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13
Apr

Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects…

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to illustrate two subjects in a photo.

This was the first photo I thought of….  I really love that this image is so unexpected!  It’s such an odd thing to see as you drive the turnpike in Miami.

I captured this through the window of a car – about three weeks ago.  I was a passenger in the car and happened to have my camera in my lap when I saw this out of nowhere!   I nearly missed it, too.  Fortunately I got the shot on the first try.

And, the sky that day was really that blue!

In a sense, there are three subjects in this photo: The artwork, the building, and the bluer-than-blue sky.

I don’t know why this whimsical piece of art is on this apartment building, which is about 15 stories high, but it’s clearly been put there purposely.  Maybe a tenant placed it there?

I don’t know if it’s even still hanging on the building.

I think it resembles the work of artist Romero Brito, the Brazilian pop-artist, who makes Miami his home.  But, he generally signs his work.

So, it’s a mystery – a whimsical and beautiful mystery!

Somewhere in Miami this colorful artwork is happily hanging on the side of an apartment building! Photo by Andrea O’Connell, 2012

7
Apr

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey

The photo challenge this week asks us to illustrate the word “journey.”   (And what a great word it is, too!)

Lewis Carroll wrote,

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.

There’s certainly truth in that, both positive and negative; we don’t always know where we’re going, and the road that takes us there may be paved with whatever is next – the good, bad or indifferent.

I like what Ursula K. LeGuin wrote about journeying:

It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.

I captured the photo below – downtown Miami – through a car window during a recent journey.

The building in the center of the photo – the one shaded in yellow – is the Miami Freedom Tower. It once was a haven for Cuban immigrants who journeyed to freedom.

Photo by Andrea O'Connell

The journeys that this beautiful Red Shouldered hawk once enjoyed are a part of the past now.

This Florida beauty is held at the Flamingo Gardens, in Davie Florida. a wildlife sanctuary for injured and/or endangered animals.

This lovely fellow can no longer fly as a result of a serious injury.  (If he were not cared for at Flamingo Gardens there would be little chance for his survival.)

He’s well taken care of, as are all the animals in the Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary.

The juxtaposition of the bird and the fence is striking.  This is a bird whose journeys were no doubt expansive, reaching far and wide.

It’s so sad to see this bird fenced in like this.  His journeys are in the past, now – only a dream.

Photo by Andrea O'Connell

25
Mar

Weekly Photo Challenge: Through …… Odysseo

 

Yesterday I had the great fortune of seeing the dreamy, magical and brilliant show, Odysseo, playing in Miami.  It was an amazing experience.  We were front and center – close enough to smell the horses and see the sweat glistening from their beatifically coiffed coats.

I didn’t have time before the show to focus on this weeks’ photo challenge, which asks us to capture an image that says”through,” but I think the glow of the lights and the complicated structure beneath the bleacher seats works pretty well for my interpretation of “through.”

I had my camera with me and as we entered the Odysseo big top to see the show, it was impossible not to notice the massive scaffold-like structures underneath the enormous bleacher seats.  The purple glow that washed through the bleacher support beams, came from the stage lighting.  I love the wild effect the purple lighting made through the bleachers.

Below are a few of photos of the underside of the bleachers.  The photos with a TV screen, were hanging on the outside frame of the bleachers and showed some of the dramatic moments from the show.

Photo by Andrea O'Connell, 2012. All rights reserved

Photo of bleacher support beams with TV showing scenes from Odysseo:

Photo by Andrea O'Connell, 2012. All rights reserved

Photo of bleacher support beams with TV showing scenes from Odysseo:

Photo by Andrea O'Connell, 2012. All rights reserved

Photo of bleacher support beams with TV showing scenes from Odysseo:

Below is a you tube video that I think you’ll enjoy.  There are a lot of YouTube videos of this remarkable show.  Follow this video to more YouTube links about the show.

Screen-shot image of Odysseo web page. Click photo to access Odysseo website

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12
Jan

Moving Rosie’s shark picture down….

ImageHad to get the picture of the poor shark away from the top of the page.  Photo credit: Andrea O’Connell 1/10/2012

12
Jan

why rosie?

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a gross display – such a horrible, horrible sight.  I don’t understand how, rather than smiling at the dead carcass of that incredible shark, they are not puking off the side of the boat.

I don’t understand.  Rosie Rosie Rosie?  Why?

( Courtesy Mark Quartiano ) Rosie O'Donnell has taken her children on several fishing trips off Miami Beach with the well-known shark fishing guide Mark "The Shark" Quartiano

I don’t understand how anyone could do this to such a magnificent creature.  Imagine the pain that shark endured? and now the ocean is absent another of its most mighty creatures.

I’m amazed that Rosie O’Donnell would celebrate such a thing.   Sure, people have a thing against sharks.  But, to kill one like that?  Why?  It makes no sense!

Granted, there are poachers in the seas all over the globe raping the waters of its treasures.  Clearly Rosie isn’t doing that.  It’s just that…. looking at that image – celebrating the death of that shark – it’s so wrong.

It is enough to make me cry.

This is not a little Snapper or Salmon.

So, what happens now?

Do you need this shark to feed your family, Rosie?

What will happen to the carcass?  Will some local Miami Taxidermist get a new project?  Or, God forbid, was the parading of the carcass only for the sake a picture?

I’m sick to my stomach.

17
Jan

glorious day

I spent a lovely day in Miami yesterday.  A good friend of mine is a Bass player (the standing bass) and he got me and another friend tickets to see a wonderful performance of the music of Irving Berlin.

As I was sitting outside of the theatre, which is on the Intercoastal Waterway, I snapped this picture with my phone.

This is in Adventura, Miami. It is one of the many high-rise condo buildings – a virtual mountain of condos, in various shapes and sizes all sit clustered there.  So many people are crammed into these rich, almost opalescent places!

You can see how glorious the day was in this picture!  My dear friend and I sat out and looked at the water for about a half an hour before the show began.

It was so lovely.

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