Thankful Everyday – The Twenty-Sixth

26.  I am thankful for beautiful architecture.  I’m fascinated by building.  Not the building I have done, which is none, or might do, which is also probably none, but by the amazing structures all around me.  Capturing form, light, and harnessing the marriage between use and beauty, I am constantly in awe of form, everywhere.  From amazing mid-century modern homes to the Natural History Museum in London, Tower Bridge to La Sagrada Familia in Spain, I’ve been lucky to see some wonderfully gorgeous buildings and structures.  The minds of humans are fantastic and astounding.

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Thankful Everyday – The Ninth

Day Nine….

9.  I’m thankful for the visual world.  I am made breathless every day by something I see.  It seems everywhere I look there’s beauty and magnificence. It constantly amazes, enlightens, and nourishes my soul.  Leaves blowing from trees, blue sky, rain drops falling just so, structures made by man, light in all it’s forms.  Everything has history and a story to tell.  All of it inspires awe and is magical.

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Beaming



Beaming, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

There was a shaft of light coming in through a golden window. It made for the perfect funny little photo. Here’s Mary, glowing, and the guys all looking up at her. We were all sort of chuckling. Turned out to be a great shot.

Trump

Trump, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

We, Karen and Mary included this time, walked down Michigan Avenue to Millennium Park today so Karen could see the bean, otherwise known as Cloud Gate, and a bit more of the city. It was a great day for a walk. Cold out. Forecast said a high of 20 today and it felt like it out there. Colder actually when the wind was blowing. But man oh man was it beautiful. The color of the sky was amazing. I think I took about 220 photographs during our two or three hours out. Not bad considering I took this same walk a few days ago and took photos then as well.

We are having an excellent time here. Karen is doing much better. Still improving all the time. I think the walking we’ve been doing, in moderation of course, has been good for her and for the lungs. Opening them up, stretching their capacity a bit.

Today Becky, one of the bridesmaids, and Ulf, a friend of Mary and Martin’s from England, who is actually German, and moving to Chicago for a year, arrived. We had a really nice dinner out with them at Vong’s Thai Kitchen. It’s Mary’s favorite Chicago restaurant and it’s closing in it’s current location tomorrow. Nice that we got in and were able to get some tasty vittles before it shut it’s doors.

Tomorrow a lot of family starts to arrive. It will be great to see everyone. Only four days to go….

Corner

Corner, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

We’ve been downtown a few times since the kids have been here. This particular outing the kids ordered their wedding bands while Karen and I stood on the street corner with the pups and waited for them. I wait… I take photos. This one, again, with my phone.

Through The Window

Through The Window, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

This is the view from the window by the new toilet. Kind of cool. The little building is our garden shed/storage room. It’s going to be painted the same color as the house at the same time the addition gets painted. Yellow, white trim.

Shadows and Light

 

 

Shadows and Light, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

I love this photo. I like the whole look of it, but it’s also got my three favorite things in it… Karen, Weston, and Riley. You have to look a little to see them, but they’re all there. This is probably my most favorite photo out of all the photos I’ve ever taken… ever.

Eastbank Esplanade

Eastbank Esplanade, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

OK, I admit it… I messed around with the color of this one. Couldn’t help myself. I ended up liking it though. I don’t much tweak my photographs, but once in awhile it’s fun to just play. The modern day dark room.

Afternoon

Afternoon, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

It was so lovely walking yesterday. Afterward we went to Maggie’s for a lovely dinner and a viewing of the movie Mama Mia. If you haven’t seen it, do. It was one of those feel good films. All fun. Oh, and dinner was especially tasty as well. Thanks Maggie. You rock.

Dusk on the Columbia

Dusk on the Columbia, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

We spent a couple of evenings in the last couple of weeks taking the pups for walks around Cathedral Park. It’s one of our favorite spots to take them and now that Riley is old enough we can go more often. I love this shot as the sun was going down out past the St. Johns Bridge.

White Beauties

White Beauties, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Karen’s dad has a definite green thumb. Their backyard is gorgeous. And, thankfully, so was the weather. It was really nice to get back into a pair of shorts for a few days. We came back home to rain, cold, rain, and well… more rain. The shorts got packed away and the sweaters got taken out.

Morning on the Line

Morning on the Line, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

I went fishing on the Columbia a couple of days with some friends of ours. Poor Karen couldn’t go. We didn’t catch much, just a couple of sturgeon we couldn’t keep, but it was fun none the less. Talk about peaceful… no wonder so many people spend so much time out on the water. Very relaxing.

Walking Around in the Pearl

On Saturday we had dinner at a great place called Silk in the Pearl. It was Maggie’s choice, being that it was Maggie’s birthday and all, and so she picked Vietnamese. This place was awesome. Not a bad dish in the bunch of what we ordered. Not a bad appetizer. Not a bad drink. It was fantastic actually and we will definitely be back there for some tasty grub.

After dinner we walked a couple of blocks and then hopped on the Portland Streetcar to go over to the concert venue. What a great way to get around town. No worries about having to park over by the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

I took this shot as we walked from Silk to the streetcar stop. Just one of the condo buildings in the Pearl. They each have their own distinct personality. I liked the round windows at the corners in this one.

Photo Hunt – Dark

Candle Light, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

This week’s theme for the hunt is Dark. I took this one in December last year at The Grotto. The candlelight was beautiful and was even more so after dark. Really lovely.

If you’d like to join in all the Photo Hunt fun and madness, CLICK HERE for all the details over at tnchick’s site.