100 Peking Opera Portraits

Sometimes when browsing various websites, one comes across beauty that must be shared.

While perusing the Metropolitan Museum of Art website, I stumbled upon “One hundred portraits of Peking opera characters by Unidentified Artist.”

The costumes, masks, and poses are fascinating.  What wonderful fabrics and textures and amazing details!

I’ve chosen a few of my favorites to share here.  If you have a few spare moments, please click the link to see all 101 of these beautiful portraits.  Enjoy!

Now I’m left wondering what the story behind all these characters could be —

 

One hundred portraits of Peking opera characters Unidentified Artist Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911) Date: late 19th–early 20th century Culture: China Medium: Album of fifty leaves; ink, color, and gold on silk

 

One hundred portraits of Peking opera characters Unidentified Artist Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911) Date: late 19th–early 20th century Culture: China Medium: Album of fifty leaves; ink, color, and gold on silk

 

One hundred portraits of Peking opera characters Unidentified Artist Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911) Date: late 19th–early 20th century Culture: China Medium: Album of fifty leaves; ink, color, and gold on silk

 

One hundred portraits of Peking opera characters Unidentified Artist Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911) Date: late 19th–early 20th century Culture: China Medium: Album of fifty leaves; ink, color, and gold on silk
Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911) Date: late 19th–early 20th century Culture: China Medium: Album of fifty leaves; ink, color, and gold on silk
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Roses after Rain

Princeton roses after rain, photo by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Princeton roses after rain, photo by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Princeton roses after rain, photo by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Princeton roses after rain, photo by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Princeton roses after rain, photo by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Princeton roses after rain, photo by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Princeton roses after rain, photo by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Princeton roses after rain, photo by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Princeton roses after rain, photo by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Princeton roses after rain, photo by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Princeton roses after rain, photo by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Princeton roses after rain, photo by The Tromp Queen, CC license

 

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune!

As fair thou art, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I:
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt with the sun;
I will luve thee still my dear,
When the sands of life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it were ten thousand mile.

I was walking from Princeton University to Westminster Choir College shortly after a brief summer rain. I couldn’t resist taking photographs of some lovely roses as I strolled along the sidewalk. The poem popped into my head as I was cropping the photos.  I realize my roses are not red, but the poem insisted on being included in this post.
 
 
*poem by Robert Burns

Stained Glass: Columbus, Ohio — Broad St. Presbyterian

Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH
Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH
Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH
Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH
Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH
Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH
Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Broad St. Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH
Photos by The Tromp Queen, CC license
church in NJ
church in NJ

Central Park Blooms

image by Jill, The Tromp Queen, Creative Commons 4.0 license (attribution, share-alike, non-commercial)
image by Jill, The Tromp Queen, Creative Commons 4.0 license (attribution, share-alike, non-commercial)

I got the opportunity to travel to New York City last weekend with my daughter’s high school orchestra.  They played a concert at Carnegie Hall, and played wonderfully (says this proud Mom!)

We had a a few hours of free time each day, and I was thrilled to find myself walking on a path in Central Park near the reservoir and Met Museum of Art among blooming magnolias, forsythia and daffodils.

After this particularly harsh and exceptionally lengthy winter, the flowers and colors were literally a sight for sore eyes.

 

First Week of April: Beautiful Blooms

Beautiful Blooms!

The Milwaukee Art Museum recently hosted an exhibit of floral arrangements displayed side by side with the art works that inspired the florists.  Here are a few of the displays for your enjoyment.

Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.
Image by The Tromp Queen, taken at Milwaukee Art Museum during 2014 Art in Bloom exhibit.

Hold Fast: March Inspirations 4

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescastle/9537465539/sizes/h/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescastle/9537465539/sizes/h/
Image by Jeremy Seto (JamesCastle)
 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/
 via Flickr CC license

You are Magic: March Inspirations 3

image by Steven DePolo via Flickr CC:  Inspirational quotes from Qiqi Emma (Jan 18, 2010)
image by Steven DePolo via Flickr CC: Inspirational quotes from Qiqi Emma (Jan 18, 2010)
image by Steven DePolo via Flickr CC:  Inspirational quotes from Qiqi Emma (Jan 18, 2010)
image by Steven DePolo via Flickr CC: Inspirational quotes from Qiqi Emma (Jan 18, 2010)
image by Steven DePolo via Flickr CC:  Inspirational quotes from Qiqi Emma (Jan 18, 2010)
image by Steven DePolo via Flickr CC: Inspirational quotes from Qiqi Emma (Jan 18, 2010)
image by Steven DePolo via Flickr CC:  Inspirational quotes from Qiqi Emma (Jan 18, 2010)
image by Steven DePolo via Flickr CC: Inspirational quotes from Qiqi Emma (Jan 18, 2010)
image by Steven DePolo via Flickr CC:  Inspirational quotes from Qiqi Emma (Jan 18, 2010)
image by Steven DePolo via Flickr CC: Inspirational quotes from Qiqi Emma (Jan 18, 2010)
image by Steven DePolo via Flickr CC:  Inspirational quotes from Qiqi Emma (Jan 18, 2010)
image by Steven DePolo via Flickr CC: Inspirational quotes from Qiqi Emma (Jan 18, 2010)

you are magic

I found these wonderful photos on Flickr (Creative Commons). How can one NOT be inspired by these incredibly adorable encouraging messages from this loving child?

To Imagine. To Create. To Learn.

To Imagine. To Create. To Learn.To Imagine. To Create. To Learn.

Photo Title: Old World Inspirational Sign – HDR
Image by Nicholas Raymond. Standard Creative Commons License 3.0 unported.

I really like this photograph.  I love the brick pattern and the lovely greys and rusty orangey reds.  The arch is nice, too.  The words are motto worthy.  Nice start to my month of inspirations, I think.

March 1 (retroactive inspirational post)

Absolutely Amazing SUSHI Art

Absolutely Amazing SUSHI Art

All images by 生活童話 via Flickr Creative Commons Attrubution/ShareAlike license.

Click here to see this person’s photostream.

I just happened to find these photographs of mind-boggling incredibly creative sushi.  ENJoY!

After looking around more, I suspect this person did not actually take these photos.  I will try to track down the source.  If anyone knows the source, please share.

I found this article as I was googling around:  http://mentalfloss.com/article/52830/art-sushi

It shows more incredible examples of this type of detailed sushi art.

Mid-January Late Afternoon Walk in a Snowy Riverside Park

Mid-January Late Afternoon Walk in a Snowy Riverside ParkIMG_1446 (2)IMG_1446-001 IMG_1449-001 IMG_1451 IMG_1453-001 IMG_1456-001 IMG_1454-001IMG_1459

IMG_1461-002This park is less than a mile from our house!

The late afternoon light was nearly gone, and the sky was mostly gray.  The snow reflected enough light so that I could still take photos.  I experimented with editing in Picasa to make some completely black and white.  I think you can see the textures and contrast more clearly in the black and white ones, but it didn’t look right for all of them so I just did a couple that way.

We heard several owls hooting in the trees across the frozen river.  Two were nearly straight across from us, and the other one was much further up the river and its hoot was very faint.

The snow was drifting down, just a few flakes at a time.

Near the river, we could hear the water rushing over the rocks with quite a roar, and all that excitement slipped quickly and quietly back beneath the ice to continue its smooth, slippery icy journey hidden from sight.

The stairways down to and back up from the river were treacherous.  It was solid sheets and banks of ice under a thin blanket of new snow on very uneven disheveled random width stairs.  At one point I was hanging onto the rail with both arms wrapped around it, nearly laying on top of it with my feet ready to splay out behind me.  I said “I’m done.  When we get to the top, we’re going home.”  But it was worth the effort to see and hear the frozen river and the owls hooting.

Joy 365

This is the first of hopefully 365 posts featuring various things, people, places that bring JOY.  I was inspired to attempt this project by my friend at Apple Hill Cottage and her Thankfulness – 360 project in 2013.  So many people, places and things bring joy to my life, and I want to make an conscious effort to take time to acknowledge and be grateful for each of these wonderful blessings.  The photos are not in order of importance or necessarily in chronological order, though my intent is to be roughly chronological as much as possible.  We’ll see how the project evolves, shall we?

January:
https://haskerj.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/joy-365-january/

 

My Three Cats

Zuki, 2013
Zuki, 2013

Zuki

Zuki is our oldest cat.  She is about 9 years old.  We adopted her from the Dubuque Humane Society.  When we first saw her, I liked the way her white-tipped tail curled like a question mark at the end and she immediately stole my heart.  She is quiet and not very demanding, but she does have specific people and places that she prefers. When Zella joined us, Zuki had a definite reaction:  “When is this other cat going to leave?”

Zella

Zella came to us about 5 years ago.  A friend and I found her as a tiny kitten in a parking lot near campus as we were taking a walk one evening.  She is the food hog of the bunch, and enjoys bossing Zuki around when she can.  Zita has perked up Zella’s world quite a bit.

Zita

Zita is our newest addition.  She came to us last February as a rescue, so she is nearly 1 year old now.  She was found under the hood of a car after a woman drove a short distance to work!  She was very tiny and her little paw pads were burned.  She LOVES to be with people ALL the time.  We don’t have many good photos of her because she is nearly always moving.  Most of the photos we do have are grey blurs or are photos of her sleeping.

All THREE cats!  They very rarely get this close to each other.  If you look very carefully, you will see a small bird perched on the fence outside the door.
All THREE cats! They very rarely get this close to each other. If you look very carefully, you will see a small bird perched on the fence outside the door.

Beautiful Bodies (not what you think!)

As a follow-up to my other post, Mesmer-EYE-zed, I am sharing more of the beautiful macro photography of Sam Droege’s flickr photostream: USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.

This post features the bodies and wings I especially like in Sam’s images.  Click on any image in the mosaic to start a slide-show.

Mesmer-EYE-zed

Tabanus Fly, Sam Droege via flickr
Tabanus Fly, Sam Droege via flickr

Mesmerized:
transfixed, enchanted, spellbound, hypnotized, fascinated

I’m not usually fascinated by insects, bugs, creepy-crawlies, etc. But the images in the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab photo stream on Flickr by Sam Droege are indeed mesmer-EYE-zing.  (All are Creative Commons licensed, attribution)

I’m sharing a several of my favorites.  Check out Sam Droege’s photostream for hundreds more!

Augochlora regina, Sam Droege via flickr
Augochlora regina, Sam Droege via flickr
Megachile lanata, Sam Droege via flickr
Megachile lanata, Sam Droege via flickr
Tabanus atratus, Sam Droege via flickr
Tabanus atratus, Sam Droege via flickr
Anthophora bomboides, Sam Droege via flickr
Anthophora bomboides, Sam Droege via flickr
Augochlorella aurata, Sam Droege via flickr
Augochlorella aurata, Sam Droege via flickr
Sam Droege via flickr
Sam Droege via flickr
Exomalopsis analis, Sam Droege via flickr
Exomalopsis analis, Sam Droege via flickr
Bembix americana, Sam Droege via flickr
Bembix americana, Sam Droege via flickr
Habropoda laboriosa, Sam Droege via flickr
Habropoda laboriosa, Sam Droege via flickr
Chrysidid Wasp. Sam Droege via flickr
Chrysidid Wasp. Sam Droege via flickr
Bombus griseocollis, Sam Droege via flickr
Bombus griseocollis, Sam Droege via flickr
fly in air 3x detail, Sam Droege via flickr
fly in air 3x detail, Sam Droege via flickr
Chrysochus auratus, Sam Droege via flickr
Chrysochus auratus, Sam Droege via flickr
chlorion aerarium, Sam Droege via flickr
chlorion aerarium, Sam Droege via flickr
Bombus huntii, Sam Droege via flickr
Bombus huntii, Sam Droege via flickr
Yellow Jacket Mimic Fly, Sam Droege via flickr
Yellow Jacket Mimic Fly, Sam Droege via flickr
Phiddippus clarus. Sam Droege via flickr
Phiddippus clarus. Sam Droege via flickr

Turquoise Turkey: Topkapi Tiles and more

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My family took a fabulous trip to Turkey in July.  We had the opportunity to visit many beautiful historic sites.  I was consistently drawn to the amazing tile work and attempted to take photographs of my favorites.  I didn’t do any extra editing on these, so please forgive the glare and some of the wonky ones.  I hope someone out there gets some inspiration from these lovely works of art.

All photos above are by quirkyjazz aka Jill.  Creative Commons copyright applies.  See side note on my blog.

Sunset Spectacular

sun begins to set — photo by quirkyjazz
sun slips under, photo by quarkyjazz
sun slips under, photo by quirkyjazz
sun is gone -- photo by quarkyjazz
sun is gone — photo by quirkyjazz
afterglow -- quarkyjazz
afterglow — quirkyjazz
cloud glow -- qj
cloud glow — qj

I did not edit these photos at all.  This is what it looked like that night. “That night” was last Tuesday, June 25, to be exact.  My husband and I were camping at Peninsula State Park in Door County, WI.  We found this PERFECT vantage point on the third night we were there.

The luxury of sitting on a beach and watching a sunset from before the sun touches the horizon to well after the last beams fade is magnificent.  I hope you grab the chance to watch a sunset soon — wherever you are.