52 Weeks Of Donna's Life

Donna's Photo Challenge


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21. Industrial

For the theme of “Tiny World”, I posted some pictures of the actual miniature circus that Howard Tibbals created patterning the Barnum and Bailey Circus and reflecting especially the time period 1919 to 1938.  Now his circus is displayed as part of the Circus Museum associated with the Ringling Museum and C’dZan in Sarasota, FL  As backdrop for his circus, he had paintings and 3-dimensional structures of the town’s industries and commercial scenes produced.    A line of his industrial sites is displayed along the wall showing what kind of industries were prevalent at that time.  I have included two of these industries: the “Hot Blast Coal Company” and  the “J. Allen Smith & Co. Knoxville City Mills (telling us that “White Lily” is the ‘best flour‘).  Also shown are the vast differences in manufacturing of that era: lots of manual labor and many belching smoke stacks along with many pieces of machinery that are now obsolete.  And, of course, you will notice the “Howard Brothers Circus” advertising posters pasted on the fence outside the coal company.

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48. Three of A Kind

A tasty new chewy collar!

A tasty new chewy collar!

Recently, my husband and I visited Southeastern Guide Dogs during a “Puppy Hugging” morning session. We arrived a bit early since it had been quite a few years ago that we attended one of these. While waiting, we walked around peering into the pens containing some of the cute little puppies who had just been bathed. Even though it had been a warm morning, they were huddled together in their family groups. We realized quite a change in the rules between puppies and visitors since our last visit: we were not allowed to reach into the pens to pet these little fuzzy babies even though they would bark and jump at their gate for attention. They had been weaned from their mother recently and were now sporting individually colored and patterned collars enabling their handlers to tell them apart. These collars were new to all the puppies and they were alternately fascinated and frustrated having to wear them. Many wanted to scratch them as unwanted pests. The three pictured “Goldadors” (part Labrador Retriever and part Golden Retriever) approached this problem from a different perspective. Two siblings decided to chew on the collar of their brother in the middle — one on either side. Somehow, I look at the eyes of the middle puppy and see a bit of desperation.


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4. Biggest Fear

Cosmetic SnakeNothing 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!


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28. Mirrored Image

Mirrored image of Ringling Museum's Courtyard

Mirrored image of Ringling Museum’s Courtyard

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!


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49. Tiny World

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.)

Side shows of the Howard Bros. Circus

Side shows of the Howard Bros. Circus

The elephants and some circus performers on parade.

The elephants and some circus performers on parade.

Team of horses pulling a circus wagon through town.

Team of horses pulling a circus wagon through town.

Attendant with ostrich pulling a sulky and driver.

Attendant with ostrich pulling a sulky and driver.

A grocery / market used by the circus personnel.

A grocery / market used by the circus personnel.

Scene showing relaxing circus personnel along with their laundry.

Scene showing relaxing circus personnel along with their laundry.


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7. Circle in A Square

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.

A grouping of four "Circles in Squares" was in the hotel's Breakfast Room.

A grouping of four “Circles in Squares” was in the hotel’s Breakfast Room.

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