The gr8ful grind: October 2009

Let go of anger; It's an acid that eats away the delicate layers of your happiness

The reverse side has also its reverse side

Friday, October 30, 2009

We'll close out the week with this Deadhead I ran into along the banks of the Thames last month on my trip to Europe. London, UK; September, 2009.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

As we continue our All Hallow's Eve week here at the Grind we thought we'd--OMG!!!!! Someone put a knife through my granddaughter's brain!!!!!!!!!!! Portland, Oregon; July, 2009.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Finally, let's throw in some creepy-crawlies. (There are more of them in this photo than at first meets the eye. Click on the thumbnail to count. I found 8.). Ashland, Oregon; October, 2006.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

And you have to have pumpkins, right? Like these carved for a contest by the residents of the place where I work. Redmond, Oregon; October, 2008.

Monday, October 26, 2009

It's All Hallow's Eve week here at the Grind. And of course one starts any decent Halloween celebration with cobwebs, right? It looks like these French spiders have the right idea. (click on the thumbnail to count the plethora of webs). Canal du Nivernais, Burgundy region of France; September, 2009.

Friday, October 23, 2009

For 10 minutes at the top of each hour nightly, a plethora of twinkly lights are lit on the Eiffel Tower. Waiting when it's a tad cool can be a trial. Luckily, there was little wind this night, so the reflection was pretty decent. (click on the thumbnail for much more detail) Paris, France; September, 2009.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dusk along the Yonne River. While I actually took this shot, I posted it to a photo web site a few days ago and someone took it into an HDR program to 'enhance' it and then sent it back to me. This is their final product, which I do like. Vincelles, France; September, 2009.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

One of my faves: Todd Snider at the Sisters Folk Festival. Sisters, Oregon; September, 2009.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fall foliage along the Yonne River. (Better color if you click on the thumbnail) Burgundy region of France; September, 2009.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Since I live in a small, rural town in the US, I was a little surprised to see this outdoor restaurant scene. Of course, major metropolitan communities--especially in Europe--all likely have large populations of people from the Middle East, I hadn't actually come across something like this before. I think it was the hookas that caused the surprise more than anything. My initial thought process was all jumbled up with visions of Alice in Wonderland and my own 70s counter-culture roots (Somebody cue the Jefferson Airplane). But it did click after a while. Camden town, London, UK; September, 2009.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The centuries-old Catholic church with it's beautiful shadows, columns, and pipe organ. Ch√Ętel-Censoir, France, September, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A ferris wheel at the base of some big pointy thing. Paris, France; September, 2009.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Another participant in the Mayor's Festival parade along the Thames River stands on a float under a representation of Jesus. (Click on the thumbnail to get a better look at those clothes she's almost wearing). London, UK; September, 2009.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Yours truly holding our rented boat Saintes tight against the lock wall on a feeder leg of the Canal du Nivernais. (click the thumbnail to notice I'm actually holding both the front and rear lines around the bollard) Near Vermenton, France; September, 2009.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The very first rays of the morning sun hit Mt. Bachelor (center) and Broken Top (right). Taken from LaPine, Oregon; October, 2009.

Friday, October 09, 2009

It's gothic abbey of St. Germaine stands guard over the ancient city of Auxerre, France. Auxerre was a flourishing Gallo-British centre, Antissiodorum through which passed one of the main roads of the area, the Via Agrippa (1st century AD) which crossed the Yonne River (Gallo-Roman Icauna) here. In the third century it became the seat of a bishop and a provincial capital of the Roman Empire. In the 5th century it received a Cathedral. In the late 11th-early 12th century the existing communities were included inside a new line of walls built by the feudal Counts of Auxerre.

Bourgeois activities accompanied the traditional land and wine cultivations starting from the twelfth century, and Auxerre developed into a commune with a Town Hall of its own. The Burgundian city, which became part of France under King Louis XI, suffered during the Hundred Years' War and the Wars of Religion. In 1567 it was captured by the Huguenots, and many of the Catholic edifices were damaged. The medieval ramparts were demolished in the 18th century.

In the 19th century numerous heavy infrastructures were built, including a railway station, a psychiatric hospital and the courts, and new quarters were developed on the right bank of the Yonne.

In 1995 it was named "Town of Art and History".

I captured this shot when I was there in September, 2009.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

There she is: Cleopatra. Well, at least there are the outer wrappings of her mummy. What's left of her is actually inside all that. British Museum, London, UK; September, 2009.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Just a little farm house: Actually, this is the Chateau de Faulin near Lucy-sur Yonne, along the Canal du Nivernais in the Burgundy region of France; September, 2009.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

A stain glass window in St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey. A sign out front states "(t)he building, consecrated in 1523, is the third on the site. Since 1614, St. Margaret's has been the church of the House of Commons. Windows commemorate Caxton and Milton, who worshipped here, and Raleigh, who is buried in front of the alter, under the glorious window made for King Henry VII and Catherine of Aragon in c1520...." (click thumbnail for more detail) London, UK; September, 2009.

Monday, October 05, 2009

A quiet moment in Chartres, France; September, 2009.

Friday, October 02, 2009

While walking in London, we came across this young woman creating huge soap bubbles, usually oblong. But there were a few that were more round. I was fortunate enough to capture this one, which was over a foot in diameter. (clicking on the thumbnail will give a better view) London, UK; September, 2009.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

A very small section of ceiling in one of the wings of the Louvre. (Click on the thumbnail for MUCH more detail). We think of all the art that is inside the Louvre, but I never personally understood how the inside of the building itself is also a work of art in many places. More on that over the next several weeks. I mean on the one hand, you could understand its anger when the public got a view of this place after the revolution; on the other hand, they were aware enough to preserve a lot of it and make the whole thing into an art museum. Amazing. Paris, France; September, 2009.