Thursday, January 31, 2013

Country of the Week ~ United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country of very modern architecture.

Dubai - Image by ToGa Wanderings

Abu Dhabi - Image by katedubya

Dubai - katedubya

Dubai - PlannedCity

Dubai - ToGa Wanderings

Dubai - árticotropical
Along with fairy-tale buildings.

Image by katedubya

Image by Mike Gaylard

Image by Mike Gaylard

How about a night view?

Image by PlannedCity

Or even better, an aerial view.

Image by astro_pettit

Inside we can find some really intriguing shots. This is looking up from inside the Burj Al Arab.

Image by katedubya

I love this one, because of the glass-like look of the floor.

Image by katedubya

But what I like the best are the date palm trees.

Image by Mike Gaylard

Image by Mike Gaylard

Image by Mike Gaylard

Giraffe #193, are those palm trees I see?


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie is a French word referring to a Chinese style in decorative art. Click on Chinoiserie to hear the pronunciation.

I used this example of a Chinoiserie pillow in my post on Eau de Nil yesterday.

Ebay Seller: cushinumbers (1262)
 
This wallpaper on canvas, handpainted, with chinoiserie and rococo ornaments, from around 1765 (found in the Museum Geelvinck-Hinlopen Huis), reminds me of that pillow.

Image by Taco Tichelaar

This bowl is an example of very simple Chinoiserie style.


Image by Bayerisches Nationalmuseum München

I like this cute milk jug with Chinoiserie scenes.

Exhibit in the Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful Chinoiserie wallpaper.

Image by Miss Krin

Image by The Daring Librarian

Image by surtr

Etsy Shop: Sarasotalife

Etsy Shop: Sarasotalife

I have a Chinoiserie tin with the same vibrant red, black and gold colors.


Our lovely Eau de Nil color seems to be present frequently in vintage Chinoiserie.

Etsy Shop: whaleback

Giraffe #192, what are you doing in my pink, Chinoiserie bowl?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Color of the Week ~ Eau de Nil

Eau de Nil is a pale greenish color.

Image by little greene

It's a lovely vintage color for clothing.

Shop Curious: 1920s Eau de Nil Green Beaded Silk Chiffon Dress

Image by thefoxling
And ceramics.

Etsy Shop: maintenant

Ebay Seller: *vintagepink* (21296)

These curtain materials, by www.247curtains.co.uk, are beautiful, aren't they?

Marton Eau de Nil

Alderley Eau de Nil

And this jewelry is so pretty.

Etsy Shop: MsSpectator

Etsy Shop: jellycake

Etsy Shop: KatherineCooper

This Eau de Nil window is certainly interesting.

Image by fox-and-fern

My favorite is this cushion cover in Eau de Nil linen Chinoiserie. (More about Chinoiserie tomorrow.)

Ebay Seller: cushinumbers (1260)

I do believe Giraffe #191 has a bit of Eau de Nil going on.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Country of the Week ~ Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is located off the southern coast of India. Sri Lanka is frequently referred to as the "Teardrop of India." Doesn't it look like that here?

Image by Connormah

The National bird of Sri Lanka is the Junglefowl.

Image by Thimindu

Since I don't see a lot of birds in my daily life, I was quite taken with the birds that inhabit this island. This is a Scaly-breasted Munia. That's quite a fashionable outfit.

Image by AvishkaD

This Blue Magpie, spotted at Sinharaja Rain Forest, definitely wants to be noticed.

Image by ekuneM©

I love the striped pattern and colors on this male, Orange-breasted Green Pigeon at Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.

Image by Thimindu Goonatillake

The expression on this Asian Paradise-flycatcher makes me smile as much as its beautiful colors.

Image by Anton Croos

Even though this beautiful flyer is not colorful, aren't those wings amazing?

Image by ~anuradha

A female Scarlet Minivet in Sri Lanka...

Image by Hafiz Issadeen

Is not quite as bright as her male counterpart.

Image by Hafiz Issadeen

Birds need companionship, too, as we see with these charming couples.

Lesser Whistling Ducks ~ Image by Sarala Gamage
  
A pair of Orange-breasted Green Pigeons at Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka.

Image by Thimindu Goonatillake

I wonder what these Yellow-billed Babblers are thinking about.

Image by Hafiz Issadeen

Two Little Green Bee-eaters, at Yala National Park, are perfectly synchronized.

Image by Danushka Senadheera

A male peacock shows off for his lady love. One has to admit he has no need to be modest.

Image by David Cook Wildlife Photography (kookr)

In Colombo, Sri Lanka, the rarely seen Postal Bird awaits a delivery.

Image by Mal B

Not all birds can be beautiful, as this Lesser Adjutant in Lunugamvehera demonstrates, but they can be fun to look at.

Image by Sarala Gamage

If I could have any bird from Sri Lanka, this is the one I would want. Isn't he a sweetie?

Image by lakpuratravels

Cam, Giraffe #190, was in trouble. Flying ducks and geese gave warning.



Elo struck at the lioness and Cam was able to run back to her mother.