Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Amazing Sight in New York City - Dogs!

New York City has many great sights, but here is one I hadn't read about in guide books.  I've heard of people being paid to walk dogs, but what I pictured when I hear the term "dog walker" certainly wasn't this!
Dog walkers in New York City
Dog walkers in New York City
New York's inspiring dog walking entrepreneurs must be nearly dog whisperers as well - they somehow manage to walk all these large ( and small) dogs simultaneously.  This is something I've not seen before.  And it's definitely not something I would care to attempt!  

Dogs of New York City dog walkers
Dogs of New York City
Here is a different group of dogs patiently waiting for their walker, quietly behaving.  (Maybe the dog walker is fetching or dropping off another dog?) I carefully walked past this pack of 12 dogs, not wanting to cause any of the dogs to start to bark.  (yes, there are 12, but I didn't try to get them to pose)  WOW, these New York dogs were calm and well behaved! 

Dogs of New York City dog walkers
Dogs of New York City dog walkers
I'm not the only person amazed at this sight.  Other people stopped to take photos also.  And here is something else that impressed me - I didn't see dog droppings anywhere while I was in New York, which is just nice.  (OK, I know that they must happen, but I did a lot of walking and dog droppings were not a problem I encountered)

What do you think - Is this sight unusual to you? (or do I just need to travel more?)  Let me know if this is something you've seen in other cities, and where.  


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Sunday, October 27, 2019

A Great Museum for Halloween - in Paris!

Happy Halloween! 

Paris Museum of Natural History
Hall of Skeletons at the Museum of Natural History in Paris
A perfect Museum for Halloween is the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, or in English - the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.  This place is crawling with skeletons of all sorts!  

snake skeleton at the museum of natural history Paris
Snake skeleton at the Museum of Natural History in Paris
I see many museums when I travel, but France's premiere museum of natural history is unique in my experience.

Elephant Skeletons at Paris Museum of Natural History
Mounted elephant skeletons at the Museum
It features hundreds of mounted skeletons of mammals, big... (Elephant skeletons shown above)

Bird Skeletons at the Paris Museum of Natural History
Tiny Bird skeletons at the Museum in Paris
and small. (Bird skeletons about 3 inches tall above, baby gorilla below)

Gorilla Skeleton at the Museum of Natural History Paris
Juvenile (2 year old) Gorilla skeleton at the Museum of Natural History in Paris
The quantity and quality of the skeleton collection makes it fascinating to see and contemplate - and is reason why the famous Sorbonne University bases educational programs around the museum.

Rhinosaurus Skeleton at the Museum of Natural History Paris
Rhino Skeleton at the Museum of Natural History in Paris
The atmosphere is both beautiful and thought provoking.

Dinosaur skeletons at the Paris Museum of Natural History
Dinosaurs and more at the Museum of Natural History in Paris
The museum includes some dinosaurs and extinct creatures as well.  


Emmanuel Fremiet Orangutan sculpture
Emmanuel Fremiet Sculpture at the Museum of Natural History in Paris
Even before you enter the museum, the ticket line walks past this amazing and alarming sculpture by Emmanuel Fremiet featuring an Orangutan choking a native from Borneo, carved in Marble in 1896.


Emmanuel Fremiet Orangutan sculpture
Detail of Emmanuel Fremiet sculpture
The sculpture gets you thinking of the power of nature, with humans not dominant, even before you enter the rooms beyond. 


snake skeleton at the museum of natural history Paris
Snake skeleton at the museum of natural history Paris
I've never contemplated a snake skeleton before, much less seen one, but after having seen the museum's many exhibits and skeletons, I can imagine this museum has inspired many to pursue medical and biological careers.   I also may have inspired a few nightmares as well, but I left enriched and wishing I would have had planned more time for this incredible museum.

I hope you enjoy the autumn season, Halloween and Thanksgiving!   



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Monday, April 15, 2019

Notre Dame - my heart is crying


Notre Dame Window by Jeanne Selep
Detail of Notre Dame Window pre-fire

My heart aches for the losses to Notre Dame.




Wednesday, April 10, 2019

2019 Easter Hutch


Spring Hutch Display with Bunnies
Spring Easter Hutch with Bunnies
My recent Easter china hutch arrangement focused on rabbits and bunnies. It featured two different sets of hand-painted china: the blue and white "Dedham rabbit" china, and eight green Shafford plates.  I find the green and blue china combination a fun alternative to my usual pastel spring arrangements.


Dedham china Potting Shed
Reproduction Dedham China from the Potting Shed
Dedham pottery was originally created from the 1890's to 1943, and at antique sales a single plate can easily sell for over $100.  My blue and white dishes are reproductions, re-released in the 1990's, but still individually hand-painted.

Dedham rabbit bunny china by the Potting Shed
Dedham rabbit reproduction plates from the Potting Shed
I have admired the antique Dedham china for years at antique shows, so I quickly bought the reproduction pieces when I saw them at an estate sale.


Bunny plates
Dedham rabbit detail: simple shapes and brush strokes

I love the way each rabbit is created with a few quick brush strokes.  The dark lines that look like cracks throughout the Dedham pieces are called "crazing" and are intentional, in both the original pieces and the reproductions.


Bunny plates
Dedham China has "crazing" all over each piece

Some people may not appreciate reproductions, but I think reproductions allow new generations to see, touch, learn about, and learn to value the original antique pieces.

Shafford plate bunny and vegetable china
Green Shafford Rabbit patch plate


The eight green Shafford plates feature a high relief of bunnies and vegetables.  The green painting is applied quickly and gives each plate differences.  



Shafford bunny and vegetable china
Shafford Rabbit Patch plate detail


Some of the bunnies were painted with more care, some hardly at all.  This is one of the best rabbits. 


The eight green plates are labeled Rabbit Patch from Shafford (MCMLXXXIX) from 1989. They were probably never meant to be used for eating.


Shafford bunny and vegetable china
Otigiri birds in front of green Shafford Rabbit patch plate

Other novelty plates and decorative pieces fill out the hutch arrangement.

 
Shafford bunny and vegetable china
Miscellaneous spring china


The cream colored plate in the middle above is Copeland Spode, labeled Bermuda Flowers (the relief pattern?) Copeland Spode, and Morning glory (the colored design in the middle of the plate).  The plates on either side are labeled American Atelier, Rose Toile.  There are 4 different designs with that same label.


As I mentioned, usually the Easter display is very pastel - see below.  Click on the photo to see this arrangement. 



Welsh Dresser Hutch Spring china plate display
Welsh dresser with spring arrangement



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