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.
Do not leave your shoes in place
This photo was taken on February 4, 2018. Specs are:
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 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.
You had just one job!
This photo was taken on September 19, 2016. Specs are:
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 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:
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.”