the ground whirling imbalance with just brief periods of dizziness. For those of you who inquired, I have been seeing a neurologist and now also a physical therapist. If that doesn't help, off to a Dizzy and Balance Clinic (no kidding, there is such a thing!!) Love, Dizzy Lizzy
Saturday, May 09, 2015
Friday, May 08, 2015
Ian, from St. Paul's Highland Village, had been riding motorcycles for many years, but a few years ago he had a bad accident that made riding painful. So….on May 2nd he bought this Polaris because the design of the seats was more comfortable for his previously injured back.
"In development for three years, the Minnesota designed Slingshot, the 1,666-lb. trike, is more akin to a three-wheeled car with front wheels situated way out in front of the driver. You don’t straddle the rear-drive Slingshot; you sit way back in it, side by side with your passenger in waterproof bucket seats, and your posteriors are only 11.9 inches off the pavement. With its short windscreen and low-sided open-air cockpit, the Slingshot has the visceral appeal of a sportbike, but it drives more like a lightweight sports car, albeit one with three wheels." Credit-CycleWorld: Click here for a review)
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
By chance I recently came upon this two block neighborhood, closed to vehicular traffic tucked away and hidden from a very busy business area on Franklin Avenue. I was charmed by the houses, many of which have the same architectural design yet are distinguished from one another by individual colors with distinctive creative features by the homeowners. While sitting on a bench in its centrally located small park, I met one of the home owners who gave me some information on the neighborhood, saying that, like me, many people are surprised at its existence. If we were in the market for a home rather than downsizing as we are now doing, I would definitely want to move here! Interested in its history I checked the Minnesota Historical Society site and discovered some background historical information. If you are interested too, click here.
Monday, May 04, 2015
My breakfast at the market last Saturday: Lightly toasted sesame bagel, lox, cream cheese, onions, tomatoes, ripe olives, and jalapenos and a cold can of hard-core coke. Whether or not I need anything to buy, I drive downtown almost every Saturday or Sunday during the season, just to savor the colors and watch the many vendors and the customers. Early in the season, there are an abundance of flowers. I bought two large pink geranium plants to hang on my front porch. Next week I'll load up with herbs and more hanging plants for the backyard patio. After that my version of gardening is finished so I can spend the rest of the summer reading in the sun!! (I am not meant to live in a cold climate. . . my mother warned me!!)
Sunday, May 03, 2015
You can see a very different steeple here.
Saturday, May 02, 2015
Yesterday I showed you this 1924 Ford Model T car that Byron has owned for 50 years. He pointed out that the Navajo Trading Post bag holds water for the radiator and that the gas tank (shown below) is located under the driver's seat, requiring a hasty retreat if involved in an accident! The tank holds 15 gallons of gas, and the car uses a gallon every ten miles. I expect that planning gas stops on any outing is pretty important!
Friday, May 01, 2015
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