Big Buddha

Golden Buddha

Seated Buddha, Singapore Buddhist Lodge, Singapore

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Battlefield Sundown

The Calm Before The Storm

General Gouverneur Kemble Warren, Little Round Top, Gettysburg National Military Park.Pennsylvania

Gouverneur Kemble Warren (1830 –1882), a civil engineer and Union Army general during the American Civil War, is remembered for the July 2, 1863 defense of Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg.  A bronze statue of Warren by Karl Gerhardt (1853–1940) overlooks the battlefield from Little Round Top in Gettysburg National Military Park. It was dedicated in 1888.

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Pink It Is #10

Lisbon Pink

Virgin Pink, Estrela Basilica, Lisbon, Portugal

Statue of the Virgin Mary and three worshipful angel heads, Estrela Basilica, Lisbon, Portugal. Note the of pink flowers in the fine painted details on her garments. Unfortunately, her crown didn’t fit in the square.

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Animals in Nature, With a Twist

Variations on a Theme: Fiberglass Zoo

Fiberglass animal molds in mold yard, FAST (Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks), Sparta, Wisconsin. The molds were used for roadside attractions, advertising, displays, playground and pool equipment, etc.

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Fortitude and Justice

My Arm Is Tired, Can We Trade For a While?

Allegorical Statues of  Fortitude and Justice,18th Century, Via Latina, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

 

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Backroads America: Saint Urho, Menahga, Minnesota

Some mythical saints became part of our religious vocabulary over the centuries, like Saint George the dragon slayer. Others, like Saint Urho, are complete fabrications that sprang fully formed as a joke from the minds of two Finns in the 1950s.


Supposedly the patron saint of Finnish vineyard workers, Saint Urho drove the grasshoppers from Finland. Several small towns in Minnesota celebrate Saint Urho Day on March 16. I think they have been grasshopper free for years. 😀

Many Finnish immigrants to the United States settled in Minnesota and worked in the mining and timber industries.

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