From the top down:
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
From the top down:
Monday, August 30, 2010
My world, when we're not globetrotting, is still larger than it used to be, ever since I married a man whose work and family are in Alberta.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
It is impossible to describe, in one blog post, all we saw when we visited China. So it's a good thing I'm limited here to photos containing the color yellow, because we saw everything. Well, it felt like everything. China is an immense country. The only countries in the world larger than China are Russia, Canada and the USA. So you know we didn't see everything. We did, however, see a lot. Our cruise-tour with Viking River Cruises covered a lot of territory, a lot of history, and a lot of culture -- three things China possesses in abundance. Right now, for Mellow Yellow Monday, I'd like to share three kinds of Chinese art with you. Before this trip, we knew about Chinese jade carvings, of course, and we even knew about Chinese silk carpets. We didn't, however, know the Chinese have perfected needlework and made it an art form. At first glance, the picture of the two dancing cranes appears to be a painting. Close up, the picture of the mischievous fox shows this art for what it is, incredibly fine silk (a lot of it yellow) worked with a delicate needle. In the third picture, we see a large silk carpet on the wall of a carpet factory. In front of it are baskets and jars of dye, and I think the second from the right might be the yellow dye, but I don't really know. I do know a yellow-gold wall forms a spectacular background for the carving of birds and flowers in black and white jade.
Friday, August 27, 2010
I've always loved pictures of Giant Pandas, not to mention toy pandas, and was very excited to see Bai Yun, Gao Gao and Su Lin at the San Diego Zoo a few years ago. I had watched the zoo's panda cam since Su Lin's big brother Mei Sheng was born.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
On the waterfront in Barcelona.
Above, next to the waterfront in Barcelona.
A sailing ship, as well as sailboats, moored at the Barcelona waterfront.
Blue skies above statues and a peaceful pond in a park in Madrid.
Looking up at the rooftops in Toledo.
Brilliant blue sky over ruins in Toledo, Spain.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
F is for Furry Friends ... above, my husband Dick with our dog Lindy; below, Dick's furry friend Igor lived for 20 full years.
F is for the funny face of a Frigate Bird chick in the Galapagos Islands.
F is for Flowers in Florida, when we went out to photograph crocodiles.
F is for Freeport in the Bahamas, above, and for a Freighter we saw in Freeport Harbor, below.
F is for Football Fans from Saskatchewan, Canada, seen at a baseball game in Seattle.
Final foto, F is for Fabulous Food in Prince Edward Island.
Fully for folly, fair Fiona, feeling funny, flew forth full of fabulous fancies frighteningly framed for filling files, fleeing further forward from Freddy’s father’s fortune, fantasizing figments for future failures.
Further fun with the alphabet can be found at http://abcwednesdayround3.blogspot.com/
Monday, August 23, 2010
When I look at the current weather conditions on theweathernetwork.com, I see the present temperature and the word "smoke". Yes, the smoke from British Columbia forest fires is still so bad it has become a factor in the weather of southeastern Alberta. It gives me an opportunity to use the words "my world" followed by a verb, but it doesn't give me much satisfaction. I think of all the people I know who have breathing problems, some serious, some less so, and I hope the thunderstorms predicted for this afternoon will come and wash the smoke away, even though the thunder frightens our dog. I think of the lungs of animals, wild and domesticated, who are exposed to the smoke without respite, unlike our dog who spends many hours indoors. And I cry.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Introducing my favorite shade of yellow to Mellow Yellow Monday ...the curly hair of our adorable Golden Retriever, Lindy, otherwise known as Lindimus Maximus. It's almost a year since we adopted her from SOS Pet Rescue, and we love her more every day. My husband always thought of himself as a cat person, and never a dog person, until Lindy walked into our life. Now he is a confirmed dog person, and every day he thinks of new ways to make Lindy's life happier. Letting her climb up onto his recliner with him is a bit much, to my mind.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Update -- The smoke blew as far as Manitoba, three provinces over from the locations of the forest fires, and smoke is still featured on the hourly forecast of theweathernetwork.com here in southern Alberta. My husband and our dog have had to take shorter walks because of the air pollution and here in this photo the sun, setting over the prairie, is seen through a haze, darkly.
The skies here in southeastern Alberta appear cloudy this morning, but the "cloud" is actually smoke drifting across the Rocky Mountains and over the prairie, reaching as far as Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, some 800km (500 miles) from the BC border.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
My husband, Dick, and our beautiful Golden Retriever, Lindy, walk every evening down by the coulees here in southeastern Alberta. Earlier this month, Dick got some fabulous sky pictures as the moon was coming up and the sun was going down, and they were published on this blog before I ever heard of Skywatch Friday, which I only learned about on ABC Wednesday. See http://abcwednesdayround3.blogspot.com/ (This is entirely too much fun, really.)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Kneeling elephant at Ming Tombs, China. Above, with Dick on its leg. Below, with a sigh of relief.
Kay with marble elephants in China. Above, at Ming Tombs. Below, near the Great Wall.
Above, blue-footed booby with egg.
Above, blue-footed booby again, getting excited about protecting the egg. Below, two pictures of the statue of Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón) on the waterfront in Barcelona, Spain (España).
Found a site called 'ABC Wednesday' and as soon as I saw the picture of a Scrabble board, I knew that site was for me, but I overenthused (I do that a lot) and didn't post to it properly. Should have had an elephant picture because this week is 'E' week on ABC Wednesday.