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…Green Pastures

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Some colors are just naturally more likely to produce feelings of calmness.  The two best colors?  Glad you asked!  I’ve been told that they are blue and green.  If you are a believer in God, that would makes sense…that the sky and ocean are blue and the trees, grass, etc., are green…sorta like He wanted us to have some peace and calm in the midst of our lives of craziness!

Have you ever dreamed of your perfect place?  For some it may be heaven, for others a place they visited or would like to visit.  I know that dogs dream because you can watch them “run” in their sleep and they bark and their eyes and noses twitch…and they even growl.  Surely they are dreaming!  I wonder, though, if horses and cows dream, too?  I suspect that they do as they are sentient beings.  And perhaps, when they dream of their ideal place, it is like the scene in today’s photo that I took last Saturday.  Spring has burst out all over Georgia.  The dogwoods are blooming, daffodils are up, other trees are covered with blossoms…it is lovely!  The grass which turns brownish in winter is now green and lush and the cows and horses just must be dreaming of chewin’ it up!  And even the small shed in the pasture got into the green spirit!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1979, the world’s first anthrax epidemic began in Ekaterinburg, Russia (now Sverdlosk). By the time it ended six weeks later, 62 people were dead. Another 32 survived serious illness. Ekaterinburg, as the town was known in Soviet times, also suffered livestock losses from the epidemic.

As people in Ekaterinburg first began reporting their illnesses, the Soviet government announced that the cause was tainted meat that the victims had eaten. Since the town was known in intelligence circles for its biological-weapons plant, much of the rest of the world was immediately skeptical of the Soviet explanation.

It was not until 13 years later, in 1992, that the epidemic was finally explained: workers at the Ekaterinburg weapons plant failed to replace a crucial filter, causing a release of anthrax spores into the outside air. The wind carried the spores to a farming area and infected people and livestock in the area. Had the town been downwind from the plant at the time of the release, the death toll might have been considerably higher.

Anthrax is a bacterium that can enter the body through multiple routes. It is most deadly when it is inhaled. It prompts the production of toxic molecules that destroy essential proteins in the body’s cells, usually in the lymph nodes.

In 2001, anthrax spores were used as a weapon of terror in the United States. Spores were mailed to media organizations and members of the U.S. Senate. Five people died and another 13 were infected, but survived. The investigation into who was responsible is ongoing.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: After criticizing Rome’s transition from a republic to an empire, the famous philosopher/rhetorician Cicero was murdered and had his head and hands displayed on the Rostra in the Forum Romanum. It is rumoured that Fulvia, the wife of the influential Roman politician, Antony, pulled out Cicero’s tongue and stabbed it repeatedly with her hairpin.

…Came in Colors?

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How many colors can be found in all the species of birds in the world?  How about fish?  It must be astronomical.  I would imagine that just about every color you can imagine can be found on some kind of bird or fish or both.

What what about dogs?  I mean, if I were a dog (no snide remarks about that, honey!), I would feel cheated.  Dogs come in black, brown, white, gray and well, that’s about it.  Sure, sometimes they are spotted and multicolored, but they’re all really just variations of those few colors…again, unlike fish or birds.  Why, I think it’s enough to drive a good dog to bite!

If I were a boring-colored dog like the one I photographed here, I’d want to be half purple and half orange, or have a orange background color with purple stripes or spots.  What color would you like your dog to be?

I think that when I get to see God that I’ll ask Him why He didn’t make dogs come in more colors.  I can’t wait to hear His answer!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  in 1959, Carl Dean Switzer, the actor who as a child played “Alfalfa” in the Our Gang comedy film series, died at age 31 in a fight, allegedly about money, in Mission Hills, California. Alfalfa, the freckle-faced boy with a warbling singing voice and a cowlick protruding from the top of his head, was Switzer’s best-known role.

As a child, Switzer, who was born August 7, 1927, entertained people in his hometown of Paris, Illinois, with his singing. On a trip to California to visit relatives, Switzer’s mother took Carl and his brother to the Hal Roach Studios, a film and television production company that launched the careers of comedy legends like Laurel and Hardy. The Switzer brothers were signed by Hal Roach and Carl was cast as Alfalfa in the Our Gang series, which Roach began producing as silent films in the early 1920’s.

Our Gang revolved around a group of ragtag children and their adventures. Along with Alfalfa, other popular characters included Spanky, Buckwheat and Darla. Our Gang was considered groundbreaking in that it featured white and black child actors interacting equally. Switzer played Alfalfa from the mid-1930’s to the early 1940’s. In 1955, the Our Gang films were turned into a hugely popular TV series called The Little Rascals; however, Switzer never received any royalties from the show.

After Our Gang, Switzer found small roles in movies and on television, but his most successful days in Hollywood were behind him. He made money working odd jobs, including stints as a hunting guide and bartender, and had several run-ins with the police.

On January 21, 1959, Switzer and a friend went to the Mission Hills home of Moses “Bud” Stiltz, to collect a debt Switzer believed he was owed. A fight broke out, during which Stiltz shot and killed Switzer. A jury later ruled the incident justifiable homicide.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  According to one study, a first-time drunk-driving offender has already driven drunk more than 80 times before being arrested.

…a World of Color

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I would hate to be color blind.  I enjoy color SO much!  It doesn’t matter if it’s a sunset, a mountain meadow full of gorgeous, multi-colored flowers, a richly colored iris in someone’s eye…as long as the colors are strong an bright, I like ’em!  I’m not much into paisley colors or pale colors.  I suppose that is one reason that I’m typically much more of fan of color photography than black and white – although there are times when black and white is far superior, depending on the subject matter.

This colorful shot as taken at the Greek Festival a bit over a week ago.  These dresses were on display and could be purchased, but alas, I didn’t need one so I didn’t buy any.

ON THIS DAY IN  HISTORY: in 1995, an unusually large avalanche buried homes and killed 20 people in Flateyri, Iceland. This was the second deadly avalanche in the region that year.

Ten months earlier, on January 17, the small fishing village of Sudavik had suffered a devastating avalanche in which 16 residents lost their lives. The incident illuminated the dangers of living in historically avalanche-prone areas. As winter began the following October, high winds in the West Fjords prompted evacuations across the region. Hundreds of electric poles were snapped by the winds and on October 26, an avalanche of snow, ice and rocks crushed and killed a herd of 18 horses in Langidalur. Later, another slide destroyed a storage building in Sugandafjor.

Residents remained on high alert on the evening of October 27. At 4 a.m., a deafening roar was heard above Flateyri as a huge avalanche crashed down the mountain above the town. Snow and rocks buried 17 homes, only one of which had been thought to lie in an avalanche danger zone. Local residents immediately attempted a rescue effort, which proved extremely difficult in the darkness with all landmarks erased. The would-be rescuers had trouble remembering where each buried home was actually located.

In the meantime, several victims were able to dig themselves out from under the snow.United States military helicopters and the Icelandic Coast Guard arrived with 600 rescuers and dogs specially trained to locate buried people. Eventually, 20 people were pulled out alive. One woman was saved after being stuck completely motionless for eight hours. The last survivor to be found, an 11-year-old girl, was rescued 11 hours after the avalanche. It took two days to locate all the bodies.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: According to U.S. intelligence, North Korea could shoot a missile capable of striking Alaska, Hawaii, and the American West Coast. North Korea has an estimated 5,000 pounds of biological and chemical weapons.

Colors!

Isn’t it interesting the way there are so many differences between people?  I was pondering this today.  Why do some people like sweet pickles and others dill?  Why do some folks like chocolate instead of vanilla?  Why, for Pete’s sake, do some folks like cats instead of the much better pet, a dog?

Why do some folks root for the Giants, or Cowboys instead of the Dodgers or Dolphins?  Why are some people early risers – that strange species of early morning creatures – while others are night people who can barely get up in the morning?  Some like Coke and others Pepsi.

Some say “po-tay-toe” and others “po-tah-toe” or “to-may-toe” or “to-mah-to”.  Some like mountains and and some like rivers.

Some like red, others like blue.  My favorite colors are orange and purple, so when I saw these flowers/plants in Santa Cruz, my shutter finger got busy.

ColorsON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conqueror of Peru, was assassinated in his palace in Lima in 1541.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The first commercial vacuum cleaner was so large it was mounted on a wagon. People threw parties in their homes so guests could watch the new device do its job.

Purple Passion

Isn’t it strange how people like such different things?  For example, some folks who can otherwise seem to be very intelligent and sensible, like to eat liver and onions.  Or tripe.  or raw oysters.  Y-U-C-K!!!!  Why should anyone eat such things when there’s perfectly good steak, turkey, chicken, lobster or Snickers to eat?

Then, there are those who like rap music (and I use that last wordvery loosely!)  There is just no comparison when it comes to rap music and the great rock and roll of the late ’60’s and early ’70’s.  Or to the great classical works of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, etc.  In my perfectly formed opinion, rap music doesn’t even deserve to be mentioned along those other kinds of music, so I’ll stop now.

Even more intriguing is how people have favorite colors.  My 3-year old granddaughter informed me today, in case I’d forgotten, that her favorite colors are pink and yellow.  She told me that her dad’s favorite color is green (which I never knew, and he’s my youngest son!)  I asked her what her Pop-pop’s favorite color was, and she immediately knew the right answer: purple!  My second favorite is orange.  Aren’t we humans peculiar things?

At the Blue Willow, I didn’t see any blue willows, but I did see these purple flowers.  Since purple is my favorite color, I couldn’t resist.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1986, at 1:23 a.m. in Pripyat, Ukraine, the Chernobyl atomic power station exploded.  In an attempt to save the 100,000 people living in the area from radiation poisoning, a 300-square mile area was evacuated.  Still, 31 died outright and unknown thousands were exposed as radioactive materials spread around the world, carried by atmospheric winds.  It’s hard to believe it has been 26 years since it happened!

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  Texas reportedly grows more roses than are grown in any foreign country.

 

 

 

Color and Food

The “Photo a Day” list for April says that today is supposed to be a picture of “colour”.  That, in and of itself, should tell you the list originates in either England or Australia (Australia, as a matter of fact), because they don’t know how to spell “color”.  But we won’t hold that against them…at least I won’t.

So, what to shoot to show color?  I guess you could shoot just about anything as long as it isn’t monochrome or black and white.  I had pretty much given up on the idea of shooting something to make the list owners happen when I went downstairs to put some things in the mailbox outside.  While I was getting the stuff addressed and stamped on the kitchen counter, my bride was feeding our youngest granddaughter.  Feeding her sweet potatoes, I think, out of a jar.  And, wouldn’t you know it, voila! – color!

First, there were the pastels in the bib the baby was wearing.  Then, there was the bright orange of the sweet potatoes that was decorating her face in numerous places.  Grabbing my camera, I fired away, thinking this is how it should be.  We should all enjoy our food so much – after all, we are lucky to have it in such abundance!

So, thanks for the reminder, Sarah, that food is a blessing to enjoy and receive with delight – even if you have to smear it all over your face!!!!

GO FOOD!!!!

Pastels and the pleasure of eating...

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: In the Napoleonic Wars, the Danish fleet was destroyed by the British under Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen.  Ordered to withdraw during the battle (orders were communicated by displaying a series of flags), Nelson put a telescope to his blind eye and said he could see no such order.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: from the early 1700’s to 1862, soap in Europe was considered such a luxury that those who were fortunate enough to have it – and use it – had to pay a tax for doing so.  Pity the poor people who neither had soap…and those who had to smell them!

A Pleasant Sight

I love it when you are just walking along in some town (which I don’t find to be all that photogenic as a general rule) and you find something that delights the eye with its color or form.  Such discoveries are often hard to find in a city, though they are easier to my way of thinking, to find in the great outdoors in nature.

Last weekend when we were in Helen, GA, as my bride was browsing stores, I spent a fair bit of time looking to something to photograph.  At first it was fairly slow going, but then we got to a second of the town where numerous stores were side by side and I found some interesting paintings on the walls depicting Dutch and other alpine scenes.  Outside of one store I found the subject matter for today’s photograph.  The flowers aren’t real, but the coloring palate of the scene tickled my fancy and I shot it.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais, widow of a former French officer executed during the revolution.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: salmon are the fattiest of all fish.  A 4 ounce serving of the creature will provide you 9 grams of fat (oh, but it’s good fat, right?!?!?!)