The letter "F" is being Featured this week For ABC Wednesday. "Thank you" to Mrs. Nesbitt for starting the meme and to Roger Green, Reader Wil, Leslie and Trubes for hosting. All do a First-rate job of Firing up bloggers to search Frenziedly through their Files for alphabet-related Fotos.
I found a Few new-to-me (except for one) "F" words at the Phrontistery site. I'll scatter them throughout the post in the hopes that I might remember one or two of them for longer than a day or two :) Here's the list:
1. Fusain - drawing style using Fine charcoal From a Spindle tree
2. Funambulism - tightrope walking, show of mental agility (repeat from old post)
3. Frith - (old English word) peace, sanctuary
4. Flexiloquent - speaking ambiguously
5. Fossick - to search by turning over earth or rocks
6. Floromancy - belief Flowers have Feelings
Here are three of Frederic Chopin's waltzes played by Janina Fialkowska to bring you Frith as you read the post. I knew Janina as a child prodigy at the music school I attended throughout the 1960's. She is one of my Favourite pianists. Her Fabulous playing and her Fortitude as she battled and recovered from Cancer that threatened her career (and life!) inspire me.
Sometimes, I love to discover an artist previously unknown to me, and using the alphabet helps to narrow down the selection. "Young Girl in the Park" is by Tsugouharu Foujita (1886-1968). I photographed his page from The Art Book.
Though he does not use charcoal, as in the Fusain style, I see some similar elements in the way he uses a Fine brush dipped in black ink. You can read a little about him in this information photographed from the same book, but there is much more at the Wikipedia link (above). His was a Fascinating life for sure.
Below is artist, François Génot, working in the Fusain style. He was born in 1981 and lives in Dussendorf, France. I wasn't able to find a lot of information about him, though he does have his own web site (in French) and there was an interesting site showing his work as it appears on buses in the Alsace region of France where he was born. It seems to me that buses are a great way to bring art to the public. Many cities, including Vancouver, seem to have Figured that out. When I commuted Frequently by bus, I used to love to read the work of poetry contest winners displayed over the seats.
The rest of the post is a Farrago of the new as well as some "F" words that popped up in a couple of our days. A Ford parked on a nearby street,
Fully Functional. Bill took a few minutes to check out..
Fender is a step plate to help passengers get into that seat. If you look in the photo above, you will see there is another stepping plate on the back bumper.
Front under the headlight at the right.
Ford for sure :)
False Creek where Black Jack Fossicked to her heart's content.
Foraging for gold didn't exactly pan out, but we did..
Finicky residents disturbed by our investigations.
Favourite word on the list at the beginning is Funambulism. Though it means a show of mental agility, its first three letters are surely significant. This team of dragon boaters was quite a distance from us, but my large lens caught a couple of the team members high-Fiving. Proof, I thought, that though the sport develops mental and physical Facets of teamwork, Fun rather than Functionality, is still the name of the game.
Funambulism" also means tightrope walking and hoped to catch a photo for the blog. I think the technical name for this sport is slacklining, but it still Fits the theme. This Fellow sat on the webbing,
Feet on the webbing.
First place, he had my Full respect for an awesome Feat. His Friend also pushed himself..
to go beyond Fundamental skills.
Floromancy? Well, I'm not sure if..
Faithful to the idea..
Flying on and off them.
Figure out whether the arrival or the departure brings more pleasure.
Fuliguline (pertaining to sea ducks) when we arrived at Granville Island, but in Fact, there were more geese than ducks.
Fanned over their bodies creating air pockets on either side that I thought might be a cooling system.
Fuliguline moment :)
Faith that I might come through with a treat,
Fiercely intelligent eyes, I resisted.
My beautiful great-nephew is celebrating his Fourth birthday next week. Soon, I won't be able to post his gift on-line, but I think he is still a little too young to find..Fixated on dinosaurs and space ships and I Fully get how those two things could be related :) I wish I could have caught a photo as I Followed Bill home on the bike. I kept thinking we should have bought one for us too :)
This last set of pictures was taken when we rode our bikes around the Stanley Park seawall a Few days ago. We hadn't gone the Full way round in a while but this was the perfect day for it. We stopped en route to walk on a section of beach.
Find his/her own Food is a tough one for both.
Followed Bill so closely,
Found each other again in no time Flat!
Flew over my head..
Feat of agility.
Final time to sit on a bench gazing over English Bay with Black Jack curled up on Bill's knee. She likes to contemplate life with us :)
We were just to the left of the trail in the photo below. As you can see, there were a lot of cyclists that day. Riding the seawall route requires some understanding of the rules of the road. There are images painted on the pavement to indicate directions and to separate the bikers and skateboarders from people on foot. Tourists need a little time to Figure that out and because we ride almost every day, we navigate among them Fairly well. Those using the lanes for commuting or training can be less Forgiving; some ride or skate way too quickly. Though there have not been a lot of accidents and no deaths, one American tourist's back was broken when she was knocked off the seawall by a cyclist. In my opinion, that is Frightful and Bill and I both think it would make sense to post rules of the road at the beginning of the trail. Stopping without warning, especially on a curve, or talking on the phone (or even texting!) while moving is NOT okay. One runner was so frustrated, he wrote a Blog post about seawall etiquette.
I digressed a little with that last paragraph, and hope it didn't feel like too much of a rant. We appreciate the efforts of Vancouver planners to encourage outdoor activities in our beautiful city. It is a learning process and improving safety as we move Forward has to be a good thing. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are Finding lots of Fun things to do this weekend, wherever you reside.