Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Alphabe - Thursday Frank


Do you remember this letter game from Jenny at "Off on my tanget" blog? Well here it is again for:


As in Frank Lloyd Wright

The Great Architect


Frank's Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona

This was Wright's winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959.  Today it is the main campus for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and also, houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Next -

Frank Lloyd Wright's

The Susan Lawrence Dana Thomas House Interior, Springfield, Illinois

This Dana - Thomas House is the best preserved and most complete of his early "Prairie" houses.  Little has changed of the structure since construction in 1902-04 for Springfield socialite and women's activist Susan Lawrence Dana.

Next -

"Think simple" as my old master  used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles."  
Frankly, Frank.

Frank Lloyd Wright's
Frederick C. Robie House, Chicago, Illinois

Built - 1906
The Robie House is considered one of his most important works.

Interior of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago.

Next the lovely....
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature, it will never fail you." Frank Lloyd Wright


also known as the

Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr. residence, Mill Run, Pennsylvania

Fallingwater, was Wright's 1934 design in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. The house was built partly over a waterfall in Bear Run at Rural Route 1.

Then there was......

The living room inside Wright's Stanley Rosenbaum House.  It's one of the "usonian-style" homes designed by Wright.

Located in Florence, Alabama

Usonian was one of Wright's memorable coined words, like carport and textile block.
The usonian house was intended to be priced moderately and partially prefabricated and constructed using wood, glass and brick all under a slab roof.

How about a taste of Frank in

 Minneapolis, Minnesota?

Many of Frank Lloyd Wright's Houses aren't
easily accessible.  Picture taking is often hit and miss,
with signs like



Reminding us to

I still feel the sense of intruding when I position myself to snap a photo or two, with almost the sense of stealing.

But, I figure if you purchase a house of notoriety, you'll have to live with the occasional photo-thief.

Frank Lloyd Wright's "Neils House"  built 1950

2801 Burnham Boulevard.

The carport - which faces the street and a high angled window overlooks Cedar Lake.

Can you guess what that green animal is sticking out of one of the carport stalls?


Olfelt House 1958
Frank Lloyd Wright
2206 Parklands Lane
St. Louis Park, Minnesota

A modest brick bungalow with a low gable roof, designed
near the end of Frank's life.

I caught a surpise while I was shooting pictures at this house.

I wonder if he was trying to catch one of Minnesota's ticks or our other funny state bird the mosquito!

Last on my Minneapolis tour....

Frank Lloyd Wright's
Willey House
Built 1934

255 Bedford Street SE
located in Prospect Park
where the well-known water tower
designed like a witch's-hat sits at
Seymour Avenue and Malcolm Street SE.

Notice the Private Residence sign that sits right in front of the entrance?

Possibly because it sits so close to the street in a busy area of town.

"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."
Very wise words, Frank.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thematic Photographic - 201 Welcome Summer



Carmi from "Written Inc. blog" has declared summer is officially here, and welcome!

We know it's summer when........

It's just a muggy day in June, but the fish are biting anyway. 

and of course we love

Bringing summer offerings inside.....

"Flowers are those little colorful beacons of the sun from which we get sunshine when dark, somber skies blanket our thoughts." Dodinsky

Absolutely all the fountains are up and running as we welcome summer!

All the summer Gnomes have been busy delivering useful summer chairs for a safe summer.

.....and tomatoes are appearing on vines.....

It was a fresh and HoT sunny day and little swimming pools were popping up all over the neighborhoods ....

If it feels and looks like summer, it must be summer!
We welcome summer....

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Mag 123


# 123

My post this week weaves into another line of thought, away from the origins of this photo.


Uncomfortable feeling of
impending disaster
road rage - pulled over.
Eyes blazing, fists clenched, jaws tight
debating fight.

Psyching each other out
within a ton of steel
no problem.
Eye to eye contact now,
not so wonderful.

Behind tinted glass,
mouthing incoherent obscenities
and counterattacks
was easy.

Who knew a sweaty, major-high-voltage enraged,
green-eyed monster would emerge?
Road rage - pulled over
dewy helplessness engaged.

Alternate choice for road rage sufferers....


Top photo - image from Magpie Tales
from Tess Kincaid
for The Mag
picture prompt
Touch of Evil
Orson Welles

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Saturday Centus It's an amusing little


Jenny from "Off on my tangent" blog has called for 105 words, of any style writing and as many photos desired with the prompt of  "It's an amusing little whine"  for this week!

Once upon a time
in a land of no crime
but plenty of rhyme

lived a mighty old troll
for a very longtime
who always rode

a carousel
at lunchtime
with Wizard, and Lizard his best-friends of all time.

But during this daytime
Troll wasn't on a roll
because, Mr. Lizard
"It's an amusing little whine"
you have Troll.

 So Troll replied
"If only you could delete feelings like you can delete text messages."

"Don't be silly" laughed Wizard.
I'll use my magic wand
and when
the clock strikes nine and the bells chime

I'll turn Lizard into a


But, he's the cutest and most loving Llama you'll ever meet.
His name is Francis.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Sepia Saturday Meet Me at the Fair


PLEASE! Meet me at the Fair!

Are you wondering if you'll enjoy yourself?
I promise, it'll be loads of fun, really.

The fair has all kinds of attractions.  Even wrestlers, performing as only a wrestler can!

So, by now you've guessed what Marilyn (she's still holding Alan's Sepia Saturday above water) has offered as our theme photo for this week!

Sure, "Life's just a merry-go-round.  Come on up. You might get a brass ring."
 - Mae West

If you do, there will be music and bands and plenty of parking.  You'll see!  Just meet me at the east gate okay?

I can't promise that people won't spread a rumor or two about why you couldn't join us at the fair this year!
If you decline.

There are plenty of rides for the young and the older thrill seekers.

"You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a
merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back."
William D. Tammeus

Remember back in the day when we wore our finest dresses too?

Why not meet me at the Merry-Go-Round, just like old times! 

Oh yes, those are heels they're wearing.

"High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead."
Christopher Morley

Of course it wouldn't be a true fair without the 4-H Club being a part of it.
What do the 4 H's stand for?
Head, heart, hands and health.

I wonder what has their attention?

Without a doubt there will be amazing and incredibly lively things waiting to be seen at the fair, like every year!

If you don't mind can we skip packing a picnic basket and having to head back to the car for every refreshment or snack!  They have so many trendy and delicious new things on a stick this year too!

If it's a wild ride you're looking for....

how about the Coaster Dips?
....only if you dare.
Sometimes, without the diligent care of skilled laborers
things could grow terribly wrong....

They work hard at keeping things running smoothly at the fair.

In this photo they are supplying the power for the old fashioned

Well, as always even good things must come to an end.
I plan on viewing the live snake show last.
I hope you catch their act, it's wildly-creepy!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Thematic Photographic # 200 Abstract



"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something.  Afterward you can remove all traces of reality."  - Pablo Picasso

"Everything you can imagine is real." - Pablo Picasso


Sometimes seeing is believing,
 until you discover,
you were simply believing
 what you were seeing.

"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others."
 - Jonathan Swift

Is this a keyboard?

"Art is a lie that makes us realize truth." -  Pablo Picasso

Abstract or not.


Can you spot me?

Extraordinary people
visualize what is

and create it anyway.

On the subject of abstract
For Carmi's theme from Written Inc
please do
bring your photos here
if you dare!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sepia Saturday 130 - 16 June 2012


The waving of our flag.......

In honor of  "Flag Day" today in America.
June 14th our official flag day!

        This is an early post for me, since I am also going out of town.  Alan our Sepia Saturday creator, is officially on holiday as well, and has turned his mighty ship over to Marilyn until his return.  In honor of Marilyn's first sailing, I couldn't sink ship, so early it is!

I've taken the theme of Farewell (seems fitting!) but as you'll see by checking other Sepia posts there are many themes possible!

When it comes to farewells there are many as well.

"Farewell, fair cruelty."  - William Shakespeare

As in this Farewell Caress, a painting reflecting the beautiful horse, Princess being fed just before the man outside the stall (the new owner) will be taking her away.  Most certainly a very tender moment for the young woman resting her head against Princess.  It appears the dog may be just as sad.  I'm not so sure about the cat.

"Why does it take a minute to say hello, and forever to say good-bye, farewell, Ciao, Adieux or Salut!?"

"The return makes one love the farewell!"  - Alfred de Musset

Although, his grip appears quite tight, wouldn't you say?

Perhaps he's saying, "Promise me this, you will wait for me?"

Nothing was written on the photo, so date and relationship are a mystery.

But his intent, quite obvious!
All we know, is that he's apparently from the 7th Reg't.

From somewhere out on the dusty trail where tumbleweeds flow free.......

Too bad Alan is away, because I believe he's a fan of this actress, Mary Pickford who is gathered with other actors from their production "Rags" as they bid farewell as the film is completed! Dated 1915.  Rags farewell to the west, a western.

"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may be the beginning."
- Ivy Baker Priest

When is a kiss,  just a kiss?

"There's a line between love and fascination
That's hard to see on an evening such as this,
For they both give the very same sensation
When you're lost in the magic of a kiss."
- Ned Washington from the song
"My Foolish Heart"

A great enormous THANK-YOU Marilyn for keeping Sepia Saturday up and running!
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