Photo Phriday – Sculpture against the wall.

I like this sculpture, plus, what is he looking at on the other side of that wall?!

Simoneteffect - Pure Black & White

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Photo Phriday – Cold Spring Tavern~

What to visit Gopherville? I do!

In 1860 a stagecoach pass was hacked through the California wilderness over the mountainous San Marcos Pass to connect Mission Santa Barbara to The Santa Ynez Rancho.

A rest stop was built along the stage coach route high up on The San Marcos Pass, next to a naturally running cold mountain spring.

This stage-stop was, and is still called, Cold Spring Tavern.

Back in the day the tavern served hot meals and alcohol.

It still serves both today, and the experience of eating here is one we return to enjoy whenever we pass by this area.

There was a bunkhouse,

a small store, a stable, and several small homesteads, forming a town called Gopherville, which is now a ghost town.

The town even had a jail which could hold up to eleven (crowded) souls…. rowdy cowboys and such, who likely drank too much whiskey…..

Cheers to you from Cold Springs…

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Photo Phriday -Valparaiso Open Air Art~ Cindy Knoke

I’d love to live in a town with so much beautiful art on display. Lovely! And great photos, Cindy – as usual!

There are hundreds of wall sized open air painted murals all over Valparaiso.

Click to enlarge this photo to see how the artist recycled plastic soda bottles to create living window planters for her imaginary town and writes about the need to creatively recycle plastics .

The talent and creativity of these artists blows me away.

In this hostel, I zoomed in on the art around the doorway in the photos below, so you can see the detail.

What strikes me is how talented these artists are,

and how many of them will remain unrecognized.

It is often luck that makes one famous, and another unknown.

In a fairer world, all these artists would be recognized for the true talent they have.

Valparaiso is full of gifted artists, but it also has so many poor people, and the largest slums in Chile.

The unfair fact this illustrates is that talent…

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Photo Phriday – American Soutwest

I haven’t done Photo Phriday for quite a while so I thought I’d share some pictures I took while on a trip to Nevada and Southern California this January.  It’s a lovely area and I’d recommend it to anyone!