Sign of the Cross

It was a beautiful day when I took this photo. Rain was brewing and the wind was picking up. The sounds of the insects buzzing became background noise as I hunted for an ancestral gravesite.

Three graves down from my great-great-grandfather, I was drawn to this display of family love and devotion.

An artisan cross at a grave.

This grave stands out above the rest.


The Purple Angel

I love art in old cemeteries. So many modern cemeteries are cold and boring. Old cemeteries understand that memorials are for remembered the dearly departed.

This angel was freshly painted and radiant. I wonder why the family chose the colors they did for the angel. I wonder what prayers they uttered as they prepared the gravesite.

The Purple Angel

Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.

String Art!

We had to visit the museum in Fort Worth. While Victor hunted for a particular art piece for his class, I wandered and fell in love with some string art. It was placed in a gallery with windows. As the sun passes, the shadows shift and the rainbow moves. I was fascinated.


String Art from a Different PoV

Photo of String Art

String Art

Voting Season is Upon Us

A photo of an election sign in Denton



“Genesis” is a beautiful mural at the Dallas Museum of Art. The last time I studied it, I decided to focus on specific elements, especially the tiles. I’d never noticed before that there were gold tiles mixed in. No wonder I am amazed by the beauty of the mural!

Close-up of the red and gold tiles


A New Chihuly Find!

I attended a conference in downtown Fort Worth. In the hotel that the conference was held in, I found this chandelier.

I have no idea if it’s really a Chihuly (I didn’t ask) but it reminds me of the Dallas Arboretum’s Chihuly display from a few years ago.

To find authenticated Chihuly glass, click on my “Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum” category on the sidebar. It’s truly some beautiful work!

Chihuly Chandelier?

Chihuly Light?


Oswald’s Grave

No cemetery wanted the responsibility of his grave. You really have to know where to look nowadays.


Oswald’s GraveHe

An Uncommon Crab

He was spotted outside SeaLife at Grapevine Mills Mall. He was fenced in. He was covered in Coke can tin. And he is beautiful.

A crab sculpture found outside of SeaLife at Grapevine Mills Mall.

The Crab is Reaching Out to You!


PhotoChallenge: Solitude

I have a walking partner. We’ve walked together for five years and I’ve grown comfortable with him. However, this year, like last year, our Spring Breaks don’t coincide and I have to walk alone.

It’s been raining since Monday so, unlike last year, I’m confined to indoor walking. I have exercise tapes but spending so much time indoors is making me stir crazy so I walk at a local mall… alone.

I listen to podcasts mostly as I pace in circles. My favorite podcasts (found on iTunes) are the Naked Scientists, Stuff You Missed in History Class, and Catholic Stuff You Should Know.

Each circuit is 1.3 miles (if you walk in all the nooks and crannies).Mallwalking hours are from 8-10AM. The lights are dimmed. Music plays (alternative rock today.) Stores are closed. Their gates are closed and their displays hidden.

The hallway to the entrance/exit to the parking lot where my car is.

Turning Home

PhotoChallenge: Water

Contrary to popular belief, Texas has many natural lakes. The problem is that many of the lakes are so small (alright, dinky) or temporary that few would consider them real lakes.

What we haven’t had lately is rain. That problem has been corrected with the beginning of the spring rains and storms. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has officially received over 5 inches of rain in the past two days. Water is everywhere…even if only for a little while.

It's raining!