Monday, October 25, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Another Mandala

Red, magenta, and purple for Ruby Tuesday.

For more lovely reds, click the Ruby Tuesday button
on the right.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Details

As the saying goes,

God is in the details.

For more Mosaic Monday fun,
click here.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday: Sunrise Shadows

For more Shadow Shots, click here.

          "Liquid Sunshine, Liquid Shadows" © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian. All rights reserved.

Without change, something sleeps inside us,
and seldom awakens.  The sleeper must awaken. 

- Frank Herbert

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Theme Thursday: Wheel


Of life. Don't reinvent them. 
On the bus go round and round. 
The squeaky wheel gets the grease. 
Wheels up. Touch and go. 
Rutted tracks along the Oregon Trail. 
Wheelbarrows. Tricycles. Skateboards. 
Wheel of Fortune. Why are you buying a vowel? 
Losing control. 
Steer out of a skid. 
Fishtailing. Fish tales. 

The wheel keeps turning. . . . .  

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lens Day Wednesday: Dessert

The Lens Day challenge this week is dessert.

The question is
do I photograph it or eat it?

A no brainer.

Grab a fork!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Red Door

A little white cottage
with a thatch roof,
a stone fence,
a red gate, red window trim
and a red door.

What could be
more quintessentially Ireland?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Dale Chihuly Glass Tour

Tacoma is home to the internationally-known
Museum of Glass and its glass bridge is an homage
to Dale Chihuly, featuring a large glass installation.

Dale Chihuly is a  Tacoma favorite son 
and many of his creative conceptions 
grace museums and other buildings in the area.

The Tacoma Art Museum is the proud owner of 
a significant collection of Chihuly glass, for example.

You even can do a walking tour of Chihuly glass 
in downtown Tacoma using your cell phone
to hear information about the pieces on display 
in various public and private sites.

So I thought I'd treat you to a blog tour of my own,
featuring the works of Dale Chihuly on public display
at the outdoor bridge of glass.

All you have to do is look up.

I'll give you fair warning:
if you're there

up close and personal

you can get a stiff neck
in no time flat.

For more Mosaic Monday, click here.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sepia Saturday: Rewriting the Stories

When I'm browsing antiques stores and find
loose post-card photos of men, women and children,
I always wonder how they got separated from their families.

(This photo was marked "Grandfather Nelson"
and is obviously a vintage photo 
from a professional studio
in Engelholm, Sweden.)

Were there no tenders of the family flame?

When I found a slightly tattered red velvet photo album,
full of vintage photos taken in Sweden or Minnesota
or in Tacoma in the late 1800s or early 1900s,
I couldn't stand to see a whole family's history
for sale, with no one to appreciate the stories.

(Taken in a studio in Helsingborg, Sweden.) 

Being 1/4 Swedish myself (my maternal grandfather
was the first-born son of two Swedish immigrants
who met in Walla Walla, Washington in the late 1890s),
I decided to adopt them.

(Jacoby Studio, St. Peter, Minnesota)

Because there are few clues to identity -- other than
that the album belonged to a family on the "Peninsula"
(which I think might be a reference to the little peninsula on which I live) -- I can't uncover their stories.

I might just have to give them new ones.

(Studio portrait - Stillwater, Minnesota)

A kind of witness protection program
for forgotten families.

Want to help create their new identities? 

ps - If you know who these people are, please let me know.
And to see more SEPIA SATURDAY posts, click on the SS link.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Red Trim

It's Ruby Tuesday again. Tomorrow, at least.

But here's a flash of red from Rome.
Vroom - vroom!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday and Mosaic Monday: Upstate New York

Last week I posted a montage of Times Square Photos.
This week I thought I'd share a bit of upstate New York

where life is a bit slower and guys don't run around
in cowboy hats and briefs that say "Naked Cowboy."

For more Shadow Shot Sunday, click right here
and for more Mosaic Monday, click here.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sepia Saturday: Manzanar

The incarceration of people of Japanese heritage 
in prison camps during World War II, 
the plundering of their property,
and shunning of them as possibly traitorous "others"  
was a shameful event in American history. 

Ansel Adams took photographs memorializing
life at one of the "relocation centers," Manzanar.
It was, like other incarceration sites,
remote from people's homes and inhospitable
in many respects. 

Winters could be harsh;

summer heat could be brutal.

This summer view of the site was taken from the guard tower. 

I suspect most of the photos of people were staged 
to show life in the camps as tolerable and  
even beneficial, not because it was true
but rather to assuage the guilt
of government officials.

 This photo shows Mrs. Ryie Yoshizawa 
teaching a class in dressmaking and tailoring
 at Manzanar. A young woman stands 
at a dressmaker's form in the foreground, 
pretending to do a fitting. 

Here, Mrs. Yoshizawa is surrounded 
by students Satoka Ota, Chizuko Karnii, 
Takako Nakanishi, Kikiyo Yamasuchi, 
Masako Kimochita, Mitsugo Fugi, Mie Mio, 
Chiye Kawase, and Miyeko Hoshozike.

The round-up and incarceration of people of Japanese descent,
over 2/3 of them American citizens,
was ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt
under the guise of military necessity.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor,
key political leaders claimed --
without evidence --
that all people of Japanese heritage
posed a threat to U.S. security.

In 1983, however, 
the Congressional Commission 
on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians
reported it had uncovered evidence from the 1940s
proving that there had been no military necessity
for this harsh, humiliating, and racially-biased treatment.

The 1988 Civil Liberties Act
awarded $20,000 to each victim as reparations.
The President issued a written apology
for this systemic wrongdoing.

Yet the effects live on.
Health studies show a two-fold greater incident
heart disease and risk of premature death
of those Japanese -Americans who were incarcerated,
as compared to Japanese-Americans who were not.

(All photos in this piece are by Ansel Adams,
courtesy of the Library of Congress photo collection).

For more information on this tragic time in American history,

The PBS website "Children of the Camps."

For more Sepia Saturday words and images, click here.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Theme Thursday: Game

Nothing like a two or three-guy game of football

or soccer, depending on your nationality.

For other Theme Thursday interpretations
click HERE

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Ruby Montage

Had trouble making a selection of just one ruby red thing.

The solution was obvious.

For more Ruby Tuesdays, 
click on the icon to the right.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Around Times Square

This time last year, give or take a few days
I spent a few days in upstate New York
photographing goddess women, autumn color,
kite festivals and antique shops.

Then I headed to the Big Apple
for a bite or two. I love its energy!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday: Shadow Factory

With narrow passages
and the Sun high in the sky,

Venice is a shadow factory.

Sepia Saturday: War Propaganda

During World War I, 65 million men and women were called to service on both sides of the conflict. More than half of them were killed, wounded, captured, or declared missing in action. 

It was supposed to be the war to end all wars. In securing that objective, it was a complete failure.

The human fodder for the war machine was solicited partly by compulsory draft registration and mandatory service and partly through appeals to patriotism. Conscription wasn't a huge political issue in World War One because the U.S. sat on the sidelines for the first three years of the war.

When it finally officially entered the fray, most men had barely finished training and gotten to the front before the Armistice was declared on November 11, 1918. Nevertheless, American soldiers cheered (AP photo) when peace was announced.

I thought you might enjoyed seeing some of the propaganda art that fueled the war from the American side. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sky Watch Friday: Blue Sky in Rome

I haven't played in Sky Watch Friday before,
but my friend Mark at Butler & Bagman contributes,
so with Mark as my inspiration,
I'll think about Rome.

Today, where I live, the sky is dusted with
thin white clouds like angel hair
drifting across the sky from the southwest.
It might mean rain tomorrow.

I'd rather think about Rome and blue skies.