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Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Break - Day 31

Smile
 
 
Everything about this makes me smile;
The katydid,
the shadow,
the reflection,
and the fact that this katydid
rode on the top of our trailer for
13 miles up to the top of a mountain!
Seriously!!
Does he/she have suction feet?
 
 
And, then there's these smiles...
 
they melt my heart!!!
 
I'm also smiling today because I did it! I posted every day during the month of August. This is supposed to be an August Break, but I have do differ with that. I don't usually post every day. To make this month easier I did go to my archives a lot and find pictures that I liked but hadn't posted. Sometimes I followed the prompts, sometimes I didn't. Starting tomorrow it's back to normal, whatever that is! I have no normal schedule. I just post. when the mood hits me and I have something to share.

I have enjoyed spending this August with you!
 
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Friday, August 30, 2013

August Break - Day 30

signs
A few of my favorite signs from Hot Springs, Arkansas.



 
 
 


 
The Aristocrat Hotel in Hot Springs, AR was built in 1965. It is now an apartment building for disabled persons and seniors.  It sits right across the street from the Arlington Hotel where Al Capone stayed.


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

August Break - Day 29

Favorite
color - blue

 
 
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August Break - Day 28

smell
 citrus?
 

 
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Chrome and Shine

 
 
Friday morning found us cruising down the highway headed to Mena, Arkansas for the annual street rod show at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Zipping along in our automobile brings a smile to my face and it brings smiles to others as well.  You would never believe the number of people who pass us on the road smiling, waving and taking our picture. For just a second we touch other's lives and bring them a little happiness. There's a little town we go through on our way to Mena where the school playground is right next to the road. Several times it's been recess when we passed by. As soon as the children spot  the old cars and trucks they start smiling and screaming; running to the fence and waving. I always roll down my window and give them a big wave.
 
On Friday night the streets near the old railroad station are blocked off so we can park together and everyone can wander around and look at the cars.
 
The shot above and the one below were taken out of a very dirty window on the second floor of an antique shop. While Mr. H looks at cars, I browse the shops. You can see our truck in the photo below. It's the solid red one; a 1940 Ford. That's Mr. H standing right in front of it in the white t-shirt talking to someone about his truck.
 
 
Here's a closer look at Old Red, which is what Mr. H calls it. Most of these antique cars and trucks are not restored to their original state, mostly because parts are unavailable and the original engines would not stand up to today's faster speeds.  Oh, and we women like our air conditioning! Old Red was originally a work truck and probably only went to town and back. We're only the third owners of the truck which is kind of neat and we have the original title which is really neat. Okay, enough about our truck, now on to the show.
 
 
We spend Saturday and Sunday at Queen Wilhelmina State Park which happens to be the second highest mountain peak in Arkansas. Each year I try to find a different theme for  my photos. This year I noticed the fascinating reflections. The blue one below is my favorite. I loved the repetition of the reflection in the chrome grill.  The bottom two are reflections in chrome bumpers. Yeah, that's my legs in the one on the right, much longer than they are in real life!


 Reflections in the paint.
Have you ever seen such shine!
 
 
 Reflection in a headlight.
 

 
And lastly, not a reflection but a number for today's August Break prompt.
Don't ask me what kind of car it is, but whatever it is...it's a 1937.
 
 
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I'm also joining Helen at A Flash of Imagination for her Weekend Walk.
Why don't you drop by and join us?


Monday, August 26, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

August Break - Day 25

 
Sunday Morning

 
The sun was rising.
The wind blowing through the large tent.
With others we worshipped on a mountain top.
Beautiful Sunday morning!
 
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

August Break - Day 24

hear
 
 
"There is music in the air,
music all around us,
the world is full of it..." 
~  Edward Elgar
 
 
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Friday, August 23, 2013

August Break - Day 23

Sacred
 
 
"In the beginning was the Word,
 

and the Word was with God,
 


and the Word was God."
John 1:1
 
 
 
 
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15
 
 
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

August Break - Day 20

walking in the morning dew
 
"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day."
~ Henry David Thoreau
 
 
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Monday, August 19, 2013

August Break - Day 19

 
 
 
 
peering through a greenhouse window
 
 
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Walking Quietly

 
When I'm out taking photos, I never know just what I'll run across.  I was headed back to my car after a day of taking pictures when I spotted this little structure sitting near the sidewalk beside an Episcopal Church. It made me smile and of course I had to take a picture. I laughed when I saw a water faucet sticking out of the back; cute way to cover it up.  Then I looked around and realized I was near a courtyard beside the church. I decided to peek in and spotted a garden with a rock labyrinth that was open to the public.
 

 
I've heard of labyrinths, but I've never seen one.  I did a little Google search and found that "in the Middle Ages, walking a cathedral labyrinth was a substitute for going on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Not everyone could make the long and arduous journey to the Holy Land, so walking a labyrinth in a church was a devotional activity. Today, meandering labyrinths are often used as walking meditations, to focus the mind. Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets the mind."
 


Never having seen a labyrinth, it took me a moment to find the entrance.  This stone carved with a scripture was near the beginning of the pathway.



Unlike a maze that has dead ends,  labyrinths meander with a single, undivided path and no choices to make other than traveling onward through the winding pattern to the center. This labyrinth looked like it had four sections. I thought I'd probably just walk through one section and then move on to the next, but  randomly it would almost make a complete circle and start in a new section.
 


I was fascinated with the shapes and colors in the rocks.  As you can see many of the rocks show crumbling and wear.
 
 
 
 
In the very center of the labyrinth is a small cross.
 
 
 
I enjoyed following the pathway to the center and finding peace and quietness in the middle of a bustling tourist town.
 
 
I'm linking this to new link up party with Helen  called Weekend Walk at The Inspiration Pavilion. This link up is about getting out each week, walking, and of course sharing photos. You should join us!

This is also my August Break - Day 18 post. The prompt was looking down which I certainly did a lot of.
 
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

August Break - Day 17

touch
 
Today's prompt is touch and there's nothing that touches my heart like my grandsons!
 




 
 

"If I had a star for everything I love about my grandchildren,
I would have the whole night sky."
~ author unknown