52 Week Challenge

52 Weeks of Susan's Life


Week 28 – #34 OMG!

flamingo, jungle gardens, double jointedDon’t you sometimes wish you had the flexibility of a flamingo and be able to sort out an itch anywhere on your body?  When I see the dexterity and flexibility of a flamingo it gives me an OMG moment.  How do they do it?  Well after a bit of research, I discovered a few interesting facts about flamingos in addition to being able to reach any part of their body with their mouth!

“Aside from their pink feathers, flamingos’ long and graceful necks are perhaps their second best known physical feature. Obviously the neck complements the long legs, enabling the birds to dip their head in the water to feed. Nineteen elongated vertebrae enhance the movement range and flexibility of these necks, which flamingos twist and stretch with ease. Neck movements are prominent in flamingos’ elaborate mating displays, where males engage in “neck-flagging” and other seemingly choreographed routines to attract the best females. There’s a cost to this extreme physical characteristic, however — flamingos frequently must rest their heads on their bodies to prevent muscle fatigue.”

If you want to learn more about this beautiful bird, visit http://animals.mom.me/physical-characteristics-flamingos-8431.html.


Week 27 – #48 Three of A Kind

cows, FloridaOn a recent trip to Lake Wales Florida, I was hoping to go to the Bok Tower Gardens and take some pictures. After spending three cold days  playing in a golf tournament, I was not in the mood to spend anymore unnecessary time out doors.  In desperation to take any photos (and there is not much to see in between Lake Wales and Sarasota) I came across these cows and snapped a few shots. The lighting just happened to be perfect and I didn’t have to spend too much time in the frigid weather.


Week 26 – #17 Gate

Gate to no where, gate, sarastota FL

On a recent walk in my neighborhood I happened upon this house with quite an eclectic assortment of bric-a-brac.  The gate was amusing to me because it served no purpose (except to add to the clutter) and went no where.  I would imagine this gate is rarely (if ever) opened.  I converted to black and white for a different look.  gatebl&wh


Week 24 – # 15 Faces in Everyday Places (Pareidolia)

tree as person, philadelphia graveyard

I’ll admit, I had to look up the meaning of Pareidolia.  For those that don’t know by definition here is what Webster says.



  1. the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features
Word Origin
C20: from para- 4 + eidolon
I found this tree guarding an old grave site in Philadelphia.  To me it looked like a person rising from their grave in a devotion pose of prayer or adoration.  It seemed fitting to have this image at a graveyard. I see the face, do you?   I just want to sing “Alleluia” when I see this tree.


Week 23- #49 Tiny World

Lego Vatican Display, Franklin Museum, Philadelphia

Lego Vatican Display, Franklin Museum, Philadelphia

Lego Vatican Display, Franklin Museum, Philadelphia

On a recent trip to the Franklin Museum in Philadelphia, I couldn’t help admire this incredible replica of the Vatican made out of brick Legos! The artist behind this creation is Father Bob Simon from the Scranton PA area.  He was inspired to begin this creation in preparation for the papal visit of Pope Francis this past summer in Philadelphia.  He began this project in September 2014. Here are some interesting facts about this Lego display.

Information about the model:

  • Construction of the model takes up to two days, with three people working on the structure’s 25 different sections.
  • The Piazza has over 44,000 cobblestones sitting atop 12,000 tan tiles. There are over 6,000 round bricks that make up the columns of the Colonnade. All together, the model is made out of about 500,000 LEGO® bricks.
  • The model is worth $10,000 in LEGO® bricks and took over 10 months to build.
  • The structure is about 14’ x 7’ x 7’ and weighs about 100 pounds.
  • All of the pieces are certified LEGO® bricks—none of which were altered in any way.
  • Fr. Simon tapped into his creativity to repurpose LEGO® pieces in unconventional ways, such as using the LEGO® life preserver pieces as the windows dotting the Vatican’s iconic dome.
  • A custom LEGO® Minifigure of Fr. Simon can found near the obelisk, poised in contemplation of the splendor of the Vatican. He has visited the Vatican 5 times.

Interested in learning more?  Check it out here.