Friday, February 11, 2011

Photo Potpourri

My friend's young daughter on her first Ferris Wheel ride, a few years ago, at our local country fair. Her father was with her, but can't really be seen from this angle. All photos clickable to enlarge.

Azaleas. Spring can't get here soon enough for me.

David Austin roses, known for their incomparable aroma and gazillions of inner petals.

Posters of the 1971 Chevrolets—in clockwise order from top left,  the new-for-'71 powered clamshell tailgate, translucent "wood" sided Kingswood Estate; the Camaro RS with those neat "nerf" bumperettes and Endura ring around the central grille; the Corvette; the Monte Carlo personal luxury coupe; the Chevelle sport coupe. I've had these since 1971—forty years ago!

My hybrid pink irises which I've moved from house-to-house. They always bloom for my birthday.

Pink Garden's Lilacs. This shrub must be one hundred years old.

More stuff. Items range from my mid-century modern Grundig Majestic console radio/record player at left, to my circa 1790 cherry secretary cabinet at the right, one of my prized possessions. Those small framed oil paintings surrounding it are from Germany. My parents bought them in the 1950s. My Edison Gem cylinder player is on the small table in the center, with a few of the cylinder containers in front of it.

The beautfully turned details of my 1870s marble-topped pedestal table, which I believe was a wedding present for my mother's grandparents.

One of my pieces in the midst of being created. This shows the painting layers almost finished. This image also shows the paints and polyurethane cans and brushes and tapes and all the assorted detritus that I use when creating.

Rabbit's Eye View—My pink Irises as seen from the ground. Sometimes I just like to lie on the ground and see the world from the viewpoint of the little creatures that live outside.


  1. Good Morning another enjoyable start to my day. Hope everyone has a great day. I will check back with you all later.

  2. I'm not sure if these awesome irises are my favorites or the gorgeous roses - Oh, what the hell, send me some of both, lol!

    1971 was a great year for Chevrolet - not a bad looking car in the bunch. This is still my favorite Camaro - love that big bold grille. The Monte Carlo is a classic too.



  4. Re your '71 Chevy photos: My parents got a record album featuring the 1970 Chevys (the fender-skirted (!) Monte Carlo and Caprice and the Chevelle) and the music of Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach. (Photo at; more info at They may have gotten it for their purchase of a 1969 Nomad wagon (sadly not the two-door of the '50s) in (cue Brian Adams) the summer of '69.

  5. What a cool promotional item, Steve!

    I like the first generation Monte Carlo the best of all of them, especially the ones with fender skirts. I think they were optional all three years, '70-'72 except for the SS454 versions.

    You reminded with your Nomad wagon, how much I disliked it when the automakers would "devalue" a nameplate, and they did it all the time. Even the revered Impala, one of the most iconic cars of all time, fell from the top of the line to the bottom of the line before it was dropped in the '80s. Same with the Galaxie 500 and so many others. I never understood why they did that. I know there was that whole "move" in '65 when Chevy brought out the Caprice, Ford the LTD and Plymouth the VIP, but I don't see why they couldn't have stayed a one-model top tier, with the Impala/Galaxie/Fury remaining the top full lines.... But what do I know, lol?

  6. The Pontiac Bonneville (largest Pontiac) became the mid-sized Bonneville (based on the 1978 A-body, which was a piece of crap) in the early '80s. The Plymouth Gran Fury (formerly the largest Plymouth) became the Aspen/Volare/LeBaron/Diplomat-based Gran Fury in the '80s when they were sold only as police cars. The Bel Air became a lesser Impala and then died; the Impala became a front-drive thing not worthy of its name.
    The first-generation Monte Carlo and Grand Prix ('69-72) were the best of that iteration.

  7. Those 71s were terrific -- I always liked the 71 big Chevrolet the best of the six model years. It was the way it was designed and in subsequent years it was changed for the sake of change (72) and then the horrors of the bumpers began. What a ridiculous looking car the 76 Impala hardtop was, with awful bumpers front and rear and that ridiculous roofline. These were ugly, ugly cars.

    As for the devaluing of the names, the low-priced three were the worst offenders, as per the examples cited above. I don't know why they did that. Did it fool anyone into thinking the Bonneville G (as it was called at one point) was a fuel-injected top-of-the line convertible? Or what about the LeBaron name? From the top of the line Imperial to a tiny 4-cylinder front wheel drive K car -- it was quite a step down. I'm also just remembering some others, like Dodge Polara, LIncoln Cosmopolitan and Capri, Mercury Monterey. And how about all the various Cutlasses -- at one time I think there were three completely different Oldsmobiles with Cutlass in the name. Fat lot of good it did Oldsmobile! How about Mercury Cougar? Oh -- I'm raving again!!

    Paul, NYC

  8. Rave on! You're right about the '71 full sized Chevys. They were really beautifully designed! I have no idea how they went from those elegant and well-designed lines, to the last ones, with those horrid rooflines. The only one I liked was the coupe. For some reason, the large B pillar worked, but the rest of the car was so sad compared with the '71s. 1971 was truly a high point of the '70s for GM.