Have you ever witnessed the dense crowds in Pamplona, Spain during the Fiestas of San Fermin? The Encierro commonly known as the Running of the Bulls is an incredible Spectacle attended by people from around the world during 9 days of festivities that take place in July every year. The Running of the Bulls is only 1of 400 events that take place during these festivities. The pictures below were taken 8 years ago during one day’s run.
It was an incredible experience witnessing from above a balcony and from the ground level, the streets in every direction completely filled with people who were there to be spectators or to run with the bulls. It was truly amazing. Highly recommend adding this trip to your bucket list as a spectator.
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Wild horses, I learned, are part of the experience at Assateague Island National Seashore. This scene while on a summer vacation a few summers ago was just unreal, and totally unexpected. It was fun observing the behavior of the horses near the water. They wanted to cool off, but they did not want to get wet.
I live in South Texas and close by we have South Padre Island, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a beautiful tropical paradise with a lot of wild life, but there are no wild horses roaming the beach. There are companies that provide horseback riding experiences, but to see the horses you have to go find them in the areas where they are contained.
This image contains a little project I created recently with 4 cardboard packaging inserts from a box of lightbulbs. They were perfect little tubes and I felt bad throwing them away.
I had them stacked up in their original state on this shelf in a high traffic area of my home.
When I finally decided it was time to get rid of them because they were not very attractive, it occurred to me that I could transform them so that they could blend in with the other items on the shelf.
I collected these pieces of coral from two different locations with the intention of displaying them as a piece of art. The set of slender pieces came from a beach in the the Cayman Islands. I put them away when I returned home as I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use them.
On a separate trip to Florida the following year, I noticed that there were many rounded pieces. I knew then that I would combine the two sets to create one display. Both times I focused on finding a few pieces that were similarly shaped, but with the small difference in size from one to the other. I wanted it there to be a small to large theme to the display. The 6-7″plate came from an antique shop, and it too has been repurposed.
Of course, I could have gone to a gallery and purchased a polished piece of art, but this little exercise in creativity for me was quite satisfying, and I don’t think I caused damage to the environment, or Did I?
And one more silly art project from repurposed materials. One day, when my daughter was in elementary school, I handed her a large piece of foam packaging insert and told her to have her dad help her create a piece of art with it.
They disappeared for a while and came back with the piece below. They had a lot of fun creating it, and the piece still sits on a shelf in her bedroom. It is maybe 13-14 years old!
Two very different pictures….
Plants appearing to gracefully hug each other at the edge of a cliff.
Spiderman floating over the crowd at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade a few years ago. The angle of the camera, the distance from the crowd, the bright sunny day and blue sky give Spiderman a graceful quality.
A foggy afternoon at South Padre Island, Texas
Fishermen sat just out of the picture, holding conversation while they monitored their fishing lines. From farther away, the fishing lines were not visible on this foggy afternoon!
Some of the fishing lines to the right are on the drier sand, but all of them appear to be sumerged in the water and they appear to have a reflection that starts at the water level!