Friday Mystery Slide – vol 5

Pointing skyward?

After last week’s pretty straightforward slide, it is time for another pretty simple one.  I’m confident that someone will get this one!

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Where am I?

Where is this statue?  What can you tell me about this statue?

Like I said…pretty straightforward in this day and age.  My challenge to you is to not use Google (or Bing, etc.), so we can find out who might have this in their memory banks!

Hope you enjoy!

Dogstar Thursday – vol 8

Pirate eyes…

On this St. Patrick’s day edition, I was looking to post an Irish Setter weaving through the poles in agility competition, but will have to table that one for a bit later, when I retrieve it.

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Pirate Eyed

Looking mighty tough in the pirate collar, this expression was just one that I couldn’t resist photographing and posting today.  I caught this candid moment during an agility competition, which reminds us that dogs of all sizes and breeds compete.

Hope you enjoy this little cutie and have a great Saint Patrick’s Day!

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/80 second at f/3.2 at 640 ISO (light in this building is not stellar).

Upper Level – Lower Level

No way up?

Sometimes, as one walk around with a camera in hand, interesting items just pop up and scream at you to be photographed.  Enjoying those suprise moment, I captured the following image walking around Fenway Park in Boston during a scavenger hunt.

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Upstairs, Downstairs…

When I saw these two doors next to each other, it immediately felt like an example of class distinction (do you remember the show ‘Upstairs, Downstairs‘?).  What made this even more poignant is the fact that only the lower level has a door handle.  One can always enter the lower level, but the upper level is by invitation only, as someone has to open the door from the inside to let you in…

Technical Details

My trusty Canon EOS 5D Mk III with my walking around EF 24-105mm f/4L lens attached.  Exposure settings were 1/125 second at f/5.6 and 400 ISO.

Three Line Tales – week 7

‘Ale’s well that ends well

three line tales, week seven; Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
(c) Sonya, 2008 – click on the photo for full res version

Lacking direction,
Pointing hither and thither.
Draught pulls to my left.

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Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

The TLT rules are simple:

  • Take a look at the photo prompt and write three lines to go with it.
  • Your lines can be poetry, micro-fiction, micro non-fiction or just a really long caption – everything goes as long as it’s three lines long.
  • A link back to this post would be nice (it’ll make me feel obliged to swing by yours to read your three lines, and some of your readers might want to join in, too – the more, the merrier, right?).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales – it’ll make it easier for others to find it in the Reader.
  • Read other participants’ lines.

Please check Sonya’s post Three Line Tales – Week Seven for detailed instructions.

Adieu to Sweet Winter…

We will miss your snowy blankets

This year’s Winter paled in comparison to our previous encounter with the cooler season.  Instead of record snow fall, we had just a couple of minor storms and the ground has been bare, waiting for Spring’s arrival.

So I thought that I’d share an image from last year, March 15, 2015…

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Winter’s Beauty

Last year, our beloved Yoga Tree stood gracefully in the snowy landscape.  This was after a relatively minor snowfall, compared to the events of that Winter season, which saw a total snow fall of 110.6 inches (2.80 meters).

Enjoy this moment, as we look toward the warm days of Spring!

Technical Details

Photographed with my iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app and minor Instagram enhancements.

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 8

Lowly beauty with benefits

With Spring fast approaching, I have been in a somewhat more floral mood, which leads me to this little flower that soon every gardener will be trying to remove from their lawns: the dandelion.

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Spherical Beauty

The humble dandelion is a simple yet beautiful flower that is maligned only for its propensity to spread very quickly, as its seed head has the ability to start many other plants. In many parts of the world, this plant is cultivated.  The name dandelion comes from the French dent de lion, which translates to lion’s tooth; the dandelion leaf has a resemblance to lion’s teeth.

Historically, dandelion was prized for a variety of medicinal properties, and it contains a number of pharmacologically active compounds. Dandelion is used as a herbal remedy in Europe, North America, and China. It has been used in herbal medicine to treat infections, bile and liver problems, and as a diuretic.

The flower petals, along with other ingredients, usually including citrus, are used to make dandelion wine. The ground, roasted roots can be used as a caffeine-free dandelion coffee. Dandelion was also traditionally used to make the traditional British soft drink dandelion and burdock, and is one of the ingredients of root beer. Also, dandelions were once delicacies eaten by the Victorian gentry, mostly in salads and sandwiches.

Dandelion leaves contain abundant vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A, C, and K, and are good sources of calcium, potassium, iron, and manganese.

Overall, the lowly dandelion is a good little plant, except when it disturbs the green of your lovely lawn!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and an EF 100mm f/2.8L macro lens .  Exposure settings were  f/7.1 at 1/125 second with ISO 400.

Creative People

VISEone squeezes creativity!

As you may remember from a prior post, I have a collection of art toys, some of which are small production runs or even custom one-of-a-kinds, and all of which are just simply fantastic!  Today, I’d like to introduce you to another interesting creation: the Tube Dunny…

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Outland Red Tube Dunny

The Dunny is an art toy platform created by Kidrobot, which has been customized by many artists in very creative ways.  In my mind, one of the finest custom Dunny creations is the Tubedunny created by VISEone.  Above you see one of my photos of the Outland Red Tubedunny, which was a very limited run done for the Outland Designer Toy Store & Art Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The creative mind behind the Tubedunny is the German urban artist known as VISEeone,  who is best known for his lowbrow custom designs of urban vinyl toys, as well as crossing over to influential design media like Notcot and Design You Trust.

His works – owned by international collectors – have been shown around the world.

VISEone started his creative path in the late 1990’s as a graffiti writer creating character designs. Due a musical career as a national booked hiphop DJ and producer with a major record deal he took a 10 years break from painting before he stepped back to his creative path in 2007 when he discovered the urban vinyl scene.

Since then he constantly created unique custom works on vinyl platform toys and released several limited editions of his iconic style.

VISEone is best known for his dripping style where he combines his graffiti roots and his love of lowbrow design. He also has a big passion for comics which influenced him heavily for his well known “Comic Stripped” custom series.

He belongs to the top designers in the urban vinyl scene and his works are all sold out and sought after.

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VISEone with Mini Tube Monster

A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of doing a quick photoshoot with VISEone and his then latest creation, the Mini Tube Monster (that’s a Zombie juice model in his hand).  We did the photoshoot at New York Comic Con, where I set up a quick light couple of lights and created some cool images.

VISEone’s latest creative endeavors have been wildly successful sculptures that are often life-sized and sought after by collectors around the globe; a truly amazing artist!