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April 20.  Chinese Legend, by artist Erte.  She is a 19lb bronze statue that we listed on Ebay yesterday.
Thursday, March 1, 2012  "B-17G SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY" (Flying Fortress)  Marianne Williamson said, "The spiritual path is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it."  OK, this is the final aircraft post in the series. This museum was of particular interest to me because as I have stated many times before, I have a first cousin in the Air Force, a nephew in the Marines, and my father is retired from the Army.    "The Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum" complete gallery of photos is here:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/Military/The-Commemorative-Air-Force/  SOOC comes this 68 year old aircraft built in 1944 and considered to be the most authentically restored flying World War II B-17 bomber in the world today. Sentimental Journey now visits an average of 60 cities and towns across the United States and Canada each year as a patriotic and educational exhibit.  It is based at Falcon Field and owned by The Commemorative Air Force. Although there were 12,731 B-17's built, approximately 50 are still in existence. It operates at a cost of $2000 per hour. It has been featured in movies/television shows such as "All The Fine Young Me," "1941," and "Wings." Its nose art features a photo of Betty Gable.   On the day of our visit, Sentimental Journey was one of three airplanes that tourists could take 40-45 minute flights for a fee..........$850 (for the nose) and $425 (for mid and aft fuselage).  I really appreciate that you enjoyed my presentations of the various aircraft over the last few days. If you are ever in Arizona, a visit to this museum is a "no brainer."  Hang in there; tomorrow is Friday!  The Commemorative Air Force Wing Aviation Museum Falcon Field - 2017 N. Greenfield Road  Mesa, Arizona 85215   ***top 10 photos of the day***  (photo taken 12/28/2011)
Dancer getting set for next dance          Link to Photo Without Frame
Provence Cheese  from the Arles Market
Cooper's Hawk - near Olympia, Wa
May 5...   Playing ducks and drakes. At a meeting with old friends we had fun at a beach on the mainland. We can't do it here as ours is only a sand-beach.  Ed asks what ducks and drakes is:  You take a flat stone. Throw it flat over the water, where it skips several times before it loses power and sink.  He who has most skips is the winner.
An old family heirloom on my wife's sode of the family.  We found this in a box of stuff after her motner had past away.
Cattle Egret - taken on Maui.  I really appreciate the comments and the interest in my Maui Sunset shot! Thank you
Rose, Double Delight          Link to Photo Without Frame
Glendale, AZ     Kachina          Link to Photo Without Frame
Saturday, February 21, 2015  "THE BASHFORD HOUSE (1877) / MUSEUM STORE"  "Home is not where you live, but where they understand you." ~ Christian Morganstern    A drive-by (photographed from the passenger side of the vehicle).....  "In 1877, Samuel Baker built a small, rectangular, two-story, wood-framed cottage on the southeast corner of Pleasant and Gurley streets, facing west, onto Pleasant Street. It was soon purchased by William and his wife Mary-Louise for $2,000.  The Bashford's completely transformed the building in size, architecture and elegance.  Several additions enlarged the footprint of the house and a solarium and a two-story bay window were added to the east side of the building.  The front entrance was relocated to the Gurley Street façade and a beautiful moon gate was added to the entrance, along with a pair of stained glass French doors.  Painted in a period color scheme of approximately seven colors, the house was a very visible landmark on East Gurley Street. By 1903, it was the epitome of a Victorian-era Queen Anne with Eastlake influences which could, and did, hold its own with any of the other high-style homes in Prescott."   "Once the Bashfords had remodeled the house to their tastes and to reflect their status in the community, the Bashford House became a meeting place for the well-to-do high society of Prescott’s business and professional elite.  Wealthy businessmen, financiers, mine owners, soldiers and politicians met at the Bashford’s elegant house.   Mrs. Bashford’s soirees, to which the ladies of society wore their elegant outfits, were a popular pastime for the wives and daughters of the prominent men of the community.  These elaborate dresses, with bows and layers of flounces and pleats and “princess trains” were only worn once, as being seen in the same dress twice would shatter the important statement made by the wearer that the family was wealthy enough to afford such opulent costumes.  Mrs. Bashford’s gracious hospitality helped take the edge off the raw frontier that was just beyond the borders of the city."  ~ excerpt of Paragraph 1 from here:  http://www.sharlot.org/library-archives/days-past/a-short-history-of-the-bashford-house-part-i  and Paragraph 2 here:  http://www.sharlot.org/library-archives/days-past/a-short-history-of-the-bashford-house-part-ii/  The third Sunday of Judy's (aka fotoeffects) "Still Life" Challenge is tomorrow. I am ready; are you?  Have a great weekend!  415 West Gurley Street  Prescott, AZ 86301 (928) 445-3122 Official website: https://www.sharlot.org  ***#16 photo of the day***  (photo taken 12/25/2014 from the passenger side of the vehicle)  My Homepage: www.Godschild.smugmug.com
September 2, 2013  The Monitor and Merrimac buttes at the entry into Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah.  The Monitor and Merrimac buttes were named after the Civil War ironclad ships of the same names.  The shapes of the buttes when compared to the likeness of the old ships is striking.  The Merrimac is on the left, and the Monitor on the right.  These amazing butts tower 600 feet above their Navajo sandstone base.  The buttes themselves are composed of Entrada sandstone, and can be seen for miles.  This is a 7 shot HDR, my second - tomorrow, you'll see my first successful HDR.  I think I'm kind of getting the hang of it, but I had several tries to get it to look right for me.  In this one, I thought the lens vignette was kind of cool, so I left it alone.  Hope you like!  Thanks for your comments on my "H" shot yesterday.  I really enjoyed seeing everyone's takes on H, and they were all so very creative.  What fun!  And thanks to Donna McCommon for creating this fun challenge.  Have a "butte" of a day, and enjoy the holiday.  Linda
Cotton-grass grows in wetlands. They are app. 30 cm (1 ft) high, so I got wet elbows and stomach to catch them at this angle
April 20, 2015  This is our granddaughter Eleanor on her first train ride (remember that she too is a member of the "Family of Train Nuts").  She is 3 years old, and will be 4 in June.  She was just fascinated by the ride, and I caught her many times in photos just staring out the open windows of the old rail car.  More train ride photos to come.  But I have to share a "faux pas" that I made.  We had to awake at 5:00 a.m. to drive to Palestine, TX in time to catch the train.  So in my half asleep state, I just grabbed my good camera, and go to lens & put it in the car.  I didn't want to deal with the bag that had all the extra lenses, batteries, etc.  So we get to Palestine, the kids start playing & I start taking photos.  That's when I realized that the "good" camera had about 1/4 battery left.  The good news was I had my point & shoot in the car, so I grabbed that.  The good camera lasted about 50 shots before it died, but I had the point & shoot as back up.  "My father was a railroad man his entire life; 43 years for Southern Railroad."  ~ Nancy Grace  Have a grand day today my friends!  Thank you for your comments & critiques.  Linda http://www.lgood.smugmug.com
April 20. Chinese Legend, by artist Erte. She is a 19lb bronze statue that we listed on Ebay yesterday.

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April 20.  Chinese Legend, by artist Erte.  She is a 19lb bronze statue that we listed on Ebay yesterday.
April 20. Chinese Legend, by artist Erte. She is a 19lb bronze statue that we listed on Ebay yesterday.

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