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Life's a Hot Beach

“What better way to spend the forth of July than at the beach,” my daughter’s voice chirps through the phone. I agree, as we have no other plans, and it has been awhile since we had a family day. I gather my beach accessories: my favorite beach towel, large enough to wrap me up like a burrito, bottles of cold water & pop, sandwiches, chips, apples, sunglasses, sunscreen #15, & 30, hairbrush, chap-stick, change for parking, beach umbrella & chairs, camera, ...

Just When You Thought It Was Over

Just when you thought you had safely put away any thoughts concerning the chaos associated with the holidays, I am here to give you one last nudge of Christmas.  Yes, I realize the cruelty of showing you Christmas pictures. Enough already, you say. Yeah...well...I will keep the Christmas part of this to a minimum...as best as I am able. As you know I have been doing some posts about my recent trip to Germany and a big part of going to Europe ...

Back to Blogging: Revisiting the Past & Embracing the Future

Back to Blogging: What’s Not to Love? “The heart of blogging is linking…linking and commenting. Connecting and communicating – the purpose of the Internet.” ~ George Siemens Your blog is your unedited version of yourself. ~ Lorelle Back to Blogging: Finding our way via Twitter Images... This week, my sistahs at The SITS Girls site have suggested some great ways to get our blogging shoes back on. For the entire week, we are to follow the prompts below, dig deep into our blogmunition and ...

Random things I hate in hotels… Another reprise…

Coming back to Dubai from two weeks travelling in Germany and Spain, I was chuffed to see that, after featuring the first part of my hotel rants article in May 2011, Travel & Tourism News Middle East picked up the second part for their “Speaking Out” column in the June 2011 edition. Check it out… You can read the article on the TTN website here. As always, thanks to Liz O’Reilly, Kim Thomson, Fiona McAndrew, and Shalu Chandran for their help ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” Henry Van Dyke Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for the changing face of nature and her seasons Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for gatherings on healthy living, service, advocacy and love for others I’m thankful I grew up the way I did. It made me a hard worker and insightful to other people’s lives. Rachel Roy I’m thankful for every moment. Al ...

Eating Life Raw - You Tube Tuesday

I'm doing something a little different today. I've decided to participate in You Tube Tuesday, adopted from Josh at It’s Tiger Time This is a day set aside for sharing your favorite video. Feel free to join in each week and see how creative we bloggers can be. Please remember to leave your link on his site in the linky-tool so that we can all visit your blog. Each month, Josh will highlight a selected video and present the winner with ...

On Swimming in the Blog Bowl by C.C.Cole May 28,2011

As a new author, I spend time earning a living, with a career I enjoy and using my spare time reading and writing. Blogs have almost overtaken my mind with so much to read (mostly great), so many to join, and so many contacts can be made. I’m now in a bowl of blogs, feeling like I’m losing control of where I go, which way I spin, but either way, unless I change, I’m going down the pipe into the ...

Fun Flower Facts: Oriental Poppy (Papaver Orientale)

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Fun Flower Facts: Birds of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

Birds of Paradise or Strelitzia reginae is one of the most recognized tropical plants. The bright orange sepals and purple petals emerging from the light green stalks resemble its namesake, a colourful bird with long feathers. As a garden plant, the birds of paradise would do best in tropical or subtropical environments, particularly climate zones: 9-12, where it’s warm, sunny and free from frost. A plant starting from seed will take 3-5 years to mature and produce flowers. Plants grown from ...

Fun Flower Facts: Goldenrod (Solidago)

Goldenrod (Solidago) is a genus of flowering plants native to North America and belongs to the aster family. It can be easily identified by its clusters of small golden yellow flowers that grow on tall, hairy stems. Flowers are strongly scented. Goldenrod grow to be 2-6 feet tall.  Flowers are commonly found growing in fields, road sides and salt marshes, blooming from late summer until fall. Most North Americans consider goldenrod to be a weed for its fast growing, aggressive nature, ...

Men and Knitting

I asked my DH yesterday if he wanted me to teach him how to knit.  Without a beat, he said, "No." Well, at least I offered, right? Even though he has no interest in knitting, I know there are quite a few guys out there who are, along with crocheting.  I have a male friend who knits, and another one who is trying to learn.  I also have friends whose son has been known to crochet. I think men and boys can benefit ...

Fun Flower Facts: Witch Hazel

Scientific Name: Hamamelis Other Names: winterbloom, striped alder, snapping hazel Witch hazel is a genus of flowering deciduous shrubs and sometimes small trees. There are four main species and one hybrid, with two of them native to North America. These popular ornamental plants are grown for their attractive yellow, orange or red flowers, which bloom in clusters in late autumn and continue throughout the winter.  Not to be outshone by the flowers, the foliage is just as stunning. In the fall, the ...

Fashion Friday: Floral Fascinators

photo via zimbio.com Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, knows a thing or two about fashion. Like the late Princess Diana, Kate has become a style icon and trendsetter for women around the world. Always looking so chic, sophisticated and elegant, it’s no wonder that women want to dress like her. Kate is known as much as for her beautifully-tailored clothes as for her stylish fascinators (a fancy hairpiece worn at formal events).  She is often pictured wearing one of her many ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” Oscar Wilde

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – street art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – the famous postwar Times Sq kiss

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Madame Tussaud’s hand

One of the joys of having access to a major city is that, without doubt, you’re bound to come across the unusual, the unexpected, and the creative surprise piece that puts a smile on your face. I live close to NYC, and whenever possible, I make my way to Manhattan, Brooklyn or further out field, and wander around, inhaling the chaos and artistic works.

In the first collage above are shots of bright and beautiful wall/street art created on the sides of buildings near the The High Line; an above ground, “1-mile New York City linear park built on a 1.45-mile section of the elevated former New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line” (Wikipedia),  in Chelsea.  The last, lower right corner, shot of hanging bottles in a window display, belong to Antropologie; a retail store display inside the Chelsea Market.

The second collage, which caught my eye as I headed for the highway on a jaunt into the city, is quite impressive. It is a huge, bronze, perfectly manicured hand holding up the Madame Tussaud’s sign in Times Square.

“If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.” Heraclitus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Before I die project

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Before I die messages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Lenin, a wedding and a bird

The Before I Die Project, above, was originally created in New Orleans by Candy Chang after she lost a loved one. The project now travels globally, and these photos were taken in White Plains where the project made a pit stop in the summer. It drew a lot of attention and, as you can imagine, lots of commentary.

On the next collage, the statue of Vladimir Lenin ensconced atop a luxury building in the East Village is known as Red Square Lenin, and stands waving at passing cars headed for the FDR Drive. The startled little bird showed much courage as I took photos of it and so I added it here. The young newly weds were crossing the steps of Low Memorial Library at my Alma Mater, Columbia University, uptown in Harlem, as students milled around minding their own business. The juxtaposition of the bride walking by other casually dressed students made for a captivating shot.

For this Photo Challenge, I decided to share some of the wonderful, eclectic art pieces I found on The High Line, and added photos of other unexpected street art  from around the city. I’ve created a slideshow above to give a more comprehensive look at the photos shared here and I’ve included a few more photos that fit the category – Unexpected. Please see the rest below. Thank you!


“Always expect the unexpected. Right around Thanksgiving, when the new Alex Cross will be out…” James Patterson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Yoga at Times Sq

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected - Yoga partial head stand pose.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Yoga partial head stand pose.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Sculpture of Pan in the High Line and Hanging Bottles display

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected - Hanging bottles

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Hanging bottles

Lats summer, on June 21, 2013, thousands of yoga enthusiasts gathered in Times Square to for the Mind Over Madness Yoga event.  I attended the event and was blown away by the magnificence of joining many others for yoga movements in the middle of Times Square.  We practiced postures, meditated, and rejuvenated the mind, body and spirit. The yoga posture shots above are from that day. It was a fairly typical day there as workers and tourists milled around taking photos and going about their business. The event, Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga, was organized by The Times Square Alliance and Athleta; It was memorable.

The last collage showcases the hanging bottles again and a new sculpture – Pan; a bronze Satyr in a Scottish kilt, lurking in HighLine Park. It was created by the artist, Sean Lander, as part of the High Line’s Busted exhibition; a series of ten sculptures installed along its path. I hope you enjoyed your visit to this blog. Do come back as I plan to upload posts on ALL the Weekly Photo Challenges I missed this year.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected    Your photo challenge this week is to capture something unexpected. You can also interpret the theme in other ways: a street scene or landscape that just doesn’t look quite right, an impromptu portrait of a loved one, or any other image that reveals a sense of surprise.

I’ve added some related posts from fellow bloggers; recommended by Zemanta. For more, check out how others interpreted the theme – WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – also see below.

Positive Motivation Tip: Life is full of precious and unexpected moments. If we pay attention, we soon learn to hear the murmuring of Mother Earth’s heart as she plants surprises, lessons, and even stern teachings in our path.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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Motivate. Elevate. Laugh. Live Positively… I am a mother of two, sister to many and a card-carrying certified optimist. My family and friends are golden because our love and trust is unequivocal. I've traveled, I've lived, I've had my share of happiness and hurt and I remain grateful for God's grace in my life...

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