Thursday, January 30, 2014

CATWALK AND TENSION GRID FRAMING




CATWALK AND TENSION GRID FRAMING






That's what it's all about for me this week.
































Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Matryoshka




матрёшка


A friend told me that when she was a little girl, her next door neighbor had a fascinating Matryoshka doll, which was kept upstairs on a bureau.  

This set made a wonderful birthday present.








Saturday, January 25, 2014

Saturday Gallery--Big Sur






SATURDAY GALLERY






BIG SUR


Point Sur






Big Sur River



Homestead Cabin


in pencil








The Gorge








Coast Highway 1





The Old Coast Road








Talk about a variety of techniques.  These drawings span almost 30 years, but you'd think there would be some coherency in style.  








Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dr. Firuz Kazemzadeh



DR. FIRUZ KAZEMZADEH ON THE BAHA'IS OF IRAN






Wednesday, January 22, 2014

One of the sadest things...








"I suppose one of the saddest things must to be to see two people who feel so much for each other, and feel that they belong together, and yet they really don't belong together at all."                                  -- Glocken, 'Ship of Fools'






Sunday, January 19, 2014



(FAST) WEST COAST SWING ALERT !!







Friday, January 17, 2014




The Ridván Garden









Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tacoma






TACOMA







Tuesday, January 14, 2014

EXILE OF BAHA'U'LLAH By Haji Mirza Haydar-Ali








One of the charges against the imprisoned Baha'i Yaran ("Friends") in Iran was that they are Israeli spies.  For Iranian law, proof of this allegation was the fact that these Baha'is were associated and in contact with the Baha'i World Center, which is located on Mount Carmel, Israel.  



Haji Mirza Haydar-Ali relates how this came about.






EXILE OF BAHA'U'LLAH 


By Haji Mirza Haydar-Ali


When Bahá'u'lláh was imprisoned in Tihran, the Russian Ambassador went about twenty times to the Shah to plead in His behalf, saying, "This man has no fault. He is faultless. Why do you imprison Him?" The Shah answered that Bahá'u'lláh must be punished because He had ordered the attack on his life (see history). The Ambassador said, "That is not a reasonable supposition; for, if He had ordered such an attempt, He would have ordered a bullet put in the gun instead of merely powder and small shot." The Shah acknowledged this reasoning but was determined to hold Bahá'u'lláh responsible so as to have a pretext for keeping Him in prison.


Again and again the Russian Ambassador went to talk with the Shah about the matter, and at last the Shah confessed that he was afraid of the influence of Bahá'u'lláh, and that if he should set Him free, it would create a great tumult among the people.

The Ambassador answered, "If, then, you fear Him so much, why keep Him in Tihran? Would it not be better to exile Him to Baghdad?" This was accordingly done, and an escort furnished of Cossack and Russian horsemen to protect Him from the Persian horsemen. From Baghdad, Bahá'u'lláh was sent to Constantinople, then to Adrianople, then to Akka--by force He was sent to the place where He desired to be, thus fulfilling the prophecies of all the Holy Books. He came by His own Will. Had He simply appeared and declared Himself there, the opposers might have said, "Of course, He has read the prophecies and determined to appear in the Holy Land in order to mislead the people." But we see that He used the natural instruments who thought they were sending Him there by force. This is what we may call a real miracle.

After all, did the Shah accomplish his will, or did Bahá'u'lláh accomplish His Will?










The Shrine of the Báb and Terraces on Mount Carmel. 









Bahá'i Archives


International Teaching Center


The Seat of the Universal House of Justice 














Saturday, January 11, 2014

SATURDAY GALLERY--BIRDS



SATURDAY GALLERY



Birds




















Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

RICHARD IN FINNØY



RICHARD IN FINNØY






Thanks for #3, Reidar.



Monday, January 6, 2014

TUG




Tug has been at every window this morning hunting birds.  He's working himself up to an extended nap with twitchy paws.








Sunday, January 5, 2014

SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON



SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON

Sir Shackleton was an explorer, a leader of men, and an extraordinary seaman.   He was a man who heroically saved the life of every member of the crew of his ill-fated attempt to cross the continent of Antarctica.




After the race to the South Pole ended in December 1911 with Roald Amundsen's conquest, Shackleton turned his attention to what he said was the one remaining great object of Antarctic journeying: the crossing of the continent from sea to sea, via the pole. To this end he made preparations for what became the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914–17. Disaster struck this expedition when its ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed before the shore parties could be landed. There followed a sequence of exploits, and an ultimate escape with no loss of human life, that would eventually assure Shackleton's heroic status, although this was not immediately evident.








Icebound in the Weddell Sea.








The Endurance, crushed by the ice.






Hauling the small boat to the open sea.






The rescue came ten months after the Endurance was lost.








In 1921, he returned to the Antarctic with the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition, intending to carry out a programme of scientific and survey activities. On January 5, 1922, before the expedition could begin this work, Shackleton died of a heart attack while his ship, Quest, was moored in South Georgia. At his wife's request he was buried there.


Sir Shakelton's final resting place in South Georgia.   There is a simple headstone with a nine-pointed star.




Italics from Wiki