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.


WPC: Making the Temporary Permanent

The Weekly Photo Challenge theme this week is Temporary. Nature’s beauty has an element of permanence, in that there is always beauty to appreciate at any time of year and the fact that the seasons come and go and nature “repeats itself.” Still, in spite of this repetition, none of nature’s beauties are ever exactly the same, and as summer changes to autumn, and autumn to winter, I find myself nostalgic for warm weather, for flowers, for the brilliant color of sugar maples in the fall, and the wonder of growing children.

Here are some temporary beauties I have appreciated over the last several months.

I often pass a house in my walks around the neighborhood, where beautiful and changing flowers bloom along a white fence, such as these pink cone flowers, white lilies and purple phlox.
A special moment is getting close to a loon on a Wisconsin lake…

and the full moon rising through the trees over that same lake.
I love the beauty of a sunset behind a marina in San Diego…

…or accented by the streak of a jet stream  in Indiana…

…as well as the perfect fall leaf.

Most wonderful of all is watching nieces and nephews grow and change (clockwise from top left: Rosie, Leslie with sons Max & McKay, Maggie with daughter Frances, Xavier, Grace & Sylvia.)

Although all these wonders are temporary, I am comforted by having captured them all permanently in photographs, which I am able to admire again and again!

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.

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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