December 11, 2017: Solstice Challenge – Pacific Northwest Sunlight Magic

Today’s Solstice Image is a glass aqua colored VW Beetle with a pink window.  No, it’s not “Photoshopped” in, nor was the window that color when we purchased this really cool decoration some years ago.  The pink is from southern sunlight streaming though a clear red bulb about three feet away on a slightly higher branch.  The red beam interacted with the original “silverish” window color and turned it a crazy pink color.  That this color transformation happened was astonishing to us.  I at this as “Pacific Northwest Sunlight Magic” on a clear day!

The Aqua VW Bug with a Pink Window

The Aqua VW Bug with a Pink Window

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December 10, 2017: Solstice Challenge – Welsh Dragon II and Mt. Rainier

Well, if you look, there’s a bit more than dragon and Mt. Rainier images, including stockings, a wheat “Green Man”, Father Frost, two dragons at the of glass candle cups, and a homemade tree of wood made by our youngest son many years ago, now decorated with holiday lights.  The star in the middle is from a few years ago.

The Welsh Dragon is made of tiles from our house remodel in the early 90s.  The tiles we used were broken up with a hammer and each piece carefully selected by my wife to represent the colors of the Welsh flag with its dragon.  True, the dragon’s not red but we used what tiles we had.  Once the design was laid out, we put mastic on the background board and then put each piece carefully in place.  Once all the pieces were in place, we grouted the design and placed it over the propane fireplace.  It is quite spectacular and quite unique.

The two Mount Rainier photos…the larger one is of a Harvest Moon in the early 90s, the smaller taken on a cool misty morning on my way to work.

I hope you enjoy our Dragon as much as we do.

Welsh Dragon II and Mt. Rainier

Welsh Dragon II and Mt. Rainier

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December 9, 2017: Solstice Challenge – A Russian Maiden Decoration

I thought this appropriate to follow yesterday’s post…a Russian Maiden decoration that’s graced our tree since her arrival in our house.  She looks bright, beautiful and colorful lit up by the early afternoon southern light.

A Russian Maiden Decoration

A Russian Maiden Decoration

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December 8, 2017: Solstice Challenge – Matryoshka dolls & Spices

I do apologize for being a bit late in my posts.  Later, I’ll explain why but not in this post if you don’t mind.

Today’s post is So dolls & Spices. a match that’s hard to beat.

We like Matryoshka dolls and, over the years, have collected many different ones.  While these dolls are still “nestled” together, each doll, when opened, has a number of smaller dolls within.

The spice cabinet behind the Matryoshka dolls…ah, those porcelain faced drawers contain a treasure of herbs, chilies and  homemade spices you would not normally find in your typical grocery store from the Middle East, Greece, Europe, Africa, South America, and America.  The spice cabinet itself is something we picked up years ago and has been in continuous use since.

If you look closely, there’s a jester on top of the cabinet and to the right, a German coffee grinder we used while in Berlin in the late 70s.  The segment of the photo to the left is a faded door on a building in Fort Flagler on the coast of Washington State.  And, to the lower right, a sand-timer.

A display of our history, places we’ve been and a few of our favorite things.

Matryoshka dolls & Spices

Matryoshka dolls & Spices

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2017 12 07: Tattoo Thursday – Tattoo Berlin UK Marching Bands

I was remiss last week…there was a lot going on and, to be frank, I’m still struggling on how best to present the images in the Tattoo Thursdays.  However, I must start somewhere with today’s images are marching bands.  Now, the rub is…I don’t know if they’re from the 1975 or the 1977 Tattoo.  So, if you know, please let me know so I can properly categorize them, as well as properly identify who the bands are and what units they were with.

Thanks!

Tom

Tattoo Berlin UK Marching Bands

Tattoo Berlin UK Marching Bands

Tattoo Berlin UK Marching Bands

Tattoo Berlin UK Marching Bands

Tattoo Berlin UK Marching Bands

Tattoo Berlin UK Marching Bands

Tattoo Berlin UK Marching Bands

Tattoo Berlin UK Marching Bands

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December 7, 2017: Solstice Challenge – Welsh Dragon with a Hint of Orange

Welsh Dragon with a Hint of Orange

Welsh Dragon with a Hint of Orange

This is one of our metal decorations.  We picked this up years ago as I’m half-Welsh and it seemed appropriate that the dragon should grace our tree.  As you can see, the dragon, as I, is travel-worn from our journeys over the years.  The “Hint of Orange”…if you look in the upper left corner, you can see the edge of a dried orange from years past.  Somehow, including the orange slice seemed right for this image.

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December 6, 2017: Solstice Challenge – Bavarian House in Red

Bavarian House in Red

Bavarian House in Red

While this ornament is not truly a Bavarian house, it has always reminded me of one.  Today’s image was taken as the southern light streamed through the south bay window.  The intense red is from the sunlight streaming through a clear glass decoration with the reddish glow illuminating the house.

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