Although I am still on a blogging hiatus, I could not resist speaking to this woman and posting her photos.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
What could be sweeter than meeting this little pooch?While we were waiting for Wild Wendy to be seen and treated by the veterinarian at the University of Minnesota's vet school's small animal clinic, we got to watch many different canines and felines with their owners. We were delighted to meet Yoshi, a 15-year-old Shih-Tsu poodle mix whose owner had the fun of being with Yoshi since puppyhood. This dog had an unusual mode of transportation that caught everyone's attention. In my next life, I think I would like to be a veterinarian so I could meet and treat dogs like this well-mannered and sweet dog.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
When I was a child, a woman dressed like this was commonplace. Not anymore! When this young woman breezed down the aisles at Trader Joe's, I turned my head in her direction and watched as she sped along finding her groceries. Seeing a nun in her religious order's "habit" plus using a smart phone was a bit unusual. Instead of engaging her in conversation since she obviously was in a hurry, I settled for a stealth photo.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Our neighbour's cat can often be seen roaming the neighbourhood early in the morning or late at night. Wild Wendy is intrigued when she sees him and tugs at the leash, eager to meet this furry feline. I think that WW is a bit naive.
Linking to Camera Critters.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
It is hard to believe but I saw these women-knitters again this past week at a local cafe. I first met them in September of 2011, and they are still knitting and having a good time socialising and perfecting their considerable skills.
Tomorrow I will show you portraits of a few other talented members of their group. They remembered that I had taken their photos 5 years ago and invited me to join them. Hmm! I always wanted to learn how to knit. Probably would be a bit intimidating, though!!
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Although it is lovely and recalls Minnesota in summer, I really should not include this photo for the Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minnesota because it is not representative of this world-class collection of American and European art. Much to my dismay, I discovered that NO photographs are allowed in this remarkable and small gem of a museum, located in a Mississippi River town with a population of 27, 000. This stained glass piece was on view in the entrance, and I snapped a photo before I was aware that photography is verboten. I was tempted to snap some unauthorised pictures but did not find any opportunity to do so.
The museum is astonishing with several galleries of truly remarkable paintings, which are on loan from the collection of the museum’s chief backers, Mary Burrichter and her husband, Robert “Bob” Kierlin, whose $700 million fortune derives from Fastenal, his $15 billion Winona-based hardware-supply company that Bloomberg BusinessWeek last year called “the top-performing stock since the crash of ‘87.”
If you read this newspaper article describing the museum, you will appreciate the outstanding paintings it has on display, and if you are ever in the area (it's a 2-hour drive from the Twin Cities), a visit there would be an extraordinary experience!.
Monday, November 07, 2016
I enjoyed the exhibit and loved looking at the varied styles Saint Laurent created during his successful career. I must confess, though, that most of them are garments that I would not be brave enough to wear nor have a place to go to wear them. The lovely white dress at the bottom is one that I would have enjoyed wearing for a special social event.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
Piet Mondrian was the first modern painter Saint Laurent discovered, in 1965, in a book his mother gave him. Saint Laurent saw how the rhythm of colour could be combined with a bold and forceful line.
When I saw this dress, I laughed and turned to two women my age and said, "I owned a dress just like this!" Both of them declared that they, too, owned a Mondrian dress. Most women of a certain age probably had one like this!
Saturday, November 05, 2016
A special exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum was a selection of 100 haute couture and ready-to-wear garments and accessories from the 44-year career of legendary designer, Yves Saint Laurent.
The Perfection of Style
The exhibition traced the development of Saint Laurent's style.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
We spent several hours in SAM, the Seattle Art Museum, on our last day in the city. We stopped first at the cafeteria and discovered some art by Todd Horton lining the walls. What a bright and cheerful introduction to this outstanding museum! We enjoyed our delicious, light lunch while surrounded by these wonderful paintings. I sent him a fan letter because I appreciate his talent and the paintings gave us much pleasure. Guess what!? He responded!
If you would like to see more of his paintings, or better yet, buy one or two, contact him here: http://www.toddjhorton.com
Artist's Statement: A painting needs to reflect mystery, and if possible, amplify it. I want to end up with a painting that I haven't entirely planned. The method of chance, inspiration, and destruction may produce a specific type of picture, but it never produces a totally predetermined one. And in allowing an unplanned outcome, I hope to achieve the same coherence and objectivity that a random slice of nature always possesses - Todd Horton
Linking to Saturday's Critters
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Taking photos from a train is a made-to-order situation for an out-of-focus photograph!
Even when distorted, it is obvious that the scenery in Washington state is breathtaking!
On the first day of each month, CDP bloggers post a pre-determined theme. Click here to see how others have interpreted this November 1st theme.
Linked to ABC WEDNESDAY
Monday, October 31, 2016
A trip to Seattle would not be complete without a visit to the Space Needle. It was very crowded, but the view from the observation tower was worth the trip, even though it was raining.
The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an icon of Seattle. It was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World's Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators.
Once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River; it is 605 ft (184 m) high, 138 ft (42 m) wide, and weighs 9,550 tons. It is built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour (89 m/s) and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude, as strong as the 1700 Cascadia earthquake. It also has 25 lightning rods.
It has an observation deck at 520 ft (160 m) and the rotating SkyCity restaurant at 500 ft (150 m). The downtown Seattleskyline, as well as the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands can be viewed from the top of the Needle. Photographs of the Seattle skyline often show the Space Needle prominently, above skyscrapers and Mount Rainier.
Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle by elevators that travel at 10 miles per hour (4.5 m/s). The trip takes 41 seconds. On windy days, the elevators slow to 5 miles per hour (2.2 m/s). On April 19, 1999, the city's Landmarks Preservation Board designated it a historic landmark.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
One of several beautiful pillars of glass
Friday, October 28, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington, United States. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States. It is a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street. With more than 10 million visitors annually, Pike Place Market is Seattle's most popular tourist destination and is the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world.