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Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.  It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site.   Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

This week I’m posting a photo a friend took on a recent trip to upper New York State.  Here’s what he said about this photo:

In 1874 the French artist Claude Monet was born in Paris France. He is the most famous impressionist artist in history.

The Mirabeau Inn & Spa at Skaneateles NY. was built to replicate a French Chateau outside of Paris France. The center

piece of this French Chateau in America is a Monet styled garden, designed in a scaled down version of the Monet garden 
in Paris France.


Photo Credit: Dr. John Sims

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Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.  It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site.   Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

These photos are from the Dallas Arboretum Garden.

I don’t know what type of flower this is, searched it, but can’t find the name.  Do you know?

Marigolds

Wild Foxglove

Barbados Lily

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Armchair BEA – 2012 – Beyond the Blog

Armchair BEA is for book bloggers who can’t attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York this June (June 4 – 8, 2012).  So we don’t have to miss all the fun – this virtual convention is the place to be!

Today Armchair BEA will be sharing tips that will help you move your blog forward or perhaps your own personal goals of writing and making an income from what you love to do.  This will include a guest post on freelance writing and how to find it from Florind at The 3 R’s Blog.

Also, bloggers can share a fun aspect about your blog or life that may be completely separate from books!

I intend to read the guest post, as I think getting paid to read and write about it has got to be the second best job in the world!  (The first is getting to be a mom!)

Something about my life that is separate from books, which I incorporate into my blog using the meme “Saturday Snapshot”, is photography.  I love capturing the moment, taking candid shots at events or school outings, and photographing nature.  I figure if you have a digital camera that holds 700 pictures, you ought to take 700 pictures – you can always delete the ones that aren’t great, but surely out of 700 you’ll have a couple of really great ones!  I love being behind the camera, but I hate being in pictures!

While I’ve never sold my photography, I have enlarged and framed it and given it as a gift or donated prints for auctions.  I’m not sure how to go about making money with my hobby, so for now I’m just enjoying the heck out of it, and training my lil’ heart to take great pictures.  When we go on road trips we each take a camera, take pictures all day, then download them all to my external drive and start over again the next day.

Here are a few examples:

Hope you are all having a good week, and enjoying Armchair BEA!

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Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.  It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site.   Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

My little one goes to year-round school, so we have the last two weeks ahead of us, and we are crazy busy!  We’ve been running around trying to remember everything we have to get done.  We’ve got dress rehearsals and dance recital, choir performance at a baseball game, talent show, art classes, volunteer work and we are redecorating her room.  I’m suddenly very tired.  With all the hustle and bustle in the house – one member of our family is completely unphased.

Sabertooth.

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Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.  It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site.   Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

This past week my daughter and I attended a Volunteer Appreciation lunch from the library, and they took us to a new museum in our area, the Crystal Bridges Museum.  We were allowed to take photos (with no flash), so I used my phone.  The pictures aren’t as clear as I would like, and I don’t have the title and artist for each photo, but we sure did enjoy our trip!  We’ll be visiting again this summer.

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Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.  It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site.   Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

This weekend’s snapshot is of our little orange cat, Sabertooth.  “Little” is relative, because compared to our other cat, Baxter, Sabertooth IS little – Baxter tops the scale at over 20 lbs.  He needs a feline Jenny Craig.  Anyway, Sabertooth came to us after several homes in our area were foreclosed on, and people moved and some left their pets behind.  Dogs are easier to catch, but catching a cat that doesn’t want to be caught is pretty much like buying a lotto ticket.  Your chances of accomplishing what you want is very slim.  Sabertooth started coming around our yard, flirting.  Apparently somehow he found out about my weakness for orange kitties.  After a while I invited him in, he and Baxter had their sniff-around, and decided to leave each other alone.  Sabertooth is de-clawed, so I knew he was used to being in the house, and he’s never acted unrefined, so he’s been free to come and go as he pleases.

A few weeks ago my lil’ heart and I traveled home to Texas for Spring Break, and my mother sent me home with an old chair that used to sit in my grandpa’s den.  I grew up sitting in his lap while he smoked his pipe and watched the horse races in this chair.  After he and my grandmother passed, the chair floated around our house until I claimed it for my room.  After a while my mom claimed it back and had it recovered.  It sat in the office for a while, and I’ve missed that chair.  When my mom suggested I bring it home with me, I was overjoyed!  For some reason, Sabertooth believes I brought it home for him.  It sits between my window and a bookcase, and I write, read, daydream and blog in this chair.  This afternoon I wouldn’t let him in my lap because when he gets on the keyboard he hits all kinds of keys, and totally messes me up.  So, he jumped up on the bookcase to look down at me in disdain.  This is Sabertooth – sitting atop a David Baldacci novel.

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Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.  It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site.   Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

My snapshot this Saturday is of a beautiful home I saw in downtown last week.  I had some time to kill between running errands and picking up my lil’ heart from school, so I decided to take a scenic drive and saw this beauty!  I love the top floor balcony on the left.  That’s where you would find me – in a comfy chair with a glass of iced tea and a good book!

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Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.  It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site.   Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

My photos for this Saturday Snapshot are from our trip to TX for Spring Break last week.  We got to visit a lot of friends and family, and we saw a bunch of Austin Favorite’s.

This is my little heart on one of the concrete bulls at the Arboretum.

We visited the Elisabet Ney museum.  Here is some background on the museum and the sculptor, Elisabet Ney (from the Lone Star Junction).

“A pioneer in the development of art in Texas, Elisabet Ney was born in Munster, Westphalia, Germany on January 26, 1833.  She became the first woman sculpture student accepted in the Munich Art Academy.  Her talents were soon recognized, and she received commissions to model a number of famous men, including Bismark, Garibaldi, Schopenhauer, and King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

While visiting a friend in Heidelberg, Elisabet met and fell in love with Edmund Montgomery, a respected physician, scientist and philosopher. They were later married, but Elisabet continued to use her maiden name.

About 1870, Ney and Montgomery decided to move to America. After living in Georgia for two years, they chose Texas in 1872 as their permanent home. In Texas, they purchased the Groce Plantation near Hempstead, a well known landmark of antebellum Texas. The couple spent the next two decades centered around the plantation, which they named Liendo.

After a twenty year lapse, Elisabet resumed her career as a sculptress in 1892. She was commissioned to model Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. The sculptures of Houston and Austin can now be seen in both the State capitol in Austin and in the National Capitol in Washington, DC.

Ney established a studio in Austin, which she named Formosa. Over the span of her long career, she produced about one hundred portraits, statues, and medallions. Most of these are displayed today at Formosa, which was preserved as a memorial and museum after Ney’s death in 1907.”

 A mold used for sculpting.

This is standing in the center of the lower floor looking up at the Texas State Capitol building in Austin, TX.

These original chandeliers, 124 years old, are in both the Senate and the House rooms - notice the shape spelled out by the bulbs – T-E-X-A-S.

This photo is taken from the fourth floor balcony (the highest level currently open to the public), looking down – this star on the floor mirrors the star in the center of the ceiling.  On closer inspection you can see a crack in the star on the ground level – many years ago a painter was on a scaffold on one of the upper levels painting.  The scaffolding broke, and he plummeted to granite floor – leaving a crack in the star.  Another fact - when you are standing on the star on the ground floor, when you speak it creates an echo – but only you can hear it.

This is zooming in on the outside of the Capitol building. The statue, named “The Goddess of Liberty”, was placed on the dome of the Capitol in Feb., 1888.

Wildflowers on FM 304 in Bastrop, TX

And no trip to TX in the Spring would be complete without photos of Blue Bonnets.

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Sunday Stories

I did this last Sunday, and enjoyed challenging my imagination and hearing what others thought!   Here are some of the pictures I’ve come across that just beg for a back story.  There must be other people that see a picture, and imagine a fantastic story (or part of a story) around the photograph or scene.  I’d like to challenge you to choose one, and write me back a couple of lines or so of what you think might be the history in that photo….

(None of these photos are mine)

To me this looks like a fairy stair case (although its larger than the fairies you may think of).  I can only imagine where this staircase leads.

This is what the staircase looks like from the inside.

Château Clochard, France – this looks like an abandoned lair for vampires or something other worldly.

This photo didn’t turn out as big as I hoped, but with the fallen cross on top of the organ, it looks like it belongs in an abandoned church.

This is the kind of urban exploration I want to do.  I want to find a beautiful building like this.  I have no idea what it used to be, but the structure is absolutely beautiful, and begs to be written about!

This makes me think of medieval times – not knowing what is outside those doors, but being brave enough to go find out.

I would love to hear your thoughts on some of these photos….

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Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.  It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site.

We have a drive-thru safari in a neighboring town, and I love to take my little one there during school breaks.  She goes to a year-round school, so she has breaks at different times than most schools, the upside is we get to go do things when it’s not very crowded.

Sweet lil’ baby!

Nosy bird!

Hungry deer

Feeding a white deer

Again with the nosy bird

Texas Longhorns

This picture makes me smile – my great aunt petting the camel.  We had a great day!

Aw!  He let me hug him!

My little one had the best time – she got to pet huge camels, feed ostrich (ostriches?), deer, buffalo and camels.

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