CB&WPC: Engines

A few years ago, we took a 3-day trip to Indianapolis and a nearby town, Columbus, Indiana, which had a variety of architectural styles. Columbus has a walking tour you can take on your own to see these architectural marvels. We started out doing the tour but my husband got bored so we just wandered around. We came to a company that made engines. There were engines on display in the first floor atrium.
Cummins engines"Exploding Engine" by Rudeolph de Harak (1984)
The two photos below were taken at the Overlord Museum at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, which we visited last year. There was an extensive display of the vehicles and equipment used during the D-Day invasion.
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WPC: Twisted

When I saw that the theme of WP’s Weekly Photo Challenge this week was twisted, I immediately thought of two things: trees and cactus.

Winter is a good time to photograph twisted branches.
IMAG0157Springtime in the parkWillow tree, West Park, DPSometimes even trees need a hug!
I liked the knot in this tree!There’s a bird hiding in this tangle of branches!KODAK Digital Still CameraAt Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona, the mighty saguaro starts growing arms when it is about 60 years of age and these arms twist every which way as they grow!
Saguaros live up to 200 years of age, sometimes older. They provide shelter and sustenance for many species of animals.20151217_172406Anther twisty cactus is common throughout southern Arizona, but I don’t remember its name.20151215_110242Photos taken in Des Plaines, a state park in Indiana, Sonora Desert Museum (Tucson) and Saguaro National Park West (Tucson). 

Finally, a video by the band Twisted Sister, We’re Not Gonna Take It.


CFFC: President Harrison’s House

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is “Dishes, Pots, Pans, Silverware.” When visiting Indianapolis a year ago, my husband and I toured the home of PresidentBenjamin  Harrison, the only president from Indiana that established residence there. Guided tours take visitors through the house.



The formal dining room might have looked like this with the table set for dinner.

Benjamin Harrison (grandson of president William Henry Harrison who died after one month in office( was a Republican, the 23rd president, serving from 1889 to 1893.  He married twice, first to Caroline Scott, who died in 1892 and with whom he had two children, Russell and Mary.



First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison was a talented artist, who painted these plates with images of different bird species.



On some of them, she painted short poems about the bird species.

Another set painted by the former first lady.





Official presidential dishware

Dishes with the official presidential seal

He married his second wife, Mary Scott Lord, in 1896 and they had one child, Elizabeth. Harrison served only one term as president. He lost his reelection bid to Grover Cleveland, due to the unpopularity of high tariffs and high government spending.

Harrison was a conservationist and he created a number of national forest reserves. Six states were admitted to the Union during his tenure as president. (Source: Wikipedia).


Saturday Statues: Syrinx and Pan

In Indianapolis, we were in a park where on one side was this statue of Pan playing his flute:


Roger White, American sculptor, created Pan and his companion Syrinx, of bronze with limestone pedestal. This was originally a drinking fountain. The sculpture of Pan was stolen 3 times! This is the 4th rendition.

On the other end was Syrinx, her hand to her ear, straining to hear Pan’s flute from afar.


Syrinx, a nymph in Greek mythology , is shown listening to the call of the pipes played by her companion, Pan, whose statue is located on the other side of the fountain.


Saturday Statues 8/13/16

CFFC: Feet and shoes


My new pedicure!

A new coat of polish right after a pedicure


My feet (left) and Betsy's (right) after a pedicure!

My niece and I went for a pedicure in Sept. 2013. I decided on orange – a bold move for me at the time – in time for the upcoming Halloween. My niece’s feet are on the right.

Footwear (sans feet!)


The evolution of Native American footwear (taken at Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis)


Display of boots for sale in Santa Cruz, California

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Legs and Feet

Thursday Doors: Mixture of styles in Indiana

On our short trip to Indiana in June, we visited Indianapolis and Columbus. Indianapolis has an eclectic mix of architectural styles, and Columbus is famous for its architecture (it’s rated 6th in the country for innovative architecture, superseded only by 5 large cities).

A mixture of styles, a mixture of doors…


Shriners building, Indianapolis

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Entrance to the Indiana World War Memorial, Indianapolis


Entrance to the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis. Brachiosaur “Riad” stands erect and her baby seems to be going in through the top.


Doorway of a theatre in Indy. To fit into the space they “folded” the facade, so the door is at an angle.


Entrance to Circle Tower building in Indianapolis.


Inside the door into Pres. Benjamin Harrison’s house. This national monument commemorates the only president from Indiana.


One of the historical homes of Columbus, Indiana: Irwin Home (1864); 1910 renovation and addition by Henry Phillips. Now The Inn at Irwin Gardens.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Doors to First Christian Church in Columbus. The architecture for this church is modernistic, and rather unusual. For one thing, the doorway is not centrally placed; the left side is wider than the right side.

Thursday Doors 8-11-16


WPC: Narrow in Indy

Earlier this summer, my husband and I took a 3-day trip to Indianapolis, a city I’ve driven by a few times but had never explored. I was pleasantly surprised to find many interesting things to do in Indianapolis. The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is narrow. These are pictures of some narrow things we saw in Indy:

Indianapolis has its own canal walk. It’s not as extensive  as San Antonio’s, of course, and on either side of the canal are many condo buildings, so there is not so much commercial traffic. In front of a rather upscale condo building, there was a long stairway, and in the middle was this narrow stairway of water, ending in a small pond at the bottom. It looked very refreshing on that hot evening.


Stairway and cascading water lead up to this undoubtably high priced condo building.

We went to the Children’s Museum (see earlier post about the magnificent Chihuly exhibit there), where, in the Egyptian exhibit, there was a very narrow mummy:

Mummified cat

Mummified cat: Cats were sacred animals for the ancient Egyptians, so they mummified their departed felines.

The write-up on the Indianapolis Zoo attracted me with its description of the various ecosystems. A rare and beautiful animal was the Greater Kudu, with its most distinctive marking, narrow white stripes.

This adult kudu has a mane on his neck and beautiful curved horns.

This adult kudu has a mane on his neck and beautiful curved horns.

Meerkats like to get themselves into narrow tunnels, both above and below the ground.

A meerkat emerges from a tunnel. More meerkats are visible under the surface.

A meerkat emerges from a tunnel. More meerkats are visible under the surface.

It was sad to discover more evidence of zoochosis, as in most zoos. The cheetah has created these narrow paths with his pacing within his enclosure. (The cheetah was lying down near the fence on the far right, invisible in this picture.)


The cheetah enclosure. Well-worn paths indicate excessive pacing, a sign of zoochosis.

The most interesting zoo exhibit were the orangutans, which, unlike many of the animals, have ample room to explore. The orangs are allowed, for instance, to climb narrow ladders like this one, all the way up to a platform on top. When they climb down, they may be able to access another orangutan enclosure.

Orangutan up on a high platform

Orangutan up on a high platform