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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!

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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

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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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!

Fill ‘Er Up December 5, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Gratitude, Travel & Leisure.
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On a recent visit to Hollywood Studios (Disney), we enjoyed a walk (or perhaps a Sunday Drive) down memory lane.

Do you remember when gas station attendants (in pristine uniforms) pumped the gas for you?

With Nevr Nox fuel?

Or when gas stations decorated the pumps for the holidays?

Aah . . . it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Sandblast Sand Sculptures November 13, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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In Florida at this time of year, the weather is gorgeous.

And so are the mermaids on the beach . . .

Last week, we enjoyed sunset at the beach while admiring the Sandblast Sand Sculptures . . .

Here’s the Big Bad Wolf trying to huff and puff and blow down the Three Little Pigs brick house, to no avail . . .

The sculptures included a salute to Veteran’s Day . . .

And friendly lizards . . .

And environmentally conscious dogs . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do you ever build castles in the sand?

A Garage Collage October 5, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, People.
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The other day, while riding around the neighborhood admiring what Hurricane Irma has done with the place, we spotted the wall of a garage being used as a “Man Cave Collage.”

On the interior wall facing the street, the owner had hung framed photos, framed certificates, posters, signs, etc., in a pleasing array.

Over the door leading into the house, we noted a single-word sign:

COACH

That one word put most of the rest of the display in context.  At least in the fertile ground of my imagination:

After retiring to Florida, Coach still wanted to host a display of winning teams, trophies, and newspaper accounts of championship outcomes on the wall, as he had in his office for 40+ years, but . . . his wife didn’t like the idea of turning their villa into a Sports Museum (or Mausoleum).

Wanting her hubby to be happy, Coach’s wife told Coach he could hang anything and everything he wished on the walls of his Man Cave.

The result:  A Garage Collage!

Aah . . . that’s better!

More Garden Magic May 29, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Travel & Leisure.
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As we toured the parks, especially Epcot, we paused to admire the gardens and topiaries.

Here’s Tigger giving an impromptu pep talk to passers-by . . .

We always enjoy his Tiggeriffic enthusiasm.

And here’s Rabbit harvesting carrots for dinner . . .

While Piglet catches a ride on Eeyore’s back . . .

And Pooh holds fast to the string of his ephemeral balloon . . .

Near the entrance, we watched Donald marching Huey, Dewey, and Louie off for garden chores.

And we noticed that Figment’s got a primo viewing spot to enjoy the Spring gardens.

On the other side of the lagoon, Timon and Pumba espouse the notion of Hakuna Matata . . .

No worries!

Unless you sneak up behind Pumba’s behind and get a whiff of you don’t wanna know what!

And my favorite . . . Lady and the Tramp about to share a plate of spaghetti in Italy.

Aah  . . . that’s better!

Mexican Folk Art May 17, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography.
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At Epcot, in the Mexican Pavilion, we checked out the Mexican Folk Art Gallery.

I loved this Zebra, even if it was sitting down on the job . . .

And we admired the prickly personality of this porcupine . . .

We adored these two Billy Goats . . .

And got a kick out of Chicken Little and his best bud crowing about the sky falling . . .

Some of the art seemed more fanciful than others.  Let’s hope these two dudes exist only in the artist’s over-active imagination . . .

Or Chicken Little will really have something to crow about!

Aah . . . that’s better!