Such an ordinary, extraordinary flower. For more flower photos check out Cee’s blog.
Today is a beautiful day and Mike and I explored some more of Morris County, New Jersey. It was the Open Gates Event with community gardens throughout the county open to visitors. This path leads from the garden plots, through the woods, to a wildlife blind.
We mostly saw ticks, dragonflies and this little frog.
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“the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on. You can walk on them, climb them, drive them, ride on them, as long as the specific way is visible. Any angle of a bridge is acceptable as are any signs.”
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Here is the inspiring location for the 27th Certified Zentangle® Teacher training seminar that I attended last week. Tomorrow I plan to have a Thursday Doors post and a post all about the wonderful seminar and the art I created while there. In the meantime, here is the class photo.
You can also see the gorgeous ballroom at the Providence Biltmore. I have quite a few photos of the hotel, our views from the hotel, and the neighborhoods near the hotel. It really is a lovely city.
These are the views from my lovely suite that I shared with an artist named Donna from Montana and some of the views are from the hotel’s banquet dining room. We had some lovely foggy/raining days that were perfect for arting inside.
Here are some views from the inside of the hotel. I thought about saving the letter box “door” for a solo spot on the Thursday Doors post, but I have too many interesting doors that I collected on this trip! So I will share a few today and the rest tomorrow. There may be some redundancy in the posts, but when interesting architecture is the subject can a view be seen too many times?
I love the “wicked awesome” light fixture at the bottom of the mosaic. Also, you can see some public art that is painted on the fences around the plaza. It was really hard to photograph, but so cool to see as you walked past it! There are gondolieri, bridges, and tulips adorning the river. This is going to serve as another Which Way Challenge post for Cee. At the corner of Benefit and Benevolent Streets is the Unitarian Church with it’s beautiful magnolia tree. The very first Baptist church in this country is also featured above. That is all for today. I’m still pretty worn out from a very full week, last week.
I hope you have a beautiful day.
On my way to the Certified Zentangle® Teacher seminar I took a little side trip with my husband. We went to the Hilltop BBQ in Moodus CT to hear a band called Someone You Can Xray on Saturday evening. Mike had met them camping last year and they were fantastic! They recommended that we check out Gillette Castle before leaving the area so on Sunday morning we did. What a place! On the way to the castle we saw this sign.
I really love this graffiti and it made me think of Cee’s Which Way Challenge. “This challenge is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on. ” This side trip provided an interesting variety of a few of those!
The castle has the main building, a shelter called “grand central station” and up the road a little bit there is a pond with a lovely bridge. The castle is more strange than beautiful, but it is so very interesting.
The ladder to the roof mystified us. I’m certainly never going up there! The stone awnings for the windows were another interesting touch. We wondered if people climbed this castle with or without permission. These views of the castle also include the highly inconvenient and interesting vegetable cellar. I have reserved a few photos for my Thursday’s Doors post.
Here is the structure that was called “Grand Central Station.” I love the cat sculpture on top of the ramparts. The views of the Connecticut River are quite lovely.
There was a young couple having photographs taken on the bridge and around the pond and a few families enjoying this lovely setting. You can have a wedding ceremony at the park, but no receptions are allowed. I would imagine it is a popular place for all kinds of photography sessions!
This place really had a lovely selection of paths and stairs and ways to go from one place to another. I hope you enjoyed my tour of this odd gem. For more photographs of wanderings check out Cee’s Which Way Challenge.
I just needed some fun today so I’m entering Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge with the topic of Windows. These photos are from a family trip to Italy with my mom. We met up with an exchange student from France who had lived in our home for a year in the 1980’s. The 3 pictures at the top were taken at the Castle of Bibbione, where we stayed for a week while exploring Tuscany. The shop window at the bottom is from one of the hill towns in Tuscany. I loved the patterns that were available on bolts of fabric and plastic as well as ready made kitchen and household items, and of course the windows themselves were beautiful. The other 2 pictures were taken from Vatican City. My mom is looking out over a courtyard and I tried to be artistic and capture the reflection of St. Peter’s Basilica. I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane as much as I did.
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Cee Neuner has lots of fun challenges and also does a flower a day post. I really love flowers (perhaps you already knew that.) Her fun challenge for this week is to post photos of individual flowers. I played around with that off and on all day yesterday and this was one of my final photos. Here was the other.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from the process. The cats helped, too.
The tulips in their natural environment.
and with cats
I hope you have a beautiful day.
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The above pictures are for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Clouds. They are all from my recent trip to Hawaii. I love clouds and I have tons of cloud photos. The setting is what makes these special to me. I hope you enjoy them too.
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