Nashville

On the way we passed this great wigwam motel.   Unfortunately, it was early so we couldn’t stay there.   One day I’m going to stay in one of these.

I know, it looks a little more like Greece, but it’s Nashville.   They have the Parthenon, built for a centennial exposition in 1897, it is a full scale replica.     It was originally built of plaster, but it’s been re-built in cement and now houses an art collection.

It’s BIG!

On the second floor is a statue of Athena.   No one knows what the original statue of Athena looked like in Greece, so an artist (Alan LaQuire) did his own rendition out of gypsum cement, working from descriptions.   I don’t understand the face of Medusa coming out of her chest, it’s kinda scary.   She is quite formidable, standing nearly 42 feet tall.   In her hand she holds Nike.   Nike is 6′ tall.  

There she stands, gilded in gold, at the ready.

Where I stood, reading about tapestries

The feel of the fabric, the beauty of the colors, I love woven pictures.   It has been a very long time since I sat at a loom, I don’t really have a burning desire to go back to it, but I love looking at them.   I’ve seen one set of the unicorn tapestries at the Cloisters in New York City and the other set of unicorn tapestries in Paris, beautiful memories for a lifetime.

Fire

There was an apartment building near us that burned recently.   No one was hurt, but I wonder what happened to the residents.   I got to know one of them, an elderly lady who would take a walk most days.   We’d stop and talk, I learned about her no-good skirt chasing husband, and her quiet life alone where she wished she had more strength and energy to walk farther.

I went by the place the other day and took pictures of the destruction.   The complex was shaped like an E and every apartment burned.   How quickly life can change.

Learn something new

This is a gurnard.   The word gurnard comes from the French, grogner, to groan.     This is because gurnards grunt.   They grunt when taken from water, they grunt while under water.   They grunt.   Jacob, here, points out that that’s a lot more language than most fish.

Jacob is also interesting because of the location of his taste buds.   You see those light antennae right in front of his wing-like fin?   It’s at the end of those that he wears his taste buds.   This way he can find delicious crustaceans that hide beneath the sand.   Jacob can move his two foot long body backwards through the water as quickly as he can frontwards.   He lives off the coast of England, and spends most his time in deep water skimming the sea bed.

Marietta is a red-nosed mouse.   She hates being called a red-nosed mouse, her nose is pink, and being called red-nosed makes her sound like a lush.   Besides, she’s not a mouse at all, she’s more of a vole.   See those wonderful fingers and toes?   Marietta is a fantastic climber, she only comes out of trees to gather insects and seeds for a healthy lunch.   If you are in the jungles of South America and want to see Marietta, remember to look up, and look quick, she’s only 4″ long not counting her long tail, and she will be navigating the trees with grace and speed.

Sheila is a tenrec.   Do not confuse her with a hedgehog.   She is six and three quarter inches long, and hasn’t a tail.   Sheila, like all tenrecs, lives in Madagascar, where she sleeps all day and eats insects at night.   Sheila has a boyfriend, but she is being very careful.   She knows it’s not unusual for tenrecs to have more than 25 babies at once, and she’s not ready for that headache!

Spring is on its way!

I love the epaulets on the red wing blackbirds.

I once sat under a tree and watched a squirrel bury a nut.   I kept my eyes right where he buried it, and when he scampered away I walked over, never changing my gaze, to see the job he’d done.   He managed to bury it without disturbing the lawn at all, a marvel of engineering.