Halloween Dog Parade in NYC

I just had to reblog this post from The Hydrant. This is my first time at reblogging a post but I found these pictures just too adorable. If you like dogs, I think you’ll like their blog! Enjoy!

New York City Tompkins Square Park on the lower East side celebrated its 23rd annual fundraiser Halloween Dog Parade on Saturday October 26th. This is the largest dog Halloween event in the US. With almost 500 entries there were quite a lot of creative, interesting costumes for both dogs and their owners to show off. The contest consisted of three segments with prizes given for each sets and then the final best in show was awarded at the end of the parade. The grand prize went to Lobster Bake -Yum Yum and Lolly Pop, two small Chihuahua’s. This event is always filled with laughter and is a way to share hilarious moments with pets and their owners. Check out some of the action…

(Above photos by by Chiara Marinai – Vanity Fair).

23rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
23rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
23rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
23rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
23rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
23rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
23rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
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Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

(Above photos via Daily Mail Reporter)

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What’s New Pussycat?

Pussycat, Pussycat
I’ve got flowers
And lots of hours
To spend with you.

Pussycat, Pussycat
I love you
Yes, I do!
You and your pussycat nose!

Pussycat, Pussycat
You’re so thrilling
And I’m so willing
To care for you.

Midge

Midge

My first cat rescue.  In fact, my first cat.  She came with a brother and a sister.  At the time (around 2001) I was enrolled in and studying to be a veterinary assistant.  Being the oldest student, the instructor and I were closer in age and became friends.  She was already bottle feeding kittens when someone dropped off three kittens on her porch that also needed to be bottle fed.  I had never had a cat in my life!  But I told her if my two little dogs would be okay with it, I would bottle feed these three.  So, for the next three weeks, I bottle fed three kittens.  And the rest, as they say, is history!  Midge is the only one of the original three left.  For the most part, she gets along with my other four rescues!

(What’s New, Pussycat? lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.)

Boktoberfest!

Yep, you read that right. It’s not a typo. It was an Octoberfest held at the Bok Tower in Lake Wales.  Last weekend we decided to check it out.  I had been wanting to go see Bok Tower for the longest time.  Now that family is visiting Florida, it seemed like the perfect time.  Driving onto the grounds, I was excited to see the Tower in the distance.   Of course, the first thing we saw from the parking lot was all of the tents and vendors for the Fest.  It seemed that most of the vendors were selling plants.  Even so, I do wish I had taken more photos of the plants I saw that I really liked as possibilities at my house.  Oh, well, I probably wouldn’t have bought any anyway since my brother was driving and it was his car!  Anyone interested in learning more about Bok Tower and the gardens can click here.

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There is a Visitor Center that has loads of information and displays.  The picture below is from the Exhibit Hall.  There are historical displays about Edward Bok’s life, as well as the history behind the Singing Tower and Gardens.

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I was pretty disappointed at how the pictures I took of the Tower came out.  But these were all taken with my iPhone 5 so I can’t expect professional quality!  Naturally, with the Fest going on, the grounds were pretty well occupied.

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The marble, stone and tiles that were used in building the Tower are beautiful. It’s hard to try and describe with words.

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The various sculptural details represent themes of nature, humanity, the Bible and philosophy.  The picture below depicts a man sowing a garden.

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The sundial on the south side of the Tower was set in place on October 26, 1928. The gnomon, which indicates time by casting a shadow on the dial face, is made with a bronze rod supported by a bronze snake – the ancient symbol of time. The hours are marked by the 12 signs of the zodiac. A correction table for different periods of the year is located at the base of the sundial.  The carved writing reads:

This singing tower
with its adjacent sanctuary
was dedicated
and presented for visitation
to the American people
by Calvin Coolidge
President of the United States
February the First
Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-Nine

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The Great Brass Door on the north side of the Tower depicts the Book of Genesis, starting with the creation of light and ending with Adam and Eve being ousted from the Garden of Eden.

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The plaque below reads:

Edward Bok born October 9, 1863, at Den Belder, The Netherlands, died within sight of this Tower January 9, 1930.  At his request, his family placed his grave in the lawn in front of the Great Brass Door.  Coming to the United States as a poor immigrant boy of six, he achieved success as a writer and editor.   Late in life he created the sanctuary as a place of repose for the human spirit, built the Tower with the great carillon as its central accent, and presented them to the American people for visitation as the thanks for the success they had given him.

As a side note, I did not realize that he had been the Editor of The Ladies Home Journal for 30 years!

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The picture below is of the original carillon keyboard.  The Tower has 60 carillon bells.

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I have never in my life seen such huge lily pads — nor did I even realize anything like these existed!  I made the remark that they didn’t look real and was quickly informed that they definitely are real!

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There is so much more.  We ran out of time and energy and didn’t see all there was to see.  I plan on going back and walking some of the nature trails and maybe even picking up a plant or two.

My last two photos are of a HUGE spider that had spun a web between two trees and was not far away from the Tower.  Even with my zoom I couldn’t get as close a shot as I wanted.  In the photo on the left, if you look hard enough, you can just make out the shadow of his web.  Let me just state again — this spider was BIG!!

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Phoneography Challenge: Black & White

It’s Phoneography Challenge Monday for black & white again!  I’ve chosen another backyard photo taken on a whim using my iPhone 5.

She'll never know I'm here!

She’ll never know I’m here!

Check out the other entries on Lens and Pens by Sally by clicking here!

Two, Two, Two Posts in One!

When I saw the Weekly Photo Challenge and the Word a Week Challenge, I knew I had a photo that to me would represent both challenges — Infinite and Silhouette.  Let me know what you think and then click on the links below to check out more entries.  Thanks!

iPhone 3G; auto enhanced with MS Picture Manager

iPhone 3G; auto enhanced with MS Picture Manager

iPhone 3G; Camera360 app

iPhone 3G; Camera360 app

To check out more entries for Infinite click on The Daily Post

To check out more entries for Silhouette click on A Word in Your Ear

Phoneography Challenge: Nature

I went out in the backyard one day after a fairly heavy rain and just happened to run into this little fella!  These were taken with my iPhone 5 and are unretouched.

Snail

Snail 2

Snail 3

For more Nature Phoneography entries, check out Lens and Pens by Sally!