Sunday, July 5, 2015

Whimsical Windows - E Street Gallery


As a member of the local small Valley Arts Council, I like being part of this artist's group - not an artist (actually the organization's Treasurer), but an admirer of art. The gallery just moved one storefront to the left, so for the weekly meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, I thought that the unpretentious portals and panes were a perfect subject this week. The new sign shows the name change to E Street, and should you be in the neighborhood of 35 Elizabeth Street in Derby CT, stop in an see the little arts council that holds it sown with the work of local artisans...



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - Freedom on the East River





It is July 4th, the birthday of the USA as a free land in 1776. A day to celebrate our freedoms, and if they have shadows in then, all the better for Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

These late-2013 captures from the Brooklyn side of New York City's East River show that free minds allow us to flourish as a people. The Freedom Tower, the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and the modern skyline of Lower Manhattan showcase the creativity and drive of free populace...Happy Independence Day



Saturday, June 27, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - Back Yard, 1947


Shadow Shot Sunday 2 allows us to look for shadowy subjects be they grand or prosaic. I decided to look back to the year 1947 (a guess) to the back yards of two abodes in the LaBelle View neighborhood in the steeltown of Steubenville, Ohio.

To the left is my grandmother Agnes, performing the task of drying clothes on a clothesline outside, probably before the days of affordable clothes dryers. To the right is a neighbor, also doing the same thing. It appears that she lived in the garage apartment on La Belle Court, the back porch facing the back side of my grandparents  Oregon Avenue house. Shadows and smiles make for a nice day, housework or not :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Bearly able

This winsome bear (seen before and edited) was captured all the way back in 1983, at the Zoo in Omaha, on a terribly humid and hot (100ºF / 38ºC) Nebraska.day. This was a bruin in no mood to fight the heat it seems...see WW and WW

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Whimsical Windows - Shorefront Abode

Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors returns and my subject today represents a style of living that appeals to me (if I had the $ to do so, that is :)

This was taken on a 'Duck Boat' tour of Hyannis Harbor on picturesque Cape Cod. This sits on a fairly secluded piece of land that is away from the big marina on the harbor - near, but just far enough away. And with no dock, uninvited nautical visitors cannot arrive unannounced either...

Nothing extraordinary about the design apart from the lighthouse. But this setting, away from the ubiquitous Nantucket/Vineyard ferries and assorted yachts, is to me waterfront living should be, quiet and almost away from the oft usual frenetic pace of life!