Travel theme: Colourful

We’re drawn to color — unabashedly bold colors, mixtures of mix-and-match colors, or just strong singular monotones.  So snapping photos dominated by colorful combinations has become as much a part of traveling and sightseeing as people-watching, which can be colorful in and of itself. For more entries in Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack photo challenge — […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

It wasn’t until the masses of balloons had ascended on Saturday, October 11th that we noticed a late comer — a truck bearing a basket and balloon.  Out jumped a lady and her entourage who began puffing up a colorful yellow/red/blue balloon with giant fans.  But they were late.  Noticeably late.  After almost all balloons […]

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A Word a Week Photo Challenge: Hole

During Knoxville’s Open Gardens day, a Dogwood Arts Festival event, local homeowners voluntarily push open their gates and let those of us in love with flora and fauna roam the grounds freely. One formal garden held something quite unique — seventeen antique millstones — integrated in various ways throughout the beautifully manicured grounds. According to […]

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Lavender Festival 2012: Aromatic Delight!

Reposting so that you can see what’s in store if you attend the 16th Annual Lavender Festival in Historic Jackson Square, Oak Ridge, Tennessee this Saturday, June 21 from 8 to 3. Click here for more information. I could almost smell the Lavender Festival from the parking lot — well, maybe not from that far […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

  This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters coincided with one of Knoxville’s Dogwoods Arts Festival events — the Market Square Art Fair 2014.  Not only did we see fine pottery, woodenware, photography, and blown glass art objects, we also spotted quite a few letters both in the square and the shops surrounding it. Books […]

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Terra Madre: Women in Clay — Dogwood Arts 2014

Although not one of the official Dogwood Arts Festival 2014 events, the Opening Reception of unique pottery by the Terra Madre potters on March 28th was the starting point for us of what this festival is all about:  a celebration of the natural beauty of East Tennessee and the creative spirit of area artists. Owners of […]

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A Three-Gallery Night: Dogwood Arts 2014

It was a night of openings at three galleries celebrating that important middle word in Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts Festival: ARTS.  On a warm spring evening  — April 11 — patrons headed to the galleries to view creative pieces by some of the best-known (and some unknown until now) artists in the area.  Combining that Open-House-kinda-feel […]

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Dogwood Arts 2014: A beautiful beginning!

We always know the dates of the Dogwood Arts Festival in advance — websites, posters, and billboards keep us informed.  But it’s not until we see the redbuds blooming in town and along I-40 that we know dogwood blooms can’t be far behind. Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts Festival 2014 officially runs through April, but blooms don’t […]

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