“Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.” Edward Weston
“I feel as though I have lived many lives, experienced the heights and depths of each and like the waves of the ocean, never known rest. Throughout the years, I have looked always for the unusual, for the wonderful, for the mysteries at the heart of life.” Leni Riefenstahl
What is normal and what is unusual? In the world of one eyed fish, a two eyed fish is a freak… But is it? Remember the Twilight zone..? My normal could be your nuts! The photos and videos I share might tickle your fancy as unusual or not. I’ll understand. The first two pictures above were taken at the arrivals concourse at Ann Arbor Airport. CORRECTION: It is The McNamara Tunnel at Detroit airport. I adjusted the remaining two to show how the colors changed. What struck me as pretty unusual but equally stunning was the way the colors changed as you walked through that tunnel; it felt like a psychedelic discotheque.
“Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.” William Arthur Ward
“Afraid no, I wasn’t afraid but it was an unusual thing, it was an unusual feeling. It was an unusual atmosphere for me having grown up in this country and, and, and never seeing anything like that.” Ralph Boston
These set of colorful lights appeared out of nowhere as I was driving home from a rural part of upstate NY. As I turned a corner, they were sitting there glowing in the woods in the dark night. I pulled over and took these shots; unusual for the area. The Irish Blessing video is not unusual. (Thanks Francine!). I added it to celebrate St Paddy’s Day; now his story is a tad unusual. So, let’s just go ahead and celebrate all that we are; unique, unusual, unabashed, unadulterated, unapologetic… and then let’s stand tall in our St Patrick’s Day regalia and blow off some steam… better yet, let’s get beyond the blarney. Slainté! (Irish for Here’s to your Health!)
“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn
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Today can be a healthy unusual day for you — and for others — if you take time to give someone a smile . . . to express a word of kindness . . . to lend a helping hand to someone in need . . . to write a note of gratitude . . . to give a word of encouragement to someone who is temporarily overcome with problems . . . to share a portion of your material possessions with others.” William Arthur Ward
This home, the Octagon House (Armour-Stiner House), is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It is a popular 8 sided, pink colored historic home in Irvington, NY. It is known locally as the Octagon House and I walk by it on my Aqueduct jaunts. Several years ago, I took a tour with the local Historical Society and was surprised to find the rooms were unusual in size and the ceilings somewhat low. The grounds are quite beautiful and the home is occupied. The video is just something to make you laugh. Enjoy! More below.
“Comedy is unusual people in real situations; farce is real people in unusual situations.” Chuck Jones
Okay, so the rest of my unusual choices are an eclectic mix of photos. The first is my friend J with her floor length hair; pretty impressive. The next is a set of nested bowls made from magazine pages. They are quite sturdy and colorful. I got them at a fair. The last, for those familiar with Comic Con, is something my kids are into. Every year, they go to several of these gatherings where people dress up as comic characters. Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos depicting Unusual did you find? Was it easy/hard to find photos that made sense of your views on the Unusual? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you!
My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several below. I appreciate TRACKBACKS/PINGBACKS & LIKES from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme UNUSUAL below. ***
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual. Share a picture that means UNUSUAL to you!
Positive Motivation Tip: Celebrate all that you are; unique, unusual, unabashed, unadulterated, unapologetic YOU! What is normal and what is unusual? In the world of one eyed fish, a two eyed fish is a freak… But is it? Remember the Twilight zone..? My normal could be your nuts!
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