ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. This fabulous meme was created and hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt who hails from Great Britain. Over time, others have joined in to help host this wonderful and informative meme. We are now in our EIGHTH round! Some of the participants have been with this from the very first round; others have joined in along the way. Each week we are taken across the globe to see the varied and exciting contributions people have taken the time to discover and capture. We start with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. This week's letter is, "P".
PIXELATED PINK POPPY
As the image heading implies (I think it does), this is an image that is photography based; whose pixels then got manipulated.
Such universal appeal, this whimsical garden toy has.
I researched the origin of the pinwheel via Sir Google (as Sylvia refers to it as!), but I really wasn't happy with the scant information. It seems that it was used in gardens to scare off the birds and perhaps other critters. Also references to it's name coming from the pin being the center from which the wheel spins around. And, another reference about it also being called the Catherine Wheel (whose modern day use is in regards to fireworks). And, when you Google "Catherine Wheel", it talks about it being a wheel of torture that St. Catherine was subjected to. So how it got from being a tortuous device to this whimsical garden toy...well, there are many gaps. Roger? Help? Anyone? Is there an Anthropologist in the house?
You might think this broken pottery is a cast off; neglected and rejected. But, it is really part of a grave site 'decoration' in a cemetery in Jemez, NM. I suspect that the deceased must've have had some connection to the pottery-perhaps a potter. And, perhaps this broken pottery is theirs which would be an easy and obvious explanation of its significance at the grave site. I can only speculate and ponder.
Can you guess what created this mysterious pattern? Let's just say that it involved algae, water, a concrete block and a plastic bottom to a planter.
We use a plastic bottom from a planter pot (you know the faux terra cotta kind). The bottom is designed to retain the water the seeps through the soil in the pot. Are you with me now? OK, so that piece serves as a bird bath for the birds and it lives in our garden. Because of the high winds and sometimes other critters that are too heavy to sit atop that tray, we place a concrete block in it to weigh it down. Over the span of several years, the algae stains the sides of the planter tray and the concrete block acts as a 'resist'. The tray sits up high on a wooden post, so it does not come down for a regular scrubbing. Which, over time, this neglect made for a really cool pattern.
And, as you might have discovered by now, no peanuts or popcorn was used to create this post with!