There was so much color, festivity and livelihood at the Lions Square in Heraklion on the Island of Crete, Greece.  I loved watching the two boys play in the street as though there were no one else around to see them. They sparred and danced around the square for over 15 minutes. I’m sure big brother was letting the younger excel at the game as it continued on and on.  Take a look off to the left, sitting on the edge of the Lions Fountain is a young street entertainer playing the accordion while another on looker further up is a woman carrying the largeRead More →

I once saw a vivid piece of photo art that captured the Venice canals in all their color and history.  Since then I wanted to visit there myself and look for the same spot.  I didn’t find where the picture was taken but that didn’t stop me from shutter bugging over 100 images in Venice alone.  Even though the days were cloudy the colors still shown through. To view the full size image click on the SmugMug Logo.  Read More →

This is the Year of the Horse for the Chinese New Year celebrated on January 31.  Earlier this year I was in Las Vegas at the Bellagio and each year they feature a elaborate display of the Chinese New Year in their Conservatory and Botanical Garden inside the hotel lobby area.  It attract large crowds and is well worth a viewing. I’ve found the Chinese New Year and their signs fun.  I’m quite fond of my own Chinese New Year sign which is the dragon.  I don’t think of it as the dragon lady, but as a bright and brilliantly colored sometimes fire breathing dragon.Read More →

My definition of Curb Art:  Any specific object that you can capture from the curb or street with a camera that is not a complete building, landscape, portrait or group of people. While walking down a new and unexplored street, or back alley there are often works of art waiting to be captured on camera.  For me, that’s Curb Art.  One of those rare finds while strolling about is when you come along an unusual or rustic door.  I thought that no one stopped to take pictures of doors but in spending time in WordPress, Pinterest and other social media it was surprising to find that it’s not that unusual.  There are some impressive doorsRead More →

For a refreshing summertime appetizer, fill bite-size cherry tomatoes, round or pear shaped, with a savory mixture of cream cheese flavored with basil. Minced tarragon or chervil can be used in place of the basil. Original Yield: 24  Main Ingredient: Cream Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes Ingredients: 24 Cherry tomatoes 1/2 pound Cream cheese; regular in tub 2 tablespoons Half-and-half cream 1/4 cup Fresh basil; minced 1/2 teaspoon Salt 1/4 teaspoon Pepper; freshly ground 1 package Fresh parsley Instructions: Chop or mince basil into small pieces especially if you are going to use an icing tube to fill the tomatoes with the cream cheese mixture. In aRead More →