Four Penny

Time for yet another installment of ‘unusual’  conversations heard only here!

Annabelle: “Are you okay up there?”

Me: “Yeah.”

Annabelle: ” Because you’ve been up there for quite a while…”

Me: “Yeah.”


Annabelle: “So what are you doing?”

Me: “Just poking a few pounds of nails through a piece of cardboard.”

Annabelle: “Oh. Okay, have fun.”

About this image: Digital Photograph, moderately modified


Weekly Photo Challenge: Water

I have tons of images that would have been appropriate for this photo challenge, but I went with something a bit simpler today (shoreline, Leelanau State Park, Michigan). Which probably means craziness tomorrow (just to balance things out, you know). Have a wonderful memorial day, everyone…

” … we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow, this ground — The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here …”

– Abraham Lincoln – Excerpt from Gettysburg Address – November 19, 1863

About this image: Ilford 35mm film scan – moderately modified

Lost In Translation

I’ve been posting a lot of ‘garden’ images lately, so why not finish off the week with something from a Japanese Garden? If anyone speaks Japanese I would love to know what this sign says. Any guesses? Have a great weekend, everyone!

Director: *untranslated Japanese*

Ms. Kawasaki: “Um. He want you to turn, looking at camera. OK?”

Bob Harris: “That’s all he said?”

Ms. Kawasaki: “Yes. Turn to camera.”

Bob Harris: “All right. Does he want me to turn from the right, or turn from the left?”

Ms. Kawasaki: *untranslated Japanese*

Director: *untranslated Japanese*

Ms. Kawasaki: “Right side. And with intensity. OK?”

Bob Harris: “Is that everything? It seemed like he said quite a bit more than that.”

Director: *untranslated Japanese*

Ms. Kawasaki: “Like an old friend. And, into the camera.”

Bob Harris: “OK.”

Director: *untranslated Japanese* “Suntory time. OK?”

Bob Harris: “OK.”

Diamond Yukai, Akiko Takeshita and Bill Murray – Lost in Translation

About this image: digital photograph, highly modified

Storing Muses

Here’s something I found while digging through my vast archives of unedited… stuff. I took this photo about a bajillion years ago in the Fontbonne University sculpture studio. I’m not sure if this lady is still  hanging around there, but judging from the amount of random junk she was stored behind it seems very possible. Chillaxin. Mannequin style.

About this image: Ilford 35mm film scan, moderately modified – digital ‘frame’

Ottoman Garden

Here’s another photo from the last trip Annabelle and I took to the Missouri Botanical Garden. It was a good time (even after my camera decided to take a nap). I learned a few things that day, like:

There are a lot of plants at a botanical garden.

There are a lot of people who visit botanical gardens. I guess they like to look at plants.

It’s wise to fully charge your camera battery before visiting a botanical garden. In case you decide to photograph plants. Or people who like to look at plants.

Who knew?!

About this image: digital photograph, highly modified

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny

Hmmm… looks like this post is a ‘tiny’ bit off level. I suspected as much.

Not quite perpendicular, either. Now that’s a surprise. Or… not.

“Tiny bubbles… in the wine… make me happy… make me feel fine…”

– Tiny Bubbles – Don Ho

About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified


Here’s a drawing of a Rhino… he hopes everyone has a great weekend. I do too. More stuff on Monday!

Stuart MacKenzie: “HEAD! PAPER! NOW! Move that melon of yours and get the paper if you can, haulin’ that gargantuan cranium about.”

Tony Giardino: “SSShhhhh…”

Stuart MacKenzie: “I’m not kiddin’, that boy’s head’s like Sputnik… spherical but quite pointy in parts…”

Mike Myers and Anthony LaPaglia – So I Married an Axe Murderer

About this image: charcoal drawing on Bristol Board

Fountain Angel

I try not to get too much mileage out of other people’s work (sculptures, etc.), but every now and then I just can’t help myself. This piece, The Fountain Angel, 1902, by Italian sculptor Raffaello Romanelli was just too nice to pass up.

Although she appears to have sprung several leaks she’s really held up quite well!

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified


I can admit it. This project was probably not worth splattering-up my D.I.Y. softbox with food coloring (yes, only I could manage that). But at least I’ve gotten it out of my system. For a while, anyway.

Lady Macbeth: “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!”

– Shakespeare, Macbeth

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified