Seattle Art Museum

Image by born1945 via Flickr

Part of the Seattle Art Museum, the Asian collection has it’s own building on Capitol Hill. Sitting in the middle of beautiful Volunteer Park it’s housed in the original Seattle Art Museum building. Well worth a visit, you should take yourself there soon.

The grand entrance is flanked by flowers and camels. It reminded me of the lions at the Chicago Art Museum.

camel Seattle Asian Art Museum


The inside is open and lit with skylights and has some lovely iron work.

iron work

There is a mix of the ancient and modern, temple statues, blockprints, furniture, carvings, pottery and porcelins. Japanese, Chinese, East Indian, there is something for every taste. Pictured here is a bronze work depicting seaweed. It’s much more impressive than the photo shows.

How do you like this example of ikebana-flower arranging. The pot was really interesting and was the focus in this exhibit not the flowers actually.

ikebana Japanes pottery

There is more to see, but I’ll leave you with the elaborate embroidery of royal robes. Here are a couple of details for your enjoyment. More later.

embroiderydragon embroidery

Photo Derivative

As you know I have been involved in a daily photo challenge. This has inspired me to try some processing on my photos. I’ve managed to get my simple point and shoot to do things it isn’t supposed to. So now I am experimenting with what I can do with an older version Photoshop Elements.

I hope you find my rudimentary attempts at least a little interesting.

yellow leaf on grass

The idea is to make my photograph look more like a painting.

 So what do you think? Have you tried this with any of your photos?

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Just the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
—Carl Sagan

We often laugh at new ideas just because they seem so far fetched. But some of them turn out to be really excellent ideas. Do you think about the possibility of greatness when presented with something new?

On the other hand, sometimes something is just funny. What is the funniest thing you have heard lately?

How about this one….

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

What does that mean to you?

Picture This

The daily photo challenges continue. Here are a few more examples of my answer to the challenge.

pink rose blue sky

Actually the rose was not part of the challenge but I couldn’t help posting it here.

Spencer the cat up close and personal

challenge=portrait. Just as I took the photo he stuck his face right into the camera.

hearse with scary dolls

challenge=through a window. I found this vintage hearse at a local car show.
ornamental iron work with hanging baskets

challenge=architecture Landmark on the Sound is now an event center, formerly the Masonic Home.


challenge=patterns I love the colors and texture on the picnic grill at the local pier.

Mt. Rainier at dusk

And finally another non-challenge photo to finish. Mt. Rainier, just as the sun began to set.


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seattle skyline with mt rainier


This week I decided to start a new creative venture. It’s something just for my own enjoyment, but I will share it with you.  Flickr, the photo sharing site, has all sorts of groups you can join on just about any topic you can imagine. I decided to not only be creative but also disciplined and joined  Our Daily Challenge 3.

beach boulders


Each day a photographic challenge is posted. The members then become creative and answer the challenge  as best they can. There are many professional photographers in the group and some folks like me who are doing it just for fun. I use a point and shoot camera unlike most of the people in the group who use a DSLR. But I have found some ways to trick my camera into doing things it was not designed for.

still life with crystals

challenge+still life

Some of the photos posted are literal interpretations of the challenge, others are down right funky. However they always make you think.  What I have enjoyed most is reading the comments people make on the entries. It has been gratifying to have so many wonderful comments on my attempts. And I am learning a lot in the process.

balls with letters

challenge=before and after

There is no pressure to complete each challenge on the day. You have up to a week to post your effort for a particular theme. And if you skip one, there are no challenge police to come knock on your door. All in all it is great fun.

shell on beach

challenge=things we hold

I hope you enjoy seeing my efforts. If you have comments, your thoughts are always appreciated. To see a larger image click on the photo.

back lit cyclamen

To see the answers of other photographers, go to Flickr and search for “Our Daily Challenge 3” under groups. You will definately be amazed at the photography.

reflection in espresso machine
challenge=inspired by keyboard key (CTRL)
fat feet
challenge=under my feet
Is that monkey, dog or man?
Salty's diver wall

These are a few of the photos I took this week. Which is your favorite?

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Where can I get one of these?


flying hour glass

Time flies when you are having fun. But when you aren’t it drags on forever. So have some fun.

candy machines

Life is sweet. Have a taste, it has no calories.

red rose

Take time to smell the roses, or the lilacs, or the crysanthemums…


Think great thoughts. They are free.

When life gets you down remember…this too shall pass.

snowman melting

What are your thoughts for the day?