… a fish needs a bicycle — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: May 13, 2018

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: May 13, 2018.

This animated sculpture is located on the third (“World of Advertising”) floor of  The Guinness Storehouse® in Dublin, Ireland.  It  brings to life the saying coined by the Australian Irina Dunn in 1970:

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.

This photo was taken on April 29, 2018.

Do not leave your shoes in place — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: April 8, 2018

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: April 8, 2018.

When we visited Anuradhapura, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, we also visited the sacred fig tree Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in the Mahamewna Gardens.  As is the case in all such sacred places, visitors are required to remove their shoes before entering. The question is always, where shall we leave our shoes? Usually there is a staffed building nearby with shoe-minders, where shoes can be left safely and retrieved after paying a very small fee (50 Sri Lankan Rupees, or about 35 cents, for three pairs of shoes).  In the picture below, the small building can be seen in the back. The grassy space in front is roped off with a sign in the local language as well as in English:

Do not leave your shoes in place

Of course, we see many “shoes in place” (even on the base of the sign), as well as a man in the very act of ignoring the directions.

This photo was taken on February 4, 2018. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 800, f/11, 1/640 sec, 21 mm.

An Uncommon Garden Lizard — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge — February 11, 2018

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge — February 11, 2018.

This common garden lizard was unconciously stealing the show at Buduruwagala near Kataragama, Sri Lanka. After we had photographed the religious site from every angle, we came across this fellow in dappled light on a large black rock.  We asked our guide why the lizard stayed still long enough for us to take photos, and he replied that the lizard probably wanted a tip.  Our interest in the lizard drew more tourists, and he continued to pose as we left.

This photo was taken on February 11, 2018.

You had one job! — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: January 28, 2018

This is our entry this week for  Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: January 28, 2018.

This photo shows an increasingly angry barefoot bride and her groom trying unsuccessfully to scatter pigeons for a wedding photo in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on a chilly and overcast day. Before taking this image, we saw them make at least a dozen unsuccessful runs through the disinterested pigeons. We have no idea what the bride was saying to the groom, but from the expressions and body language she shared between the runs, it was clear that the bride felt that the groom had just one job and that was to make the pigeons fly.

 

This photo was taken on September 19, 2016. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 800, f/8.0, 1/160 sec, 40mm.

 

Nimbus

Nimbus, a white (albino) loggerhead sea turtle, was found on a local beach in his eggshell and now lives in the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. We saw him first when he was just a hatchling, and he is now six years old. The double image is caused by his reflection as he swims near the top of his tank.

 

This photo was taken on May 31, 2017.  Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 500, f/2.4, 1/30 sec, 5.9 mm

Self-Made Men — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: July 30, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: July 30, 2017.

This living statue was sitting on Rue Azais on Montmartre just down the hill from Basilique du Sacre-Coeur in Paris, France. The partially-created man on the right is chiseling the man on the left from stone. These street performers did not move while we were observing, except that the eyes of the man on the right thanked me for my donation in the box labeled MERCI (“thank you”).  The quote

les oeuvres d’art ne se trouvent pas seulement dans les musées

means, in English,

Works of art are not only found in museums

This work is derivative of Bobbie Carlyle’s bronze sculpture titled Self Made Man, photos of which can be seen at her official website. According to her website,

Self Made Man is perhaps her best known work depicting man carving himself and his future from the raw stone from which he emerges.

This photo was taken on September 17, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/3.4, 1/200 sec, 9.6 mm

 

The Car – Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge: June 25, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge: June 25, 2017.

Today we visited the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC.  The Hirshorn is undergoing a major renovation of its art exhibits inside and there are slim pickings for anyone expecting to find open rooms with art on the walls, with the possible exception of the amazing Big Man figure that is perhaps too risqué for our followers…

The exhibit shown below is just outside the entrance to the Hirshorn. We wondered if this could be a new enhanced parking enforcement technique – the new parking “boot.”

The Car
The Car

This photo was taken on June 25, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/5.0, 1/80 sec, 18 mm