For this month’s CBBH challenge, Marianne has asked us the question, “What do you spy with your little eye?”
I’ve shown you many photos of things I’ve spied with my little eye,; sunsets, beaches, family, animals, so I felt I had to think of something different for this challenge.
When we visited Lucerne in Switzerland, a few years ago, this dying lion, carved out of a wall of sandstone rock, really caught my eye. It was designed as a memorial for the mercenary soldiers from central Switzerland, who lost their lives while serving the French king Louis XVI, during the French Revolution. Mark Twain once said of this ‘Lion of Lucerne’ monument, “It is the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world.” The inscription says, “To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss. ”
Here is the Apollo 11 command module and rocket at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral. What an amazing place to visit, and lots of wonders to spy with my little eye.
In front of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan is the Grand Army Plaza, and this statue really caught my eye. It’s a golden equestrian statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman, sitting astride his horse, with ‘Victory’ in front, her one hand holding a palm frond, and the other pointing the way forward.
My little eye also spied some amazing structures in Egypt. This is part of the magnificent Temple Of Isis originally constructed in Philae, but moved in the 1970’s due to flooding, after the completion of the Aswan High Dam, to a new island called Egilica. Even with modern technology and machines, it took nine years for this massive project to be accomplished. How on earth did the ancient Egyptians build such fabulous edifices using only the simple tools which were available at the time? There are many theories, but my favourite is that they must have had help from extraterrestrials. 🙂
A much more down to earth spy, is this man and his donkey cart, which I spotted one autumn day as we were driving along a country road here in South Africa.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the more unusual things I’ve spied with my little eye. and now it’s time to introduce you to my two CBBH featured blogs this month.
Cindy Knoke, who has a beautiful and very varied blog. Her photos are really outstanding. Her about page is headed “I blog, therefore I am.” I guarantee you’ll find many things to please your senses in her fascinating posts.
RoSy’s blog, “Sharing me, myself and I,” is also really interesting and varied. RoSy describes herself thus, “I have been told that I have an old soul. Perhaps that’s why I was born with grey hair.
I love life & try to be nice. But – sometimes emotions & others behaviors get the best of me.
Hey – I’m only human.” Now how could one resist such an intro?
Please pop in and say hello to them, and tell them I sent you. 🙂
Hey AD! 🙂 Gorgeous pics.
Hi there! 🙂 Thanks so much. xx
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What a wonderful surprise!
Thank you for spying my humble blog & for the mention.
PeAce, HuGs, & BlOg LoVe 🙂
The Lion of Lucerne – a profound thought.
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
Oh yes, sadly, Plato was so right when he said this.
🙂 Thank you for your amazing posts!
the lion in the wall really moved me beyond words…
Yes, me too.
Around the world in 5 minutes. That must be a record 😉
I think you’re right. TA. 🙂
Love the diversity in the places you’ve captures.
Thanks, CG. I’m happy you do. 🙂
He is a very sad lion…. great pics!
Thanks so much, LIsa. 🙂
Terrific entry. I am just loving Egypt! Nice spying, ad.
Thanks so much, Gemma. Egypt was fabulous. I’m so glad we went when we did. 🙂
Thanks, Trav. 🙂
Fabulous spying, ad! 007 had better watch out 😉
Thanks, Hopestar. I’m still in training. 🙂
That lion is truly beautiful AD.
And the guy on his donkey cart – one of these days petrol will be so expensive we’ll have to ride donkeys to work and back!!
Yes, the lion really brought a lump to my throat. It was very moving indeed. As for your comment about donkeys; That’s if people can even afford to buy one. Shanks’s pony might have to suffice. 😦
As always, a great collection! Love the variety!!!
Thanks so much, Frank. 🙂
I want to travel with you. You see awesome stuff.
Thanks, TBM. 🙂
I think I’ll have to agree with Mark Twain (and not for the first time!), what an incredibly moving statue. The Kennedy Centre looks pretty cool too! 🙂
Thanks, Lance. Yes, I so enjoyed the Kennedy Centre. Awesome stuff there. 🙂
Thanks so much, Stefan. 🙂
Wonderful shots!!! The beautiful works on the rock!!!
Thanks, RV. 🙂
You’ve done some great ‘spying’ there AD! Great shots and entry for the challenge. Love it! 😀 *hugs*
Thanks so much, Sonel. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂 xx
Your little eye is always on the go, wherever you are! Cool shots. There are so many challenges it is making my head spin. Enjoying all of your entries.
Thanks so much, Ruth. Yes, I agree with you about all the challenges. 😕
…most moving piece of rock in the world- the lion is amazing. Beautiful post!
Thanks, Amy. 🙂
I would say you spy with large eyes! Your curious insights are like sugar…always adding something pleasant with your humor :). South Africa has been a dream destination…love your landscape picture. One day, I’ll get there.
Thanks so much, Allyson. I hope you do get to visit South Africa one day. 🙂
You have very good eyes!
Thank you. 🙂
I love the Temple of Isis especially 🙂 🙂
Thanks, Suzanne. Its was breathtaking to see in its entirety.
That lion is amazing. I’ve never seen it before…
Thanks, Dianne. Glad I could show it to you. 🙂
I think that I have to agree with Mark Twain. The Lion of Lucerne is a very moving monument…I’ll never forget the first time I saw it.
I’ve only seen it once, but it has stayed with me.
Isn’t that lion and garden in Lucerne amazing? I’ve never been in such a serene place before. And very emotional too.
Yes he is, Emily. I agree, it was very emotional to see this and the list of names of the fallen.
Oh my, it looks like they’ve expanded the stuff at Cape Canaveral since I last saw it in 1991. It’s a pretty amazing place. I very much like the lion and all the other shots, too (as usual!)
Thanks so much, Gunta. The Cape Canaveral pic was taken in 1997. It’s a pretty awesome place to visit. I’d like to go back again one day.
Excellent shots, I dream of visiting Egypt, thats on my bucket list..:-)
Thanks, Ed. I do hope the political situation in Egypt gets sorted out. It’s a really fascinating place to visit.
Really amazing scenes Sylvia!
Thanks, Phil. 🙂
You have a very good spying eye … wonderful caught – and from all over the world again, my favorite the country road in South Africa.
Thanks, Viveka. The South Africa pic, I nearly didn’t include. Glad you like it. 🙂
Great shots AD, a pic for every occasion 😀
Thanks, Chris. 🙂
You have such a vast collection of amazing pictures all over the world!
Yes, it would appear so, Col. Sometimes it all seems like a dream. 🙂
Nice shots, I was very touched by the lion and the tribute. Thanks for the blogger introductions, I’ll check them out!
Thanks, Elisa. Hope you enjoy my two chosen bloggers. 🙂
You always take such interesting photos, the donkey cart is wonderful, I love photos that tell stories – just wish I had time to write them all!
Nice blogs as well 🙂
Thanks, Gilly. Glad you enjoyed the pics. 🙂
Your eye always manages to spy the most interesting places… when I die I want to come back as your camera…
Thanks, bulldog. You’ll have to lose a few kgs if you want to hang around my neck. 😀
That is for sure… a little too heavy for you at the moment…lol.. but thanks for the laugh…
Well, we are very thankful for your attentive eye…have a great weekend.
Thanks so much, Laurie. You too. 🙂
How they used to romanticise war! Love the man and his donkey cart trotting along with such style 🙂
So true, Meredith. I’m happy you like the donkey cart pic. 🙂
Excellent contribution, Sylvia. I was particularly delighted to see the Lion photo as I was reminded of my own visit to see it, many years ago, and remember how moved I was.
Thanks for sharing links to two blogs you enjoy – I don’t know either of these ladies, so that’s where I’ll be heading, right away!
Thanks Marianne. Yes, I think one can’t help but be moved by the Dying Lion statue. I hope you enjoy my chosen bloggers. :).
I surely did, thank you for your suggestions.
I tend to agree with Twain. The Lion of Lucerne is a beautiful piece of art. Thank you for sharing that.
Wonderful photos , especially the lion … And i´m fascinated over how many countries you must have been traveling to … Maria 🙂
Thanks, Maria. Yes I’ve been to many countries., but still more to go. 🙂
Thanks so much, Blossom. 🙂 xx