Skywatch Friday: Sunburst from the Ground Up

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This sunburst sculpture points to the heavens from outside the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. The fountain on the other side mimics the shape of it. The pigeons enjoy the shade it offers.

Note: Below Anonymous points out it's a Calder entitled Stegosaurus. But I see a sunburst....)

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Comments

  1. Oh Sandy, great shot for skywatch. I don't have my post up for Skywatch yet but I will a little later. The sculpture (except for the color) looks like the Staute of Liberty's crown (which is usually green). Ha! :)

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  2. The new skywatch is awesome. Thank you so much.

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  3. Hello Sandy, Imac,Tom,
    Hello other skywatch blogfriends,

    A Great logo! and I like the team, welldone its a good layout, keep up the good work.

    This week I'll show the DUTCH Sky in HOLLAND, also an impression of the French sky, from 3 Chateau's, th fantastic French Cuisine and more...

    Happy Skywatch Friday!
    Happy SUMMER Holidays.

    Greetings from JoAnn
    (Holland and France)

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  4. Very fine photos and nice subject.
    Enjoy Sky Watch!

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  5. Looks like a fun place to hang out. Great pictures.

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  6. Anonymous2:39 PM

    A beautiful sculpture. You are a great sculptor too.
    Beautiful blogs, yours and New SkyWatch Friday.

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  7. looks wonderful you did a great job!

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  8. A neat start-up for the new version. Well done!

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  9. Anonymous2:42 PM

    Hmmm. Actually, the title of this piece is Stegosaurus, by Alexander Calder.

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  10. Sandy, love the shot, so creative, and way to go on helping Tom out!! You are a faithful sky watcher, glad to have you riding shotgun!

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  11. Anonymous2:43 PM

    i like the new site of sky watch..cool :D

    Visit mine also in here Thanks

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  12. great sky u have and nice new team of sky watch friday :D

    Mine in here. Thanks

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  13. Magnifico work Sandy - great post and photo.

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  14. Sandy: Great shotinto the Sky through the sculpture, reminds me of the Statue of Liberty crown.
    Did you see Mac put you out on a limb?

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  15. How wonderful! So glad you posted both photos.
    Congrats are in order for the new Sky Watch Blog - it is off to a great start!
    When Tom announced the new blog and I saw your name I just knew he couldn't have found a better "co-host!"

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  16. That is cute. Where is it? Have a great weekend!

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  17. Always great to see new stuff here in SWF!
    Great post!

    Petunia's SWF

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  18. A beautiful shot, Sandy.

    "A rose between two thorns" indeed!

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  19. Pretty impressive. I can't tell just by looking at the picture though - is this a permanent structure?

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  20. Great pictures Sandy.. in fact all your postings are like a sunburst... have a great Sky Watch..

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  21. Thanks so much for helping iMac and Tom, Sandy. You always seem to get around to all of the posta and leave thoughtful commnets.

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  22. I love how you look at things, Sandy! The New Sky Watch team did a great job!

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  23. Impressive shot Sandy.

    Great SWF post.

    Gary
    Bodge's Bulletin

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  24. A very interesting sculpture well captured. Nice Sky Watch.

    Thanks for helping Tom get this new blog up and running; it's great!

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  25. Sandy,
    wonderful new blog and layout..thank you for all your work.
    Love your pictures..
    Gisela

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  26. Anonymous3:07 PM

    Interesting perspective in that top one, especially once you see the point in context below.

    Congrats on becoming an official part of the Skywatch team.

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  27. Now this is different.
    Almost every week I am sitting in front of my computer, searching for the "right SWF" picture in Picasa.
    Hope I found a good one..
    Great SWF picture,
    cheers from Canada

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  28. This is really great! I haven't been to the Atheneum in a long time.

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  29. Waht an inspired sculpture! It looks like it could be plastic - but I am hoping that they are weld lines that I can see. I wonder how long it will take for the pigeons to shade it a light grey?

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  30. Anonymous3:19 PM

    Hello from Colorado. Cool pictures.

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  31. I love the color of it. Thank you for helping with the new Skywatch, it looks great :)

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  32. Awesome picture! Great skywatch. I really like that first one.

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  33. Way to go Sandy. Nice photo. Pappy

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  34. Greate Sky Watch post.
    Have a nice weekend, from AnneKa in Norway

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  35. Ouch. If I ever got my wish to fly like Superman, I must remember not to land anywhere near there. It's fine to look at though. :-)

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  36. I love how the stars all have a touch of the sky in them. great shot

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  37. Anonymous4:06 PM

    really love the perspective of that first shot. Awesome!

    SWF Rocks - I love getting to see the world's skies this way :)

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  38. I like the lens flare in that first one! A big thank you to you too for starting this blog. I really like it...

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  39. good job here.. you have a great picture for the friday... that enlightens my day once again...

    check out what you think is mine? TGIF

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  40. Very nifty skywatch - sky and mechanical beams! :) Great - but the flower nelow? Woah!
    That's a beauty!
    Cheers, Klaus

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  41. Anonymous5:25 PM

    A fantastic sculpture that is; and great colours.

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  42. Wonderful Sky Watch-post.Thank you for joining the team,you are all doing a great job.

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  43. Anonymous5:30 PM

    Great shots, Sandy!!

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  44. Anonymous5:30 PM

    Love this!!

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  45. Awesome sky watch Sandy! Would've been great for ohoto hut - pointed a couple of weeks ago to!

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  46. That is FABULOUS! I love the way it reaches for the sky!

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  47. Awesome color splash and thank you for being you

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  48. What a contrast of colours, and I love how the fountain mimics the shape.
    Thank you for hosting this with the team and all the work you put into it. I love the new logo and site.

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  49. Cool. The first shot is very dramatic.

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  50. What a cool and interesting sculpture... it's stern and whimsical at the same time... Very cool!

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  51. This would be a great odd shot too. It's a real statement picture. Thanks for helping Tom out. I think it's really good of you, considering all the other blogs you have.

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  52. Sandy, Thanks for becoming one of our gracious hosts/hostesses! Sky watch is so amazing and has really grown.

    Love your sunburst! :-)

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  53. It's a beautiful sculpture and you have shot it well.
    Have a nice weekend

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  54. Sandy, you are very talented and always come up with something good.

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  55. You asked:
    Did you call the fire dept.?
    No, Max knows how to get down:)
    Early training...
    - Cheers from Canada.

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  56. this is really neat. the sculpture is interesting! great photos!!

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  57. It does look like a sunburst! And thank you for being a part of the SkyWatch team. I am glad to know that is is going to continue as it is one of my favourite blog activities!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    My SkyWatch Here

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  58. Cool shot, it looks like its headed up to the sky. Great contrast of colours. Happy SWF.

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  59. What a clever shot. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. Beautiful sculpture with the sky as a backdrop. Thanks for your help in the new SWF. I enjoyed SWF very much. Have a nice weekend.

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  61. WOW what a stunning beginning for ALL

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  62. Anonymous9:04 PM

    Hi Sandy, wow these are really great shots! Interesting photos and post.

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  63. Anonymous9:11 PM

    Fantastic Sky Watch post! What a wonderful sculpture and fountain!

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  64. Anonymous9:11 PM

    what an interesting piece!
    wonderful perspective! :)

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  65. Anonymous9:13 PM

    Beautiful Shots Sandy!

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  66. I really need to get out more. Here I've been in CT for 30 years and this is the first time I've seen this sculpture!

    Lovely SWF post.

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  67. I lived in Plantsville many moons ago. You've commented on my daughter's SWF pix and I'm glad I looked further at your blog. It's very interesting and I shall read more. Great photo's. Especially got a chuckle out of your text messaging post!! :)

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  68. Anonymous9:25 PM

    Lovely photo...especially the dancing lights. Thanks for stopping by my site.

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  69. Anonymous9:37 PM

    I was going to say, "Looks like the Statue of Liberty dropped her crown", but of course when one gets in so late, one should expect all the really good lines have already been said.

    Good news is, whether or not I'm an original, this photo certainly is.

    Happy Sky Watching!

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  70. Wow that looks huge. Kinda reminds me of the "crown" on the statue of liberty. Beautiful composition. Thanks for visiting me!

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  71. Anonymous9:42 PM

    i love how it also points to the sky, sandy! :)

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  72. I like your red sculpture. That blends in-NOT so well!
    My first Skywatch shows God's clouds vs. Man's smokey train.
    ..

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  73. I can see the stegosaurus and the sunburst too, but what I really saw at first was a Jester's hat! But no matter what, its very interesting and so is the sky it frames.

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  74. Anonymous11:02 PM

    That's so beautiful... it's like the sun dropped from the sky!

    My SWF is posted HERE.

    Hope you can drop by. Happy weekends!

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  75. The first one makes a very interesting SWF photo...great job.....and thank you for your work on the new site...

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  76. A! Very much enjoyed 'seeing backwards', in regards to the sunburst :)

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  77. Whatever it is called you got a couple of great shots of it. That first one has a great perspective. I think I prefere your title.

    I like the new Skywatch site, Sandi. Thanks for all you do!

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  78. Anonymous11:35 PM

    The angle of the sculpture and the contrasting colors make the first one very engaging. Great shots.
    cheers

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  79. Anonymous11:52 PM

    Sandy, lovely skywatch wit that interesting Sunburst sculpture!

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  80. Great sky watch! I like the 'sun burst" interpretation. Thanks for joining with Tom and Imac on sky watch - it will be "more better" as one old Cajun cook used to say.

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  81. only the sky is the limit! great post!

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  82. a very impressive sculpture

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  83. Wow! Great photos and a great idea!

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  84. Anonymous1:10 AM

    have a nice weekend!
    and fine photos!

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  85. great shots Miss Sandy

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  86. Anonymous2:33 AM

    This sun seems more active than the real sun just now. The new look SW is a great success - you'll be hitting 300 at this rate.

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  87. I thought it was a Calder when I saw it. It appears to be related to our "Eagle" in Seattle

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  88. Nice! There is a "sculpture" like that also in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria!

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  89. Here we're Friday, 9:14 am, and yet so much comments! Sky Watchers don't sleep! ; )
    Thanks Sandy first of all, to join the management team, to organize this new Sky Watch!
    Then, let's see your Sky Watch for today. A "Stegosaurus" of course, but in silver metal. Otherwise, I 'm just like you I would better see it as a sunburst. Very bright red, it gives wonderful colors to your composition. A great summer Sky Watch.

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  90. love it, and it just goes to show how good art speaks to the soul of each individual who views it, and we see different things depending on our personal point of reference. You are a sun-shiney sort of gal so you saw a sunburst, cool!

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  91. Anonymous4:13 AM

    Great pictures!

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  92. O this is great art with a liberal splash of drama! Fantastic!

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  93. Water and iron - soft and hard - and all over them beautiful sky:)

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  94. Hello Sandy
    I liked the new photo on your Blogger profile.

    This monument is too!

    Whenever I start a blog like to see the maximum of photos, not just the Sky Watch.

    Its has great shots.
    The flowers are beautiful.

    Hugs from Rio

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  95. Wow! It is definitely a burst of something! Thanks for helping with Skywatch.

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  96. new skywatch layout and pic are excellent!congratulations.

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  97. I think Jeremiah would love we're still looking "From The Ground Up"!

    Wonderful photos and I love the orange :)

    Sandy, thank you so much for stepping up with IMAC to help Tom. You 3 have done a terrific job and make quite a team!! ((HUGS))

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  98. Beautiful! I see the sunburst!
    And thank you so much for helping Tom with Skywatch!!!

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  99. I see a sunburst also, nice tie in to the real sun.

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  100. I love that sculpture... and it's a perfect Sky Watch photo!

    Thanks for stopping by Prairie Visions!

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  101. I prefer to see a Sunburst there too, it is an incredible sculpture nonetheless.

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  102. Well, I LOVE Calder and I don't care WHAT it's called -- it's a GREAT piece! I love both these shots!

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  103. Hi Sandy and thanks for your comments on my first Skywatch Friday pictures!

    and WOW I love your Sunburst.....

    Thanks also to you, Tom and Imac for such a wonderful site. Hope to visit more often.

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  104. reminds me of the scorpion I saw n the sky yesterday....

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  105. Lovely photo, lovely statue, lovely sky!

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  106. Lovely angle on that first shot, Sandy.

    I'm back in Melbourne but am succumbing (slowly) to jetlag!!!

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  107. Interesting and unusual sly watch shot. I like it, ;)

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  108. I love the photo looking up the sculpture's arm...fantastic perspective!

    --Lynellen
    Shop with me, your Mary Kay Beauty Consultant

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  109. I can see the sunburst or a Stegasaurus. Either way it is cool. :)

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  110. Ah - love everything about this! Great SWF shot!

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  111. Beautiful shot! I love that museum. Any time you want to hit up Calf Pasture, give us a nudge!

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  112. It looks like the Statue of Liberty's crown to me too. Happy weekend!

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  113. Your sky shots are great. Thanks for stepping and helping to make sky watch wonderful. MB

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  114. I love this red against that sky* Sky watch is such great fun;) and thank you for your sweet comments* keep up the great shots!

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  115. What terrific colors. Thank you for this picture. Happy SWF

    Lea

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  116. Well, whatever it is, it's impressive.
    The shots are, too.

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  117. Great shot..I will be on the look out for this during my next trip to Hartford!

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  118. Sandy, just wanted you to know that my Skywatch photo is of the Atlantic ocean not the Sound. :)

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  119. "Louis" was happy to see you had stopped by!

    This is an interesting shot - good geometry as well as Sky Watch!

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  120. What a strange sculpture but beautiful, I alsmost forgot to look at the sky, lol !

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  121. This is a good shot. I love the colors of it.

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  122. Anonymous2:01 PM

    Wonderful shot!! I think it looks like a sunburst, too, but you know that old saying, "One person's sunburst in another's stegosaurus"... I must have heard that one a million times (smiley face)

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  123. Love the dynamics of your first pic!

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  124. What a strange looking sculpture.

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  125. An interesting subject and photographed well!

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  126. i love the structure, whatever it is. a great post!

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  127. Hello Sandy!
    Great sky~watch captures! ~Interesting sculpture~beautiful sky! The new sky~watch blog is amazing! Great idea & great job!
    Have a beautiful weekend!
    Cat

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  128. Love your words for the statue photos.
    I'm not sure what our huge Calder in Jerusalem is officially titled, but my Dutch friend sees it as a tulip. You can see yours however you feel like!

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  129. Oh lovely! Looks like a sunburst to me, too.
    Thanks for all your work with the new Sky Watch.

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  130. cool shot! I love the red against the blue sky. Great post!

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  131. Hi! I think there lots of things to see, wich makes it great statue and great picture. I like how you gave us two different views from it!

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  132. nice pics have good weekend

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  133. How beautiful!! Great photo!!hughugs

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  134. A lovely sky, and I adore the sculpture! This is only my second Skywatch Friday, and I am really enjoying it. Thank you so much!

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  135. Anonymous8:22 PM

    Hi Sandy! Great shot here. :-) That was a huge sunburst.

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  136. Anonymous8:32 PM

    I see a sunburst, of sorts, too! Love the new SWF home.. :D

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  137. Calder is one of my favorites! Ironically, I just watched a Roland Film called Calder's Circus yesterday with my daughter!

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  138. You always have the very best pictures and so is this one!

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  139. Great shot Sandy! I love the vibrancy of the red.

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  140. OMG!!! 141 Comments and counting! Wow, that's impressive Sandy, so is your latest photo. G

    www.mypoeticpath.wordpress.com

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  141. Anonymous12:55 AM

    I've never seen a sunburst sculpture anywhere before. Very interesting and well designed. Thank you very much for the new SWF site and organization. I enjoy very much participating to this meme! :-)

    Have a great week-end!

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  142. Nice skywatch - I like the Calder. Well, the neat thing about art is that the viewer has as much a role in interpreting the art as the artist, so you can go ahead and interpret it as a sunburst. A neat thing about these Calder sculptures - he started off making mobiles, entranced by their lightness and the way they moved, and then started making these ground structures, which he called 'stabiles'. The amazing thing is that they still have the feeling of a mobile, changing as the viewer walks around it, and giving a feeling of lightness even though the steel is so heavy.

    Mine is Sunset pictures after a long day of travel

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  143. Nice photo mom!
    Love
    Adella

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  144. Congratulations to the new Website. This is a great idea!

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  145. Great shots, Sandy!
    Love the first one.

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  146. I'm visiting late again, but better late than never. I don't know why I didn't know you were involved behind the scenes with Sky Watch, but somehow it doesn't surprise me. What I do wonder is how you keep up with everything. I love this Calder (it does look like a sunburst) and the angle of your first shot. Just beautiful.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  147. Great shot!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  148. Anonymous2:02 PM

    Cool. I like the second shot best, the one that shows the sculpture in the same arc as the water in the fountain.

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  149. That is interesting sculptures. Nice red!
    Scrapbooking and Photography

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