Angular

For my daughter’s fourteenth birthday, she wanted an “art party”. She told me, it would be a small gathering of five teenagers. I was comfortable with the idea, but neither me nor her could think of what the girls could do. So I talked to my friend Monika, who does art work as an hobby. She agreed to come and teach the girls a new craft she had learned a few weeks ago. It was similar to the”God’s eye” craft that children make, but it is made with four sticks instead of two.
P1080510Monika arrived with samples of art work that she had made and the girls were very happy to get started with two sticks and each one chose the yarn that she liked.
The girls talked liked young ladies as their fingers turned the yarn around the sticks. They talked about boys, girls, school, books, teachers, homework and more. They encouraged each other as they worked. I found they often admired each others artwork.
At the end of an hour and fifteen minutes the results were very angular and stunning!
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Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.
Mary Schmich

Nighttime

I took these pictures on September 9th 2014. The Sept. 9 super moon was the last to complete the trio of super moons that began in July. The biggest and brightest of the trio was the one that occurred Aug. 10.

I used my neighbor's tree as a reference to capture the rising moon in the eastern sky.

I used my neighbor’s tree as a reference to capture the rising moon in the eastern sky.

 It is by far the biggest and brightest object in the night sky however the moon is not an easy subject to photograph.

It is by far the biggest and brightest object in the night sky however, the moon is not an easy subject to photograph.

Supermoons are lunar phenomena where the moon reaches a point in its orbit where it is closest to the Earth. At this point, the moon will appear to be bigger and brighter.

Super moons are lunar phenomena where the moon reaches a point in its orbit where it is closest to the Earth. At this point, the moon will appear to be bigger and brighter.

Nighttime:  It’s trickier to take pictures at night, but the rewards are well worth it.

Explore. Dream. Discover: Adventure

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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P1060552 P1060551I took these pictures by the port of Fisherman’s Wharf in The World Famous Scallop Port of Digby, Nova Scotia.  Our adventures were rewarded by the world famous Digby scallops.

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Big or small, enjoy your adventures this weekend!

 

Dialogue

P1070608This 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!

 

Fray

Azaleas in full bloom.

This is an Azalea bush in full bloom in spring in front of our home.

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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.

Mother Robin had made a nest.

In the frayed azalea, blooms life.

Amongst the frayed azalea flowers, life bloomed in a different form.

Welcome to the world, little one!

Fray

verb

(of a fabric, rope, or cord) unravel or become worn at the edge, typically through constant rubbing.

 

 

Zig Zag

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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.

Relic of a time gone by: Khajuraho group of monuments.

 

Relic: something from a past time, place or culture.

I visited Khajuraho group of monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 2007.

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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.

 A common misconception is that, since the old structures with carvings in Khajuraho are temples, the carvings depict sex between deities.

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.

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Carvings depicting animals such as elephants, monkeys, dragons, lions, boar and others.

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The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of 200 years, from 950 to 1150.

DSCN3184DSCN3194 DSCN3191DSCN3167 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.

Sources:
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/240
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khajuraho_Group_of_Monuments