• DOORS IN BELGIUM

     

     

    Doors set the style of the architecture of each country. And are in fact portals of the culture of that country.antwerp 1 1 15  55246antwerp 1 1 15  55257antwerp 1 1 15  55244burges 12 27 14  52993burges 12 27 14  52924burges 12 27 14  52915burges 12 27 14  52980gent 12 26 14  52738



  • MUSEE D’ORSAY, PARIS

    WordPress has been giving me fits, timing out abruptly, losing everything I wrote or listed, locking me out irregularly, We shall see how far I get with this post.

    Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” is such a much seen and much used image; none of which compares to the real thing. I had been a victim of these assaults on my senses to the point I no longer cared to see the original. I am so glad I did. It re-set the standard of beauty.

    Daumier’s charactatures a gem of political satire.

    The museum itself was originally built as a train station, which was built to impress. It still does today.

    LOOKING THROUGH THE CLOCK
    LOOKING THROUGH THE CLOCK
    MUSEE D'ORSAY
    MUSEE D’ORSAY
    STARRY NIGHT
    STARRY NIGHT
    POLAR BEAR
    POLAR BEAR
    HONORE DAUMIER
    HONORE DAUMIER
    DAUMIER
    DAUMIER
    ST. MICHAEL AND THE DRAGON
    ST. MICHAEL AND THE DRAGON

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    D'ORSAY
    D’ORSAY


  • MORE PARIS PHOTOGRAPHS

     

    I know Key West Race Week is almost over and I have not uttered a word about it. I am so immersed is the wonders of the world, race week just does not seem as appealing. I will always have a love of boats, yacht design, construction, but.

    There is no end of the shapes and sights in Paris or any of the other places I have seen over the last weeks.

    I am absolutely looking forward to the transatlantic race this summer from Newport to England.

     

     

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  • ICONIC PARIS

    Certain images evoke larger concepts or thoughts; here  are some images that for some of us are those of parisien life.

    Paris was, long before Charlie Hebdo on high alert. Apart from the immediate aftermath, things seems to be as they were.  The only noticeable change was the closing of the tower at the Sacre Coeur.

    We have been in the African, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu neighborhoods of Paris. We clearly stood out. There was no other particular tension.

    The greatest stir was the fact that I had a camera and the drug dealers were not pleased about that.  That however is true everywhere all the time.

    METRO
    METRO
    MAURICE CHEVALIER
    MAURICE CHEVALIER
    HIDDEN PARIS
    HIDDEN PARIS
    JANUARY SALES
    JANUARY SALES
    MONTMATRE
    MONTMATRE
    MUSLIM IN PARIS
    MUSLIM IN PARIS

     

    SCHOOL DISMISSAL
    SCHOOL DISMISSAL


  • GOD AND BEAUTY

    It is hard to reconcile sometimes the exigence of faith and the beauty of the world. I is something mankind has wrestled with since the beginning of civilization. The first image is a sixteenth century sculpture and of course the others are art nouveau. They could not be further apart in their styles.

     

    GIVING YOUR HEART TO GOD
    GIVING YOUR HEART TO GOD
    DOGS FIGHTING
    DOGS FIGHTING
    MOTH
    MOTH
    NEWELL POST
    NEWELL POST
    CICADA
    CICADA

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    PAPILLON DU NUIT
    PAPILLON DU NUIT
    EXCELSIOR
    EXCELSIOR


  • THE GUN THAT WON THE WEST

    132-year-old rifle found propped up against tree in Nevada desert

    Archaeologists say the rusted Winchester Model 1873 rifle may have been left at the same spot more than a century ago

    A Winchester Model 1773 was found by park workers in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, leaning against a tree
    A Winchester Model 1873 was found by park workers in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, leaning against a tree. Photograph: Handout/Reuters

    An 1882 Winchester rifle which was found leaning against a juniper tree in a clutch of rocks and branches on a remote Nevada range has confounded the archaeologists who happened upon it, standing as if casually left there more than 100 years ago.

    The rifle, which is remarkably well preserved, was found by a team of archaeologists in Great Basin national park in November. It will go on display this weekend at the park, the chief of interpretation, Nichole Andler, said.

    How the rifle arrived at its resting place, vulnerable to the elements, a curious animal or covetous passerby, is a mystery. “We just don’t know,” Andler said, pointing out that there were no other artifacts in the immediate vicinity that could hint at who put the rifle there.

    Andler said the rifle was discovered with its wooden stock partially buried, its barrel rusted and its body so browned that it “really camouflaged in with the bark and shading of the juniper tree”.

    A close-up photo of a Winchester Model 1873 rifle found by park workers in Great Basin National Park, Nevada.
    A close-up photo of a Winchester Model 1873 rifle found by park workers in Great Basin National Park, Nevada. Photograph: Handout/Reuters

    An engraving of “Model 1873” on the rifle’s side identifies it as one of the most popular guns of its era. Winchester manufactured more than 700,000 of the rifles, which Andler said were “fairly inexpensive” for the time and became known as “the gun that won the west”.

    Winchester made the gun from 1873 to 1916. Until 1966, the Great Basin desert contained wilderness, ranches and mining camps; some metallic relics of the miners of Snake Valley are still scattered around the park.

    Rangers, miners, settlers, ranchers or Native Americans are the likely candidates to have owned the rifle, but Andler said the owner could have been almost anyone.

    “Humans have been in this valley for a very long time,” she said.

    Nevertheless, park archaeologists will still search for any trace of the lost rifle in newspapers from the era, Andler said.

    After its initial display, conservators will try to maintain the rifle’s good condition, which Andler attributed to the arid climate and shelter provided by the tree.

    A Winchester Model 1873 found by park workers in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, leaning against a tree.
    A Winchester Model 1873 found by park workers in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, leaning against a tree. Photograph: Handout/Reuters

    • An earlier Reuters version of this story was amended on 16 January 2015 to correct the model of gun mentioned. It is a Winchester Model 1873, not a 1773, as we first said. The headline was also changed to make it clear that an old gun had been found, not a decrepit cowboy.