Saturday, April 04, 2009

SPH: Oh Say Can You See?....Stripes!

False potato beetle, Leptinotarsa juncta .... with a hard striped shell.
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"It's hard to be a stripe in a field of dots." ~ Becca Richardson

This colorful insect was basking in the sun on one of our shrubs and I loved his wonderful candy coated striped shell. See the small dots adorning his thorax? Who said you shouldn't wear stripes with polka dots?

Candy striped tulip... Norfolk Botanical Gardens

"When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with all other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty." ~ John Muir (1838 - 1914)

I loved this yummy peppermint striped tulip with the sun shining through the soft petals. It is April and time again for the tulips... hopefully, I will get there this Sunday... no rain is forecast and the temperature is to be in the 70's. We'll see what variety they have come up with this year! By the way... do you see a trend here.. all the candy references... hmmmm.

Muscarelle Museum of Art on the campus of
The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

"Open the window of fantasy to know what reality can bring." ~ Raul D. Arellano

These stripes are actually a work of art; the colorful shades with back lighting cover windows in the Muscarelle Museum of Art but at night they are a canvas on their own. This small museum includes works by Georgia O’Keeffe and Titian and has hosted traveling exhibitions including Painting the Italian Landscape: Views from the Uffizi and Still-Life Paintings of the Medici Collections. The latter featured Carravaggio's Still Life with Fruit on a Stone Ledge and it was magnificent. Carravaggio is absolutely one of my favorite Italian painters. For its size and location, this museum has offered quite prestigious collections and it is open to the public for a very reasonable price... and free for students.

A thief in stripes, behind bars.

"The way money goes so fast these days, they should paint racing stripes on it." ~ Mark Russell (American political commentator, Comedian and Satirist)

Last year, mainly in the late spring and summer, we had these visitors. At first they showed up at night... once, Mom woke and saw two bright shining eyes looking in the floor to ceiling bay windows and she had no idea what they were attached to. They were too big for birds, too small for human eyes.. a mystery. Then, a few days later, this fellow showed up... the thief who raided the bird feeders and made off with all the sunflower seeds. Not content to stay outside the fence, he walked right up to the patio and climbed the brick to the bay window sill.. then jumped over to the free standing bird feeder. One day he brought a friend and while he was hesitant when humans showed up, he became bolder with each encounter. I heard through the community grapevine that the wildlife service trapped this raccoon and his companion and released them way, way, way out in the boonies. The birds and the dog and the neighbors are all glad this thief is behind bars... or at least far away!

Colorful stripes..cotton fabric..wouldn't this make a great sundress?

"Once you can accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy." ~ Albert Einstein

Vertical stripes are great... horizontal, not so much. Wearing plaid with stripes? The experts on "What Not To Wear!" say it's OK, as long as one pattern is small and inconspicuous. Somehow, I doubt this bold stripe would look very good with any sort of plaid... even if Einstein thought it fine.

The Golden Horn Restaurant... Columbus, MS Posted by Picasa

"Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything." ~ Ernest J. Gaines (1933 - )

This striped canopy welcomes you to the best steak house in the entire United States. Not even those of Dallas, Texas and parts west can compare to the mouth-watering fillets served here. Tender? You can cut them with a table knife... no make that a fork. This eatery is near the small airport, halfway between Columbus and Starkville.. out in the open farmland. It is probably one of the few things I miss about living there.

Wow... I started out on a food/candy theme and ended up full circle.. back on the food. Saturday Photo Hunt's topic for today is.... "stripes". We will be seeing plenty of renditions today... enjoy!

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