Monday, January 29, 2024

MONDAY MURALS--the dog park


 Popping back to Seattle for this colorful mural. They say dogs only see shades of yellow and blue, so whoever did this mural either knew that or lucked out.

See other murals on MONDAY MURALS.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

A MOMENT OF HIS TIME


 I watched this lady approach this priest and speak to him. He didn't respond right away, so curious me is still wondering what her comment or question was.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

KEEPIN' 'EM CLEAN


 This fellow was walking three fluffy, white Bichons. Spotless they were indeed. Most of the time, I give credit to the owner for keeping them so tidy, but other times wonder if the little pups are ever let to run free and really get dirty.

That is why I would never have a white dog! Or a white car....or a white coat....or a white skirt....

Friday, January 26, 2024

SKYWATCH--red sunset


 I often get striking views from my kitchen window.  

Happy Weekend to all.

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

THE SOFTENER OF EVIL HEARTS


 St. Marko's cathdral is located a short distance from where I live. Behind this church is a small Russian church, not visible here. This morning, on my way to walk my dog, I came across this HUGE line, which doubled back again from the top (cannot be seen here).  More and more people were lining up. This is one of those instances where a drone would have come in handy.

Anyway, I asked a lady waiting in line who told me that the icon of Mary Mother of God Softener of Evil Hearts had arrived on loan to the small Russian church. Apparently, this particular icon is not seen often. You can read more about it by clicking HERE.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

WINTER

 

I have written about the Serbian poet Desanka Maksimovic before. Here her statue sits under a cover of snow.

I did find one poem she wrote about winter, but couldn't find an English translation. Here is another that at least mentions snow!

DEATH OF A RAVEN

It's the last day of the old raven.
His turn has come and soon a pall
Of darkness will cover him up. But for now
He suspects nothing at all
As he plods along over virgin snow
Like a peasant, flits up and alights
On a bush, shakes the ice
From a branch, rubs his beak on his claw…
From behind the blue mountain a moon is emerging,
Colder, more vast than ever was seen hitherto,
As though slowly a door were opening
To let the old raven pass through.


Saturday, January 20, 2024

WHEN'S THE NEXT BUS?

 

That's a question that has long been left unanswered for Belgrade citizens. Upon my return, I was pleased to see that these signs are now at every bus stop. Here it says #10 is 22 minutes and 15 stops away. No clue about the 2, 5, and 79... They must be really out of range. I didn't hang around to see.

Friday, January 19, 2024

SWIM FREE ALL SEASON!


 That's what the sign says: free entrance to all Belgraders for the summer season.

Those are going to be very crowded pools. One more reason I avoid public swimming pools.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

VERY IMPORTANT SNOOZER

 

I am tired from jet-lag from my return from the US.

I don't know why this young person is sleepy. Her lapel pin reads 'Va┼żna Osoba,' meaning 'important person'. 

Monday, January 15, 2024

DANCING HOUSE, BELGRADE STYLE


 This building downtown sprouted up in the last three months when I was in Seattle. I rather like the lines and the building reminds me of Prague's famous DANCING HOUSE..

Sunday, January 14, 2024

SPRING'S NOT AROUND THE CORNER

 



My last post from Seattle was of a bud and was entitled Spring's Around the Corner. Well, my friend in Friday Harbor, Washington sent me this stunning shot of window frost...it was minus 12 degrees....brrr. That bud will take a while to bloom...

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

JUST AROUND THE CORNER

 

Around the corner is where I took this photo of a new bud and its trees dead leaf. Not sure if spring is around the corner though.

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

COVID EFFECTS


 One of COVID's lingering effects is that many downtown shops in Seattle (and elsewhere) have lost business and have had to close. Such is the case of the one above.

Monday, January 1, 2024

BEFORE THE CLOUD COVER HIT....


 Happy New Year, everyone!  May this be a much better year for us all than the last.

This of course is a shot of the Space Needle (hand-held) here in Seattle around 10 p.m. There was a spectacular light show with fireworks, music, and special effects at midnight....but any decent shots from Queen Anne Hill were next to impossible to catch given the low-lying clouds that rolled in. Mind you, other local photographers with equipment much fancier than mine and good tripods were able to capture some of the show from various vantage points.

The Needle is pink because of T-Mobile, who sponsored the event and whose color is this Pepto-Bismol pink.

YOU'VE MISSED YOUR LAST CHANCE

 Belgrade's iconic cafe, Poslednja Shansa (Last Chance), has  been bought out and is now closed for renovation. It's been bought by ...