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Since I hadn’t done anything “artsy” in a while I thought perhaps it was time for a mosaic again. As always, photos are courtesy of Flickr.

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As promised, a bit of eye-candy to hold you over until I get the “feature” post finished. (I’m shooting for Monday.)

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know;
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away;
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost–
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

– Robert Frost

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A little bit of the old Flickr to break up these unending words…

My thanks those who provided the photos: 1. there’s no freedom, 2. “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”, 3. sam (san rafael), 4. Child Hiding, 5. the hidden key III, 6. hard worker, 7. ~ You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Thank You, Paul McCartney, John Lennon & Eddie Vedder), 8. 24/365 – Can’t Cry Hard Enough, 9. Rejoyce over touch

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Most larger municipalities combat graffiti on an almost daily basis. And yet it seems every night the scrawling artists sneak forth to once again tag a wall, leave a mosaic of rainbow-colored lines and slashes on anything that doesn’t move … and some things that do. I understand how this can be a problem.

But sometimes there’s an upside to it. Sometimes it makes you sit up and take notice. It’s no secret that some graffiti “vandals” are artists in their own right, whether or not their home city agrees with their method of display. These street artists might leave towering murals in their wakes, or a single image capable of stopping you in your tracks. But there is a smaller group of people who leave their marks less often, with less dramatic flourish, and yet can have just as great an effect. And though these people’s works are often overlooked for the showier street art, one site is full of their interesting bits: Pictures of Walls. With a collection that circles the world, the site introduces the more commonplace and yet more heartfelt graffiti that is often passed by.

These are not just “tags,” the nearly indecipherable monikers and symbols that some people feel compelled to leave as proof that they were ever there. Instead, these are statements, mostly, about love and work and the people who surround us, about media and interaction and how to make light of our sometimes bleak world. With some doodles thrown in for good measure. Sentiment ranges from anger and frustration to melancholy and confusion, with a good dose of comic relief for balance. It is a very interesting site. But be forewarned, vulgarity and profanity abound (as you might expect when it comes to graffiti). It is not for the faint-of-heart, those who are easily offended, or anyone who might be a sensitive audience.

And this site is definitely NOT FOR KIDS!!

But I think it’s great for adults. And I think you should visit. There are tons of photos, which should provide viewing pleasure for many happy hours to come and perhaps even encourage you to look closer the next time you see a little something scrawled on the wall, or post, or trash bin. Even at its most bleak, there is something so very engaging and intimate in the words people leave … just brace yourself for a bit of off-color language. 🙂

Pictures of Walls

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How about some photos to easy the wearied mind? Courtesy of Flickr, a bit of respite.

Happy Valentine’s day.

1. No limit for the frost
2. details
3. how, why, when, where?
4. Why I Write
5. Why me?
6. Day 97: Why?
7. Why if?…
8. Why?
9. Why am I here?

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Enough with all the words for the moment.  Here’s a random assortment of photos courtesy of Flickr peeps with autumn colors in mind.  Let them take the place of all those worrisome thoughts that have been bugging you all week.  Relax.  Enjoy.

1. Wing of Fall`en Angel, 2. Milbert’s Tortoiseshell butterfly – White Mountains Arizona, 3. Baby Tornado, 4. Wilder Wein ( HDR ), 5. my veins run like the river amazon, 6. Would you like to make a phone call?, 7. Orange and decrepit, with reflections, 8. The sixty four brick flickr page! Please leave a note., 9. foiled I, 10. My Hand, 11. Straight as a Red Arrow, 12. christina braun, butoh dancer

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Enough with words.  Here’s a bit of eye candy to help the day pass.

Mosaic - Primary

1. “love comes from the most unexpected places…”
2. Before the world was made… the innerlight of Sarah.K was!!! :)))
3. Kuwait Water Tower
4. `paint the town red.
5. golden eye
6. Black and Blue
9. Blue grass

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Stolen Mosaic Meme


Lofter over, at Life At the Foot of the Stairs, posted this meme a while back and I finally got the links together to make it work. (Dial-up is sooooo last century … but in this corner of the country, beggars can’t be choosers.) So, like all memes, the rules are simple, straightforward, and sound a lot easier than they actually are to carry out. [ drumroll, please ]

1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page of results, pick one image for each question.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Lab’s Mosaic Maker to create a mosaic of the picture answers.

1.  What is your first name?
2.  What is your favorite food? right now?
3.  What high school did you go to?
4.  What is your favorite color?
5.  Who is your celebrity crush?
6.  What is your favorite drink?
7.   What is your dream vacation?
8.  What is your favorite dessert?
9.  What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. What is one word that describes you?
12. What is your flickr name?

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The following list happens to be the links to my mosaic tiles as they appear left to right, top to bottom.

1. Waven, 2. Sweet Potato, 3. Nook, 4. Blue ice cave at the Jostedalsbreen glacier, 5. Shia – Spike, 6. Red, black and green tea, 7. En algún lugar de la Patagonia, 8. You are my cheesecake ♪, 9. Happy-Go-Lucky, 10. we are family, 11. Lil’ Clown, 12. No Name Footbridge, Glenwood Canyon, Colorado

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