THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: WINDOWS

Paula’s Thursday’s Special theme for this week is “windows.”

When we were in Toledo, Spain, we visited the original sword manufactory where swords were hand forged. This factory is now used only for demonstration. The new factory has new technology and machines to process a higher volume of production. The sword master explained that all the swords used in the movie “The Lord of the Rings” were produced there.

I was intrigued by so many designs of swords. The Showcase Windows display interesting swords to attract tourists to step inside the steel souvenir shop. One Showcase Window is accented by famous Spanish architecture of an arch frame.

My husband checked out many swords. He was entertained of obtaining a Japanese Samurai sword!

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Paula at Lost in Translation: Thursday’s Special – Windows

Weekly Photo Challenge – Shiny Bumble Bees

My latest distraction was from the new visitors in my garden – the bumble bees. One morning, my husband told me that there were bumble bees hovering over the lavender plant. I was so excited that I dropped whatever I was doing, grabbed the camera to go outside. I approached them quietly because I didn’t want to scare them away. I finally got close enough to see where they were going. But as soon I zoomed in the camera, they flew to another flower. I tried two mornings without success. The third morning gave me a better chance. They didn’t only hovering over the lavenders; they went over to the iceberg roses and stopped at each rose for a few second. It was long enough for me to take a few satisfying photos.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Alley

This week Frank’s theme is “Alley” inspired by the architecture in Tuscany, Itlay

 I’m also impressed by the architecture of the allies we saw in Spain. Perhaps this architecture style is common in Europe.  In this post, I include two photos from Toledo and a couple more from Granada. The allies in Granada is the tourist shopping paradise. We have to follow the tour guide closely, so I didn’t have time to get anything at this stop. I did get some souvenir from another shopping stop.

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Toledo Spain – The alley is wide enough for one person going in each way. The people living in those building seem to be able to talk across the alley.
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Toledo Spain – This alley reminds me of one of the scenes from Harry Potter
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Granada Spain – the alley is tourist’ shopping paradise
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Granada Spain – The tour guide is waiting. No time for shopping

Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Alley

 

 

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Golden Lion Dance

“This week’s theme of Golden flows forth from the wondrous tones that I discovered on the island of Skye.” – Frank

We were invited to attend my friend Dr. Edward Wong’s 80th Birthday Party. In Chinese culture, Lion Dance is a common feature in major events such as Chinese New Year, an opening of a new store, or major anniversary of a business. In this event, it was Dr. Wong’s 80th Birthday. He is a successful business man. His guests included Congressperson, Assemblyman, City Counsels, other government officials, and business owners.

 The Décor of the party was the red, yellow, and golden colors that signify positive energy and prosperity. His Lion Dance team was dressed in those colors.  

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The Golden and Red Lions
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The five lions with the Golden Lion in the center
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We had a photo taken with the birthday boy and his loving wife!

Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Golden Lion Dance

Weekly Photo Challenge – Elements

“For this week’s challenge, explore the classical elements of earth, air, water, and fire. How do you capture something invisible like air or the movement of water?” – 

No place is like Yellowstone National Park that includes all the elements on this planet we call home. Its vast land covers mountains and flat land, waterfall, and volcano.

“Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km2), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The Caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone. The vast forests and grasslands also include unique species of plants.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_National_Park

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 Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental