Elbe Sandstone Mountains
I’m ready for ‘transporter’ technology. As soon as I came across photos of this area in Germany and the Czech Republic, I wished I could just pick up and go. They reminded me structurally of the monoliths around Sedona, Arizona. Only in that locale, the rocks are a beautiful red. But the shapes looked very familiar.
Can you hear the song Edelweiss from the Sound of Music? It’s a beautiful, poignant song about a flower that represents ruggedness, purity and dedication. Because it thrives in harsh, Alpine-like terrains, in both the Alps and the Carpathian Mountains, Edelweiss has become a symbol frequently used in military and rescue units in the region. Today, it is still the symbol of military troops in Austria, Poland, Germany and Romania.
I was drawn to the images so I wanted to do a blog about fractal art. To me, it’s absolutely fascinating! However, because it involves mathematics, which is not my forte, I have to confess the concepts are bit beyond my understanding. I can, however, appreciate the art itself and I’ll let the photos do most of the speaking.
I didn’t land on Kookaburras first. I’d been collecting Kingfisher photos and kept seeing ‘Kookaburra’ attached to some of them so I began to wonder about this bird that I’d known about since grade school.
As I was sitting in my desert backyard a couple of weeks ago, a dragonfly arrived and perched on one of the leaves of the nearby young mesquite tree. I don’t see many dragonflies where I live given that before their winged state, they spend the majority of their lives underwater. There just aren’t a lot of lakes and ponds around.
I love the lush, overgrown look of traditional, British Cottage Gardens. The appearance of these gardens leans toward informality. The origins, though, were practical. Cottagers had small plots of land and every square inch needed to count. Centuries ago, these gardens had few flowers and were predominantly made up of vegetables, herbs and fruit trees.
One of the most picturesque yet functional concepts man ever created. The water wheel appears to have been invented somewhere in Eurasia, around the 4th Century BCE in Egypt, India, Greece or parts in-between. The concept spread quickly so that by the 3rd Century it was used everywhere.
The artist in me was drawn to the photos I found of Star Anise. They’re really beautiful. So, of course I had to go on my little journey to discover what Star Anise is, what its flavor would be compared to anise (a bit milder) where it’s grown and how it’s used.
The island of Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands. It is a huge tourist destination and enjoys a whopping 5 million tourists a year which is well over 5 times its population. It has tons of beautiful beaches, plenty of year-round sunshine and the third largest volcano in the world.
Have you ever played a string instrument? I confess I haven’t. I’ve only played the piano, but never achieved real competence, though I enjoy playing very much.