Posts Tagged ‘Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice’

The fourth Monday means I get to chose the category for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge.  Today I chose “Animals” and, unusually for me, I’m featuring a cat.  This beauty belongs to our younger daughter who rescued her from the streets of Philadelphia.  She reclines in queenly fashion in the new cat bed we got for her.  I’m not sure how much she uses it, as she like to sleep with our daughter, but in Goldilocks fashion, it’s just the right size for any time she deigns to use it.

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”
~James Herriot, James Herriot’s Cat Stories

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“Travel” is my choice for Sally’s “Challenger’s Choice”.  The view from Griffith Observatory is one of the top ten things to do or see in Los Angeles.  The night we visited, the observatory was open, free, and impressive.  So was the view.

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The fourth week of the month, Sally allows us to go a little wild and crazy, choosing our theme from a number of choices…maybe even one that’s not included…gasp!  My still life selection comes from Philadelphia’s Rim Cafe’s eclectic mix of decorations.

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As November comes to a close, we’re given the opportunity to choose our theme for Sally’s challenge.  I’ve chosen “Animals”, so that I could feature this fetching canine that caught my eye one day while we were driving.  S/he looks very intent, but there’s just something about a dog with its head out, smelling all those smells we can’t and feeling the wind in its face, that makes me smile.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
~Josh Billings

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“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
~John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

I’ve featured the mouthwateringly beautiful, circa-1897 Fell-Van Rensselaer building at 18th and Walnut in Philadelphia (Rittenhouse Square), or as most refer to it, “the Anthropologie building”, before.  It’s hard for me to fathom that it was a home at one time! Even if I don’t go inside, I always enjoy seeing the window displays.  Here’s one I saw on my last visit.  It works well for my “Still Life” entry for this week.

(Caveat: In case I remembered incorrectly, it’s a great display, no matter where it was, and my comments about the Anthropologie building and displays still stand.)


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I find this downtown, street-side, front yard display both unusual and attractive.  Not the normal street art by any means and the shop is very eclectic as well.  I’m on my way back from Philadelphia today, hopefully only a 12-hour drive.  I hope you have a wonderful and as always, thanks very much for stopping by to share a bit of my world. (more…)

I’m a dog person rather than a cat person, as those of you who’ve read my stories of our rescue pit bull foster care know and, when growing up, I was quite allergic to cats.  But our younger daughter recently took in a cat and when I visited, that cat won my heart.  Of course it helped that she obviously appreciated me and would come sit on my lap at every opportunity, showing herself to have discriminating taste!   (Cough, cough. Is that a catty remark?) Fortunately, I seem to have outgrown my allergy, although I took precautions and used nasal spray.

Here’s a photo of the fascinating feline in all her intense beauty.




This still life consists of a still life and painting in our house in Cleveland.  I loved the way the colors of the Chinese lanterns echoes that of both the inner mat and one of the colors in her shawl.  Unfortunately, the contents of the vase did not make the move with us.  The painting, however, did.


I know, I know.  I’ve been promising a shot of the frog I finally captured (digitally).  I’ve included two photos to make up for the delay, both taken with my iPhone.  Usually I have to have my Nikon to get a decent shot, so I was happy about these and since one of the Challenger’s Choice choices is “Animals”, this guy gets his day in the sun (so to speak.)

He sat motionless for a long time until I finally moved a bit closer and then, instead of jumping, he silently dropped down and disappeared beneath the greenery that surrounded him.

Last day in Philly today and my flight home is in the afternoon, so none of that middle-of-the-night taxi ride stuff this direction, thank goodness.


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The day after a baby shower for my friend in Urbana, Illinois, we spent the morning having coffee and relaxing. On the way to my parked van, I spotted a bit street art on the back of this building.

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