Light/dark, tall/short, happy/sad — WP blogger Michelle says share a photo that captures a contrast.
London Bridge Topiary. An Attraction? You betcha.
Everyone has an opinion regarding topiary. The cheeky collection of garden gossip, Yew and Non-Yew, Gardening for Horticultural Climbers, by James Bartholomew tracks the fashion frenzy of this venerable horticultural art.
The title of his book comes from the British terms ‘U’ and ‘non-U’ ~ terms used to define upper-class and non-upper-class behavior. Bartholomew calls the yew tree the ultimate ‘U’ plant. He says: “Not all types of topiary are Yew. A tall pyramid or standard is certainly Yew. . . . A peacock or chicken is borderline. . . . A teapot, space rocket, car or telephone . . . is non-Yew.”
Then there’s this guy. What do Yew think?
WP Sara’s challenge ~ Share a photo that means layers to you.
Layers can reveal, conceal, and make something more complex. They can vary in size, texture, color, or functionality. Each layer can have its own story, meaning, or purpose. They can overlap, blend, or be distinctly separate. A layer doesn’t have to be a part of a single object but can even be a slice of a multifaceted image or scene.
When I visited London last year, it was all brass polish, bunting and gardeners. Quite skilled gardeners, hard at work in the Royal Parks.
I saw this five-ton floral sculpture at the Buckingham Palace end of St. James Park, a tribute to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee. It took five weeks to make, stood more than 12 feet tall and was assembled in Cornwall.
13,500 individual plants are layered in this replica of the St. Edward’s Crown used during the Queen’s coronation ceremony.
Beneath the Alternanthera, Echeveria, Helichrysum, Sedem, and Sempervivum are layers of supporting steel.
Definitely not DIY.
Mouse over photos or click on any picture to get it fullscreen (and next arrow for other pics) with details. Want to join in the fun? See Sara Rosso’s post to find out how. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/weekly-photo-challenge-my-2012-in-pictures/
Fiesta Viga Mar,a celebration of empanadas, barnacles and bands
Hercules Tower, La Coruna, Spain, bagpipes playing
Park Guell, Barcelona designed by Gaudi is a playground for the mind, full of visual jokes like columns that simulate palm-tree trunks, rubble-surfaced arches that grow out of the ground, and quilts of ceramic tiles.
El Casco Antiquo, Cadiz, Spain. The Old Town is set on a narrow slice of land surrounded by the sea, with a very relaxed and easygoing vibe.
The ParaOlympic Mascot 2012, Mandeville. The name Mandeville is inspired by Stoke Mandeville, the Buckinghamshire town where the Paralympic Movement began.
The start of The Sea Walk in La Coruna, a municipality of Galicia, Spain ~ a harbor city that’s a breath of fresh salty air.
A Key Lime Pie Martini in Palm Beach at the Breakers Seafood Bar comes with views of the Atlantic outside and small fish exploring coral stones underneath your glass on the L-shaped aquarium bar.
World Book Night (and Day) ~ First Ever Book Giveaway, but not the last. Get involved and spread the love of reading 4/23/13. http://www.us.worldbooknight.org
Apply to be a giver and pick your book.
Leavin’ on a jet plane…it doesn’t get any better than this 🙂
The Poetry Fence on London’s Southbank, the UK’s largest poetry project, opened with a rain of poems ~ 100,000 bookmark-shaped poems released from a helicopter to the crowd. The international anthology of work runs along the area near the Tate.
Rich is not how much you have, or where you are going or even who you are. Rich is who you have beside you. JIK II
It’s the close of another year ~ the journey of 2012 was full of milestones, opportunities, and challenges. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Seriously good advice from Ferris Bueller.
Shakespeare’s no slouch either, getting right to the nub of the matter in The Tempest. Antonio utters the phrase ~ the past is prologue. I take it to mean that the past is a preface to the future, there to help us appreciate the Now and embrace the Next.
New Year’s Eve is a time for looking back to the past, even if it’s not always a perfect storm of pleasures. What are some of your eureka! moments from 2012?
But more importantly, New Year’s Eve is a time to look forward to the clear-the-decks-batten-down-the-hatches coming year~ and make a New Year’s resolution. What’s yours for 2013?