Thursday, June 29, 2017

Frozen Family




Surrounded in a grove of vibrantly painted electric-blue trees, stands a frozen family made of stone and wire. Whether out on a mid-afternoon stroll or admiring the artistic collection of colored and cultivated branches, these beings marvel in a state of wonder at the beauty all around.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

So Happy Together




Sitting atop a money-marked turtle's back, this sculpture reminds me of The Turtle's famous song "So Happy Together". "Imagine how the world could be so very fine, so happy together." "No matter how they toss the dice, it has to be, the only one for me is you and you for me, so happy together!"

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hunter Museum of American Art




This beautiful building is a museum in the northern quadrant of Chattanooga, TN. Overlooking the river, it boasts beautiful architecture, stunning views, and windy paths that lead down to the water's edge. A spectacular sight to see, this building was built for you and me.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Avengers in Tennessee




A photo of the Avengers, Earth's mightiest heroes, at Ripley's Believe It or Not in Gatlinburg, TN. The iconic heroes draw in massive amounts of tourists each year.

The Avengers are a fictional team of superheroes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The team made its debut in The Avengers #1 (cover-dated Sept. 1963), created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby, inspired by the success of DC Comics' Justice League of America.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Optimus Prime




Standing tall, outside the Ripley's Believe It or Not themed museum in downtown Gatlinburg, TN, Optimus Prime draws in crowds of children and Transformers fans from around the world. Some say he's just a replica, but I think I saw him move...

Transformers, robots in disguise, is a childhood classic. Transformers is a series of American science fiction action films based on the toys created by Hasbro and Tomy. Michael Bay has directed Transformers (2007), Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Dark of the Moon (2011), and Age of Extinction (2014).

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Head Over Heels




This inverted bust is located in a downtown section of Amsterdam, Netherland's capitol city. Sitting upside down amidst a plethora of other interesting statues and sculptures, this one definitely takes the cake for most unique and visually appealing.

Friday, June 23, 2017

World's Largest Pedestrian Bridge




Erected in 1891, the Walnut St. Bridge is the world's longest pedestrian bridge. It connects downtown Chattanooga to the north shore. It is a favorite of residents and visitors alike.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sun King Kaleidoscope




They say if you stand under this kaleidoscope structure, when the sun hits the apex of its frame, you'll be endowed with all the powers of the Sun King (for a whopping .47 seconds), and you will know your true name. Alas, after the sun passes this specific point, all is forgotten, and you go on wandering the world in search of meaning not to be found.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Corinthian Columns




Cool columns of alabaster white hold up this marvel of modern architecture in Chattanooga, TN. While the pillars are a symbol of the past, they present a dazzling display for the present. Their ingenuity helped spark an entirely new era of architecture across the ancient world.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Doe and Fawn Nuzzle




Hiking up the mountain to Rainbow Falls, Tennessee, we stopped abruptly to watch as a family of deer crossed over the path right in front of us. We became motionless, emitting waves of peace and calm. The deer were seemingly unfazed by our presence. They grazed nearby, slowly getting closer as the minutes passed. At their nearest, they were probably five feet away from us. The fawn was the bravest, with mother carefully eyeing us from behind. The baby just watched us, as we watched it, fascinated by each other's form and expression of life. After about ten minutes, they moved on, deeper into the forest, and out of our sights for the rest of the hike. Seeing them was an expansive experience. It was as if they brought with them a sense of tranquility that lasted with us the rest of the day.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Barkin' Up the Wrong Tree



You'll need a rake to clean up this pup's mess. Hope the owner didn't have too ruff of a time. I'll leaf you with this, canine left a good restaurant review on yelp.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Diatelle: My Dad

Prompt: Write a diatelle poem.  The syllable count is 1-2-3-4-6-8-10-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1. The rhyme pattern is abbcbccaccbcbba.

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"My Dad"

Dad.
Strong man
with the plan.
Pays the big bill.
Head of family clan.
Sees his life as an upward hill.
Indestructible body, mind, and will.
He has provided for me all that I have had.
He gave me everything so I could chill.
I took from him to get my fill.
He gave me all he can.
Never stays still.
Biggest fan.
Began
lad.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

One False Step




Slowly inching my way to the edge of this incredible lookout just outside Chattanooga, TN, my heart began to race and blood pulsed through my veins. Knowing that one false step would send me plummeting hundreds of feet below was enough to instill primitive fears throughout my senses. I got down on my belly and slithered the rest of the way to the edge. The other side was the sheer face of the mountain, a steep cliff with no remorse. I inched my way back toward a safe distance from the edge. I marveled at the beauty of the lookout, gazing across cities, valleys, rivers, and more mountains. They say that on a clear day you can see six states from this vantage point. It was a hazy morning, but breathtakingly beautiful nonetheless.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Possessed Pool Player




Shot lined up, posture perfect, this billiards babe's eyes glow with fierce focus and deadly accuracy. Did she make the shot? You better believe it.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Femininity's Freedom




This beauty was caught bathing in the afternoon sun; Chattanooga, TN. This seductive sculpture captures the sexuality of the female form in all its elegant curves, feminine freedom, and alluring appeal. While seemingly too sexual for show, this statue sits in the middle of a park on the north side of the city. She is an excellent symbol of femininity and freedom that all should feel free to express.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Gatlinburg River




After carefully stepping across stones, I found myself in meditation amidst the rushing current of the Gatlinburg river, Tennessee. The constant surge of water churning and washing over rocks drowns out all other sounds. This space is a perfect place for a mindful moment; a sanctuary of solitude from the outside world.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cutaway IPA




They say the tongue is the sharpest sword, for each word is a vibration that reverberates throughout eternity.

Cutaway IPA, 6% ABV, is a rye India Pale Ale brewed in Nashville, Tennessee; Tennessee Brew Works. It is best paired with sharp cheeses and smoked salmon.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Heaven is Made of Cotton




Bouncing upon cotton fluffs, stuff we call clouds, angels dance above their earth in eternal mirth and praise of Heaven's haven of freedom and light.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Baseball Planets




A random sculpture near the desert and salt flats of Salt Lake City, Utah. I couldn't tell if the broken piece (lying on the ground) was part of the "art" or not. My guess was that it was broken and it was too big to fix immediately. Regardless, a beautiful (and mysterious) monument of art in the middle of nowhere. Always cool.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Enjoy Savoy




Does anyone know what savoy might be in reference to or mean? All I've found is a term for cabbage and a territory in the Western Alps.

I took the picture of this sculpture in Chattanooga, TN. I hope you enjoy "Savoy".

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fragrant Flowers




They said, "Stop and smell the flowers," but I took a picture instead.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Flying to Tennessee




Flying in to Tennessee as the sun sets behind the west wing of American Air. Soaring above clouds and over tiny crowds, the sounds are still. Still, the thrill isn't lost to me. See what I see.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Catnap Yawn




Woken from a catnap, Max sits back and yawns with paws outstretched. He's fetched his fair share of mice for the day, so, to no one's dismay, he lounges lazily in the sun, soaking up warm rays and waiting until nighttime comes so he can play once again. Beware those of rodential sight, Max stalks the night and without remorse he'll bite.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Gargoyle Guardian




Gargoyle's gaze is a blazing threat to those whose intent is to stir up trouble. Protecting homes from ghastly ghosts, evil spirits, and the hosts of hell is how it prevents the perchance wayward wisps of night from piercing our loving bubble. Do not cross its threshold lightly, for only the knightly, those chivalrous enough to show truth, not bluff, are welcome here. To be clear, this beast is a guardian to say the least.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Roadtrip: Vanny




In 2010, Brittany and I spray painted and converted a van (named Vanny) into a mobile home that ran on peace, love, and good vibrations. We took the van on a 3 week road trip across the United States, headed toward the Golden State and Pacific Ocean.



In the back, we built a raised floor so we could store our stuff out of the way. We set up the back with lots of pillows and blankets. We cut out a section of the roof and installed a



Driving though the cross country with my wife was one of the best experiences of my life. We traveled West from Chicago into Wisconsin, up through S. Dakota, across the country to N. California, down the coast, and then back east through Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and then back to Illinois.



The entire trip took about 3 weeks. We took our time, stopping wherever and whenever we wanted. If we wanted, just pulled over on the side of the road and slept in the back of the van.



It was on this trip that we fell in love. We went on the trip after only dating for 2 months. Now, nearly 8 years later, we are married and back in the Golden State. This trip brought us together in unimaginable ways. I will never forget this amazing adventure.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Barn Burn




A few summers ago, we ripped down an old barn and used the rotted wood for huge bonfire. The flames were so intensely hot that we couldn't stand within twenty yards of the fire for a long time.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Chicken Scratch




Pecking for insects, these ladies come when you call their names. Born in Southern Illinois, they enjoy a fine life of luxury. In return, they provide my family with eggs. They are never killed, only buried after they die from old age.

Friday, June 2, 2017

"Hey mon, whatchu eatin?"




A protruding Jamaican pirate sporting a pineapple and parrot topper gave us a proper welcome at Lost Coast burger in Eureka, CA. Not too sure where his crazy eyes lie. He watched over us as we ate, another friendly face to join in our feast.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Rest in Purple




"Rest in Purple" is a spray paint Prince tribute by Mel Waters, painted in 2016. This graffiti mural can be found in San Francisco, CA's Clarion Alley. Photo shot in 2017 means that the artist upkeeps the work on the free to use platform of the building walls. Once an artist abandons the work, it is free for the next artist to use and create at their disposal.