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Greetings! This is my place for art and thinking. The images I find out in the world and close to home are sometimes put here. I like to smile and hence like to find images that are smileworthy. I'm also a bit melancholy sometimes and hence you might find images of solitude and loneliness. 


 

Confederate Icons

January 07, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

The mansion is Belmead, the circular staircase from the first to the second floor. Overlaid is the Confederate Pyramid in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery that was erected in 1869 as a memorial to the confederate dead buried in the cemetery...about 18,000. It was also erected to honor "The Lost Cause." Sadly, this lost cause lives on.

Composite imageThe Lost Cause PyramidComposite image of staircase at Belmead with Hollywood Cemetery confederate memorial layered onto the ceiling of the mansion built by enslaved people


My Favorite Images of 2021

January 04, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Well, at least they are my favorites for today!! This is another "Fresh Start" project from Matt Kloskowski. The first assignment is to review last year's images and pick a couple dozen that I would "favorite" in the collection. I don't think they are necessarily "art" photos, they just happen to be images that I like. I know some of you might think that I have a skewed view of the world which would give bias to skewed images. That's probably true. I did notice that I didn't have as many candidates as I did a couple of years ago for a similar exercise. I created a special "gallery" and I put all of them on the front page and one here. 

AlexandriaSilent NightOld Town Alexandria, outside dining


Ghosts of Hollywood Cemetery

December 30, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond is a rolling landscape of elaborate and simple gravesites. The monuments range in style from the bare tablet laying flat on the ground to the towering stone markers for families and icons of industry and history. Imagining their stories came easily. The children's graves were many, most lived less than three years. I'm guessing that losing children to disease and accidents was common. For me, Hollywood is maze-like with its winding roads and circular byways, I seem to always end up where I started and only seeing one section of the cemetery.

Hollywood CemeteryHollywood CemeteryFamily Gravesite in Hollywood Cemetery


A Carved Stone, Perhaps Pipestone

December 26, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

One hundred years ago my grandparents spent their "leisure time" camping out in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Minnesota. They camped and hiked in remote places and collected artifacts such as arrowheads, tomahawks, and other Native American pieces. Sadly, after grandpa died, grandmother sold his collections which probably should have gone to a museum. Years later when she sold her house and moved, she found a small bucket of grandpa's "rejects" which she passed on to me. Most were shattered arrowheads or broken points. Among the rejects was this stone carving, probably from a pipestone quarry in southeast Minnesota. The little statue is about 4 inches high and an inch and a half wide. The carving is very delicate, a bison on the front base, a fox and a bird on the side bases. 

The land where pipestone is quarried is considered holy ground by Native Americans and the color of the stone represents the blood spilled by their people. I wrote the South Dakota State Historical Society about it. They didn't respond. Same with the Smithsonian. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

Stone CarvingStone CarvingPipestone carving, note the buffalo on the base Pipestone - Right ViewPipestone - Right ViewHand carved stone Pipestone - Left ViewPipestone - Left ViewArtifact from my grandparents


"Portraits" from Belmead

December 10, 2021  •  Leave a Comment