Thursday, February 26, 2009

Photo Hunt ~ Weekly Theme: Thankful

Weekly Theme: Thankful

When we think of things we are thankful for...always at the top of our lists are our family and friends. So, I tried to think beyond those. I chose the SIX SENSES.
Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching and "a sense of humor". For this is the way we enjoy our lives. Beautiful things to see, your child's face and a gorgeous sunset. Hearing--your lover saying that they 'love you' or amazing music. Smelling cookies baking, the first rain or a baby's head. Tasting...the list is too long! Touching silk, a kitten's fur, and a baby's skin. And last but not least...the sense of humor, which makes life both enjoyable and bearable!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Photo Hunt ~ Weekly Theme: Warm


When it is cold, rainy, and dreary here,
the best way to lift ones spirits and
to feel like you are on a WARM beach
is to go to a tanning bed.

The place

The sign

The bed

Friday, February 13, 2009

Photo Hunt ~ Weekly Theme: Nautical

Weekly Theme: Nautical

Old ships in harbor at Jamestown, Virginia

Friday, February 06, 2009

Photo Hunt ~ Weekly Theme: Bridges


The Footbridge of Multnomah Falls
A waterfall as magnificent and memorable as any in the country is located just a 30- minute drive outside of Portland. The winding road of the scenic highway will deliver you to Multnomah Falls while simultaneously captivating you along the way with breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge. Multnomah Falls is the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the nation. The water of the Falls drops 620 feet from its origin on Larch Mountain. Unusually cold weather can freeze the plummeting water into a majestic icesicle Visiting Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water, lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease.

Sundial Bridge
The Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay crosses the Sacramento River in the heart of Redding, California. Opened July 4, 2004, the bridge links the north and south campuses of Turtle Bay Exploration Park and serves as a new downtown entrance for Redding’s extensive Sacramento River Trail system.

The bridge celebrates human creativity and ingenuity, important themes of the 300 acre Turtle Bay Exploration Park. The steel, glass, and granite span evokes a sense of weightlessness and the translucent, non-skid decking provides for spectacular viewing at night. The bridge is also environmentally sensitive to its river setting. The tall pylon and cable stays allow the bridge to avoid the nearby salmon-spawning habitat there are no supports in the water while encouraging public appreciation for the river. Plazas are situated at both ends of the bridge for public use; the north-side plaza stretches to the water allowing patrons to sit at the river’s edge.

In addition to being a functional work of art, the Sundial Bridge is a technical marvel as well. The cable-stayed structure has an inclined, 217 foot pylon constructed of 580 tons of steel. The deck is made up of 200 tons of glass and granite and is supported by more than 4,300 feet of cable. The structure is stabilized by a steel truss, and rests on a foundation of more than 115 tons of steel and 1,900 cubic yards of concrete. The McConnell Foundation, a private, independent foundation established in Redding in 1964, funded the majority of the bridge’s $23 million cost.

World renowned Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava conceived the Sundial Bridge’s unusual design, his first free-standing bridge in the United States. Calatrava has built bridges, airports, rail terminals, stadiums, and other structures around the world.