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Performance Art Open To Interpretation December 5, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Life Balance, Special Events.
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The Ringling Museum invited us to watch Li Wei in action:

Bring your own camera and prepare to be shocked by Li Wei’s unexpected stunning performance! Li Wei is coming to The Ringling Museum to offer a fresh take on his conceptual photography in front of Ca’ d’Zan and behind the Museum of Art Courtyard. Li’s work often features gravity-defying activities mixing performance and installation, with photography. 

We went, expecting to see something like this:

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Instead, we arrived to see this:

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Suspended from steel cables, Chinese Artist Li Wei hung in the air.

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Dragon head in front and kite tail streaming behind.

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The audience watched, wondering why Wei needed an audience.

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The cables and cranes were doing all the heavy lifting. Li Wei was just hanging around, setting off an occasional flare to emit pink dragon smoke into the air.

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Bored, the audience wandered off, in search of acrobatic fare and flair.

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We went with them.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Sea Hut’s Crab Trap December 1, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Humor.
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After exploring Terra Ceia Island, both the Arts & Crafts Show and the Madira Bickel Indian Mound, we decided to stop for a light lunch at the Sea Hut.

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We sat outside on a small deck with a big boat peering over our shoulders.

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Each table held a water glass to catch cracker wrappers from blowing away.

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A bright blue awning overhead acted as understudy for missing blue skies.

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The Sea Hut’s indoor decor included this toothsome totem.

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And another totem with a more malevolent expression.

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Back at the table, our Honey Puppies arrived in a cloud of powdered sugar.

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To keep our blood sugar on an even keel, we also ordered black beans & rice.

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Food tucked in to happy tummies, another toothsome grin appeared.

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On the way back to the car, we met up with Sideshow Bob in the parking lot.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Madira Bickel Archeological Site November 30, 2014

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After admiring the Love Ladder at the Arts & Crafts Show, we continued exploring Terra Ceia Island with a stop at the Madira Bickel Archeological Site.

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Indigenous occupation of the site dates back 2,000 years.

The picnic table is of more recent vintage.

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The site is not named for the Native Americans who lived there.

It’s named for Madira Bickel who purchased the land and donated it to the state in 1948.

Money talks.

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Signs do provide some history about Native American Life for visitors.

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The park added shell stairways for easy access to the top of the mound.

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Crowning the mound, trees stand tall, decked in garlands of Spanish Moss.

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The moss, an epiphyte or “air plant,” absorbs water and nutrients (especially calcium) from ambient air and rainfall.

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Since we are not able to absorb nutrients from air, we decided our next stop should be LUNCH.

Aah . . . that’s better!

We Love This LOVE Ladder November 26, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Fun & Games, Travel & Leisure.
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On Saturday, we went to a Vintage Fair and Arts & Crafts Show at Seabreeze Park on Terra Ceia Island.

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Once there, we wandered the boardwalk to check out Terra Ceia Bay.

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The bay strained at its shoreline as it chopped and rolled under a stiff sea breeze.

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We turned to retrace our steps and spied something ahead to our right.

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Natives!  Hanging out in the mangroves.

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Our favorite arts & crafts item ~>  this LOVE ladder we saw at Two Little Sheep.

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Teri started her crafting business this past summer ~ this was only her 2nd craft fair.

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Contact info:  twolittlesheep@gmail.com or find Two Little Sheep on Facebook.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Marvelous Benches & Whimsical Chairs November 24, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Humor, Mindfulness.
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While at Mixon Fruit Farms, we stumbled across some marvelous benches.

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Natural.

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Unadorned.

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They brought to mind other marvelous benches and whimsical chairs.

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Not natural.

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Or unadorned.

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But fun.

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Each designed to encourage us to press the pause button and relax.

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C’mon . . . pull up a dolphin and set a spell.

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Aah . . . that’s better.

 

A Symphony On The Sand November 20, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Humor, Music & Dance.
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Last weekend, we went down to Coquina Beach for Symphony on the Sand.

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Despite gray overcast skies and steady drizzle, the audience enjoyed the show.

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Those who had ordered the $100 a plate dinner had to eat it with one hand while holding an umbrella over their head with the other.

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Since we hadn’t ordered dinner, we didn’t feel too crabby about the weather’s lack of cooperation.

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Especially since sunny skies tend to be rather prevalent here.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

I Heard . . . October 25, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Amazing Animals, Art & Photography, Nature.
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Enjoy a short walk into the wilderness to hopscotch over rocks and admire the magical mystical mist:

Aah . . . that’s better!

To learn more or read the full video script:  “I Heard . . . ” (Sierra Club)

Copper Creations October 8, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Spirit & Ego, Sustainable Living.
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On Sunday, we went to the 20th Annual Sarasota Arts & Crafts Festival where we met Bruce Trewyn who repurposes things on purpose.

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Like this fantastic fish.

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And this pair of manatee.

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To learn more about Bruce’s Creations:  Copper Creations Repurposed.

When you get to his site, click on the “Before & After” link to see an adorable dog made from a repurposed lamp.

Aah . . . that’s better!

“I’m Melting!” July 28, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Books & Movies, Nature.
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Chasing Ice is a fascinating look, via time lapse photography, at the rate glaciers are melting in Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, and Montana.

Some of the footage is beyond beautiful, especially the nightscapes that capture the juxtaposition of Earth, Air, Sky, and Water.

Those that deny that climate change is happening may change their tune after watching this film.

One Shell Oil Executive did.

He jumped over the chasm from denying climate change to working for solutions.

It’s not about saving the planet.  The planet will survive.

It’s about whether we’ll be here to witness it.

Aah . . . that’s better!

For more information:  Extreme Ice Survey

Photography, Again?! May 26, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Life Lessons, People.
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Continued from . . . Pulling Rank!

Dad received a Mercury II camera in February; it wasn’t what he wanted.  In the next several letters, he explained in great and tedious detail why he wanted a Kodak camera instead:

“I would rather have a 35 mm camera than anything else.  All the best films are made in that size.”

“I hope you will not think I am being too critical in my choice of a camera, but I want a camera that has a lens good enough so that I can make large enlargements from the negatives when I get home and buy an enlarger which I plan to do.”

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“I don’t think that there is much other news.  I did start learning Korean.  We have had three classes.  Everyone who has had Latin, French, Spanish, or some other European language says that Korean is a lot harder than any they have studied before.”

On April 12th, he wrote about cameras and film and cameras and slides, then said:

“Now I had better change the subject.  Probably everyone at home gets sick of reading photography.”

“By the news the last few days, it sounds as though moves to create a Korean Government will be made soon.  I hope Russia will work with us on this.  I don’t think it was a good idea to divide Korea at the 38th parallel in the first place.  But taking steps to liberate Korea from occupational troops, or at least approving such steps, may force Russia to change her policy toward Korea.”

On April 25th, he wrote Marjorie:

“I received a letter from Marge.  The writer had apparently been reading some of my letters and did not exactly approve of my most popular theme ~ ‘PHOTOGRAPHY’.  Can you imagine anyone not approving of such a fine subject as that?”

“Well, I think it would be wise if the security of my letters home were guarded more carefully, so as not to expose them to the type of moron who would criticize one of my fine letters.  (Got to get back a little of that sarcasm you used on me.)

“I managed to waste quite a lot of paper.  If you don’t hear from me for a while you will know it is only because I am trying to save paper.”

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Once he received the Kodak 35 with rangefinder in June, he sold the Mercury.

On July 4th, he wrote his father to thank him:

“The Kodak 35 arrived several days ago and I am well satisfied with it.  It is a much better camera than the Mercury II which I have already sold.”

Throughout the years, dad’s interest in photography stood him in good stead during travels, national and international.  Our house included a dark room for developing and enlarging black and white prints in the days before digital photography.

Continued next week:  Thanks . . . But No Thanks!

 

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