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A Prize for Prom May 12, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Less IS More.
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Emily O’Gara won $10,000 for her creative design of a prom dress and coordinating tux.

The sticker price for supplies ~ $58.

The kicker?

She made it out of Duct Tape!

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Burning Man @ The Smithsonian May 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.
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Some of this exhibit is amazing . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Pelicans Paddling & Ibis in Flight April 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Nature.
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We often have nature scenes flying or floating past our back door.

I do not always have my camera “at the ready.”

But some days I do . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Walk Through Gulfport February 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.
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On Valentine’s Day, we headed north over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for Happy Hour at St. Pete Beach . . . taking a quick detour to wander through Gulfport, an artsy community on the inter-coastal waterway.

Parking was a breeze with lots of vacant spots on both sides of the street . . .

As we walked down the main drag, colorful vignettes appeared around every corner . . .

We enjoyed the town’s sense of whimsy, evident everywhere . . .

At the Welcome Center, we spied a festive flamingo decked out with Mardi Gras beads and leather leggings . . .

Across the street, we paused to greet Polly the Parrot . . .

Even a block off the main street, we noticed the heart of the art community in wall murals . . .

Including one perfect for Valentine’s Day . . .

Throughout Gulfport, bars and restaurants offer up outside seating with enticing facades . . .

Encouraging tourists to set a spell and take it all in . . .

Along the waterfront, surfboard benches allow visitors to sit and enjoy the breeze and views of the beach and pier . . .

Bottom line:  Gulfport’s a great place to hang out (as long as you don’t get hung up) . . .

With one last look around, we said our fair wells to Flo and continued on to St. Pete Beach . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Real Life vs. Instagram Playgrounds February 21, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Life Balance, People.
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It used to be that, as we were experiencing “real life,” a photo op would present itself.

We would *PAUSE* the action, smile for the camera, say cheese, and move forward with our day.

Now, chasing photo ops IS the experience.

Entrepreneurs are setting the stage by creating Instagram Playgrounds . . . where folks head to shoot themselves enjoying a sequence of photo ops that may (or may not) go viral on social media.

If you try hard and believe in your selfies, any surface can be the backdrop for the Instagram feed that is your life. The whole world is an Instagram playground, and all of us merely users.

To read more:  Can Real Life Compete with an Instagram Playground?

 

Aah . . . that’s better!

A White Wedding February 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Humor.
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During the International Festival of the Arts, we stumbled upon a white wedding in the Mexican pavilion.

Now, I’m sure no one here would accuse Mickey of marketing manipulation, but the choreography did seem designed to coincide with the recent release of Coco.

Nevertheless, we loved the simple yet elegant maid of honor.

And her escort, the best man . . . a/k/a man’s best friend.

We found him fetching!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Edible Pop Art February 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Humor.
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At Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts, we ran into some edible art at Pop Eats!

The sign advertised modern cuisine inspired by modern art . . . including Pop’T Art on miniature easels.

We opted for the Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Callebaut Belgian Chocolate.

It was almost too pretty to eat.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Scenes From South Beach January 25, 2018

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The next morning, after driving through downtown Miami on Route 1, we crossed the MacArthur Causeway to South Beach, where we hopped on A1A to take in the sights, sounds, and scenes of South Beach.

We loved seeing the Art Deco buildings ~ with over 700 in the Historic District, we caught sight of more than a few, including the Delano and National Hotel.

I spotted my initials on the front porch of the National Hotel.

Art Deco architecture arrived on the scene during the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited.

It’s characterized by symmetry, ziggurat (stepped) rooflines, and decorative sculptural panels.

Set against the backdrop of a blue sky ~> c’est magnifique!  As were the palms.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery January 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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As we crossed the state on the Tamiami Trail, we saw birds, gators, and . . . fine art!

Clyde Butcher is an award-winning photographer who is not afraid of wading waist deep in water nor of waiting for hours to catch the right mix of sun, sky, and shadows for his stellar shots.

In short, he has patience to capture the exact configuration he wants.

We enjoyed touring his Big Cypress Gallery.

Both inside and out.

Noting that other artists aren’t constrained to black and white images or imaginings.

We skipped the guided tour ~ Walk On The Wild Side.

Trekking through the mucky muck of the Big Cypress Swamp surrounding the gallery (even with a seasoned professional as our tour guide) held no appeal.

Watching gators from an elevated boardwalk is more our speed.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

A Family Portrait December 23, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Books & Movies, Less IS More.
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At Hollywood Studios, we enjoyed a sneak preview of the animated movie, Coco.

Here’s the cast of the show . . . before make-up and wardrobe:

And here they are in costume:

A picture perfect Family Portrait for the Coco Christmas Card:

Aah . . . that’s better!