Spring and Autumn are obviously the best times of the year for seeing the outline of tree branches, when they are clad in little or no foliage.
The sculptor of this tree has definitely branched out on a new limb with his kitchen pots and pans
Of course tree branches can be put to all sorts of other uses
See more of Ailsa’s friends’ inspiring photos of branches here
Our next stop along the coast was the pretty resort of Side, which also has a large complex of well preserved ruins next to it. The resort is pedestrianised so you have to leave your car outside and we caused chaos by getting into the lane reserved for taxis and trying to reverse out when we discovered our mistake.
patterns made from spices
colourful entrance to the mosque
the temple of Apollo
another popular wedding photo location
a “pirate” ship for day trips
from ancient to modern – I’m not sure I can see this idea really taking off!
you might almost call this “digital graffiti” – seen in India
sculpture in Ettelbruck, Luxembourg
a bird in the hand ….
Fortune teller’s sign, Yangon, Myanmar
a girl embroidering a picture from a black and white photo, Halong Bay, Vietnam
view more hands via Ailsa’s links
Partners and partnerships come in many forms:
the twin towers of Hangar 7, Salzburg
a street musician in Salzburg
a man and his bicycle in Salzburg
the most sublime partnership – chocolate cake and coffee in the Café Sacher, Salzburg
Some faces from my archives in response to the DP weekly challenge
A few “entertainment” photos from my archives
graffiti/wall art in India
a group of sculptures in Luxembourg’s Place du Théâtre
colourful characters in Beaufort dispensing good will and alcohol
a series of photos from Luxembourg’s annual street art/animation festival
Every couple of years Bristol organises a festival to raise money for the Children’s hospital. Much like the elephant or gorilla parades seen elsewhere in the world Bristol makes use of well known-characters. Blanks are sold to local businesses to be decorated and they are then placed in different locations around the city. A map is provided so that you can visit them all and the figures are of source of entertainment to the children (and adults). In 2013 the theme was Gromit, who features in the cartoons, created in Bristol, called Wallace and Gromit. In 2015 it was the turn of Shaun the lamb (note the play on the words for ‘shorn’).
I don’t usually read The Economist but yesterday I happened to be leafing through a recent copy and came across an obituary of Nek Chand, who died on June 12th, aged 90. Now unless you are Indian or have been to India you probably don’t know who Nek Chand was.
Nek Chand, originally from Pakistan, was responsible for the creation of a rock garden in Chandigarh, which city is more famous for having been designed by Le Corbusier. Initially, in 1958, he started creating his ‘kingdom of gods and goddesses’ in a forest clearing but this was closed down as illegal. However, city officials decided to encourage him and in 1975 the project was given official blessing and took off from there. Today it draws many visitors, apparently it’s second only in India to the Taj Mahal.
“The earliest constructions in his garden in the forest were modelled on both the village life he remembered and the divine haunts he imagined: winding paths, walls and rivers, terraces and waterfalls, temples and alleyways and fairground formations of dancers, musicians, water-carriers, snake-charmers, revellers, horses, buffaloes and birds”. They were constructed from blocks of stone, concrete, and cement to which he added bits of crockery, broken tiles, electrical fittings, glass beads and bracelets, etc.
We visited his wonderful garden a few years ago (more posts of our Indian trip to follow) and it was indeed a magical place.
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a modern take on an ancient stone circle at Campo del sole on Lake Trasimeno, Italy
the Harmonic Fields sonic installation in Dorset
animal sculpture in human pose (Luxembourg)
this hand sculpture in Ettelbruck (Luxembourg) gives me the creeps with all its little mouths
Do you like modern art? I’m not always a great fan but sometimes it surprises and delights me.
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