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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunters Theme: Different

When I saw what the theme for today was, I was a bit perplexed. Different.

Merriam Webster defines the word as partly or totally unlike in nature, form, or quality. So does that mean it has to be something that "everyone" would find different? Does it mean something that only I would find different?

So with this feeling of uncertainty regarding the facts and lacking confidence in myself, I decided to go with a few photos of things that are different to me. Being born and brought up in what is considered a fairly new. or young, country (after all, we're only celebrating our 150th anniversary on July 1) caused me to look in wonder at things like milestone markers from the 19th century, light boats (boats that actually carry lighthouses on board to warn boaters of the coastline or other dangers lurking in the waters), tree trunks thousands of years old that have been carved into weird looking creatures, (all these in Wales) and queer yet quaint mimes enticing tourists into the Uffizzi Museum in Florence, Italy.

Perhaps to those who live in ancient lands won't find these things out of the ordinary. I am wondering, though, who does find these things different.
Milestone marker at St. Fagan's, Welsh Living History Museum

LightBoat in Cardiff, Wales

Carved tree trunk at the Priory, Newport Wales (I call it "Dentally Challenged")

We don't see anything like this outside any of our museums. This fellow was outside the Uffizzi Museum in Florence, Italy, and tourists would go up to get a kiss and have their photograph taken. No cost.

39 comments:

Claudia said...

All very different to me, since I've
never been to Europe. Let me rephrase that, since I've "not yet" been to Europe.

Janice Thomson said...

Different to me too Leslie. These were great photos for the theme!

Carver said...

I enjoyed your take on this theme. The dentally challenged tree trunk carving is hilarious. I hope you have a great weekend.

ellen b said...

Oh I think you've got something here. These are all definately different than what we see in our young countries. I want to go back to Wales, etc. etc. Wonderful choices Leslie...

Sarge Charlie said...

I love your photos and your history, some carving

david mcmahon said...

Lovely shots, Leslie - so very different.

Katney said...

Things have changed at the Uffizi since I was there. I guess that makes it different. (This guy probably wasn't born yet when I was there, though.)

Smalltown RN said...

these are all new and different to me as well Leslie...great photos for the theme...and I do like the carved tree...

Colin Campbell said...

Lovely photographs. Mile markers really are classics. I doubt that they are being replaced.

Max-e said...

I love that wooden carving

Lynn said...

That carved tree trunk is hard work. I mean the time and effort given to it. And it's funny.

Natalie said...

That carved tree is definitely different!

gizelle said...

lol @the 4th photo! Definitely unique and different. Great posts! HAppy weekend!

jmb said...

These are great shots for this week's theme Leslie. I love the carved tree especially.

The ceramic images have been at West Van for several years. These photos were taken last year and there are even more than I have shown here. Nearer to 14 than 25th I would say.

Bing said...

I love the tree and the cupid! Amazing photos and great take on the theme. Happy weekend and Happy Women's Day!

Casdok said...

Love the different way you think!

napaboaniya said...

The last picture is really interesting, more interesting is that people go up to kiss it :)

jams o donnell said...

What a nice take on the theme. THe tree carving is pretty fearsome and might make a light snack of teh fellow outside the Uffizzi! HAppy weekend

Jen said...

These are all very different to me too!! Have a great weekend! I enjoyed your post!

Miss_Yves said...

The style of the carved tree trunk is really mighty !
I don't remember the statue outside of Uffizi...Is it new ?
miss Yves

LibertyBelle said...

LOL - what a lot of super fun photos!
Great choices!
Have a great weekend
L

JesieBlogJourney said...

I have been to Italy but not Florence. I like the tree stump which is very different from its kind because it looks like a man.

Aileni said...

I have put my comment on the previous Theme - sorry. Come of insufficient sleep.

Mae said...

Very different and I know that it would be something to really see in person.

SabineM said...

lovely different shots! The last one is so adorable

Tammy said...

Great pics for this weeks theme! I agree, I think they're all different!

leslie said...

miss yves the "statue" in front of the Uffizzi is actually a real man - a mime. He only "came to life" if you went up for a kiss and a photo.

Liz said...

Did you go on board the lightship? It's a Christian ship and cafe.

Love the tree trunk carving too.

leslie said...

Liz Yes I did go on the ship and toured around. It was amazing! Those are my friends Marion and John sort of behind the tall guy who's an old school chum of Marion's. Mike lives just outside of Cardiff and is a good buddy to M's bro Ken.

Russell said...

That is an incredible tree trunk!! My goodness!! Straight out of the Wizard of Oz!!

I enjoyed these photos!!

Take care.

Tokenhippygirl said...

Those all fit the bill if you ask me. Great photos! Happy hunting!

jenny said...

Yes, it's different than what I see around me, in Texas!

Isabelle said...

Congratulations on the birth of that lovely grandbaby! and your grandson is so sweet too.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What a surprise to see some pics of my hometown here! You have cheered me up, Leslie. I love your take on the theme anyway!

Sweeta said...

Those are great photos. Thanks for sharing!

Rach said...

Those all look different to me!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Very cool shots. Thanks for visiting and have a great week!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I liked all your choices for "different".

diXymiss said...

Fun and interesting piX.