December 16, 2017: Solstice Challenge – The Three Bears

Bears seem to be the theme and rightly so as I have a fascination with bears in general. These three bears came from Leavenworth some years ago and are always on our tree.

The Three Bears

The Three Bears

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December 15, 2017: Solstice Challenge – The Bear Ice Sculpture

Today’s image is one from Berlin in the mid-1970s – a little brown bear chiseling an ice Bear sculpture.  Another favorite as you can imagine.  I love the look on the brown bear’s face and the fine details in the ice sculpture.

A Brown Bear chiseling an Ice Bear sculpture

A Brown Bear chiseling an Ice Bear sculpture

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December 14, 2017: Solstice Challenge

For today, we have for you a heart we bought in the early 2000’s.  This is an image I didn’t know if I should publish or not…it is a Solstice ornament we’ve put on our tree for years.  To me, this represents what America should be.

An American Heart from times past

An American Heart from times past

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December 13, 2017: Solstice Challenge –

Today’s ornament is our Solstice Hedgehog.  We did have a hedgehog many years ago and it was a truly amazing animal.  So, what better way to immortalize our hedgehog than with this ornament.  Oh, the “eye” in the top left of the image…a can decorated with the reverse side of a deck of taro cards no longer used.

The Solstice Hedgehog

The Solstice Hedgehog

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December 12, 2017: Solstice Challenge – A Stein of Hofbräu on a Sunny Afternoon

(My apologies for the lag in posts…been down with a whopping cold.  Getting better each day.)

Today’s image is of some decorations (the Stein, the Burger, and of a village in Winter in Bavaria – at least that’s how envision the decoration) we picked up at Leavenworth, WA, some years ago.  We’ve spent time in Germany (West Berlin in the late 70s – a city we would love to again now that the wall is down) and Bad Tölz, Bavaria from 1983 to 1986 at Flint Kaserne.

A Stein of Hofbräu on a sunny afternoon

A Stein of Hofbräu on a sunny afternoon

(A short history of Leavenworth, WA began in 1906 as a logging town. and in the 60’s partnered with the University of Washington, to “rebrand” itself as a Bavarian town to improve its struggling economy.  It worked and we go every few years to get away, do some shopping for holiday ornaments, a good meal and some time away from the daily grind.)

 

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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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