POTD: Rare Bird

Rare Bird
Lisbon, Portugal
2017

This was one of the few, maybe only, corvids I saw in Lisbon, and it might have been carved as an eagle or something else I suppose. I’ve seen ravens, crows, and/or magpies or their European corvid cousins in noticeable numbers in all the countries I’ve visited up until now.

POTD: Don’t Get Mad, Get Angry

Don’t Get Mad, Get Angry
Lisbon, Portugal
2017

This post title wasn’t meant to be a prescription for behavior in 2018, it just seemed to fit the image. (Happy New Year by the way.) This was one of six very lifelike lions guarding the front of what used to be a bank building in Lisbon. The expressions were kind of unusual for the kinds of lions you usually see in front of buildings. I suppose on a bank they might intimidate would-be robbers but they would of course intimidate customers as well. Whatever the case, they were pretty cool.

POTD: Showgirl

Showgirl
Lisbon, Portugal
2017

We were standing on top of one of the 11 towers at the Castelo de São Jorge, an 11th century Moorish castle right in the middle of Lisbon, and I noticed a few people walk by below.  They cast some interesting long shadows in the morning light so I decided I’d take a photo of the next one to go by. Of course as soon as I decided to do that of course no one walked by. I waited quite some time and finally asked the Fashion Queen to go down there and be the shadowcaster. True to her name, she decided that just a simple old shadow wouldn’t do.

POTD: No Respect (Social Media #20)

No Respect (Social Media #20)
Lisbon, Portugal
2017

As shown in the POTD from two days ago, religious icons in Lisbon seem to be off-limits as targets for graffiti. The same protection does not appear to apply to artwork in general as shown here. This was one of a set of photographs from India by a well-known Portuguese photographer which were decorating different areas of a square in downtown Lisbon. Or maybe they only target photographic art as I don’t recall seeing graffiti on any of the many historical statues we saw around town.

(We are back from Lisbon, but given the number of photographs I took while there the POTD subjects will continue to be from there for some time to come.)