Thursday, March 05, 2009

The Sky's the Limit!

The imagination of mankind knows no limit. What we can actually achieve does have limits even though those boundaries are pushed back further all the time. These pictures represent the whimsical pursuits of imagination and our inner desire to be bigger, higher, and stronger than others around us. Reaching upward to the sky, even in play empowers us.

Whether it is a hot air balloon ride with Mr. Peanut or a ferris wheel at a small carnival, we get a thrill when moving away from the force of gravity.

The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario has this giant spider on display in its plaza. Maman, is a 9.27 metre (30-foot) gargantuan bronze spider created by Louise Bourgeois. She carries a sac of 20 pure white marble eggs under her belly. "Spiders, with their ability to fabricate complex and calculated webs, serve as a natural metaphor for creativity. This artist intended this sculpture to be an ode to the artist’s mother, who was a restorer of tapestries." (source)

Our efforts to reach for the skies continue to be inspired by nature, the birds, the sun, the moon and stars. Who cannot help but admire the crescent moon and Venus on a clear, cold night? So simple, so beautiful, so beyond our reach...but we can imagine.

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32 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your musings on creativity and challenge. And the photo of the moon and planet is beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful skies and a fun post!

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  3. Great shots and post as always Ruth, thanks for sharing.

    Have a great weekend!
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  4. What fun photos...very colorful...esp the second one...nice moon shot also...just saw another moon shot

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  5. Interesting pictures.Man is never quite satisfied to be what we were created to be.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  6. I loved the food for thought in this post. And you may know by now that I'm always partial for a reminder that life is what we make of it :-D
    Warm greetings from Africa!

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  7. You know the Giant Spider? San Francisco had one on loan last year, but the city could not afford the hefty price so the spider is not there anymore. Glad I took a pic of it before it was gone.

    The ferris wheel promises the fun of summer time and pleasant weather.

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  8. That Mister Peanut must be ENORMOUS! Also love your Moon and Venus shot.

    Tink *~*~*

    NOW PLAYING at My Mobile Adventures *~*~* : Sanibel Skies Over Fragile Marine Ecosystems

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  9. Fun, Ruth! I enjoyed reading your creative post.

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  10. Love the ferris wheel and the beautiful giant spider with very cold feet inthe snow.

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  11. Yes, we have to keep reaching if we hope to achieve anything.
    I never thought of a spider as a metaphor for creativity, but it does work, once I consider it.

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  12. Neat captures, I didn't expect to see the peanut in the sky.

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  13. What a beautiful post..You do have a way of teaching a gentle lesson Ruth...

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  14. Colorful and fun sky whatch :) Great post :)

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  15. Jeannette St.G.6:13 pm GMT-5

    Wow that spider sculpture IS BIG- I so agree with you, the sky has not limits!

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  16. Gotta love Mr. Peanut. Nice snaps!

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  17. A great post with some excellent shots of fun subjects.

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  18. Love the ferris wheel and moon picture! Fun skies indeed!

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  19. So much to see in your skies. Love the spider. And that's one big peanut.

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  20. What a wonderful collection of photos. As much as we try we can not match the Creator with our artistic prowess. There is nothing more beautiful than the moon and stars in the sky or a dew draped spider's web at dawn. Thank you for sharing.
    Smiles :}

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  21. OMG that spider is totally creepy!! Great set of shots though.

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  22. That carnival looks really fun, I've never seen one so colorful. That Mr. Peanut looks sort of dangerous. But you are right, all the crap we go through during the day, all it takes is one moment of inspiration to get us seeking the higher ground.

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  23. Fun photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Beautiful place, great photos.
    An award waiting in my blog for you. Congratulations, Ruth.

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  25. Is that a daddy long legs? It is such a giant.

    In a town here, Te Kuite, they have giant wetas. But not as big as your incy wincy.

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  26. What a lovely variety of photos, Ruth. Happy Skywatch Friday!

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  27. What a fun post Ruth! I smiled all the way through it. :c)

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  28. Although it's never moved me, that spider is interesting and impressive, and I guess I'm glad it's there.

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  29. What a joyful contribution for today's SWF!
    It's nice to see the beautiful sky and all the colours.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  30. What a strang image. Mr. Peanut better not have a fear of heights.

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  31. Beautiful post. I love the night sky and your photo of the crescent moon and venus is awesome.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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