This sculpture is “Minimal response III 1999 painted steel” by Ed Benavente at the Wandell Sculpture garden in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, Illinois. The sculpture is also known as, “Hammer heads”.
I chose this photo for the weekly challenge “Dialogue”. Dialogue is an engaging conversational exchange.
Whenever I visit the park and look at this sculpture, I always wonder what kind of dialogue the hammer heads are having. Can you take a guess? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
Have a good rest of the weekend!
This is an Azalea bush in full bloom in spring in front of our home.
As the weather warmed up the flowers withered and I could only see their frayed ends.
But wait, someone thought this would make a lovely home.
Mother Robin had made a nest.
Amongst the frayed azalea flowers, life bloomed in a different form.
Welcome to the world, little one!
(of a fabric, rope, or cord) unravel or become worn at the edge, typically through constant rubbing.
Capture a silhouette.
Photography is all about experimenting with light, and then positioning yourself (or your subject) in the right spot to achieve a certain effect. One such effect is a silhouette, in which an outline of someone or something appears dark against a lighter background. Silhouettes can be very dramatic and resemble black shapes without any details, but the effect varies from picture to picture.
Here are some visual treats from Egypt.
Pompey’s Pillar, Alexandria, Egypt.
Pyramids of Giza: Take one
Pyramids of Giza: Take two
The Great Sphinx of Giza
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“For this week’s challenge, share with us your own take on zigging and zagging.”
This picture was taken in one of the wealthy merchants’ homes in the Fortress of Louisbourg, in Canada during our summer vacation last year. Thanks to the efforts of the archaeologists and the work of Parks Canada and the Fortress Louisbourg Association, we were able to experience life in Louisbourg during its heyday. During the summer months hundreds of re-enactors or “animators” of all ages, from wealthy merchants to poor soldiers, populate the streets of the restored fortress working, playing, and living life as they would have in 1744.
The actor who played a servant’s role in the house educated us about this art. She explained that the lady who worked on this tapestry had to know how to read and count in order to make this beautiful art.
This week the WordPress weekly photo challenge says to share your own vision of a container you find interesting. Here is a carved pumpkin for serving eggs at a breakfast buffet on a cruise ship.
Relic: something from a past time, place or culture.
I visited Khajuraho group of monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 2007.
The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its pinnacle between 950 and 1050. Only about 20 temples remain. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture.
Some 10% of the carvings contain sexual themes and those reportedly do not depict deities but rather sexual activities between people. A common misconception is that, since the old structures with carvings in Khajuraho are temples, the carvings depict sex between deities.
Carvings depicting animals such as elephants, monkeys, dragons, lions, boar and others.
The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of 200 years, from 950 to 1150.
Greatly influenced by the Tantric school of thought, the Chandela kings promoted various Tantric doctrines through royal monuments, including temples. Sculptors of Khajuraho depicted all aspects of life. The society of the time believed in dealing frankly and openly with all aspects of life, including sex. In accordance with ancient treatises on architecture, erotic depictions were reserved for specific parts of the temples only. The rest of the temple was profusely covered with other aspects of life, secular and spiritual.
“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. To ”Why am I here?” To uselessness. It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”
Enid Bagnold quotes (English Writer, 1889-1981)
I hope this flower inspires the best in you.