Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Six Word Saturday - 31 May 2014 Fun-Art in the Sun


Happy Saturday again!

Filling up the day and evening with yesterday's art!

For today............


We're off to Caponi Art Park today, first time this year!  We'll join in their "Open House" celebrations today!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Good Fences # 10 29 May 2014

"Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of it's plain." - Henry David Thoreau

A Fence With A View

End of the fence, but even a better view.

To see what others are posting for Good Fences, go here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Thematic Photographic - #296 Cloudspotting

"The more we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction." - Rachel Louise Carson, would have celebrated her 107th birthday today.


Carmi, from Written Inc. blog is calling for Cloud-spotting, as our theme.

Oh the very 
mystery of stately
white clouds 
sailing calmly 

Cotton candy clouds of dogs and dragons in swift-flying motion towing their shadows ever quickly.  What once was a bunny, breaks shape to form something new.

Clouds rejoice our souls!

Beware the ever changing weather, it can be read upon the sky.  Summer storm clouds can quickly blacken any sky, as these monstrous clouds overhead. Quickly they churned out of the west in fierce procession, but luckily moved on without so much as a drop of rain!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Mag - 25 May 2014

Something old, something new, somethings given, somethings beige, and a sixpence in the corner just for you.

Thank you Tess Kincaid, for bringing such artsy collectibles to our magpie tales today.

Where is Mr. Sock Monkey?

As he hangs on for dear life,
my thoughts scramble
round and round
in continual whirl
over the
of my own life
as compared
to his.

The truth is-
as human beings go
we're eggs
rolling briefly
in a moment's notice
the curtain closes.

Yet one stuffed sock 
survives endlessly 
in the winding
of endless life
with no expiration date.


Scavenger Hunt Sunday - 25 May 2014

 I'm attaching a theme of, A Sense of Place, for my Scavenger Hunt this week. Ashley's words are a snug fit for, where I stand, pink, technology, something new and favorite place.

Where I Stand

As I captured the beauty around me, I noticed somebody else enjoying these abundant gifts.

Everywhere I went pink was waiting.


A stretch? Maybe. I'm very proud of hubby for putting this together with his latest of top-notch tools for hours of imagination for expressive minds at play!

Something New

So new that the plaque describing this artwork, isn't there yet.  Northfield, Minnesota's own creative art corner!

Favorite Place

My Own Backyard.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Six Word Saturday - 24 May 2014


I always appreciate seeing the many kinds of things that have special meanings to other people.

I stopped to shoot (with my camera) the horse, when in the corner of my eye I spy, something pink and so out of place.  Whatever could it be?

What to my wondering surprise, but a row of pink flamingos prancing by.  

So many folks, so many messages.
So little time catching them all.

What will you catch today?

To see what other people are up to, or bring your own thoughts to Cate's, Show My Face blog go here.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Good Fences # 9

In the spirit of fun, for my  Good Fences, at The Run *A* Round Ranch blog -

How about a game of funny fencing?

Happy Fence

Finding Fences

Can you find the fence?

"Please don't fence us in!" Begged the Tulips and echoed the Bunnies!

Can you spot the butterfly?
Just kidding!
Too slow, he flew away!

Up Close

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sepia Saturday - 229 - Excuse Me, Are Those Bones?

Bones, fossils, attending college or not attend, that is my quest today.  Welcome to a discovery adventure.

How old?  New Fossil Bed Discovery. 
The complete story about this at the end of my post

Our theme this week is about girls sitting around their dorm room at a typical North American College in 1917.  Instead of my focusing on those that attended college, I'd like to take you on the least traveled road.  

Today marks the birthday of an accomplished and famous fossil hunter.
The studies and life of Mary can be read here.

Happy 215th Birthday
today to

 Mary Anning, born on 21 May 1799.

She was known as a British fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist.

The Greatest Fossil Hunter of All Time

I'll bet every trip to the seashore was another great discovery of some kind for Mary.

She was the inspiration for Terry Sullivan's tongue twister

She sells sea shells by the seashore.

"The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery.  There is always more mystery." - Anais Nin

Alan gifted us last week with a seashore adventure.

Excuse me, are those bones you're gathering up?  Ah yes, that is an excellent question indeed.    If her name was Mary Anning the answer would be, "But of course."  The photo above was taken in Ireland.

The next photo is one of Mary's incredible finds.

In 1811, Lyme Regis fossil hunter Mary Anning, at age 12 with her older brother, Joseph unearthed the 2m (6.5ft) long skull of an ichthyosaur.  Anning spent one year extracting the dinosaur fossil from 205 million-year old Blue Lias cliffs on the beach.

It's still one of the most famous geological discoveries on the Jurassic Coast, yet Anning was never credited as a scientist.  Imagine discovering something like that.

Proof is in her work, I'd say!  Bravo Mary.  We are all better for your love to journey into the unknown.

At the Fossil Marine Reptile 
meet their Mary.

Mary Anning will long be remembered as a carpenter's daughter that later became a famous fossil collector, gifting us with her knowledge and discoveries.    How large of cake would we need for 215 candles?

I wish I'd known about these tours about Mary Anning when I was in England.  Guess my next trip will have to do.

A famous sketch of Mary's house.

Could this be the only genuine photograph of Mary?

Mary and her brother, Joseph Anning's headstone.

In Mary's honor, the next time you're out and about, think about what she might do if she were there, and you just never know what you might uncover.

Here is the link about my first photo.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Thematic Photographic - # 295 Trees and Branches

Carmi, is calling for Trees and Branches.

What could be more perfect than these three unique branches shooting straight up! 
Can you see them?

"Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit."  -  Khalil Gibran

I'm so excited that we've finally been gifted by blossoms!  My only regret is that, we didn't plant more of these lovely trees.

What wise thing I have learned from trees is, "Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind." -  Bruce Lee

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday - 18 May 2014

Seeking, is only half of the fun!
Our hunt for the day is, animals, in the shade, from behind, on the ground and bugs or blossoms.


Most unusual animals.

"Yes, I do blow dry my hair, I just never dye it!"

In The Shade

In The Shade and leading into our next find of,

From Behind

One more From Behind leads into 

On The Ground below.

On The Ground

Bugs or Blossoms? Both!

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Six Word Saturday - 17 May 2014

"Isn't that wonderful? That feeling of not knowing too much about something....
Incomplete information.  Endless possibilities.  When you don't know much about something, it's the most exciting sensation."  -Kutsnetz in Talus





Okay, so not everyone is singing here.  Not that you can hear.  Just knowing from my own perspective, they are singing, and it all began sometime in late March, well actually early April.

This proves what most winter bound Minnesotans do when the wind stops blowing.


We scramble about places, just to be sure everything is still around.

Minneapolis is one of those cities that sings urban crawl.  Park your whatever and get out and soak in the views.

Discover an eatery you've never tasted before.

Just get out.  Consuming all we can before Ole Man Winter shuts it all down again!

My very own fire pit!

For now we'll keep the fires burning!

What are you doing to celebrate,


If you want to see what everyone is doing, or post your own thoughts, go here.

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