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One carving, three angles

Stone carving - top

Stone carving – top

I bought this carving at the Teotihuacan site in Mexico in 1996, and it has moved with me from country to country since. I think it’s obsidian, or maybe onyx. (If any reader knows, please tell me.) It’s only a tourist souvenir, but I like it, and I’m fascinated by how very different it appears when viewed from every angle. It also reminds of a good holiday, and of the extraordinary site of Teotihuacan and the culture that built the city and the society.

This post is also part of the Travel Trinket and Memories Challenge, which I was invited to join by leannenz whose challenge it is. If you have a momento of your own travels, why not take part?

Random Fridays: Bee and flower

Bee caught in mid air while feeding from this flower.

Bee caught in mid air while feeding from this flower.

This flowering hedge was very popular with bees when I walked by. The flower is the New Zealand Christmas Bush (Metrosideros thomasii). Don’t be fooled by the name; I took the photo on the shores of Botany Bay, Australia.

The BBC has an interesting story about trackers being attached to honey bees in an attempt to learn more about the factors that are causing worrying declines in honey bee numbers globally. Click here to read the article.

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A day with a master winemaker

The end result: a red wine called Vieux Chateau du Roi.

The end result: a red wine called Vieux Chateau du Roi.

While visiting my parents this May, I spent a day with my father making wine. To say that I helped would be a gross exaggeration, as Dad is an old hand at this. I mostly got in his way taking photos! The grape juice comes in a large (heavy!) box, along with a few other things. One distributor describes this red wine thus: “This popular French red wine is full-bodied yet surprisingly soft and quick to mature. Deep red and aggressive with complex flavours resulting from a blend of grape varieties which layer flavours and aromas of ripe fruit, berries, plum, spice oak.”

In the afternoon, we also made a batch of white wine. In the early evening, my parents and I moved onto the patio to enjoy cheese, fruit and a bottle of last year’s Vieux Chateau du Roi (the photo above). It was a good day. (WPC is looking for Mesh galleries, but I don’t have the Mesh app, nor indeed a smartphone, so I will approximate that gallery style with a slideshow. There are 11 photos and I suggest starting with 1, as the photos tell a story.)

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Here are a few other photos of Dad’s Wines:

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Random Fridays: Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin bust on a street in Philadelphia.

Benjamin Franklin bust on a street in Philadelphia.

Walking along a street in Philadelphia, my eye was caught by this bust of Benjamin Franklin on the other side of the street. In the photo it looks like a sheltered, quiet spot, but it’s really just a space between businesses on a busy street, with traffic whizzing past and (when I took the shot) roadworks blocking most of my view. I think those three tubs of bright red geraniums are a wonderful touch.

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Caterpillar close-up

Cabbage looper caterpillar

Cabbage looper caterpillar

Sunday Stills this week is Going Buggy. Do larvae count? Maybe they are baby bugs? I don’t know if this voracious green caterpillar made it to the moth stage, because after I took its photo as it munched its way among my plants, I tossed it over the side of the balcony.

Cabbage looper caterpillar

Cabbage looper caterpillar

Bench Series: Blue

Blue bench

Blue bench

I wasn’t sure I would be able to join in with the August bench theme of colourful, as I had no appropriate bench photos. Jude reminded me of the blue benches she had seen in Sydney, and indeed while out walking this afternoon I spotted over a dozen of them. This one, however, has seen better days!