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I have my very own mascot. A martian mermaid made just for me!

I didn't even ask for one, but I have been longing for one. And then one magically appears at my doorstep last night.

Thank you so very much Rachel.

 

Our kitty, Callie- she should be the mascot for Fleurty Girl, a shop in New Orleans! :)

Okay, John and Jax. Having been tagged by both of you in less than 24 hours, I guess I really need to go ahead and devote the time to this task. My favorite 10 albums of all time. IMPOSSIBLE! It simply cannot be done. To try and cultivate into a mere 10 albums (and let alone rank them) a half a century of musical tastes and preferences is physically impossible. So I cannot even begin to do so.

 

I can however, relate to you perhaps ten albums that, for a plethera of reasons, have impacted who I am, how I feel about life or world issues or just everyday living, or have seeded themselves firmly into the medley of musical variations I have come to enjoy over the span of 50 years. Some are rock, some are country, some are blues, some are just uniquely different. But the majority of them have had their early roots in the blues, or have been influenced by various blues artists to some degree. So in no particular order, here they are.

 

SRV, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Sky is Crying.

 

Life by the Drop

 

Released about one year after Vaughan's death in 1990, the album features ten tracks originally recorded between 1984 and 1989.

 

The Sky Is Crying illustrates many of Vaughan's musical influences, including songs in the style of traditional Delta blues, Chicago blues, jump blues, jazz blues, and Jimi Hendrix. The album's tone alternates primarily between uptempo pieces and gritty, slow blues. The album includes a Grammy-winning extended instrumental cover version of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing"; "Chitlins con Carne", a jazz instrumental; and, "Life by the Drop", a song written by Vaughan's friend Doyle Bramhall and played on acoustic guitar. This song is not about Vaughan's struggle with drug abuse, as many think, but actually about Vaughan's friendship with Doyle Bramhall from Bramhall's perspective.

 

ZZ Top, Tres Hombres.

 

Hot, Blue and Righteous

 

Tres Hombres is the third album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1973, and marked the first of many times the band worked with engineer Terry Manning. It proved to be the group's commercial breakthrough, attracting a far larger fanbase. The album hit the top ten while the single "La Grange" hit 41 on the singles chart.

 

The band's name is often said to be a combination of two popular brands of rolling paper, Zig-Zag and Top. It has also been claimed as a tribute to blues singer Z. Z. Hill. However, Gibbons wrote in his autobiography, Rock + Roll Gearhead, that it actually came from a tribute to and a play on the name of blues guitar master B. B. King. The band had planned to call themselves Z.Z. King, but felt it was too similar. Since B.B. King was at the "top", they settled on ZZ Top.

 

In January 1973, ZZ Top opened for The Rolling Stones three shows in Hawaii. They also began recording with engineer Terry Manning at Ardent Studios in Memphis. The resultant third album, Tres Hombres (1973), was the first for which the band gained a million-seller and wide acclaim. Hombres featured ZZ's classic hit "La Grange", written about the Chicken Ranch, a famous La Grange, Texas bordello (that was also the subject of the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas). Other album cuts like "Waitin' for the Bus" and its immediate follower "Jesus Just Left Chicago" became fan favorites and rock-radio staples. However, my favorite tune to be spawned on this album was "Hot, Blue and Righteous".

 

Delbert McClinton, Never Been Rocked Enough.

 

Every Time I Roll the Dice

 

This album is probably the most currently produced album on my list here, and possibly on my list of the 50 most influential albums for me. It as produced and relased in 1992. Nothing since then, at least to my immediate knowledge, would make the list.

 

Delbert McClinton (born 4 November 1940, Lubbock, Texas) is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. Active as a side-man since at least 1962 and as a band leader since 1972, he has recorded several major-label albums, and charted singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, and Hot Country Songs charts. His highest-peaking single was "Tell Me About It", a 1992 duet with Tanya Tucker which reached #4 on the Country charts. He has also had four albums that made it to #1 on the U.S. Blues chart, and another that reached #2.

 

His 1992 release of this album featured the hit single "Every Time I Roll the Dice", which made it to #13 on the US Mainstream Rock charts, While the album only made it to #113. He has written for and recorded with a group of musicians that reads like the who's who or the music industry, including John Lennon.

 

And at the legendary Skyliner Ballroom, where McClinton's band was the only white act to play its Blue Monday nights AND be the backing band for the headliners, he received a first-class tutelage from the masters of blues music like Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson. McClinton cut a number of local and regional singles before hitting the national charts in 1962 playing harmonica on Bruce Channel's now classic “Hey! Baby.” On a subsequent package tour of England, Delbert showed some of his harp licks to the rhythm guitarist for a young band at the bottom of the bill. The lessons he gave John Lennon were later heard on hit singles by The Beatles; when the two met Lennon already knew the instrument's basics, and the experienced McClinton shared some new licks with him.

 

Pink Floyd, Momentary Lapse of Reason

 

On The Turning Away.

 

A Momentary Lapse of Reason is the thirteenth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd. It was released in the UK and US in September 1987. In 1985 guitarist David Gilmour began to assemble a group of musicians to work on his third solo album. At the end of 1986 he changed his mind, and decided that the new material would instead be included in a new Pink Floyd album. Subsequently Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright (who had left the group in 1979) were brought on board for the project. Although for legal reasons Wright could not be re-admitted to the band, he and Mason helped Gilmour craft what would become the first Pink Floyd album since the departure of lyricist and bass guitarist Roger Waters in December 1985.

 

The album was recorded primarily on Gilmour's converted houseboat, Astoria. Its production was marked by an ongoing legal dispute between Waters and the band as to who owned the rights to Pink Floyd's name, which was not resolved until several months after the album was released. Unlike most of Pink Floyd's studio albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason has no central theme, and is instead a collection of rock songs written mostly by Gilmour and musician Anthony Moore. Although the album received mixed reviews and was derided by Waters, with the help of an enormously successful world tour it easily out-sold their previous album The Final Cut. A Momentary Lapse of Reason is certified multi-platinum in the US.

 

Although the amazing talents of Water's were not present on this album, it still spawned two of my all time favorite songs, "Dogs of War", and "On the Turning Away".

 

Iron Maiden, Live After Death.

 

Rime of the Ancient Mariner

 

Live After Death is a live album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on October 14, 1985 on EMI in Europe and its sister label Capitol Records in the US (it was re-released by Sanctuary/Columbia Records in the US in 2002). It was recorded during the band's World Slavery Tour. The album was instrumental in establishing the band as an extraordinary live band and is regarded as one of the best live albums ever recorded.

 

For anyone with a love of metal, Iron Maiden is a must hear band. The cover art was done by Derek Riggs, and pictures the band's mascot, Eddie rising from a grave. On that grave is a tombstone with a quote from the fantasy and horror fiction author H. P. Lovecraft's The Nameless City:

 

"That is not dead which can eternal lie

Yet with strange aeons even death may die."

 

The proper quote is actually "And with strange..." instead of "Yet with strange...". A similar version of this phrase is used in Metallica's song "The Thing That Should Not Be" from the Master of Puppets album.

 

Queensryche, Operation Mindcrime.

 

Suite Sister Mary

 

Operation: Mindcrime is a concept album by American progressive metal band Queensrÿche. Released on May 3, 1988, it is the band's third full-length album. A rock opera, its story follows a man who becomes disillusioned with the society of the time and reluctantly becomes involved with a revolutionary group as an assassin of political leaders. The album is highly regarded within the heavy metal community, often labelled as one of the genre's finest works. It ranked at number 10 at metal-rules.com's best heavy metal albums ever. In January 1989, it ranked #34 on Kerrang! magazine's "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time."

 

The album begins with the protagonist, Nikki, in a hospital. He lies in a near catatonic state, unable to remember anything but snippets from his past. Suddenly, Nikki's memories come flooding back in a torrent. He remembers how, as a heroin addict and would-be political radical frustrated with contemporary society, he was manipulated into joining a supposed secret organization dedicated to revolution. At the head of this organization is a political and religious demagogue known only as Dr. X, who by manipulating Nikki through a combination of his heroin addiction and brainwashing techniques, uses Nikki as an assassin. Whenever Dr. X uses the word "mindcrime" Nikki becomes his docile puppet, a state which Dr. X uses to command Nikki to undertake any murder that the Doctor wishes. Through one of Dr. X's probable associates, a corrupt priest named Father William, Nikki is offered the services of a prostitute-turned-nun named Sister Mary. Through his friendship and growing affection toward Sister Mary, Nikki begins to question the nature of what he is doing. Dr. X notices this and, seeing a potential threat in Mary, orders Nikki to kill both her and the priest. Nikki goes to Mary's church and kills the priest, but after confronting Mary fails to comply with the command to murder her. He and Mary decided to leave the organization together, and Nikki goes to Dr. X to tell him that they are out. Dr. X, however, reminds Nikki that he is an addict, and that he is the one who can provide him with his daily fix. Nikki leaves, conflicted and returns to Mary, only to find her dead, hanging from her own rosary. He cannot cope with the loss, as well as the possibility that he himself may have killed her and not known it, and begins to succumb to insanity. The police, arriving on the scene, arrest him for Mary's murder and the murders he committed for Dr. X. He is put into a hospital, where he begins to remember what has happened.

 

Rush, Hemispheres.

 

La Villa Strangiato

 

Hemispheres is the sixth studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1978. The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales and mixed at Trident Studios in London. This album continues Rush's trend of using the fantasy and science fiction lyrics written by Neil Peart. Similar to their 1976 release, 2112, Hemispheres contains a single, epic song broken into chapters as the first half of the album ("Cygnus X-1, Book II: Hemispheres") while the second half contains two more conventionally-executed tracks ("Circumstances", "The Trees"), then is rounded out by the nine-and-a-half-minute instrumental, "La Villa Strangiato".

 

The album contains examples of Rush's adherence to progressive rock standards including the use of epic, multi-movement song structures, complex rhythms and time signatures, and flexible guitar solos, like those found in "La Villa Strangiato".

 

Hemispheres was Rush's fourth consecutive Gold album upon release in 1978 and would subsequently go Platinum in the US. For a short period of time, the album was released on Canadian red vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with poster (catalogue number SANR-1-1015), and as a limited edition picture disc (catalogue number SRP-1300),both have which become much sought after collectors items.

 

Hang in there, folks....only 3 to go. I apologize, but I try not to halfway do anything...LOL!

 

Metallica, Ride the Lightning.

 

Ride The Lightning

 

Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on July 27, 1984 through Megaforce Records and was re-released on November 19, 1984 by Elektra Records. Ride the Lightning was certified gold by the RIAA on November 5, 1987 and was most recently certified 5x platinum on June 9, 2003.

 

Ride the Lightning retains the speed of Kill 'Em All on songs like "Trapped Under Ice" and "Fight Fire with Fire", but also contains the first of Metallica's longer, more intricate tracks, such as "Fade to Black" and the nearly 9-minute closing instrumental "The Call of Ktulu". "Ride the Lightning" is the last Metallica album to credit former member, Dave Mustaine. Ride the Lightning was listed at #3 on a list compiled by metal-rules.com of the Top 100 Metal Albums of All Time.

 

"Ride the Lightning" is Metallica's first song which directly pointed on the misery of the criminal justice system. The song is one of two on the album that credits former member Dave Mustaine. The lyrics of the song "Ride the Lightning" are written from the perspective of someone who is forthcoming death-by-electrocution, although he didn't commit murder.

 

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" was composed by Cliff Burton, James Hetfield, and Lars Ulrich. The songs inspiration is Ernest Hemingway's novel For Whom the Bell Tolls about the dishonor of modern warfare and Robert Jordan's eminent doom during the bloody Spanish Civil War, with specific allusions to the scene in which five soldiers are obliterated during an air-strike, whilst taking a position on a hill.

 

The lyrics of Fade to Black suggest a man contemplating, then eventually committing suicide. Metallica revealed that they have received letters from fans who were dissuaded from committing suicide by the song.

 

"Creeping Death" describes the Plague of the Firstborn (Exodus 12:29). The lyrics deal with the 10 plagues on Egypt, and throughout the song, four of the ten plagues are mentioned as well as the Passover.

 

"The Call of Ktulu" was Metallica's second instrumental song, following the first instrumental "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth" from Kill 'Em All. The song working title was originally "When Hell Freezes Over".

 

The idea of the song "The Call of Ktulu" is based upon H.P. Lovecraft's book The Shadow Over Innsmouth which was first introduced to the rest of the band by Cliff Burton. The song's name was taken from one of H.P. Lovecraft's main stories featuring Cthulhu, The Call of Cthulhu, which was written in 1928 for the magazine Weird Tales. The name "Ktulu" is originally written "Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft.

 

And all this time you thought they were just a bunch of fucking stoners.....hehehe.

 

Led Zeppelin, IV.

 

Battle of Evermore

 

The fourth album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin was released on 8 November 1971. No title is printed on the album, so it is generally referred to as Led Zeppelin IV, following the naming standard used by the band's first three studio albums. Also the album has alternatively been referred to as , Four Symbols, The Fourth Album (those two titles each having been used in the Atlantic Records catalogue), Untitled, Runes, Sticks, ZoSo and The Hermit. Zoso is also the moniker for the band's guitarist, Jimmy Page.

 

Upon its release, Led Zeppelin IV was a commercial and critical success. The album is one of the best-selling albums in history at 37 million units. It has shipped over 23 million units in the United States alone, putting it third on the all-time list in the United States and twelfth world-wide. In 2003, the album was ranked 66th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

"Black Dog" got its name from a stray black dog that was roaming about the concourse of Headley Grange during recording sessions for the song.

 

"The Battle of Evermore" and "Misty Mountain Hop" are references to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings novels.

 

"Going to California" is a reference to John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.

 

The idea for each member of the band to choose a personal emblem for the cover was Page's. In an interview he gave in 1977, he recalled:

 

After all this crap that we'd had with the critics, I put it to everybody else that it'd be a good idea to put out something totally anonymous. At first I wanted just one symbol on it, but then it was decided that since it was our fourth album and there were four of us, we could each choose our own symbol. I designed mine and everyone else had their own reasons for using the symbols that they used.

 

Page stated that he designed his own symbol himself and has never publicly disclosed any reasoning behind it. However, it has been argued that his symbol appeared as early as 1557 to represent Saturn. The symbol is sometimes referred to as "ZoSo", though Page has explained that it was not in fact intended to be a word at all.

 

Bassist John Paul Jones' symbol, which he chose from Rudolf Koch's Book of Signs, is a single circle intersecting 3 vesica pisces (a triquetra). It is intended to symbolise a person who possesses both confidence and competence.

 

Drummer John Bonham's symbol, the three interlocking rings, was picked by the drummer from the same book. It represents the triad of mother, father and child, but also happens to be the logo for Ballantine beer.

 

Singer Robert Plant's symbol was his own design, being based on the sign of the supposed Mu civilisation.

 

There is also a fifth, smaller symbol chosen by guest vocalist Sandy Denny representing her contribution to the track "The Battle of Evermore"; it appears in the credits list on the inner sleeve of the LP, serving as an asterisk and is shaped like three triangles touching at their points.

 

And finally we make it home with....

 

Allman Brothers, Live at Fillmore East.

 

Statesboro Blues - Live

 

At Fillmore East is a double live album by The Allman Brothers Band. The band's breakthrough success, At Fillmore East was released in July 1971. It ranks Number 49 among Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and remains among the top-selling albums in the band’s catalogue. It is often cited as being one of the most well-known live recordings in history.

 

Recorded at the Fillmore East concert hall, the storied rock venue in New York City, on Friday and Saturday March 12, 1971–March 13, 1971, it showcased the band's mixture of blues, Southern rock and jazz. The cover of Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues" which opens the set showcases Duane Allman's slide guitar work in open E Tuning. "Whipping Post" became the standard for a long, epic jam that never lost interest (opening in 11/8 time, unusual territory for a rock band), while the ethereal-to-furious "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", with its harmonized melody, Latin feel and burning drive invited comparisons with John Coltrane (especially Duane's solo-ending pull-offs, a direct nod to the jazz saxophonist).

 

The album was produced by Tom Dowd, who condensed the running time of various songs, occasionally even merging multiple performances onto one track. At Fillmore East peaked at #13 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart.

 

Two other songs recorded during the same set of shows, "Trouble No More", and the memorable "Mountain Jam", were later released on Eat a Peach, the latter spanning two sides of the double album.

 

Those songs were later included in their entirety, along with uncut versions of some, re-edited versions of others, and some previously omitted tracks, on a new release of the Fillmore material entitled The Fillmore Concerts (1992). "Stormy Monday" gained back a harmonica solo; "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" and "Drunken Hearted Boy" were included as well.

 

In 1998 a 5.1 DTS mix of the original version was released with Duane Allman in the left rear channel, Dickey Betts in the right rear channel, Jai Johanny Johanson in the front left channel, Butch Trucks in the right front channel and Gregg Allman and Berry Oakley both spread out over the front and center channels.

 

George Kimball of Rolling Stone magazine hailed them as "the best damn rock and roll band this country has produced in the past five years." A few months later, group leader Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident. The group survived that and the death of bassist Oakley in another motorcycle accident a year later; with replacement members Chuck Leavell and Lamar Williams, the Allman Brothers Band achieved its peak commercial success in 1973 with the album Brothers and Sisters and the hit single "Ramblin' Man". Internal turmoil overtook the band soon after; the group dissolved in 1976, reformed briefly at the end of the decade with additional personnel changes, and dissolved again in 1982.

 

In 1989, the group reformed with some new members and has been recording and touring since. A series of personnel changes in the late 1990s was capped by the departure of Betts. The group found stability during the 2000s with Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, the nephew of their drummer, serving as its guitarists, and became renowned for their month-long string of shows in New York City each spring. The band has been awarded eleven gold and five platinum albums between 1971 and 2005 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Rolling Stone ranked them 52nd on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004.

Day 28: Self Portrait

 

Okay.. not really royaly, but a girl can dream. They said I could be anything I wanted to be, so I became a princess. :D I used to be on a dance team in high school, color guard to be exact. Our school mascot was Lancers, so naturally we were "princesses." Four years on that team earned me this crown that I wore all throughout the performances (yes it's sentimental)

 

Setup: Bower SFD728C shot from behind through a white diffuser 3 ft in front of me, YN560 1/8 power shot through a softbox from the right side.

 

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This dock belongs to the Ocean Grove Fishing Club and is located at the corner of Ocean Ave and Embury Ave in Ocean Grove, NJ which is just south of Asbury Park. I shot this as the sun was struggling to wake up and rise, which it would soon do, providing us with a spectacular sunrise. When I got to the dock area to shoot it, I had to setup the camera and tripod using a flashlight because it was completely dark. It's very peaceful at the shore at that hour. Just you and the Sea Gulls and an infrequent jogger. The fishing club's mascot, "Ralph" can be seen in his permanent spot. I didn't see him catch anything while I was there. Apparently Ralph is quite the local celebrity and has his own children's book and songs about him as explained on this page: blogfinger.net/2012/03/10/a-portrait-of-ralph-the-ocean-g...

 

I shot this back on the morning of 7-13-2012 with the Nikon D7000 with a Nikon 28-70mm F2.8 AFS lens @ 31mm, Cokin Z-Pro 2 stop neutral density filter mounted in the Cokin Z-Pro 100mm square filter holder. Manual exposure mode, F14, a single 5 second exposure, ISO 100, spot metering with the metering spot positioned on the dock's pylons. Camera tripod mounted, digging the tripod into the sand to keep it absolutely sturdy against the ever approaching waves, remote shutter release used to trigger the shutter.

 

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We went to the Irish Festival yesterday and came across this wonderful, and very big, Irish Wolfhound. I think he was the mascot of the festival. He was walking around the festival and seemed to be having a great time.

   

Scientific Name: Ramphastos toco

 

Portugese: Tucano-toco

 

Image taken outside the lodge where I stayed in The Pantanal in Mato Grasso, Brazil.

 

The Toco toucan is at home in South America's tropical forests but recognized everywhere. The toucan's oversized, colorful bill has made it one of the world's most popular birds.

 

The 7.5-inch-long (19-centimeter-long) bill may be seen as a desirable mating trait, but if so, it is one that both male and female toucans possess. In fact, both sexes use their bills to catch tasty morsels and pitch them to one another during a mating ritual fruit toss.

 

As a weapon, the bill is a bit more show than substance. It is a honeycomb of bone that actually contains a lot of air. While its size may deter predators, it is of little use in combating them.

 

But the toucan's bill is useful as a feeding tool. The birds use them to reach fruit on branches that are too small to support their weight, and also to skin their pickings. In addition to fruit, Toco toucans eat insects and, sometimes, young birds, eggs, or lizards.

 

Toco toucans live in small flocks of about six birds. Their bright colors actually provide good camouflage in the dappled light of the rain forest canopy. However, the birds commonly keep up a racket of vocalization, which suggests that they are not trying to remain hidden.

 

Toucans nest in tree holes. They usually have two to four eggs each year, which both parents care for. Young toucans do not have a large bill at birth—it grows as they develop and does not become full size for several months.

 

These iconic birds are very popular pets, and many are captured to supply demand for this trade. They are also familiar commercial mascots known for hawking stout, cereal, and other products. Indigenous peoples regard the bird with a more sacred eye; they are traditionally seen as conduits between the worlds of the living and the spirits.

 

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One of many seen each day. Nikon D700 with Nikkor 85mm f1.4D lens.

 

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Roni es la mascota de Marta, y ella se ha ocupado de adiestrarlo desde muy pequeñita, durante los 17 años que lleva con nosotros.

El loro suele gozar de larga vida, pues un ejemplar de tamaño medio puede durar entre los cincuenta y los sesenta años, o más. Son bastante inteligentes y despiertos.

Requieren mucha atención, cariño y compañía, pues ellos también dan lo mismo.

Cuando se sienten solos se deprimen, y lo expresan quitándose las plumas una a una, y picoteando los barrotes de la jaula. Es su manera de llamar la atención.

Pero cuando están alegres se manifiestan con gritos, carcajadas o imitaciones.

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Roni is the mascot of Marta, and has been commissioned to train him from very tiny, during the 17 years who is with us at home.

The parrot usually enjoy long life. A specimen of average size can last between fifty and sixty years or more. They are quite intelligent and awake.

They require lots of attention, affection and companionship, because they offer the same affection.

When they feel alone they get depressed, and express it removing itself the pens one to one, and pecking the bars of the cage. It is his way of calling the attention.

But when they are happy they demonstrate with shouts, guffaws or imitations.

  

After wrapping our Camp Out Magazine shoot, Malice Mcmunn put on their mascots head for a few photos. Oh, Clarence, you silly bear.

 

Photo/copyright: Travis Haight / Travis Haight Photography

 

Long Beach, CA

ID Number: 053601

Maker: Ronald Keith Monro

Atherton, Qld.

 

The mascot of a cookhouse at the 9th Australian division, a puppy dog, being dried after his bath, in preparation for the visit of general Douglas Macarthur, Commander in Chief, Allied Land Forces, South West Pacific Area.

 

Rights Info: No known copyright restrictions.

 

This photograph is from the Australian War Memorial's collection www.awm.gov.au

 

Persistent URL:http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/053601

  

Dust Bowl Faeries is a gypsy--folk ensemble with a dark cabaret twist. The unique compositions of Dust Bowl Faeries have roots in klezmer, circus and old-timey music. Accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lap -steel, electric guitar, bass & percussion combine to create the Dust Bowl Faeries’ otherworldly sound. The band was founded by artist--musician Ryder Cooley in 2013 as a girl group trio. The group has now expanded to include five generations of musicians including Karen Cole, Jen DuBois, JoAnn Stevelos and Aaron Martin. Hazel, a taxidermy ram, joins the Faeries as mascot-spirit animal.

See also the full version of this real photo postcard: Fresh Lake Farm's Mascots (below).

 

Unfortunately, there isn't any identifying information on the back of the postcard, and I haven't been able to determine the location of Fresh Lake Farm.

I found this funny cat doll in front of a Japanese restaurant. It seems to be a mascot of this restaurant.

Located : Oharai-machi street, Ise, Mie Prefecture.

Date of Birth: 11.11.1898

Date of Enlistment: 4.6.1918

Trade or Calling: Waiter

Born in or near what Town: Adelaide

Address prior to Enlistment: Botany Rd Mascot

Rank, Number, Battalion, Distinctions: Pte A Coy 1st Battalion

Casualties and where:

Name & Address of Next of Kin: Mrs E. Mitchell Botany Rd Mascot (Mother)

Name and last address of Father: Earnest Mitchell

 

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This is one of my few "plan b"s for when everything just doesn't seem to work like I wanted it.

I wanted to do something totally different but my camera batteries were more than low so I had to use my old Canon. This reminds me why I put it away back then.

Now I don't have enough time to to what I wanted to. Think I'm gonna do that next week.

So many ideas and so little time to implement. Next week I'll start on Wednesday so my 52weeks will get a little better again.

This is Michale and he is retired train driver. He retired 4 years ago and has driven trains all his working life in Australia and South Africa. I met him next to our camper-van when he was walking his dog Benny who is the Toodyay unofficial mascot. The dog still rides in the trains that go past the campsite.

Michale agreed to pose for my stranger project after telling me all about the train service around Perth.

 

This picture is #131 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page

 

Explore #16 on 6 April 2013

Explored! #5

 

My spider sense is tingling.

 

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So today it was back to work. We shot two car commercials had lunch at a Chinese buffet where I said to who I thought was a co-worker and after realizing that it wasn't him... found that what I had said might have come off very creepy and downright scary... but it turned out fine. No need to repeat it.

 

After that we shot another commercial at our local baseball team (the Montgomery Biscuits) stadium with a couple of radio personalities and our lovable mascot "Big Mo". Fun fun!

 

Anyway, after reading the last few issues of "the Amazing Spiderman" where he had gotten his uniform stolen and had to borrow one from Daredevil, it made me think of what he might have looked like in his street clothes while watching over the city. So here's your visual. The city is from a shot that I took in Miami a few years ago.

 

Strobist info: Alien Bee's B800 Through a large softbox below at camera right and an SP Studios strobe above and behind at camera right.

Following in the Icelandic footsteps of last year's successful adventure,

I am pleased to present to you:

STOCKHOLM SYNDROME - A JÄTTE SWEDISH ADVENTURE

 

I am leaving a month from tomorrow and can still use your help!

 

A kickstarter venture similar to Kicey to Iceland. By becoming a patron of this project, you will also get to own a print from the series I create while I am in the Kingdom of Swedes, and help me create the accompanying book (and get a sneak peak of the process of writing and designing it).

 

Thank you very much in advance to those who help me reach my goal, either by way of helping to promote my project or by backing it directly, every little bit is appreciated immensely! Any questions, please ask!

 

$1000 is not the cap, though now I am half way there! I can certainly keep producing prints/books for anyone who wants to participate!

 

look for updates on my Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/laurakicey

or my twitter: twitter.com/helveticaneu

 

About the facepaint: I painted myself with lipstick etc. in the traditional manner wooden horse toys from the Dalarna region of Sweden are: the Dalahäst or Dalecarnian horse. While in Iceland, Sandra introduced me to the horses and she inspired this concept.

 

Also: Jätte means giant or very, which is most effectively used in the name of one of my favorite/most abhorred Swedish candies, Jätte Salt - whose mascot is the Salty Giant.

i've always wondered how it would be to have a pet like a dinosaur, it would be cheap to feed, until i ran out of neighborhood kids...

i'm not fully satisfied with this pic, but i'm way to tired to keep editing..

Paris summer 2011.

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Android patrolling the Mindbench office

Young fans wait to greet Blue Rocks mascot Rocky Bluewinkle August 1 in Wilmington, DE (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

Whats green and yellow and has a clean, wet shiny nose?

 

Its got to be the mascot up at Cheshire's top hand car wash Garnett. They are a really friendly team down there and do a cracking job. I can recommend them.

 

Look out for the mascot which will be around town from now and into the summer to promote the business that covers cars, valets, drives and conservatories from their base at Old Warrington road, Northwich and out at Tatton adjacent to the Little Chef on the A556. They also clean Fascias, Caravans and even done the odd Tractor believe it or not. Handy as they are insured with NFU (originally the farmers mutual).

 

Back in December, the local council, Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), took offence at the companies distinctive green and yellow A-Boards. I am unsure if it was the colour or size that was the nature of the complaint. If it was that they were prominent, isn't that the point? I have still noticed plenty of A-Boards around town. To be consistant shouldn't they all be banned?

 

Shirley Wingfield, a spokesman for CWAC, was reported in the Northwich Guardian as saying “We do not regard what Mr Garnett was advertising on as A-boards, we regard it as fly posting. “We act when incidents are reported to us and people are asked not to do it again. If they persist they are issued with a fixed penalty notice.”

 

Personally I thought I thought I had a good idea what a fly posting was, but maybe not!

 

If you want to book yourself in with the Garnett Hand Carwash give them a bell on 07825-776617.

 

NB: Like all the images on this stream, full size prints up to 30x20inches are available, Check my profile for how to contact me.

 

Checkout more portraits from my photostream.

 

Keep in touch, add me as a contact www.flickr.com/relationship.gne?id=33062170@N08 so I can follow all your new uploads.

 

(c) Hotpix / HotpixUK Tony Smith - Hotpix.freeserve.co.uk WDCC

Near La Selva, Costa Rica.

 

Its easy to see why this frog has become a universally recognized mascot for the rainforest.

 

I wasn't purposely handling it. It was hunkered up on a leaf resting so I disturbed it a little to see if I could get his red eyes, beautiful blue and yellow sides and big feet photographed. He had no reservations about climbing right up and perching on my finger! He seemed just as curious about me and my big bright head lamp as I was excited about seeing one in the WILD!

 

This was definately one species we flew 1,500 miles to see so it was a great find by Dan!

Saturday afternoon portrait of Harbie the Seal.

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Ellos son los unicos capaces de amar a alguien más que a si mismos, dan todo por que seas feliz y son felices por eso. Amalos, cuidalos y protegelos, por que nunca vas a encontrar un amor tan puro como el de ellos.

Featuring, our friends, Dusty Pedroia's and Journey Mclaglen's incredible work in this issue!

 

Angela Thespian – Editor-in-Chief, Group Admin

Mahogany Soulstar – Managing Editor, Group Mod

Bella Benelli-Gracemount – Events Editor, Group Mod

Maaddi Benazzi – Interviewer, Group Mod

Morgaine Cooper Warblood – Interviewer, Group Mod

Appletini – Trends Editor

Doc Nolan – Music Editor

Finn Somerset – Comics Editor

Lyda Sands – Store Review Editor

Mark Writer – Copy Editor

Aurelien Linette – Cutest Mascot ;)

 

Special thanks to Habanero Ceriano

for all your help and support!

 

Wolfie is the mascot for the Lakehead Thunderwolves. The Thunderwolves came down to Marina Park to skate with the kids. It was easier to ask someone in a costume to pose then to ask anyone else

 

Don't use this image on websites, blogs or other media without explicit permission.

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Hope nobody is disappointed coming to my stream to find just a plain old simple selfie today. I may have time for a twisted fairytale album cover later, but right now I really just wanted to get a good shot of my new hair. I am so in love with it. And this shot doesn't do it justice. In person, it's deeper, richer, and more purpley/wine-colored than this. It's fantabulous and it's exactly what I wanted.

 

And, since I've been tagged repeatedly, I guess it's time I did one of these 10 random things memes.

 

1. I am a total clutterbug. I subscribe to the "a pile for everything and everything in its pile" method of organization. Sometimes it drives me crazy and I crave an uber-tidy space, but usually my desire to relax wins out over my desire to clean.

 

2. I've played soccer my entire life. I coached for five years during college and before law school and I miss coaching more than anything else I've had to give up in my life. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I wouldn't retire. I would coach soccer.

 

3. There is no food too spicy for me. It's my super mutant power. Ever since high school, I've been on quest to find something too hot for my tongue. Thai food is my favorite and when I order from my local restaurant, they know me immediately, even over the phone. I've been asking for "very very very very very very spicy, as spicy as you can make it" for the past five or six years. When I lived in Kansas City and would come home for visits, I would always get my favorite Thai food and they would always ask me why I had been away so long.

 

4. I like to sleep with the temperature unreasonably cold. Summer or winter. I like to have a heavy down comforter over me and a fan blowing straight at me and the thermostat turned down so low a penguin would be asking for a hat. In fact, while I sleep in shorty shorts and a little tshirt or tank top, Andy sleeps with long flannel pj pants, two long sleeve shirts and a ski cap. True story. And no matter how cold it is, I still usually complain about getting too hot during the night.

 

5. My biggest pet peeve (just barely beating out slow drivers in the left lane and people who drive ten miles an hour whenever it snows) is the ridiculous politically correct movement that has been ruining everybody's fun for decades now. When I was in sixth grade, my school decided it needed to change its mascot from the Trojans to the Tigers. Why? Because Trojan is a brand of condom. This and other obsurdities that these PC Nazis come up with absolutely kill me. Since when did it become a god-given right to NOT be offended? When I meet people who are overly concerned with being unoffensive to as many people as possible, I typically go out of my way to offend them. Character flaw or a lesson in DEAL WITH IT? You decide.

 

6. When I took my first bar exam (Michigan 2004), I weighed 122 lbs and felt better than I ever had in my adult life. Over the course of the next five years, while working for firms that made me extremely unhappy, I gained 90 lbs. That's more than most hollywood starlets weigh! I've lost a bit since my highest weight, but I am on a quest now to lose all of this extra baggage and get healthy. 2010 is all about a change in lifestyle for me. And 52 Weeks of Feeling Fit is like a beacon in the night, helping me to stay on course.

 

7. I am a TV addict. Thank god for DVRs. I don't know what I did before them. I have multiple shows on every night of the week that I refuse to miss. And when I find people who are into the same shows as I am (Hi Daynna!), it's like an instant bond as we discuss the latest developments. There are only a few shows that I refuse to be interrupted while watching. Andy has learned this and completely leaves me alone while I watch them. Lost and Fringe are at the top of the list of "don't even bother trying to get my attention right now" shows.

 

8. I can't be around animals without creating animal voices and speaking their thoughts. I used to watch the Westminster Dog Show with my friends just to make the voices for all of the dogs. I don't even realize I'm doing it most of the time when I'm around my pets.

 

9. I went to an all-girls horse camp for seven years and then worked there on staff for a year after that. Those are still some of the greatest summertime memories for me. And I desperately miss riding. Bareback jumping was always my favorite.

 

10. I sing nonstop. I was in choir all through school, and I did musical theater up until I graduated from high school. I had two leads my senior year, one was Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, the other was the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I think of those as my glory days. And one day I WILL get back into musical theater. Until then, everybody who spends any time around me will have to endure listening to me sing all of their favorite songs.

 

Ok, I think most of you have already been tagged, but just in case, how about the following people do one of these too:

=Tom=

WHEREISHERE

AndYaDontStop

tapper22

not siskel

Emily Christine

catklein

Sooper Tramp

~maitexu~

cre8iveaddiction

lutman123

 

**Explored**

 

365 Days (self portraits): Day 283

52 Weeks of Feeling Fit: Week 1

In my opinion it was time that Russia finally become the host for a Football Worldcup too. Great country and people and finally they have the chance to show that.

A great and joyful WM 2018 for everyone. *smiles*

 

I don't own the artwork for the background and the original can be found here.

July 14, 2007.

 

"Arrrrrrr!....."

 

Here I be workin' on the illustrations for the oft-aforementioned children's book I've been hired for. Yes, it's a book about a Pirate. Specifically Pee Dee the Pirate, the mascot of my alma mater.

 

I am using a process called oil-glazing for this. Oil glazing takes quite a bit of patience and faith—it is built up in many layers sealed in by Crystal Clear...so in the beginning, it looks very basic and kind of crappy, but if you have the patience and faith to see the process through to the end, you have stuff that looks like this, this, and this.

 

But it can be very time-consuming. And messy. :)

  

i painted a portrait of our former house mascot

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