Monday, September 26, 2016

Shoot XII - Plymouth Festival

Bangladesh. . .You guys are good as Jim, Mike, Milt, Elaine, Joani, Peyton, and Michelle all came up with the Asian country.

"Rustic Signage"

One of my favorite places to visit each year is Plymouth, MA. Just an hour's drive from home, I see it as a quiet spot to walk, snap some pictures and grab a bite to eat.

This occasion was the Plymouth Festival with vendors of all sorts lining Water Street. I noticed the above image on a door near the actual festival. The rust coupled with the name of the distillery, "Dirty Water" made this one of my favorites from 2015 - not to mention the classic one-hit wonder from the Standells! "Love that dirty water. . ." 

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? 

The world's tallest waterfall, Angel Falls, is located here.

There are over 25,000 species of orchids, including the country's national flower 'flor de mayo orchid'.

It was colonized by Spain in 1522 and declared independence from Spanish rule in 1811, on July 5th (its National Day). 

It has one of the largest natural gas reserves and has the 2nd largest oil reserve in the world, it is one of the world's top ten crude oil exporters.

A type of small guitar called the cuatro is the national instrument. and the national dance is the waltz-like dance called joropo.

Baseball is its most popular sport, there has been a professional baseball league in the country since 1945.

Their flag is colored yellow, blue and red. The yellow is for land wealth, the blue for the sea that separates it from Spain, and the red represents the blood shed by the heroes of independence.

Interesting Thought. . .

He that is good for making excuses is 
seldom good for anything else. 
~ Benjamin Franklin.

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

Why is the man who invests all your money called 
a broker?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Shoot Eleven - Stowe, VT

Nigeria! Well done - Michelle, Milt, Mike Di., Elaine, and Peyton!

"Luce Barn Road"

Still in VT for one more image - this is the barn at the bottom of Luce Road (road leading to the Von Trapp lodge)! The red barn is very picturesque all year long but I decided to have some fun with it by going B&W but I did leave the trees and the grass in front green!

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? 

Historically, this country is prone to monsoon flooding and cyclones due to its unique geographic make up. The country is almost entirely flat!

The highest peak here is Saka Haphong in the southeastern Mowdok Range at just 1,052 m (3,451 ft).

It has a population of 163 million people (163,654,860) as of July 2013 making it the world's eighth most populated country. For such a large population, it is a relatively small country, 147,570 km² (56,977 mi²), making it one of the world's most densely populated countries.

The largest city and capital is Dhaka. The city has an estimated population of 15 million people making it one of the largest cities in the world. It is known as the "City of Mosques".

The national animal is the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger.

The Magpie Robin (or Doyel or Doel) is the national bird.

The national flower is the white-flowered water lily, called Shapla.

Jackfruit is the national fruit and the Mango tree is the national tree.

The most popular sport is cricket. The national cricket team first participated in the Cricket World Cup in 1999. Kabaddi (or Ha-Du-Du) is its national game. It is often called the 'game of rural Bengal' and has no definite rules.

Interesting Thought. . .

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. 
To steal from many is research!
~ Unknown.

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

A recent study has found women 
who carry a little extra weight live longer than 
men who mention it ... 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Shoot Eleven - Stowe, VT

Pakistan. . . Can't get much past you as Jim, Milt, Joani, Elaine, and Peyton knew it! Also heard from long-time followers, Jeff W. and Liz F.

"Hutchins Covered Bridge"

Still in VT and still on my eleventh shooting opportunity, I share with you another one of my favorite subjects - covered bridges! VT is home to quite a few of them. On this one morning I set out to photograph those within an hour's drive from the lodge. I believe there were about ten that I stopped and captured!

Hutchins C. B. is situated on Hutchins Bridge Road in montgomery, VT. Its fifty-four foot expanse traverses the South Branch of the Trout River.

VT has done a remarkable job preserving these iconic pieces of architecture.

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? 

It shares a land border with Benin, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger.

The British colonized it in the late 19th century through to 1960 when it became independent.

With nearly 175 million people (174,507,539) as of July 2013, it is the most populous country in Africa, and the 7th most populous country in the world.

It has over 250 ethnic groups, the three largest of which are the Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba and Igbo.

The currency is called the Naira.

English is the official language, and is used in education, business and for official purposes. In rural areas, indigenous languages of Yoruba and Igbo are more commonly spoken. There are also many other minority languages.

Poor healthcare, living conditions and a lack of access to good water means it has a low general standard of living. The life expectancy is on average just 52 years.

Football (soccer) is popular here, the national team known as the "Super Eagles" have made 5 appearances at the World Cup, won the African Cup of Nations 3 times and won the football gold medal at the 1996 Olympics!

Interesting Thought. . .

If you think you can, you can. 
If you think you can't, you're right. 
~ Mary Kay Ash.

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

I don't mean to brag but … 
I finished my 14-day diet food in just 3 hours and 20 minutes!

My goal for 2016 was to lose just 10 pounds. . .
only 15 to go!! 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Shoot Eleven - "Gardens of the Von Trapp Lodge"

France, mais oui! And, a "yes" goes out to Mike Di., Doris, Elaine, and Peyton!

"Gardens of the Von Trapp Lodge!"

Still in Stowe. . . Another favorite pastime here is to visit the gardens on the Von Trapp property. Tucked around the back of the administrative buildings one can visit the vegetable and flower gardens. This broken wheel caught my eye as it was beautifully supported by a myriad of flowers. 

This image was counted as one of my Top Thirteen for 2015!

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? 

Its name means ‘land of the pure’ in the Persian and Urdu languages.

It shares a land border with Afghanistan, China, India, and Iran.

With a population of 193 million people (193,238,868) as of July 2013 it is the 6th most populous country in the world.

It became independent from the British Indian Empire in 1947.

The national language is Urdu, although the official language is English. Other languages spoken include Saraiki,Punjabi, Pushto, Sindhi and Balochi.

Its national sport is field hockey. The country has had a lot of success in the sport having won the Olympic gold medal 3 times in 1960, 1968, and 1984, and the Hockey World Cup 4 times in 1971, 1978, 1982, and 1994.

Cricket is the most popular sport as its national team won the Cricket World Cup in 1992 and were World Twenty20 champions in 2009.

The national drink is Sugarcane juice, called "roh" the juice is usually only sold by roadside vendors throughout the country.

Interesting Thought. . .

It's always better to be judged by 12 
than carried by 6!
                 ~ Unknown

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

If love is blind, 

why is lingerie so popular?