Day Four of Seven

Day Four

Day Four of Seven Days in Black and White

This is one of my favorite images that’s in my archives. It’s especially sentimental because my Mom gave it to me, and it has an honored place in our garden. She gave it to me several years before she died, and it has moved with me over the years, always adorning the yard.

She said, when she gave it to me, that it reminded her of me as a child. I’ve always loved to read and she would find me curled up in the sofa reading to my stuffed elephant.

I remember doing that. Some memories never fade. Now when I go out to the garden and see this statue, I smile, thinking of Mom and my stuffed elephant. She gave me that, too. I love you, Mom!

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

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In Plain Sight

“You’ve got to see Marilyn. She’s huge!” my friend said. What???

I had just arrived in Palm Springs for a visit with my best friend. She’s like the sister I never had. As we rounded the corner, there she was … a 26 ft. statue of Marilyn. In the pose that made her famous in so many ways. I was blown away.

My friend indulged my picture taking frenzy, which allowed me to shoot Marilyn from every angle I could.

“Wow! Whoever the artist is did an amazing job with her likeness.” I’ve always been a fan of Marilyn. There was just something about her.

I’ve looked at this image many times during my blogging years but today is the first time I noticed the shadow on the wall. The lighting on her was perfect. And the shadow was in plain sight all the time. I just never noticed it until today. Hmmm … maybe I’m learning to be more observant. Hope so.

Check it out … that shadow … what does it look like to you?

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Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

The Eyes of the Future

I’ve been trying to get a shot of this stone statue for quite a while but each time I want to stop, there’s usually a lot of cars behind me.  (Busy road).  No place to pull off.

So yesterday, I set out from home with the intention of getting a shot.  I specifically put it out to the universe that there would be no cars behind me and I would be able to pull over.  Lo and behold!  No cars, and I even spied a driveway that I never noticed before.  Pulling in was a breeze and no worries about getting hit from behind.

I added a slight illustration effect so that the writing under the wings would be visible.  Click on the image to enlarge but if you can’t for some reason, it says: “The eyes of the future are looking back at us. To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle.”

The palm tree shot was taken right across the street in stark contrast to the desert scene.  Namaste’

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

Sometimes I participate in the WordPress weekly photo challenge; sometimes I don’t.  But this week was pretty easy.  The subject is curves – not mine – that’s for sure 🙂

The first image is of a downtown parking structure. Made me kind of dizzy just to look at it.  There is no digital enhancement to this photo.  I think I must speak to the city planning commissioner about this 🙂

The next image is also from my archives, of a wall inset that I found one day while walking down the hall where my mom lives. I just thought it would look nice as a pencil sketch.

The final image is one of a life-size stone statue that I found one day in front of a convenience store.  It makes me feel peaceful to look at it so I had it enlarged and framed in my home.  Namaste’

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I wish you calm; peace beyond words
I wish you calm; peace beyond words

Forever Marilyn

I found this to be one of the most amazing things that I saw on my trip.  A 26-foot statue of Marilyn Monroe.  As you can see by the people at her legs, she’s pretty tall. She was sculpted by J. Seward Johnson and has been in Chicago until May of this year when it was loaned to Palm Springs, CA.  Apparently she is dismantled in pieces in order to be trucked to new locations.  Take a look at the shadow on the right of the first picture.  It’s her skirt, but looks a lot like a polar bear to me.  Things that make you go hmmmm …  Namaste’

Mountain Goat or Ram?

Another pic from my trip.  This one is also at an airport in southern CA.  Can anyone guess which airport?  And is it a depiction of a mountain goat or a ram and what the heck is the difference?  Just askin’.

Hope it’s been a happy Friday for you.  Namaste’

 

Horsehair Angel

I bought this horse hair angel several years ago in Tombstone, AZ.  My friends and I were doing the tourist thing and we spotted this beautiful piece.  The horse hair is from the mane and tail of horses that are being groomed.  The hair falls out naturally and is collected to be fired into the mold with the plaster, clay or whatever material is used for the piece.  This was taken with my Nikon Coolpix P510.  Click to enlarge.

I love this angel.  Namaste’