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PINK!!

When I was just shy of three years old, my parents bought a Victorian house in a small town. My mom decorated my room because I was just a tiny peanut, and she made it a girly paradise. One wall had wallpaper that consisted of various shades of narrow pink stripes on a white background, and the other three walls were papered with various shades of pink cabbage roses on a white background. There were pink drapes on the windows and a white eyelet bedspread. For my younger readers, a bedspread is NOT anything like the duvets etc. that you all are used to. They were the exact size of the top of the bed with a seam or a ruffle running around the edges of the mattress, finished off by a skirt that fell from the seam to the floor. It was beautiful and very, very, girly. That  house and that room instilled in me a love of old houses, toned down Victorian style, houseplants and of course, pink.

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I like to lean back against things with my camera and take upside down pictures. I have no idea why I enjoy this particular activity, but I do, don’t judge. This house is in New Orleans and it is clearly pink.
Ironically, my current home doesn’t have much pink in it, but I love pink flowers and shirts.  Everyone looks good in pink, just like I’ve yet to see anyone look bad in lavender.  Doesn’t matter what color your skin is or your tone is, pink makes you look healthy, and despite the rumor, redheads look great in it too.  You just have to find the right tone.  Anyway, here are some pictures of pink things.  It’s gray and blah and I figured everyone needs to look at some pretty colors.

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Here’s some pretty rock candy on a stick at the French Market in New Orleans. The speckled jawbreakers are pretty too.

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Tea Roses blooming at the Chicago Botanical Garden last summer.

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Some other kind of pretty pink rose blooming at the Chicago Botanical Garden last summer.

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Peonies putting on a show in Chicago.

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I think these were some kind of peony as well, but these were growing in George Washington’s flower garden at Mt. Vernon.  Obviously I manipulated this image. I don’t usually do that, but I recently got some software that lets me do this stuff and it’s kind of fun. They really were pink, I didn’t do that.

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My daughter’s prom dress and finger nails.

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A mountain top in Alaska last week.

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Sunset at Blind Pass between Sanibel and Captiva Islands Florida
I hope you enjoyed a little pop of pretty color on this winter afternoon! Have a great Saturday, stay safe and be nice! ūüėä‚̧

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Faces of the Audubon Zoo : Part Two

I originally intended to put all my faces in one post, but once I got started, I realized I had more than I thought and I don’t like to make photo posts too long. ¬†Hope you enjoy my non-mammals. ūüôā

Lovely flamingo.  They were very vocal.
Lovely flamingo. They were very vocal.
Some kind of duck.
Some kind of duck.
I love peacocks so much.  I've always wanted one but they are so loud, I'll have to be satisfied with peacock art.
I love peacocks so much. I’ve always wanted one but they are so loud, I’ll have to be satisfied with peacock art.
Turtles are cool.
Turtles are cool.
Weird zombie chicken duck bird. Fitting for New Orleans.
Weird zombie chicken duck bird. Fitting for New Orleans.
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Some sort of pelican.
I love these birds and I think their eyes are fascinating.
I love these birds and I think their eyes are fascinating.

I like to take pictures of faces because they are so expressive.  I believe that animals have very similar inner lives to humans and I enjoy trying to capture a little of that.

Have a beautiful day and be kind to someone. ūüôā

Faces of the Audubon Zoo : Part One

New Orleans is the home of my soul.  Seriously, I think I lived there in another life.  On my latest trip, I finally made it to the zoo.  I have very mixed emotions about zoos.  I love the conservation work they do, but caged animals, even when they are in lovely habitats make me sad.  Nevertheless, I went, I enjoyed, I saw some beautiful animals.

Bored bear
Bored bear.
The leopard was asleep until he heard my camera noise.
This leopard was asleep until he heard my camera noise.
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Fantastic face ūüôā
So handsome
So handsome.
I told him he was handsome, and he smiled at me.
I told him he was handsome, and he smiled at me.
Orangutan hanging in a hammock.
Orangutan hanging in a hammock.
Rhino
Rhino
Ahhhh, that feels good...
Ahhhh, that feels good…
I love giraffes.
I love giraffes.

I hope you enjoyed my mammal faces edition.  Birds and reptiles will be next.

Have a wonderful day and be kind. ūüôā

New Orleeeeens

Cool NOLA balcony

I have travelled a lot in the United States.¬† I’ve been to big huge glistening cities and lazy beaches.¬† I’ve lived in the high desert of southern New Mexico and spent hours exploring the adjacent mountains.¬† Of all the places I’ve been my favorite is New Orleans.

I always wanted to go to N’awlins¬†as the locals call it, but it wasn’t until my daughter was about 18 months old that we finally went.¬† We stayed in a hotel that had previously been an apartment building on Rampart St. which is the north edge of the French Quarter.¬† Everyday, we’d put the baby in her stroller and we’d walk.¬† We had discovered that parking in the Quarter was both precarious and costly, so we just walked.¬† We’d walk down to Cafe du Monde and have beignets¬†and cafe lattes every morning.¬† Then we’d wander the French Market or just walk up and down the streets and look at everything.¬† We got our picture taken with a guy painted gold who freaked me out just a little and I took a picture of a little boy who was tap dancing with a bike wheel spinning on top of his head.¬† We saw fortune tellers and artists set up around Jackson Square.¬† We saw bums and runaways.¬† For a couple of years after the trip, every time my daughter saw pictures, she would point and say “ORLEEEENS!! I wanna go back to Orleeeens!!”¬† It was amazing.

For the last two years, we’ve gone to NOLA¬†for spring break, and she has not disappointed.¬† We’ve seen people walking around in Mardi Gras¬†costumes, we’ve gone to The Presbytere, a free museum near Jackson Square that will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about Mardi Gras.¬† We found a state park office on Decatur St. that is in possession of the cleanest, safest bathrooms in the Quarter.¬† We tend to walk waaaay¬†out of our way to get there too, believe me.¬† We ate popcorn alligator at The Gazebo Cafe right at the edge of Latrobe Park.¬† We ate on a restaurant balcony overlooking the Joan of Arc statue near the French Market.¬† There was a storm moving in, and the clouds were spectacular, but I had a hard time fully appreciating it because I was so afraid that the balcony was going to collapse.¬† It didn’t collapse and the food was great and I want to go back again.

We also went out to Bayou Coquille to see what a real swamp looks like.  It was full of amazing wildlife, like alligators that like to lay right next to the wooden boardwalk, which is a really quick way to cut your walk short I might add.  We saw huge turtles, ok, just one and it was in the mouth of an enormous gator, but I digress.  We also saw snakes and frogs and weird bugs.  We heard an owl hoot in the middle of the day.  We saw cyprus trees and their weird little knees.  It was amazing.

I also ate the first oyster of my life in New Orleans.¬† My husband had been there on business and took us to a restaurant called Drago’s.¬† They had oysters on the half shell that were encrusted with parm¬†cheese, breadcrumbs, butter¬†and various spices, then broiled on a platter together.¬† We, kids included, ate so many and kept ordering more, that we couldn’t eat any more.¬† Oysters are generally like slimy little phlegm balls, but not these.¬† It’s the only place I think I’ll ever be able to have them.¬† We also ate at a place called Tommy’s that had me eating another thing I hate.¬† Bananas.¬† We had some kind of caramelly, wonderful, flaming banana dessert there and I couldn’t stop eating them.¬† The food in New Orleans is unbelievable.

I could go on and on and on, but blog entries that get too long tend to lose people, so I’ll stop, but next time you are looking for a cool, weird, live and let live kind of place to go on vacation, give The Big Easy a try.¬† It’s awesome and kids love it too.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!