The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Timing is Important

I was there too early to catch this Agave in bloom.  
It probably is right now though.

So here are some more cacti flowering.

But wait, elsewhere later on I did find one flowering.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Looking Good

The sun came out the next day and the cactus flower opened up more.

Close by another cactus is going crazy with flowers.
Behind it notice another getting ready to open up.

I am waiting for the yellow flowers on the short cactus in front to open.  They will be small.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cactus Blooming

We travel hundreds of miles to the deserts down south in search of cacti in bloom. When we come home my own cactus are in flowering mode.  You'd think I ought to just stay home. 

Some cactus are the one-day-wonder type of flower.  I can't remember if this is one that the flower will close and wilt away over night so I thought it best to get this picture now even though the sun had not been out all day long.  You'll notice there are two more buds waiting to open. 

Unlike yesterday's tiny eraser head sized flowers these blooms are larger than your fist.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Blooms in the Desert

A small fishhook cactus with tiny blossoms.  
These flowers are about the size of an eraser on the end of a pencil.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Monday Mural

 Seen in a small town on my most recent trip to the California deserts.
Excellent detail in this painting.

A full building view as to better appreciate the size of this mural.

For more murals visit Oakland Daily Photo

Monday, March 30, 2015

Out of Order

Sinbad and I are heading out for the desert for a little get-away so the blog will be inactive while we're gone - no internet out there.  Sinbad continues to be doing fine yet I don't want to venture too far away from home so no more long cross-country trips are in our future travel plans.  We'll just stick close to home and enjoy the desert lands of the southwest.  Plus he's just happy as can be to roll around in the desert dirt anyway. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Monday Mural

Just by chance I happened upon this mural on the side of a video store in my town.
Yes, I wrote Video Store. Amazingly they are still doing business.

I knew Sonoma County is a popular location for the film industry.  I think Alfred Hitchkock's The Birds is the most well known fact being filmed at Bodega Bay.  It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World (one of my favorite movies) used the Sonoma County airport for a few scenes.  I did not know that.  Most of these other movies I've not seen.

As for the town of Santa Rosa itself...there's a bunch more movies I've not seen.

I guess I'm not that much of a movie goer.

For more murals check out Oakland Daily Photo's Monday Mural

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Man Behind the Bowling Ball

Nowata, Oklahoma - 2012

At the entry to his place.

Inside the little house of bowling balls you saw the other day.
Some of these balls and pins were quite collectible he told me.

The local newspaper did an article on Chris.

He was the nicest guy.

So you may be wondering how this guy got going on bowling balls.  He told me he worked in the oil industry then the last ten years at a printing business in town. The rural property he lived on belonged to his parents and when they died he decided to move there for his retirement years.  He and his wife bought a large mobile home and had it installed on the land.  His wife had 14 bowling balls that she fixed up and put among her roses for decoration.  When she died he figured there was no need to continue to make payments on such a large mobile home for one person so he had it removed then converted the storage shed on the property into his home.

He felt he should do something with the 14 bowling balls of his wife's and thought about making a fence with them. He figured if he collected some more balls it would take 2 or 3 years to build the fence he had in mind.  In May of 2006 he started collecting bowling balls from thrift shops and the like and it soon evolved into art objects.  He estimates he has well over 2000 balls most of which are from donations.  He knows pretty much where every ball came from. 
To the right of the house you can see the rusty steel door for the storm cellar.  The cellar leaks and water collects inside which he'd have to pump out onto the grass.  He later realized the waste of water that was so now has collecting tanks in the cellar.  He pumps the water up to cans, pots, bathtubs, sinks and toilets that set on top of the storm cellar all containing his vegetable garden.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Even More Bowling Ball Art

Oklahoma, 2012

I bet this looked pretty neat when he first built it but as you can see, 
the Oklahoma weather did a number on the table.

I didn't understand this one until it was explained to me by the artist.
You Catholics should be able to get it.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

More Bowling Ball Art

Oklahoma - 2012

I think you will not have too much trouble figuring what each one is supposed to be.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bowling Ball Art

Oklahoma - 2012

Here is some more bowling ball creations where yesterday's flag was displayed.

It is hard to picture this not being a standard size croquet set.

You wouldn't want to decorate this Christmas tree and have one of the ornaments fall on your foot.

Yes, that is the entire alphabet made with bowling balls. 

More bowling balls tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

That Old Car

Several viewers liked the old car that was with the chickens in the window so here are a couple more pictures of it resting in North Dakota.

The license plate shows 80 (1980) so it was on that road at least up to that date.

It is a 1940 Chevrolet Town Sedan.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Chickens in the Window

North Dakota - 2012

Nice that there was chicken wire over the window so I could get the shot.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Carhenge 2

Alliance, Nebraska - 2012

Ar Carhenge which I showed yesterday there are other cleverly created works of art consisting of automobiles parts and pieces among other "junk" the artist had lying about.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Alliance, Nebraska - 2012

Some may think of Cadillac Ranch in Texas when viewing this same-size reproduction of Stonehenge in England done with automobiles.  There is no comparison - this is way better.
In fact, don't waste your time in going out of your way to see Cadillac Ranch.
Its not worth the effort. 

 Yep, this is one of my favorite finds along America's highways and backroads.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Hobo Trail

Tindall, Missouri, 2012

Whenever I see train tracks in the country I always think of the life of a hobo.

Pictures like these I never can decide to show in color or black and white.
  So I'll do both.

Monday, March 16, 2015

van Gogh Buffalo

Seen in Minnesota, 2012
That wasn't the official name for this; I just made it up for some type of title to this post.
Really, someone thought this looked nice.  I guess you can tell I didn't think so.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Funnies Art

One of the most popular images from the funny papers made into an art piece in Kansas.
A clever use of an automobile engine oil pan and motorcycle gas tank in making Snoopy.

Odd that we've never seen Snoopy using one of these.