Not-So-Silent Saturday: Mosaic Bunny

mosaic rabbit

Photo by Gene’O, 2014.

First photo of 2015. A detail from the Cinderella mosaic on the ground floor of the castle at Walt Disney World. It’s the only one of my mosaic photos that came out well enough to post. I am unhappy in general with my photos from that trip. The one problem I have with the phone camera is that sometimes the photos look good until you get them on a big screen, and I had a lot of those. Ah, well. Life goes on.

I decided not to go wordless with this first one because I sort of buried the info about the photoblogging in the preview yesterday. So here’s a preview just for those of you who have asked about the photos.

  • Photo features will run in the afternoons unless they are all we have for the day. By March I hope to be posting six photos a week here.
  • Wordless Wednesdays will be back this Wednesday.
  • Tuesday Textures start back up the following week, January 13.
  • Silent Saturdays and Silent Sundays will be our primary weekend posts here for at least the next month, because we are in a lull with weekend features and rebuilding our early-week content.
  • Muted Mondays will get rolling at some point, likely in February, perhaps sooner.
  • I also plan to do Throwback Thursdays and feature my best photos from last year, but this will be the last one I start back up.
  • I’ve offered Diana one or possibly two regular wordless photos features for Part Time Monster, but we’ve not worked out details. More on that later.
  • For the immediate future, I am not doing photo features at Just Gene’O, but I will continue to use my original photos to illustrate my posts there.

We’re on our way back to being a two-post-a-day blog during the week. This will take a while, but hopefully we can get that going earlier this year than we did in 2014.

Happy Blogging!

Muted Monday: Lamppost with Flowers


Image by Gene'O, 2014.

Image by Gene’O, 2014.

Muted Monday: Funny Sign


by Gene'O, 2014.

by Gene’O, 2014.

Early 20th Century Smokestack


A turn-of-the-20th-Century smokestack, preserved as a monument.  © Gene'O, 2014.

A turn-of-the-20th-Century coal smokestack, preserved as a monument. © Gene’O, 2014.

At about the same time we were figuring out large-scale electric power in the U.S., we were also building universities. So we ended up with a lot of universities that needed electricity before we had a real power grid. The solution: coal plants. That was the original reason for the building of this particular stack, c. 1913 or so. Once it was  no longer needed to generate the electricity, the power plant, which you can’t see because I’ve cleverly foregrounded the wall with the greenery to make it a better photo, became the book depository.

There was a long period of time between the power grid coming online and the discovery of recycling, and for many of those years, the former coal furnace was the book incinerator.

Nowadays, the power plant you can’t see is a restaurant (the building sat vacant for 15 years, but finally we got wise and turned it into a revenue-generating monument). Which is awesome, really. The smokestack makes a fabulous Internet antenna for the university’s wireless network, and includes a water feature (also obscured by the wall) which produces nice sounds and makes the summers easier to endure.

A colony of chimney-sweeps takes up habitation in the stack during the fall of the year. I am not sure where they go for the spring and summer, but during the fall, they stream out of the top of this stack at sunset and they look like smoke. I’m pretty sure they communicate with sonar. They are bat-like creatures of dusk who eat bugs, and they have the ability to all turn at once in flight like a school of fish.

I will photograph them streaming out of this stack, or circling around it, sometime in October or November. At least, I plan to do that.  It will require a little luck and my equipment will need to be up to the task. If I manage to actually capture that image, I will post it when you least expect it. Perhaps in December, perhaps in February. If that’s not a reason to stick with me, I don’t know what else to say.

Here’s another photo of the same stack, taken with a different camera and earlier in the year. This is such an  unusual piece of architecture, and there are so many different perspectives to view it from, I’ve decided to study it.

I have no idea how accurate the  history is. I haven’t done the research and am just telling you what I’ve heard about it, so your mileage may vary, but I am happy to be corrected.