Category Archives: Snapshots from a Happy Life

Skipping stones

These are photos from different angles, and of different water levels, of bronze sculptures of two boys skipping stones. They were along the Mihe River in Shouguang, Shandong Province, China (I’ve shared others that were in the same general area before: Children Playing, Playing Go; and explained that this area was under construction when last I was there.)

Fall is racing away from me and it is looking less and less likely that I will be able to get away for my semi-annual trip to China. I wanted to get over to Shouguang and see how the construction has progressed. I know there was another major typhoon last month that caused major flooding.

I miss getting away for a while, fall always gives me itchy feet, but the upside is that my son was able to come here for a visit at the end of September, and may be back again for another soon.

For Sculpture Saturday, hosted by Mind over Memory and while not exactly brazen I’m also linking to Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Brazenly Bronze, because to me these meet the criteria of “the types of bronze sculptures that you find soul inspiring and lifelike”. I just love the way they incorporated the children playing and the landscape of the river together.

Almost Autumn

What passes for summer here in Seattle hasn’t quite let go, but signs of autumn are starting to show. Today’s dog walk showed signs of the seasons shifting.

The squirrels are active, we had to stop several times to see if they would come down and play…

…alas no. Even Ginger had to sit down after a while of waiting to see.

Even after several minutes the squirrel still didn’t come down, so Ginger finally let me lead her away. Is she stubborn or persistent?

These leaves are tinged with red, indicating autumn.
This dahlia is in full, glorious bloom, with buds coming on, indicating summer.
A quince about ready for harvest, indicating autumn.
Leaves starting to change, indicating autumn.
Fuschia in full summer glory.

Leaves starting to color shift for the new season:

Late summer cone flowers and a beautiful, shiny spider’s web for autumn.
The holly berries are reddening. Autumn’s colors foreshadowing winter.

My garden is still hopeful.

Maybe we’ll see an Indian summer.

For Ragtag’s daily post: autumn

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Bronze deer

These are in a park in Shouguang, Shandong Province, China. If you decide to go looking for them they are at a park on the east bank of the Mihe River, north of Shengcheng Jie (one of the main roads into the city). Since they are not very near the river they may still be there (much of the area near the river banks was under construction during my visit last spring). I’ll have to go and seek them out on my next visit.

For Mind over Memory’s Sculpture Saturday.

Arty-choke

Last Saturday we went to an art show featuring some watercolor painting by my husband’s very talented uncle. Beside the library where the show was held there was a pea patch garden. I love pea patches.

Even though it was a rather grey, drippy day I wandered about a bit. This patch of artichokes, past the harvest stage, caught my eye. From different angles the flowers* brought to mind roses and waterlilies.

These were processed using various effects in Topaz Studio 2.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day

*The artichoke we eat is the bud of a large, thistle-like flower. This post shows the artichoke flower we found when we came home from a vacation last year.