While I was taking my morning walk along the river, I saw Ms. Gorgeous was doing her yoga.
I walked a little closer to the river to say hi to her, “Good morning, Ms. Gorgeous! Practicing yoga on water, how cool is that.” She said,”I do yoga every morning. I like it.” “You know… I also like to start my morning with yoga.”
“You do? Can you stand on one leg?” “Yep.” I said.
“Twist you neck like this?” “Wow, that is impressive! I can’t… my neck is not that long.”
Just a few feet away, the little one was learning from her mom, “Look, look Mom! I can stand on one leg!” “Yay!!!”
I just discovered a new wildflower, how beautiful!
As I delight to walk in these “vain shadows,” I am prone to seek those parts of the Alhambra which are most favorable to this phantasmagoria of the mind; and none are more so than the Court of Lions, and its surrounding halls.
The court yard of lions has been called “Paradise on Earth”.
The Patio de los Leones (Court of the Lions) is an oblong court, 116 ft (35 m) in length by 66 ft (20 m), located in the middle of the patio. The lions fountain sends water in fours directions, pools it in a small spring and then recycles it. It’s an endless cycle, and no matter how hot the temperature may rise, this paradise always remains cool.
Court of the Lions and the Fabulous Fountain are supported by 124 white marble columns. The Moorish craftsmen placed lead fittings between the precut sections of the columns to allow these parts to flex during an earthquake, which prevent destruction of these columns during shakes.
The fountain in Alhambra does not spray water upwards with force like the western fountains. They built the fountain with quiet water currents that cooled the air. In the 18th Century, the water splashes added.
The peculiar charm of this dreamy old palace is its power of calling up vague reveries and picturings of the past, and thus clothing naked realities with the illusions of the memory and the imagination. — The Alhambra, by Washington Irving
Unlike theUnloved Flowers I posted last week, these two B&W photos show the roughness of the texture of tree branches and rocks. When the pics are converted into B&W, the texture looks even more interesting.
Leanne Cole Photography has 47 entries in the MM 30 gallery. There are several TOP GUNS there demonstrating their amazing photos. I was blown away…
Leanne does much more than posting great photos. Leanne did a post of introducingKaz (Days and Weeks). Kaz is a remarkable photographer! Thank you Leanne!
Trails in Austin are filled with people jogging and riding bikes especially during the weekends and the river can get crowded with paddle boarding and canoeing. It’s encouraging to see how people are living a healthy and active lifestyle. These pics were taken before 9:00 am on Saturday. It’s till pretty warm in Texas, in upper 80s most of the time.
Lisa’s 1 day 1 world Project idea is to “build a virtual 24 hour day filled with images from around the world”, how cool is that! This week is 8:00 am to 9:00 am, join us and have fun :)
My iPhone tried hard to capture the flame. But, what iPhone really captured was our fun time — Maggie’s excitement, magical moment, and wonderful conversation and laughter we had with Maggie and her mom at the Japanese steak house.
And, if you use apps, you’ll be able to create a magical moment :)
iPhone is convenient and can capture fun moments and stories any time, any where. Thank you Sally for your encouragement and your inspiringLens and Pens!
Thank you Maggie and C for the wonderful evening! :)
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty,
as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
~ Lauren DeStefano, an American author
These blooms bursted with its last beauty. I was lucky to capture them while taking my trail walk.
I have seen beautiful Ms. Cardinal playing in the woods many times, but have not had a luck to capture her with my camera until this walk. To my surprise, she stayed on the branch for a couple of minutes. I snapped quickly, but had no time to set aperture correctly on my camera.
Before she took off, Ms. C flew around the bushes a couple of times, as if she was there to say goodbye to her favorite place. Thus, I can’t say that fall is my favorite season.