Mannequin Monday #21

Mannequin near Plaze del Teatro, Quito

This week’s Mannequin Monday addition to what I hope will become the world’s largest international repository of blighted mannequins was snapped in the Ecuadorian capital Quito* where this bruiser has pride of place in front of a shop just across the street from the city’s Plaza del Teatro, home to the Sucre National Theatre. He’s got the look of an actor gone bad, doesn’t he?

If you just stumbled upon this newish weekly series that’s taking and breaking the internets by storm, you can and should catch up here. Enjoy and do spread the word.

By the way, this image also serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the 281st straight. When you’ve got a few minutes to spare, you can catch up with some of those here.

*Marginally related, Quito is also home to my personal favorite mannequin pic.

Pic du Jour – Misty Morning, Queulat National Park

Morning mist lifting along the Enchanted Forest Trail

This was the scene near the terminus of the Enchanted Forest Trail, a beautiful hike in southern Chile’s pristine Queulat National Park. To this day it remains one of favorite hikes on the planet.

More about the park, and another 25 photos from the hike are in this post, Living up to a Name: Chilean Patagonia’s Enchanted Forest Trail.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 279th straight, was snapped in February 2013.

Pic du Jour – Ljubljana’s Lady of Mercy

Baroque-style Križanke Church, Ljubljana

One of my favorite doors in Ljubljana.

This is the early 18th C. Church of Our Lady of Mercy, located next to the Križanke Open Air Theatre in the old town center of the Slovenian capital. The latter was originally a monastery that dates back to the 13th C., but renovated as a theatre between 1952 and 1956. It’s a great spot for concerts and hosts several festivals throughout the year.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 275th straight, was snapped in June 2012. Please click on the image to see the full uncropped version.

Mannequin Monday #20

Zurich mannequin

I’m on the road yet again at the moment, so am forced to keep this short and sweet.

The subject for Mannequin Monday #20 was snapped in Zurich in mid August 2014. I used to know a couple people who looked very much like him. I hope they’re doing well.

And for the record, this image also serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the 274th straight. Enjoy!

Pic du Jour – Fishing Nets, St Vaast, France

Fishing Nets, St Vaast, France

Some colorful netting found portside in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, a sleepy coastal town of about 2,000 on Normandy’s Contentin peninsula in northwest France. Small fishing communities fascinate me, especially the similarities you can find among them even when they’re located continents apart.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 273rd straight (!!), was snapped in April 2012. Please click the image to view the full uncropped version. More about the town and a few more shots from my brief afternoon stroll through St. Vaast are here.

Pic du Jour – Community of Rhythm, Cleveland

Community of Rhythm, Cleveland

That’s the title of this 14-panel mural that hangs on the west facing wall of Sheliga Drug Store on St. Clair Avenue on the city’s near east side, a project that celebrates some of the diverse nationalities that have settled this Cleveland neighborhood over the past century-and-a-half. This was the first neighborhood my family settled in when we arrived from Slovenia, then Yugoslavia, in 1967. It’s always interesting to see and watch how the neighborhood has, and continues, to evolve.

The panels depict youth from several countries — Slovenia, Croatia, Sudan, Ethiopia, China, Puerto Rico, Lithuania and Nigeria– in native dress and playing local instruments. If it hasn’t already, I’d love to see a band made up of this mix emerge. The Mural artists are Jerome White, Anna Arnold and Ni’kole Robinson.

More about the project along with a slideshow is on The City of Cleveland’s Mural my Neighborhood website here.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 272nd straight, was snapped in Cleveland, Ohio, on 09-Oct-2014. Please click the image to view the full uncropped version.