Thursday, June 21, 2018

Southside, West Virginia, USA

What do you see first: the barn or the quilt square? In this case, a quilt square fashioned after a tulip rewards even the briefest glance through the windshields of passing vehicles. Added advantage: This tulip blooms all year! [2012]

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Seymour, Tennessee, USA

What do you see? An aging barn struggling to remain relevant? The ragged edges of the blue cornflower (do you see a cornflower?) seem to match the ragged edges of the barn. Quilt squares have become a popular element of rural landscapes, especially in the American south. [2009]

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sharkey, Kentucky, USA

How do you dress up a barn and please your neighbors? Add a quilt square to the sunny side. If possible, plan it so the shadows from a nearby hardwood add yet another layer to what would otherwise be a mundane element of the cultural landscape. [2017]

Monday, June 18, 2018

Key West, Florida, USA

The old customs house in Key West is now a museum, and the sculptures outside show common men and women living life in the early 20th century. It's one way to keep the past alive. As for the customs house, it's huge, especially when you compare it to the small size of the town. [2018]

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Key West, Florida, USA

Sunset and subtropical tastes: coconut and key lime. They're just what you crave when you're meandering around Key West in the evening. In fact, the key lime, and its eponymous pie, have carried the name of the Florida Keys to the world. How many other places can you think of that have an eponymous food to make them famous? [2018]

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Key West, Florida, USA

He and the pelicans are regulars on Mallory Square's seaside. The passengers on the boat, however, are there for a moment, some of the thousands who visit Key West annually. Although getting to the end of the Florida Keys is not that easy, it is scenes like this that repay the effort. [2018]

Friday, June 15, 2018

Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

This is one of the newest memorials on the grounds of the Arkansas capitol building: erected in memory of fallen firefighters. It helps to keep the capitol relevant and complements a national trend honoring groups other than the military who devote their lives to public safety. Happy Birthday, Arkansas! You've been around as a state since 1836. [2018]