Nothing strikes fear in me to a greater extent than when I see or encounter a snake — any kind. This Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is mounted on a wall of a local Florida restaurant. The original owner of this restaurant has also built an adjacent riverside campground and did most of the land clearing by himself. In the process, he encountered many of the local indigenous creatures (many of which were snakes) and had them stuffed and mounted on the walls of his restaurant. Believe me, it’s the only way I want to get this close to a snake — especially this kind!
While visiting the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL, I went into the courtyard to photograph some of the statues there. When I stepped up to the surrounding arched portico, there was a lovely mirrored image of the courtyard seen on the glassed side entrance to the museum. It almost made the scene appear “inside out”. Someone had done a fine job recently of cleaning those glass surfaces!
“Birds of a feather. . .
. . . flock together.”
On my last visit to the Ringling Circus Museum, I stopped at the Tibbals Learning Center which houses a complete miniature circus created by Howard Tibbals. It is composed of 44,000 pieces depicting life in the circus and its many facets.
It is told that Howard Tibbals fell in love with the circus as a boy and devoted his life to assembling this tiny recreation patterned after the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey combined shows. The time period encompassed the years 1919 to 1938. His figures and portrayals are based on the reality of circus life showing structures and actual staging of this large spectacle. In addition, he has scaled figures that would have been the workers, the actors and the spectators. He has set this particular circus in the town of “Knoxville” and has included factories, stores, railroad stations, cars and, of course, its people.
In 2006, Tibbals Learning Center opened as part of the Ringling Circus Museum. Its centerpiece was the “Howard Brothers Circus” including 3,800 square feet of Howard Tibbals’ circus masterpiece. All of these pieces are scaled to the entire scene and are minutely detailed. (By clicking on each picture below, you can enlarge it.)
While on a recent trip to the Pittsburgh, PA area, my husband and I stayed in a hotel catering to business travelers. All the connections and Wi-Fi were available in rooms and work areas. The theme depicted throughout the hotel decor was that of making one feel at home. Lots of circles were replicated in towels, bedspreads, lamps and fixtures. Most of the wall hangings throughout the building tied into the subject of “circles” thus depicting the idea of the family circle and the circle of life highlighting the importance of those areas of our lives. Some very nice thoughts were conveyed for those who would be making this space a temporary home away from home.
The Breakfast Room contained several colorful groupings of “circles within squares” and were reminiscent of many quilt patterns I have seen.
The Ringling Museum, located on what was the estate of John and Mable Ringling in Sarasota, Florida, contains many famous works of art. The museum building is in the shape of a “U” allowing for a lovely courtyard inside that “U”. Within this courtyard, there are many statues some of which were acquired by John Ringling as he traveled the world searching for circus acts. This particular statue depicts a lively team of stallions pulling a chariot reminiscent of the ancient Roman chariots. The wheel is quite detailed and fits nicely into a finely detailed statue.
It really seems as though two pictures are needed to explain this theme!
Where else would it be so appropriate for letters to be placed than at the entrance to a school? I discovered a new school, “The Academy of Early Education — The Learning Experience”, in our area utilizing letters as an inviting access to this experience. Therefore, the building blocks of education appear as letters and numbers in a lovely array of colors and shapes at the gateway to this school.