Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sepia Saturday - 1 Dec 2012

Welcome to the first December 2012 SEPIA SATURDAY POST

Fairbanks, Alaska
Winter Wonderland
It appears the lady skaters are dressed rather lightly for winter in Alaska.
I like the shadow play the photographer captured as well.


Alan has posted a unique wooden bridge with people milling about and a reported dog (black) and quite large, and he blends in well with his male companion.  Can you believe I discovered a painting of a man with his (white) dog crossing an old wooden bridge?  Well, I did.

Blind man on the bridge - Thomas Gainsborough
1727 - 1788
In keeping with winter and bridges the photo below is of a partially dismantled pontoon bridge.

Angara at Irkutsk
Winter of 1895 - 1896

Playing in the snow has it's rewards.

....and it's tastier rewards as well.

Oh delicious, sweet maple syrup, your name says it all. The sweet molasses savor you leave lingering on my taste buds, lasts oh so long!

Sometimes, there are such heavy snow falls that the public school systems declare a
Snow Day!

Valdez, Alaska 1910

Wintertime can have it's downfalls like below


January 28, 1922 - Blizzard

Although, some people make the most out of  blizzards!

Not to foget
A Famous Bridge

View across moat to east bridge from entrance to
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial
Winter Photo
Theodore Roosevelt Island
Potomac River Washington District of Columbia, DC

A rather well know bridge below.  Can anyone guess where this photo was taken?
It has appeared in numerous movies.

and the bridge below is also located in the same area.

I hope you all take a moment the next time you cross any bridge-
and give thanks that someone put it there!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Thematic Photographic - Fly

Thematic Photographic

Carmi has declared "fly as our theme" this week
and like always
come what may!

 I took this photo in early autumn to post on Facebook.  The birds outside were flying and squawking so loudly you would have thought they had made inside the house!

Bird- Fly-In!

The case of Flying Snow!
Holy cow snow in my face, seriously!

Actually, Lady loves getting snow in her face and begs for more!

"Spread your winds and let the fairy in you fly!"

Flying through the air- without a care in the world.....just keep pushing me, higher and higher!

 Look fast!  Turtle on the fly..... moving fast.....well as fast as a turtle can crawl...

Angus McTortoise!  (Not mine) Is a Renaissance Festival character and can be seen almost every weekend if he and and his owner feel like roaming the grounds. He has his own face book account too if you feel like following his life- check it out!

So just in case you want to post your own or view other fly posts
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Mag - 145

Welcome to 


It appears Tess has brought us something other than a famous painting- and we may do 
whatever we desire.  No strings or back story attached.

Terribly Enjoyable

This old red chair
Have you ever left a room 
full of people
and felt a chair  
offered more?

One old red chair?

A most ludicrous beauty
before my eyes-

this chair


alone in a room
full of social-less people

Comforting the tired
up righting the weary
This one old red chair

performing duty 
implying refuge
were there a mutiny.

If stains could talk on
the old red chair

they'd say simply
Spare the chair-
let go 
of some people.

Save what's worth keeping!

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Saturday Centus - I Finally Understand-

Welcome to another addition of


Has our sweet Jenny finally snagged a deer?  Our prompt is 
"I finally understand the phrase 'a deer in the headlights' "
Up to 110 words- any style writing and any number of photos.

I begin with our 10 word prompt!

"I finally understand the phrase 'a deer in the headlights"

Bumper Clinger

Saturday I picked-up a clinger, one who slows or speeds-up but still clinging! 

If only my tailpipe could suck them up.  

Squirming in my seat I adjust my mirror to avoid their blinding lights; 

while also watching for any deer to pop out of nowhere.  Deer out number residents and evening driving is brutal. 

Back off buddy!

My blood begins to boil.

Sometimes touching your brakes they’ll back off, but who knows what personality type is glued to my bumper.  

Nearing my driveway I notice a deer carcass smack in the center of my lane.

In all my life I’ve never hit a deer! Not even a dead deer.

To be continued........

Moral to the story for this dear, deer and all his family and friends?  Stay in the woods!

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sepia Saturday # 153 - 24 Nov 2012



Alan has sent us on a most mysterious mission involving two sweet faced little girls.  Little Miss Lala Williams and Miss Elgie Crook, (who certainly wasn't by any means a crook) seated side by side and if we so desire we could further investigate on google.

From my quick trip on google, I believe they were descendants of John Williams.
Lala Williams born October 25, 1873 died April 10, 1965
Elgie Ida Crook born September 30, 1874 died July 10, 1962
So far that's the only connection I found.
Doesn't it make you wonder what those two little girls did to live such long lives?

This week, Alan suggests that we look into the photo to discover our own theme.

Looking into his pictured girls I see


Unidentified girls and their dolls photo take 1909- 1923.
 "To have a good friend is one of the highest delights of life; to be a good friend is one of the noblest and most difficult undertakings."
 There is no hope or joy except in human relations.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

These little girls are unidentified- the photo is dated 1850-1860
but there's something very interesting in this photo.
Notice the fingers and a thumb on the right hand side.
 I wonder what the story is there?
Who was it?

Patricia Freeman and Frances Gross- testing the new railing at the White House which leads to the executive offices.

Friends are the sunshine of life.

Enjoying a good time with your friends is medicine for your soul!

Stephanie Cewe and Ann Maneveit, Santa's helpers? They're busy crafting toy trains in New Haven, Connecticut.

Quite often it's the jobs we share that make the best of friends, often for life, even long after the work is finished!


Two unknown girls, in Falls River, Massachusetts.

 There's nothing worth the wear of winning but laughter, and the love of friends.
Hilaire Belloc

 My what lovely braids you have!

Please don't let this be the end.  Why not go right now and give an old friend a call?  Or while you're out and about this weekend pick up a new one.

Only remember, to be a good friend and have a good friend
it takes a lot of mending and sewing and keeping it together.

Thank you friend for stopping by!

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Alan's photo

Six Word Saturday - 24 November 2012


Where Cate, from "Show my face" blog asks us to share something about our life or other super-fantastic-adventure or insight begging to escape from within our daily lives, in six words! That's it!

Truly, it actually feels really good- putting your collective thoughts into just six words!  So what fires lurk within you?  What is it you desire most?

Sometimes even your soul needs watering!

We take vacations and weekend get-aways for so many reasons.  But have you ever taken one with just your soul in mind?

"Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom." 

- Francis Bacon

Sometimes you just know it's time to redecorate and align your inner sparks!

"We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate."  

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thematic Photographic - 222 - rectangular

Welcome to another

Thematic Photographic Post -
with a twist, just for this week!

Carmi announced "Rectangular" as our theme, and my selections will be rectangular photos taken from my photo storage:   "From this blog" or my Picasa Web Album Photos only!

All rectangles have four sides

Two sides short, two sides long

The opposite sides cut the same

Why not finish with a rectangular row of pumpkins!

 So what rectangles can you think of- a dollar bill, a stick of gum....just bring here to

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Mag - 144


Squall, 1986, by Andrew Wyeth

My thoughts arrive from -
Lake Superior, a magical place where ghost ships and November gales reign merrily and mercifully,  until storm winds blow in.  Lake Superior is known for never giving up her dead. 

(To sink in a disastrous way)

A Bright Yellow Slicker Waits
Yesterday beneath
rolling waves
a strange sense
of fate
worked the day.

Into the night the gale continued...

  Ice groaned
against the bow 
a terrible regiment
of stinging winds.

Into the night the gale continued...

Claiming hostages
On this day
another boat
went missing.

Into the night the gale continued...

Yesterday's sheath,
laughing today
drifting merrily,
and playing chase 
across the lake.

After this night the gale continued no more.

Hopelessly athwart
 this bright yellow slicker
abandoned and
for some one's return.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

My Favorite Parking Spots - TP

Carmi posted an awesome window view of trees- and asked if we had our own favorite parking spot- and of course any photos as well.

So, I'll play along too.....
My Favorite Parking Spots
(created by Carmi)
But wait.  Do I dare share where my favorite parking spaces are?
I dare not!
So changing things up just a bit- like we often do at Thematic Photographic
this is
My Favorite Parked Vehicle. 
While out of town this last weekend I saw this awesome ride parked!
So, why not pop on over and share your favorite!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thematic Photographic Two- 221- Unusual Views

Thank goodness someone put a window there!



I took this photo at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis on Halloween.  I'm inside shooting out a window that is framed in a shiny mirror like surface.  

Floating by the open window I see you- adrift in the air- I dare you to touch the ground- and take flight- so your bones may rest at sea.

Or not!

 Hang up there forever, it doesn't matter to me!

Just beware I can hear them talking now, "Oh my, what was that strange hysterical laugh, coming from behind that window?" 
So with hearts pounding they all crawled away from reality and moved closer just to see if...

Fake or real fire?
Fake!  A genuine burning candle helped this situation- but many were fooled by believing....

Into thinking this was real!
If not for window glass, how could I hide this fake electric-burning-fire?

Yes, sometimes we put real wood inside and let it burn!

Looking at life's reflection through mirror and glass- looking at both sides of life .....

Funny thing about windows- yesterday our local newspaper- The Star Tribune, featured (artcetera) 

Seven state firms win architectural honors.

 Windows dominated the photo for every winner.  The next photos are of one of the winners.

Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum
in Minneapolis, Minnesota a major part of it is across from Lake Calhoun.

Designed by Joan Soranno and John Cook of HGA Architects and Engineers, Minneapolis, this $30 million sky lit building of glass and gray granite nestles into a Minneapolis hillside as well, and overlooks a sunken garden and reflecting pool.

The AIA Minnesota Annual Awards ranged from a warehouse sized space to a decidedly small house. 

I hope you've found a time to go around the other posts for TP and windows- they're all too good to miss!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thematic Photographic - #221 Windows

Welcome to the windows of my blog!

Thematic Photographic

Carmi has called "windows" as our theme this week!  One of my most favorite things to shoot!  Especially, looking into windows.

So many ways to shoot windows!

I am a window fanatic, and no I'm not a peeping Tom, but I have always been attracted to windows!

For as long as I can remember- I've been shooting through windows, from either side.

WINDOWS- Part 1 - Window Views

Once upon a trip to St. Paul and during an early lunch, there was a window that caught my eye.

Won't you come and look inside our window?
So I had to go inside.

Anyone interested in science?

Then let's go spend the rest of the day at
The Science Museum in Saint Paul
just a few blocks away.

"I discovered windows one afternoon and after that, nothing was ever the same."-
Anne Spollen- The Shape of Water

 Looking at autumn outside this window I saw-
"A landscape for my emotions, a biography of memories."
-Anne Spollen
 "Where ever I am
I always find myself looking out windows."
 "Every so often, I like to go to the window, look up, and smile for a satellite picture."
Stephen Wright
 "Jump out the window if you are the object of passion. Flee it if you feel like it. Passion goes, boredom remains."
Coco Chanel
 "Are you enjoying what's going on outside your window?"
Have you really looked outside your window?
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