Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary~Sculpture of Rose McClendon

Solitary: definition~ “occurring singly and not as part of a group or cluster”.  
Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  

Solitary, singular, alone, lone, special, sole, unique.

This sculpture of Rose McClendon stands alone proudly on the grounds of Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural commission for the Edgar Kaufmann family.  She graces the garden near the walkway that joins the main house and guest house at Fallingwater.

Standing in a prayerful pose, she is startlingly beautiful, serene and reverent, as she tilts her head back toward Heaven.

Rose indeed was special and unique.  She was ‘one of the most renowned African-American stage performers of her time’. *  She starred in eleven Broadway productions.
Ethel Barrymore once said: “She can teach them all distinction.”  Aside from stage work, Rose directed and produced, and was co-founder of the Negro People’s Theatre in Harlem, and supervised the Federal Negro Theatre. *

When we visited Fallingwater, I was mesmerized by Rose.  It was raining lightly, so she had droplets cascading down her face. She looked as if she was crying in prayer, becoming more realistic than just a cast-stone sculpture.  I was very moved by this lovely piece.
I hope you can also feel the emotion as you look at the photo.

Sculpture of Rose McClendon (1884-1936) by Richmond Barthe

*Taken from: Website about Fallingwater click here.

Thanks for coming to visit!  I really appreciate it!

Judy

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Gardening for the Soul

My daughter, Kara, has a lovely garden.  It’s just steps from her door, and it brings abundant color to her living room.  She’s a great gardener, tending her plants with the care of a “flower mother”!  Her garden is a riot of color: blue, red, yellow, purple, orange, white,
and pink.

Gardeners know how good it feels to dig in the dirt and watch their plants grow.
It surely feeds our inner being, our soul.  It’s a connection to the earth and life.

This year Kara’s garden is extraordinary because she dedicated it to the memory of our close friend, who passed away in May.  She told me she wanted to have a beautiful garden because our friend was such a beautiful person inside and out, and always doing things for others.  I think our friend, who was a fantastic gardener herself, is watching over Kara’s garden and smiling. 😉

“Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul.”  ~Linda Solegato

Kara’s Garden~

~Zinnias, Salvia, Petunias~

~Impatiens, Salvia~

~pretty orange flower~

~pink daisy-like flower~

“When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it.  If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.”
~Author Unknown

~daisy-like flower bud, unfolding~

~purple daisy opening~

~Kara’s Garden….a burst of color from containers!~

Kara’s Garden is not situated on a large piece of land.  She and her husband have a condo and the garden is on the deck!  The deck has benches, so flower boxes fill the benches, railings and the floor below the benches.  She even has a corner with an Herb Garden.  Two “upside down” bagged tomato plants hang from the upper deck, loaded with large green tomatoes!  Those tomato plants are about 6′ tall!
An entire garden in containers!

Do you like to garden?  Do you use containers?

Thanks for visiting.  Please excuse the construction on my new theme!  I’m still playing with the features! 😉

Judy

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Create~ “to cause to exist; bring into being. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort.”  (the Free Dictionary online)

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I created the image,  found the quote online and placed the quote on the image.  I can’t  say I created the tomatoes!  But I did plant them and care for them! 😉

Judy

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“A Rose is a Rose is a Rose”? (Gertrude Stein)

The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.
~Author Unknown

……….

Roses from my garden,

Giving me smiles every day.  

When the roses fade in fall

I have  memories to keep me smiling

Until summer again comes my way.

Judy

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Today

Today was good.  Today was fun.  Tomorrow is another one.  ~ Dr. Seuss

Part of my garden….TODAY.

Thanks for visiting TODAY!

Judy

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Ancient Artifact? or ?

Is this an ancient artifact?

An ancient Greek Sun symbol?

Or is it something else?

An ancient artifact? !!

Actually I can’t fool any of you!  This is sort of ancient…er um….it’s from last  summer’s garden!  Now can you guess?
As near as I can tell, it’s a Purple Coneflower.  We have them in the area where I found this cool specimen.  It makes such a great photo subject.  And….as you can see below, I had fun playing on PhotoShop with it too. 

Dried Purple Coneflower with the "Dry Brush" effect from PhotoShop.

 

Thanks for viewing my Coneflower!

Judy

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“La Ville-Lumière~The City of Light”….Paris

My daughter and I went to Paris in the summer.  We were there for two weeks and had a blast.  We loved everything about the city.
Yes, it was warm, and we were living on the hotel’s fourth floor with no air conditioning, but we did have a fan and a window with wide sashes we could throw open to the breeze.  We were in the 7th arrondissement, only two blocks from the Eiffel Tower.  We walked everywhere, but most evenings we walked to the Eiffel Tower, along the Champs de Mars and waited for the tower to offer us its display of lights.  We particularly enjoyed watching the lights while eating ice cream cones, as there was a stand nearby!

My daughter takes after her father and figured out the Metro system right off the bat.  I tackled the language, although it had been many many years since I’d used it.  Most shop owners seemed to appreciate our attempts at French, and then they’d lapse into English for the rest of the conversation!!  Tonight I’ll post photos of the Rue Cler….the market street where we ate a wonderful breakfast of crêpes every morning, and browsed the colorful fruits and vegetables on display.  I’ll also post two photos of the Eiffel Tower and one of Luxembourg Gardens.  Enjoy~

Japanese Maple tree~

The Japanese Maple tree provides beauty all year ’round.   It has a graceful shape in the winter, with slightly downswept lower branches.  In the spring, summer and fall the foliage consists of delicate leaves that look finely cut.  In the fall the leaves turn a fantastic color of red.  This 15′-20′ tall tree would make a great accent to your garden.