Monthly Archives: July 2013

Sculpture, The Flea

Did you know that you don’t have to go to a flea market to find a “flea sculpture?”  I found mine on a shelf at a thrift store. It was just $1.51 plus tax – what a bargain.

This one created by Greg Quayle is ” Computer, with mallet.”  That’s a great name because the action this sculpture depicts is exactly how I feel about my computer when I get frustrated. You might want to check out the Original FLEA , Quayle Metal Sculptures, to see more of this artist’s interesting “flea sculptures.”

I wonder if the one that I found is from 1983 (the date stamped on the bottom). I’m always grateful to find markings on a sculpture that make it easy to find the artist.

2-Greg Quayle Metail Sculpture 1983

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, July 30, 2013


July 30, 2013 · 12:09 am

Horse-in-the-Pasture, Updated

Six months ago on December 20, 2012 a horse-in-the-pasture© was my inspiration for writing a short story. You can read it on this link and find out what happened when I was sixteen years old.  Today I decided to take a break from editing, Book 2 in the trilogy, and drive over to the pasture for a visit.  There’s where I found, not one, but two horses grazing on grass. When they saw me, they eagerly pranced over to greet me.  I immediately recognized the butterfly mark on my friend’s face, but I’m puzzled about why he is wearing a blinder.

Note: DawnSeeker, from Soul Horse Ride, has agreed to be our Horse Expert about this puzzling blinder that is actually called a “fly mask”. Scan down to the bottom of the comments section and read some interesting facts about their purpose. Thank you, Dawn, for commenting and the information. Much appreciated.

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“I whispered over the fence, “I’ve decided to call you Metamorphosis.”

He nodded his head with approval and smiled.

Note: Metamorphosis of the butterfly symbolizes significant change in the course of one’s life, personality or way of thinking.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, July 24, 2013


July 24, 2013 · 10:37 pm

Games, Chess anyone?

1-the Game of Chess copy

Last week I  took a photograph of this sculpture of a chessboard and its pieces in a courtyard. Do many people play the game of chess here? Maybe the next time I’ll ask.  In the meantime, I’m busy editing Book 2 in the Adventures with Easton series and this sculpture reminds me of a conversation that takes place between two nine-year old boys  in Chapter 7.

Now,  I wonder if I have told the reader enough about the game of chess or should I add more details other than there are sixty-four squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid on the chessboard and two sets of sixteen pieces? The object of the game is to attack and capture the king. And, the game is over when one of player checkmates the other.

Who knows how to play the game?

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, July 21, 2013


July 21, 2013 · 5:20 pm

Photography, The Atlanta Skyline at Dusk

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It’s always nice to visit friends downtown on a Friday night and stand on the seventh floor balcony capturing Atlanta’s skyline at dusk taking several snapshots while you enjoy the view.

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“It’s a bird, it’s a plane …No, it’s a helicopter hovering in the sky.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, July 20. 2013


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Zoo Atlanta News, Birth of Twin Giant Pandas

I just learned on the evening news that “Lun Lun”, the 15-year-old giant panda, gave birth to twins on July 15, 2013 at Zoo Atlanta and according to Chinese tradition they won’t be named until they are 100 days old.

These cubs are the first giant pandas to be born in the U.S. in 2013 and the first twins to be born in the U.S. since 1987 [Full article here] . Here’s an “Update on  the giant panda twins! “[Full article here] from Zoo Atlanta.

Zoo Atlanta Panda Exhibit April 2012

The last time I visited Zoo Atlanta was over a year ago. Guess it’s time to re-visit the Giant Panda Conservation Center soon.

(Note): “Fewer than 1,600 giant pandas are believed to remain in the wild, where funds from Zoo Atlanta are used to support giant pandas living in eight different nature reserves in China. In 2012, Zoo Atlanta received the distinguished International Conservation Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for its long-term commitment to the species.”

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, July 17, 2013


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