Tuesday, January 11, 2011


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 seventh 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, "Z".


(I'm sorry I forgot where I got this image from! Most likely Google images)

Zozobra=Old Man Gloom. He is an effigy that is built and burned every September in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A lot of cultures around the world seem to have something similar. Perhaps the other closest event to this in the U.S. is Burning Man. Although, it would seem that Burning Man is a super sized version of Zozorbra. I've not been to either event. Being in crowds for an event that has the potential of exciting the crowd at any given moment is not something I seek out!


What is a Zentangle? Here's a short quote from their website

"Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages and is used in many fields of interest."

Read up on it on their website. Quite fascinating. Even better, go check out the image gallery in Google on Zentangles. Now, go forth and Zentangle!


(image from Wikipedia's site on zoom lens)

Zoom lens. Zoom teeth whitening. A Public Television children's program. Zoom Airlines. Zoom Movie. A lot of companies like to name themselves Zoom. I wonder why? Sound effect. Even iPhone has a zoom lens! Wow!

There are a LOT of Zooms out there.

And here we are at the end of Round 7. Whew! That was FUN. Now-on to Round 8!

Check out today's date too, if you haven't noticed. It's all ONES! Zazazoom!


Gigi Ann said...

Nice Zs for the day. Very informative, I learn something new each week,

Nanka said...

Nice Zozobra similar to our own "Dussera" celebrations.
Zentangles are intriguing and can be very creative. Looks nice without colors too!!
Thank you for Zooming us into three wonderful Zee's!!

Roger Owen Green said...

Wow. TWWO terms I had never heard. The zentangle concept is interesting.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leslie: said...

I wish I'd known about Zentangles when I was still teaching - that would have made a great Art lesson and taken several weeks for the kids to finish. :D

Hildred and Charles said...

Great Z's!! I want nothing to do with old man gloom, but love the zentangle!

Carver said...

Fun and interesting post for the letter Z. Great visuals.

richies said...

Some Z words I hadn't heard of before. Thanks for the post.

An Arkies Musings

Jedediah said...

I need to look into zentagles, that looks like fun. Zoom lenses - might be the next big item on my wish list.

jabblog said...

Zentangles sound fun. I've never heard of them or of Zozobra. It's always good to learn something new :-)

EG Wow said...

Zentangles sound fascinating! Thank you for the heads up!

Kay L. Davies said...

I'm with you, Paula, on to Round 8.
First, however, I have to send the information on Zentangles to a friend of mine who creates beautiful crafts and has an inquiring mind.
Very interesting post!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

photowannabe said...

You always find interesting posts for ABC Wednesday. This is no exception. I don't want to go to Burning Man either. the crazys aren't my cup of tea.

Sylvia K said...

Always fun to learn something new and you have a great and informative post for the Z Day! That's not unusual for you and I always look forward to your posts -- from A to Z! Hope your week is going well, Paula! Enjoy!


Wanda said...

A fun variety of Z's You really Zoomed in on them.

Tumblewords: said...

Interesting Zozobra. I'd not heard of him but, like you, I could go out of my way to avoid crowds that might appear for him. Zentangles are wonderfully doodly. I'd love to able to draw them.

Kate said...

Haven't visited you or done ABC for awhile. Had shoulder surgery in November; healing nicely. YOur Z's are perfect!

rebecca said...

damn girl, you really have the Z's down!


Oakland Daily Photo said...

You've thought of a lot more Zs than I did. Congrats.

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

I've never heard of Zentangle! Sounds fun.

As for Zoom. I think I have seldom felt less 'zoomy'. Maybe I need to burn a Zozobra!

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Some great ZZZZZZ's. Z day is the best yet! What a grand finale.

gigihawaii said...

Amazing that you found so many pictures depicting the letter Z. I learn something new every time I see your blog. Good stuff!

Cheryl said...

Do love my zoom lens. The zentangle does look relaxing.

Mama Zen said...

Nicely done!

MyMaracas said...

Well, I learned about two new things from this post. Love the Zentangles.


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