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Early Bird

Literally.

sunrise and gull ST George

The weekly photo challenge is Early Bird  The golden hour BEFORE sunrise.  This is just at the moment of sunrise on St. George Island State Park, Florida where I was visiting dear friends last summer.  The last morning we were there we drove and then walked to the end of the Island.  It was a beautiful sunrise.

sunrise St George gull

Another early bird- in  a tidal pool, not at the State Park but by the house where we were staying.

Early Bird

“For this week’s photo challenge, get up early and explore the morning light.”

                                                                                                                                       -Brie Anne Demkiw

 

 

 


Found the Key to Happiness

You know how I’m always looking for signs.

And there it was at the Auto Glass Store.

Driving from school, stopped at the red light.

Written on the portable sign.

 

Key to Happiness


Buying Buttons in New York City and Learning of Rumi

This is the story of my seeking special buttons for grandbaby knitting projects, (completed and on the needles) while visiting NYC over Spring break.

My sister guided me to the button store I’d found online.

Oh no, bad news.

We got to the address and there was paper covering the windows and the security grill was down-

CLOSED- 

I can’t tell you how disappointed I felt.

Fortunately,  a man on the sidewalk  saw us staring at the storefront in disbelief and he pointed to the place next door.

Lou Lou Buttons had moved just one number over, due to a malfunction of errant sprinklers and being flooded out. Lou Lou Buttons store Phew!

Turned out it was the store owner, Ross, who invited us into the button store. And I found so many interesting buttons. They are from all over the world, Japan, France…you name it!

He said every Broadway show and  opera production has come to his store to buy buttons for costumes.

I believe it! Some people replace every button on garments they purchase, to improve and upgrade the look.

Here are the buttons I bought

and here is the owner Ross, photographed by my sister Mary. I was in the photo but the image looks better with myself cropped out! IMG_8442     Lou Lou ButtonsI took this one with more buttons in the background to give you the idea of the inventory.

When I asked about the origin of the store name Lou Lou Buttons, turns out Lou Lou is like the Boogeyman, so when a child is called in from playing outside the mother might say, “Come in now, or Lou Lou’s going to get you.”

We heard Ross tell The story of the merchant to whom the parrot gave a message for the parrots of India on the occasion of his going (thither) to trade. by the Persian poet Rumi.  It’s here if you don’t know it. Be sure to scroll down for the translation in English.

It was a day when the universe rhymed- the button store still there (just one door to the lef) cute buttons for the baby sweaters and my sister and I were enthralled as we listened to the wonderful story by Rumi. 

It’s said he’s “the best selling poet in the United States.”

Buying buttons and hearing Ross tell Rumi’s story of the parrot was a New York City experience.

We left his store with a lot more than just buttons.


NOLA Airport Across from Gate B7 I met a wise woman 

at the kiosk.  They were out of white milk for cereal and it had been a busy day, she said. 

She did tell me where I could get a Greek salad. 

Our plane had mechanical problems so I had to switch to another plane. That’s how I ended up talking to her

Thinking about a quick bite.

“Better to be on the ground and wish you were in the air

Than to be in the air, and wish you were on the ground.”

Yes, you are so right

    

Thank you

  


Elusive Light, How it Changes Everything

New York City- Christopher Street at Greenwich Street

Formerly the Federal Archives Building  built in 1899-  for the history click here

 

 


Photographing People Photographing People Can Be Boring

but I like this picture.  A lot.  It makes me happy.

A man capturing his family group on the benches at Central Park Zoo. I’d just come out of the Penguins.

To me, he looks like a conductor of an orchestra, feeling joy as he views the image of those whom he loves.

Central Park Zoo


Lauren Bacall “The Look” Exhibit in NYC

You’ve probably watched a Lauren Bacall film sometime in your life. She passed last August. (obituary)

This exhibit’s over now but I’ll post what my sister and I saw at the Fashion Instititute of Technology while I visited on Spring Break.

We had a lot of fun looking at the fashions and reading the accompanying magazine pieces.

The first piece we saw is the coat

(Cell phone photo :-(  the only one I took)

"A vivid pink wool coat by Norman Norell, worn by Bacall in the 1964 film Sex and the Single Girl, is on display."

“A vivid pink wool coat by Norman Norell, worn by Bacall in the 1964 film Sex and the Single Girl, is on display.”

The opening of video Bacall hosts in 1968 -Bacall and the Boys about four men (designers) Christian Dior’s Marc Bohan, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, Yves St Laurent

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew9J-Ia6zQQ

For more close-up photos and an AP article by Leanne Italie click here


My Sister’s Doll – 1947

Italian Doll

Our Uncle Harold brought this doll to my sister in 1947. Mary was in Kindergarten.  He was in the US Navy.

He brought the doll back from Naples.

She was a souvenir doll, not a play doll.

A couple of days ago, I put her in Mary’s NYC apartment window and photographed her from different angles.

Her straw hat wouldn’t stay on her head and I didn’t want to force it.

As I took her photo, her eyes seemed to follow me and I moved her around to try and get a good pose and shot.

Have you ever noticed how something inanimate can feel it has a life?


Birds of a Feather

Birds of a feather, flock together. Waiting for the horses to drop some grain. My sister spotted these pigeons on a traffic light post.

No zoom lens on the camera so my sister who had found the birds lined up on the pole, walked me across 59th Street into the Park.  We were headed for the zoo.

Close-up  after we crossed the street- the second shot

pigeons on a lightpole

and the first shot, before we crossed the street

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A Man and his Dog, Long Island Selfie-Stick Girls, a Food Line and Sunset on Hudson

A man and his dog. Central Park  Sunday. He was calling and waving to his family. Before the Greek Parade on Fifth.

IMG_8089

man and dog

Is this a Basenji? no, says Dog Expert Juilia. Thanks   She sent this pic of an Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound

selfie stick girls

I asked these girls if they would pose with their selfie stick so I could show my high school students in photography class next week.  Later I asked where they were from….. Long Island!

FOOD LINE ON SIXTH AVE

Food line on Sixth Avenue with reflection in the fountain some birds are using as a bird bath

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Silhouettes of another man and his dog at sunset – New Jersey across the Hudson River


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