Raindrops on roses…

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

OK, no kittens…

Flute playerbut plenty of raindrops on lilies

and these are a few of my favourite things…

Today is the March equinox – the spring (vernal) equinox in the northern hemisphere when the length of the daylight hours equal the length of the night hours (well almost…) and is the beginning of spring according to astrological belief. This year it is also a date for a total solar eclipse and a super moon and the International Day of Happiness! Let the good times begin…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Homecoming

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The work, “Unconditional Surrender” by Seward Johnson II, is based on a famous Life magazine photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt taken in Times Square on Aug. 14, 1945, the day the Japanese announced their surrender. In response to copyright issues, Johnson states that he used a similar photograph of the kissing couple taken by Victor Jorgensen, which is still in the public domain

The statue represents what is an incredible moment in any service member’s life.

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This more than life size statue made of a foam core with a urethane outer layer was a temporary exhibit on the San Diego harbour park, near to the Midway until May 2012. It was criticised for being “kitsch” but many couples liked to imitate the pose, and in a navy town it is most appropriate.  Wikipedia

Apparently it has been replaced with a bronze statue though I don’t know of its size.  Maybe you have seen the new statue?

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If you would like to see what others have come up with for this challenge then go to the Daily Post @ WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

K for Kafka

frizztext hosts a weekly A – Z Challenge

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Start Date: Tuesdays, recurring weekly

Description: Every Tuesday I offer the “A to Z challenge”, walking step by step through the alphabet.

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This exhibition on the life and work of Prague’s most famous literary son, entitled ‘City of K’, is the third in a series of exhibitions about world writers and their cities.  It explores the intimate relationship between the writer and the city that shaped him through the media of documents, photography and video.

Read more: Lonely Planet

K - Franz-Kafka

 The fountain in the courtyard of the Franz Kafka Museum  in the Lesser Quarter, is created by artist David Černý.  Two urinating men stand opposite one another above a lake in the shape of the Czech Republic. An electronic device turns their hips and raises their penises in a way that the flow of water traces the letters of several quotes on the water’s surface. But since Kafka wrote in German I’m afraid that aspect of the fountain passed me by.

I find it very amusing, but I’m sure some people are extremely shocked when they suddenly find themselves face to face with this – what do you think?

Unusual Things You Find Inside a Garden

Ailsa of “Where’s My Backpack?” has been pondering her visits to gardens around the world this week. If you would like to join in with her challenge then please do. Everyone is welcome.

And I am combining this with the Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress: Inside.

As some of you will know I do have another blog which is specifically for flowers – Earth Laughs in Flowers – and if you click this link you will be able to read about some of the gardens I have been enchanted by and see some lovely flowers and plants.

But for this challenge I am going to show you some of the odd sculptures and statues that have caught my eye whilst wandering inside the gardens, beginning with the infamous Eden Project in Cornwall.

(click on an image to enlarge)

The Bee
The Bee
The Rites of Dionysus by Tim Shaw
The Rites of Dionysus by Tim Shaw
WEEE Man, Outdoor Biome
WEEE Man, Outdoor Biome
spider
Incy Wincy spider…or is it a crab?

Next is a visit to the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Welsh Black by Sally Matthews
‘Tawr’ A Welsh Black by Sally Matthews
'Pi' by Rawleigh Clay
‘Pi’ by Rawleigh Clay
Circle of Decision
Circle of Decision

And finally a few sculptures that have appeared in my favourite garden, RHS Wisley in Surrey.

Doves
Doves
Henry Moore's Arch
Henry Moore’s Arch
Wicker 'Pear'
Wicker ‘Pear’
Wicker Sculptures
Wicker Sculptures

What unusual things have you found in a garden?