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Sunday, July 21, 2013    "B" is for BATHTUBS  "Every tub has to sit on its own bottom." ~ Title of a book written by Zora Neal Hurston  Photo submission for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge"   For some reason, when I saw this scene, I was reminded of the scene in "The Help" movie where the commodes (toilets), as opposed to bathtubs, were in the front yard of Hilly Hollbrook's house:).  Have a wonderfully blessed day, my friends!  Southern Tubs 23869 Highway 6 East Batesville, MS  Official website is here: http://www.southerntubs.com  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 3/13/2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Friday, July 13, 2012  "FLOAT BOAT and CARNIVAL BOAT" (with Niijima Floats, Reeds, and Marlins) by Dale Chihuly  "Colour is life; for a world without colours appears to us as dead." ~ Johannes Itten  SOOC, uncropped  My FAVORITE in this exhibit and located in the infinity pool with a view of White Rock Lake in the background.......  An encounter with Dale Chihuly's works is always a spectacular reminder that glass is not just something to see through or drink out of. The glass work transforms the area into a wonderland of colors. This dramatic Chihuly exhibit offers a spectacular display of color and plenty of unique art forms around every corner.  "Chihuly first filled boats wit his glass elements in Nuutajarvi, Finland during the Chihuly Over Venice project in June 1995. After several days of glassblowing in the hotshop, the team made temporary installations along the Nuutajoki, the river nearby. Chihuly then filled it with Chandelier parts and other glass forms that were blown during the Finland trip." ~  Reprinted text from DA&BG's brochure  Artist's Statement.........."I've never done anything like the Floats. They are probably the most monumental-looking, since there's no reminiscence of a container shape. Just because they are so big, the Floats are technically, or let's say physically, the most difficult things that we have ever done. Even though a sphere or a ball is about the easiest form you can make in glass, when you get to this scale, up to forty inches in diameter, it becomes extremely difficult." ~ Dale Chihuly  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Oh Happy Friday!  "Gardens of Glass: Dale Chihuly" 2012  @ A Woman's Garden Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens  Dallas, TX Official website: http://www.dallasarboretum.org/  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***   (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, July 28, 2013     "C" is for CHIHLY'S CENTERPIECE CLUSTERS  "I tend to do things on a huge scale because it's exciting. I like to push things in new and different ways," Chihuly said. "My philosophy is: when one is good, a dozen is better." ~ Dale Chihuly  SOOC, uncropped, flash fired  Photo submission for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge"  We recently took a quick break from our vacation in Arizona and drove to Las Vegas, NV. There have been numerous additions and attractions to the Las Vegas Strip (my favorite being City Center) since my first / last visit in 2006.  Also, I was torn between posting chimes, chocolate, cake, car, or Chihuly - but, of course, Chihuly won!  I've been an admirer of Dale Chihuly's glass art since viewing (at the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library & Museum in Little Rock, AR in 2006) the chandelier that he designed for the Clinton's Millennium Christmas at The White House. A photo of it is here:   http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/11041770_4sVsXc#!i=772526419&k=9zCpKh3&lb=1&s=A  Furthermore, it's official name is "Clusters Persians Centerpiece," and it features Persian blown glass elements which are open, disc-like forms with striations (called “body wraps”). I had to quickly "point and shoot" in an effort to avoid people's heads being in the photo; as you can imagine, there were several admirers photographing this work of art. Although the lighting is very limited surrounding Chihuly's glass art, if you get to the area, take the time to peruse the artwork; it is beyond amazing.  Additionally, I must admit that although I prefer uploading and posting my photos in the order which they were taken, I delved into my "Vegas Baby, Vegas" 2013 gallery to post this one for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge" today. You'll be seeing my Las Vegas photos in future posts, but for now, you can view my complete "Vegas Baby, Vegas" 2013 gallery (minus the photos that are "in the can") here:   http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/30144066_H5mkzM#!i=2633507079&k=DfBcTDh  Dale Chihuly's official website is here: www.chihuly.com  As always, I appreciate you taking the time to peruse and comment on my photos.  Finally, be blessed and share the rest!  Bellagio Bellagio Baccarat Lounge (just off the Bellagio lobby) 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken July 11, 2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Wednesday, October 2, 2013  "FOUNTAINS OF BELLAGIO"  "The knowledge of man is as the waters, some descending from above, and some springing from beneath; the one informed by the light of nature, the other inspired by divine revelation." ~ Francis Bacon  SOOC, uncropped, 35mm lens   There's always one......Dycasstudios requested to see the camera settings. You can view them here under "Comments (see Godschild): http://dycasstudios.smugmug.com/DailyGallery-1/2013-Daily/27377083_2KC9tv#!i=2805356469&k=7S5q8Rs  In July, we spent a week in Arizona at "my happy place."  While there, we decided to digress and drive to Las Vegas. Although I was first and last in Las Vegas in June (2006) with my best friend, it was my hubby's first trip to Vegas. Upon our arrival, we parked in the Bellagio's parking garage and headed straight for the water show that was just about to start. This is one of the first photos that I took.  A refreshing addition to entertainment options, the Fountains of Bellagio were destined to romance the senses during the day and night. We viewed this thoughtfully interwoven complimentary Las Vegas show of water, music, and light. Each dynamic performance is unique in its expression and interpretation. It is truly the most amusing, amazing, ambitious, choreographically complex water feature ever conceived against the beautiful backdrop of Las Vegas's sky. I fell in love all over again with the stunning nature of this aquatic accomplishment while listening to a clever concert of opera, classical, and Broadway tunes.  View the complete "Vegas Baby, Vegas" 2013 gallery here:  http://godschild.smugmug.com/TravelOhthePlacesWeveBeen/Las-Vegas-Nevada-2013  View the complete "Viva, Las Vegas" 2006 gallery here:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/Girlfriend-Get-Her-Ways/Las-Vegas-NV-June-2006  Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Bellagio Las Vegas, NV  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken July 11, 2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Tuesday, June 12, 2012  "TIMELESS TULIPS" Abstract  "Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way." ~  Edward de Bono  What a difference a day makes! Here's the  "remix" version of yesterday's "Timeless Tulips" photo created with a Picnik effect. Unfortunately, the picnik is over. As announced earlier, Picnik closed on April 19, 2012.   To compare and contrast the original and the abstract version, click here to view the original photo:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/Project365/Daily-Dose-of-One-A-Day-2012/19925393_swcnH9#!i=1748517744&k=QqZVQwJ&lb=1&s=A  Speaking of sports.....Game 1 of the NBA Finals between Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat is tonight in OKC at 8:00 PM CST. The family and I are pulling for the "young guns" of OKC. Go Thunder!!!  Have a terrific Tuesday.  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (abstract version created and original photo taken on 3/13/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, October 27, 2013    "P" is for PRETTY and PINK    "The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it." ~ Moliere   SOOC, uncropped, 35mm lens - Pink and White Seaform Set with Black Lip Wraps by Dale Chihuly  Photo submission for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge" and Tina Gardner's (aka "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Bras" and "IndigoStudios") "Think Pink" Challenge, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month  Millions of people around the world pay tributes to those men and women who are facing cancer, overcame cancer, and those warriors and soldiers who reside in heaven now after fighting various forms of cancer with great strength and dignity. CJMG is a survivor of that darn breast "C" word. As we continue to pray for a cure for cancer and all diseases, our hope in God will sustain us; for "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." (Ephesians 3:20, KJV of The Bible).   Additionally, "Pink is the color of universal love. Pink is a quiet color. Lovers of beauty favor pink. Pink is a combination of red and white. The quality of energy in pink is determined by how much red is present. White is the potential for fullness, while red helps you to achieve that potential. Pink combines these energies. Pink provides feelings of caring, tenderness, self-worth, love, and acceptance." ~ Reprinted text from here: http://crystal-cure.com/pink.html  I am a huge fan of Dale Chihuly's glass art and this "Pink Seaform" work of art was my favorite in the exhibit. "The Seaforms seemed to come about by accident, as much of my work does—by chance. We were experimenting with some ribbed molds when I was doing the Basket series. By blowing the pieces into ribbed molds, it gave them more strength. It's sort of like corrugated cardboard—or actually, like sea shells themselves, which are very often ribbed. Then the Baskets started looking like sea forms, so I changed the name of the series to Seaforms, which suited me just fine in that I love to walk along the beach and go to the ocean. And glass itself, of course, is so much like water. If you let it go on its own, it almost ends up looking like something that came from the sea." ~ Dale Chihuly (Reprinted text from here: http://www.chihuly.com/seaforms-artists-statement.aspx)  "Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle " ~ Plato  Gallery Row at Crystals Place City Center Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV  ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken July 12, 2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Thursday, July 12, 2012  "CARNIVAL BOAT" with REEDS, MARLINS, and NIIJIMA FLOATS by Dale Chihuly  "The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most." ~ John Ruskin  SOOC, uncropped  Color my world - the sheer exuberance of a boat full of party balloons!! Here's a closeup of the boat that was in yesterday's photo. I like fab, but not drab. I LOVE color, and apparently, so does Dale Chihuly. If art is the expression of imagination, then Dale and I both dream in very vivid colors. An encounter with Dale Chihuly's works is always a spectacular reminder that glass is not just something to see through or drink out of.   "Chihuly first filled boats wit his glass elements in Nuutajarvi, Finland during the Chihuly Over Venice project in June 1995. After several days of glassblowing in the hotshop, the team made temporary installations along the Nuutajoki, the river nearby. Chihuly then filled it with Chandelier parts and other glass forms that were blown during the Finland trip." ~ Reprinted text from DA&BG's brochure  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Hang in there; tomorrow is Friday!  "Gardens of Glass: Dale Chihuly" 2012  @ A Woman's Garden Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens  Dallas, TX Official website: http://www.dallasarboretum.org/   ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Monday, July 9, 2012  "NIIJIMA FLOATS" by Dale Chihuly  "Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things. Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative.” ~ Osho  SOOC, uncropped  An encounter with Dale Chihuly's works is always a spectacular reminder that glass is not just something to see through or drink out of. Up to 40 inches in diameter and 60 pounds, these large spheres have surfaces richly colored with gold and silver leaf and foil. They are named for Japanese fishing floats Chihuly found as a child on the shores of Puget Sound and the island of Niiima, Japan, which Chihuly visited around  1990.  Artist's Statement...........  "I've never done anything like the Floats. They are probably the most monumental-looking, since there's no reminiscence of a container shape. Just because they are so big, the Floats are technically, or let's say physically, the most difficult things that we have ever done. Even though a sphere or a ball is about the easiest form you can make in glass, when you get to this scale, up to forty inches in diameter, it becomes extremely difficult." ~ Dale Chihuly  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Have a marvelous Monday.  "GARDENS OF GLASS: DALE CHIHULY" 2012 @Jonsson Color Garden  Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens  Dallas, TX  http://www.dallasarboretum.org/   ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, June 17, 2012  "NECKTIES"  "Neckties satisfy modern man's desire to dress in art." ~ Harry Anderson  "Fathers are the biggest source of strength for a child. The innocent eyes of a child perceive father as the all-powerful, most knowledge, truly affectionate and the most important person in the family. For daughters, fathers are the first men they adore and fall in love with. While for sons, their fathers are the strongest person they know and someone they aspire to emulate. Even for the grownups, fathers are someone whom they look up to for the most experienced and honest advice that is always in the best of our interest. For this great figure in our life that we know as father - it becomes our utmost duty to pay our humblest tribute on the occasion of Father's Day." ~ Reprinted text from here: http://www.fathersdaycelebration.com/tribute-to-father.html  Happy Father's Day to biological and surrogate (one who takes the place of another) fathers, father-figures, Godfathers, and mentors - both natural and spiritual.  Speaking of sports..........Miami Heat will host Oklahoma City Thunder in game 3 of the NBA Finals tonight. The series is now 1 - 1. Go "young guns" of OKC!  I'm appreciative of your comments on yesterday's "Cherry Blossoms" (remix) photo.   Be blessed and share the rest!  ***#1 photo of the day and all time***  (photo taken 4/4/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Friday, April 6, 2012       "WHAT IS IT?"  “Each of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we aren't, we should behave as though we are -- cheerful, kind, loving, courteous; because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes.” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou  Can you guess what this is? Special effects or not? Even I was amazed at how this turned out, as I was just playing around with various shots.  It does look like an abstract and a work of art, in my opinion.  I genuinely appreciate your comments on the table setting post yesterday; it landed in the #2 spot. Please know that I look forward to perusing and commenting on your outstanding photos, also. Each day, I am so honored to be a part of a community of people who share a like passion for photography.  Today is Good Friday and a day off for most people, including moi......woo hoo!!  Have a safe and blessed "Resurrection Weekend," my friends.  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 4/1/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Thursday, June 7, 2012  "DELICATE BEAUTIES"  “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou   This summer, I am only perusing and commenting on photos as my limited time permits. Although it is summer vacation, I am not idle. This is a very busy time for me, as I have embarked upon a new and very challenging endeavor.  Don't miss a blooming thing this spring! This is one of my favorite flower captures. An abundance of colors, fragrances, and scenic views await you in these gardens. Also, I read that the meaning of hibiscus is "delicate beauty;" thus, the caption. These orange hibiscuses are amazing tropical flowers that come in many shapes, sizes and varieties.  They are known for their beauty and their large, colorful blooms.  You can plant hibiscus flowers indoors, outdoors, as a shrub, or as a simple flower.  With all of the different options available, who would not want to plant this flower?   SPEAKING OF SPORTS: In the words of Reggie Miller, we watched "greatness grow up" last night as the "young guns" of OKC defeated the San Antonio Spurs in OKC and ended the series 4 - 2. OKC has advanced to the NBA Finals........woo hoo!! Tonight, Boston Celtics will host Miami Heat in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series is 3 - 2 with Boston leading the way. The family and I are pulling for Boston.  If Boston is victorious tonight, they will go on to face OKC in the NBA Finals - date TBD.   I truly appreciate your comments on yesterday's "Banana Tree" photo; it was the #2 photo of the day. Congrats to Maryann (aka "fotomom") for the #1 photo.  Hang in there; tomorrow is Friday.  Bellingrath Gardens and Home Mobile, AL  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 5/26/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, July 1, 2012     "SPEARMINT SEAFORM SET with CINNAMON RED LIP WRAPS" by Dale Chihuly (2001)  "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the BEAUTY of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple." ~ Psalm 27:4, The Bible (KJV), visit Bible Gateway @ www.biblegateway.com  SOOC comes this hand blown glass, measuring 10 x 21 x 12 inches. Everyone knows that I absolutely LOVE Dale Chihuly's glass art. If art is the expression of imagination, then Dale and I both dream in very vivid colors.   "The Seaforms seemed to come about by accident, as much of my work does—by chance. We were experimenting with some ribbed molds when I was doing the Basket series. By blowing the pieces into ribbed molds, it gave them more strength. It's sort of like corrugated cardboard—or actually, like sea shells themselves, which are very often ribbed. Then the Baskets started looking like sea forms, so I changed the name of the series to Seaforms, which suited me just fine in that I love to walk along the beach and go to the ocean. And glass itself, of course, is so much like water. If you let it go on its own, it almost ends up looking like something that came from the sea." ~ Dale Chihuly, Artist  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Have a blessed day, my friends.  Dale Chihuly: "Recent Works and New Forms" Exhibit" 2012 Talley Dunn Gallery 5020 Tracy Street Dallas, Texas 75205  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Monday, July 2, 2012  "COBALT MARLINS and TRUMPET FLOWER FIORI" by Dale Chihuly (2009)  "I'm very interested in transformation and how objects are transformed. Reflected images will become as substantial as real works. It's not about the object; it's about form, color, light and shape." ~ Therman Statom, American Studio Glass artist  I absolutely love color; and Dale Chihuly's glass art is full of it! I wish I could click my heels together and be transported to every city in the world where his art is exhibited and take photos. Wishful thinking?    Well, here's a SOOC (no flash) shot of the centerpiece of attention measuring 96 x 96 x 96 inches; it is MY FAVORITE in this exhibit of hand blown glass among his current exhibits. Dale Chihluy, the artist, describes it as "a visual feast of exuberant color and daring form - brilliant, indoor garden created with blown glass flowers and daring verticals that reach almost nine feet above their base."   Additionally, thank you for your comments on the "Spearmint Seafoam Set with Cinnamon Red Lip Wraps" yesterday. Each day, there are superlative photos posted in this community. Although my time perusing and commenting on photos is very limited this summer, I genuinely appreciate you taking time to peruse and comment on mine. It has never gone unnoticed or taken for granted.   Disclaimer: Although I post what I like (emphasis on "I"), I'll try not to bore you; there's more photos of Dale Chihuly's glass art forthcoming:).  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Have a marvelous Monday.  Dale Chihuly: "Recent Works and New Forms" Exhibit" 2012 Talley Dunn Gallery 5020 Tracy Street Dallas, Texas 75205  ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Friday, July 6, 2012  "VERONA YELLOW PERSIAN SET with KOHL BLACK LIP WRAPS" by Dale Chihuly (1999)  "Color is like food for the spirit - plus it's not addictive or fattening." ~ Isaac Mizrahi  SOOC, uncropped, hand blown glass; 15 x 19 x 18 inches  An encounter with Dale Chihuly's works is always a spectacular reminder that glass is not just something to see through or drink out of.   Artist's Statement.........."The Persians started out as a search for new forms. I set up Martin Blank and Robbie Miller in a corner of the hotshop at Pilchuck. I would make large pencil drawings for them with a couple of dozen small forms, and then I would put an X under the ones I wanted them to go for. Over the next year, we made more than 1,000 miniature experimental forms." ~ Dale Chihuly  Thanks for your overwhelmingly kind comments regarding yesterday's photo. I am elated that you are enjoying this series. I'll post a few more Chihuly masterpieces and then I'll post another subject:).  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Dale Chihuly: "Recent Works and New Forms" Exhibit" 2012 Talley Dunn Gallery 5020 Tracy Street Dallas, Texas 75205  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Tuesday, January 25, 2011  "PULLING STRAWS?"  "Remember when looking in the mirror, it is always looking back at you; the reflections seen are only ever as kind or as ill as your own projections." ~ Morrigan  I didn't have to pull straws for this one.......woo hoo!!!   This is MY FIRST PP'd IMAGE (focal b/w, uncropped, however). I stepped outside of my comfort zone. Furthermore, I am such a "visual" person. On Sunday, after creating yesterday's POTD using marbles and the mirror, I decided to see what image I could create with straws and the mirror.  Too much time on my hands? Well, all work and no play....... you know what they say.  I am overwhelmingly appreciative of your comments regarding yesterday's "Marbelicious" photo. It landed in the #8 spot.     The original version of the photo can be viewed here:   http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/15299231_BkGGq#1168324428_2gjWC  SmugMuggers rock!!!!!!  ***#6 photo of the day and all time****  (photo taken and pp 1/23/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, July 21, 2013

"B" is for BATHTUBS

"Every tub has to sit on its own bottom." ~ Title of a book written by Zora Neal Hurston

Photo submission for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge"

For some reason, when I saw this scene, I was reminded of the scene in "The Help" movie where the commodes (toilets), as opposed to bathtubs, were in the front yard of Hilly Hollbrook's house:).

Have a wonderfully blessed day, my friends!

Southern Tubs
23869 Highway 6 East
Batesville, MS
Official website is here: http://www.southerntubs.com

***#1 photo of the day and all-time***

(photo taken 3/13/2013)

My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com

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Sunday, July 21, 2013    "B" is for BATHTUBS  "Every tub has to sit on its own bottom." ~ Title of a book written by Zora Neal Hurston  Photo submission for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge"   For some reason, when I saw this scene, I was reminded of the scene in "The Help" movie where the commodes (toilets), as opposed to bathtubs, were in the front yard of Hilly Hollbrook's house:).  Have a wonderfully blessed day, my friends!  Southern Tubs 23869 Highway 6 East Batesville, MS  Official website is here: http://www.southerntubs.com  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 3/13/2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, July 21, 2013

"B" is for BATHTUBS

"Every tub has to sit on its own bottom." ~ Title of a book written by Zora Neal Hurston

Photo submission for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge"

For some reason, when I saw this scene, I was reminded of the scene in "The Help" movie where the commodes (toilets), as opposed to bathtubs, were in the front yard of Hilly Hollbrook's house:).

Have a wonderfully blessed day, my friends!

Southern Tubs
23869 Highway 6 East
Batesville, MS
Official website is here: http://www.southerntubs.com

***#1 photo of the day and all-time***

(photo taken 3/13/2013)

My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com

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