Friday, February 28, 2014

SKYWATCH--the last grays of winter?

I liked the layering in this photo. I hope the grays of winter will soon be behind us.

Daily Haiku
We see only gray
Be it fog, mist, smog, pollution
Gray is so much more

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Prince Michael

Here is Prince Michael Obrenovic whose statue I have shown you before.The building to his left is being finished; office space and possibly apartments, while the scaffolding behind him is for work being done on the National Museum.

Daily Haiku
Once famous leaders
Gone and almost forgotten
Have streets named for them


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ABC WEDNESDAY--"G" is for "garden"

This little house is tucked into a garden between two much larger buildings. I have a feeling it's still home to someone.

See other Gs on Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC WEDNESDAY.

A place in my heart
Where my soul yearns to go
Is where I call home 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Honk, flap, pinch

Last Sunday was the annual Gander Fight in Mokrin, Serbia, not far from the Hungarian border.  These fights are NOT bloody or cruel. They only involve a lot of wing-flapping, honking, and pinching.  It's mating season and the ganders are more aggressive to another gander, and are incited to fight with their rival by a lot of honking on the part of the geese.

No goose or gander gets hurt.  They all strut off at the end with, at the worst, wounded pride.

Daily Haiku
Ganders with their geese
Honking, pinching, wings flapping 
Only pride gets hurt

Monday, February 24, 2014

Dead serious

This young man takes his music very seriously, judging from his expression.  He wasn't bad, either.

Daily Haiku
The violinist
Makes melancholy music
From within his soul


Sunday, February 23, 2014


A lone walker makes his way across Branko's Bridge toward town.

See other bridges on Louis La Vache's SUNDAY BRIDGES.

Daily Haiku

Cobalt blue night sky
Across a golden bridge
A man walks alone

Saturday, February 22, 2014

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS--in and out of the puddle

I turned this upside down from the way I originally took it....

See other reflections on James' WEEKEND REFLECTIONS.

Daily Haiku
Water reflections
Let you keep your feet all dry
When you walk through them  

Friday, February 21, 2014

SKYWATCH--Setting up

Yesterday I showed you one of the fellows helping out with this film set-up, and today you have what I was looking at.  The building is Serbia's Academy of Science and Art that I'd shown you part of a year or so ago.

Daily Haiku
Reaching to the sky
Is easier than you think
When you've got a crane  

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Stopped to watch a film crew set up on a side street off of Knez Mihailova street the other day.  Couldn't help but admire this fellow's equipment...., which may remind you of these guys' equipment from a few years back.

Daily Haiku
Reduce, simplify
Back to the bare essentials
Not always easy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ABC WEDNESDAY "F" is for 'fur'

This snow is a couple of weeks old, and recently the temperatures have been springlike.

You still see fur coats here, the real stuff.

How about where you live?

See other Fs on Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC WEDNESDAY.

Daily Haiku
How many little lives 
Were given to make this coat
Wool coats are warm too

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


It was Sunday a.m. when I took this photo, and not many cars were on the street, but this woman, whom I've shown you before chose to jaywalk across the street.

She seems to be wearing footwear that are more like slippers, and fortunately that day she didn't have to  hurry.  When I uploaded the photo, I noticed the sneakers on the bus behind her...

Daily Haiku
Steadily she walks
Determined, independent
As when she was young


Monday, February 17, 2014

You saw it here first

As far as I know, Belgrade doesn't yet have a Bridge of Lovers' Locks.  There's one in Vrnjacka Banja that's quite impressive.  The other day I came upon this lock, Buby and Beby's, whoever they may be, hanging on the bars of a door of Kalemegdan Park's Roman well.

Let's see how many locks are to follow....

Is there a lock-covered Lovers' Bridge  in your city?

P.S. Just remembered this earlier post of mine about locks. 

Daily Haiku
 Fasten the lock tight
Lovers' names written for all time
Throw away the key

Sunday, February 16, 2014

SUNDAY BRIDGES--two for one

Two for one today, to make up for the times I couldn't get a good bridge shot!

Don't know where this smoke was coming from, but I like the way it hovered over both bridges.

See other bridges on Louis La Vache's SUNDAY BRIDGES.

Daily Haiku
Like a long, gloved hand
Smoke stretches its fingers
To caress the bridge

Saturday, February 15, 2014


A store window reflects a stone wall across the street.

See other reflections on James' WEEKEND REFLECTION.

Daily Haiku
Stones stacked one by one
Higher rises the thick wall

Friday, February 14, 2014

SKYWATCH--pastels announce spring?

The groundhog saw his shadow, and so we are to have six more weeks of winter...or maybe that's just valid for the US.

Anyway, these pastels remind me of spring, so...

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Daily Haiku
Baby blue, rose pink
Watercolors in the sky
Spring is in the air  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Punished pup

Just before I took this photo, the dog had been yelled at for having barked at a passer-by. He was made to sit just so and didn't even move as I walked by.

Daily Haiku
Boundless joy refrained
He sits sorrowful and still
Lonesome and ashamed

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

ABC WEDNESDAY - "E" is for "Elderly"

Old age....we're all going to get there, unless Fate steps in beforehand.  We'll all need a little support of some kind, as these two people.

Daily Haiku
We'll walk on three legs
Says the riddle of the Sphinx
Treat elders kindly

See other E's on Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC WEDNESDAY.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


A random juxtaposition of coat hangers at a stand of a recent street fair.

Daily Haiku
I sigh and wonder
What I should do tomorrow
How to fill my day 

Monday, February 10, 2014

It rained last night....

But for me, that's better than snow.

Daily Haiku
Dark skies and gray clouds
Umbrellas of all colors
Bouncing through the streets

Sunday, February 9, 2014

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY--The other day in the fog

Very foggy the other day.  I was on my cell phone when this man passed me. Something said, 'Turn around!' and so I did.

Hence this photo.

See other shadows on SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY.

Daily Haiku
A piece of advice:
Listen to your inner voice 
You'll be rewarded

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Title says it all. Playing around with two glasses.

See other reflections on James' Weekend Reflections.

Daily Haiku
Winter days seem long
Photographic laziness
Yields this kind of shot  

Friday, February 7, 2014

SKYWATCH--cold and clear

Bibi loves to romp on this knoll, but I'm not venturing up.  Slippery!

See other skies on SKYWATCH

Daily Haiku
Above frozen hill
White clouds, blue sky, leafless trees
Line the horizon 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Street Dogs at Singidunum

Two art-loving dogs waiting for the Singidunum art gallery to open.

Singidunum was the name of the original Roman 3rd century B.C. settlement that became Belgrade.

This post goes out to Katja, whom I showed you yesterday. It's her birthday!

Daily Haiku
Relaxed, but alert
Four eyes fixed on my camera
While I snap away

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

ABC WEDNESDAY "D" is for "dogs"

Do you remember Katja, whom I've shown you several times since 2009?  If you click on that link, you'll see that at that time she had over 250 dogs...  With thanks to a very good friend of hers, homes were found for the great majority, and Katja has now moved into another little house with a large yard, where she has kept about 9 of her older pets.

This little lady will be 72 tomorrow.  Happy Birthday, Katja!

See other Ds on Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC WEDNESDAY.
Daily Haiku
Your dog's eyes reflect
 Images of your own soul
And warm your heart

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Not all dark and gray

Winter has its darkness and gloom, slush and ice, which make the bright things really stand out, as do these facades and doors.

Still have to watch your step, though.

Daily Haiku
Flashes of color
 White snow and sleet 
Gusts of icy air

Monday, February 3, 2014

Reference to surrealism?

At an exhibit of vintage objects a few weeks ago, I came across this window in the museum with a figure that reminded me a lot of the Belgian surrealist, Rene Magritte, whom you can see in the bottom photo.  No one was around to explain this figure's presence or why he seemed to want to enter through a window.  Unexpected juxtaposition is one of the characteristics of surrealism, so perhaps someone who set up the exhibit wanted to see if anyone 'got it'. I did, I guess.

Daily Haiku
Wanting to enter
I chose to use the window
Conventions restrict


Sunday, February 2, 2014

It's my day again

It's my birthday again I did not (have to) enhance the colors on this photo....someone has a heavy hand with the food coloring and I don't find these macarons attractive. They remind me of this recent post.

And remember, don't confuse macarons with macaroons.

Daily Haiku
  Crunchy, colorful
They're a delight to the eye
And stick to your teeth 

I am a dyed-in-the-wool Aquarius, and I also used to think I was born in the Year of the Rat, but according to this link, I was actually born in the Year of the Fire Pig, since my birthday then fell before the Chinese New Year that year.  That description fits me better anyway!

Saturday, February 1, 2014


This month's theme is "Entry". I took it literally, though I think that no one will be making an entry through this door.

Greta Garbo, the very private Swedish film actress who passed away in 1990 at the age of 85, is credited with having said, "I want to be alone," but what she really claims to have said is, "I want to be left alone."  Perhaps something got lost in the translation... ;)

Check here to see how others have interpreted this Theme Day.

Daily Haiku
An open door is
A request to go on in
A closed one says don't


 If you check MY POST FROM LAST SUNDAY , you will see that I warded off three young hooligans who were intending to steal some chocolate and...