It was a so-so classic building picture until I realized I had been photo bombed!
JEEPERS CREEPERS IT WAS A LEAPING LEAPER!
Sure, it was a perfect example of EXPRESS YOURSELF, but it lacked the quality of a Photo Challenge entry. It is funny though, and I think the LEAPER would have loved to have a copy.
Today, we challenge you to show us what “express yourself” means to you. (For more information go here.)
When it comes to EXPRESS YOURSELF, no one does it better than a two-year old. In this case … my grandnephew Little Luke!
Last Saturday, I went to the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art for yet another visit to the Metropolitan Opera Live In HD. First I must confess that one of my musical passions is the wonderful operettas of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You don’t hear them much these days, but when I was a kid they were still quite popular. Also, my grandfather had a player piano with a lot of the music on paper rolls that I would play … as long as my legs held up. Operettas on a piano roll was some of the most beautiful music ever written. And it is even better when someone with a beautiful voice is available to sing it. And that’s what happened on Saturday. The Met created a new production of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow starring Renee Fleming and broadcast it live to theaters around the world as part of their Live From New York season. (And yes, in case you’re wondering, that’s how my dog, Mlle. Renee, got her name.)
The Merry Widow supplied everything needed for a fantastic and entertaining afternoon … fabulous sets, lavish costumes, low comedy, whirling waltzes, Hungarian dances, can-can dancers, marvelous singing and one of the world’s greatest orchestras in high-definition stero-surround sound.
If you haven’t been to one of the Met’s broadcasts, you should consider going. They’re shown LIVE on Saturday afternoons and repeated on Wednesday evenings in local theaters around the US … and also in almost all the countries around the world. And it’s almost as good as being in the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. (Ok, I’ve only been there once and it was unforgettable!) For more information, go here!
Here’s a sneak video clip …\
Serenity (noun): The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. For this photo challenge, publish an image that conveys serenity. For more information, go here!
Have you ever considered a city’s major thoroughfare as being serene at sunset rush-hour on a winter afternoon? Well, if the lighting is right, it can be. And if you look closely, you might be able to detect a faint and tiny winter moon up in the sky, too.
Possibility. Opportunity. Potential. As another year gets underway, let’s celebrate the new. (For more information, go here!)
My NEW photograph is one I took a week or so ago as 2014 began to dwindle away into another winter day. It was a photograph of Roxy Paine’s 56 foot tall stainless steel sculpture of a barren tree (Placebo) standing on a hillside next to the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art. I’ve seen the work every time I’ve visited the museum and photographed it uncounted times more. But this winter afternoon as the sun was beginning to set I saw the work in a new way.
Except for the evergreen trees that stood to either side, it was as barren as the other trees in the surrounding forest. But it stood there gleaming in the fading winter sun offering hope of warmer times to come. Like I said, I had photographed it many times before. But every time before it had always been from a different point of view that showed the work standing alone. This was the first time I had photographed it as part of the forest that shared its hillside. It made a big difference.
Since my blog posts have been somewhat sparse over the past week, I thought it would be a good idea to bring you up-to-date.
Let’s start with Christmas Eve which was last Wednesday. I had procrastinated and put off my holiday baking until the last-minute. No Christmas cookies for me this year, but I felt kind of kneady and baked a batch of Christmas Stollens.
I made a total of twelve stollens, and each one had a different filling.
After the first two came out of the oven, I didn’t have enough powdered sugar to make my the frosting that I drizzle over the baked goodies. I only had a single cup left in an empty box. But is was just enough to dust the completed stollens.I only had enough aluminum wrap to wrap a single baked goody. Thank goodness the plastic wrap held out! And I’m usually real good at making out my grocery list. Thankfully, I did get all the ingredients I needed for my project.
Christmas afternoon I went to visit my younger brother and his family, and for the evening I moved on to my older brother’s family. Then I came home to my holiday decked home and spent the rest of the evening with Mlle. Renee, who had been waiting all day to open the gifts that Santa Paws had left for her.
As it was, she did have to unstuff the Teddy-On-A-Rope before she would play with it. Which we did over the weekend.
I also added two new decorations to my dual Christmas Trees.
Monday afternoon was my scheduled appointment with the furnace man to clean and check out the furnace. Bad news, he discovered three cracks in the heat transfer, which meant a system shutdown to prevent any carbon monoxide leakage. I should have expected something like that, since the furnace had served me well for between 25 to 30 years. Luckily, I was able to schedule a replacement for early New Year’s Eve morning. (This was the day the weather wizards had scheduled for the big winter temperature drop from cold to coldest.)
Thankfully, the furnace repair company was staffed with speedy repair elves and before noon they had installed …. not only my new furnace … but also the hot water tank, too! Hey, the old one was older than the furnace. So all I have to do now is master the new thermostat for the furnace.
HAPPY 2015 FROM ROB AND RENEE!