Thursday, April 2, 2009

SkyWatch Friday

My thanks to the Sky Watch team who help to bring this wonderful meme to us each Friday.
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These photos were taken in Cooperstown, New York a few years ago.

We were surprised to see the largest Praying Mantis we have ever seen crawling on top of someone's roof. Of course it was a very impressive metal sculpture. Unfortunately I know nothing of the talented artist who created it.

We found the man and dog statue down by the lake. It was called The Indian Hunter and was sculpted by a man named John Quincy Adams Ward in 1897.

46 comments:

Daryl said...

Nice skies! Love the mantis...

tricia said...

Impressive all-- but the last one is amazing.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I liked the mantis best of the pics. They were all good.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Wow, great photos! Very interesting! Thank you for stopping by my blog. Please come back soon!

Becca's Dirt said...

Nice sky photos. I especially like the mantis.

Janie said...

Impressive sky/statue photos. The mantis is amazing.

Gill - That British Woman said...

that mantis, is "different" to say the least, nice variety of photos...

Gill

Guy D said...

Great shots as always Denise.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Patty said...

Very nice photos. Hope you've got a great week-end planned.

Erin said...

liked your post this week with the lovely sculptures...especially liked the praying mantis ^..^
have a great weekend...
hugs

Louise said...

The weather vane is cool. I would like a preying mantis that big on MY roof. Maybe it could eat ALL the tomato worms in the summer!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I'd love to own that preyingmantis. ;-)

Photo Cache said...

Whimsical post. Love the photos.

koala said...

We had small metal sculptures hanging in the sky in one of the busiest streets in Poznań but they are gone somewhere.

Cezar and Léia said...

Fantastic sky!
I loved this series! Great pictures dear Denise!
The second one is my favourite, I have never seen it before!Great indeed!
God bless you
Léia

Jeri said...

Very creative sky watch post - great pics!

VALKYRIEN said...

Beautiful skies! And the praying mantel is priceless!

imac said...

Novel idea and great shots.

Bradley Myers said...

Good photos, thanks for sharing. I have never been there but I hope to make the weekend trip sometime with my son to visit the baseball hall of fame.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

ah those are all so unique and have a sweet fun about them.

Diane C. said...

Lovely skies in all the pictures. I like the details in the praying mantis' arms and the dog's face is quite scary!

Ranger said...

Great pictures. Thanks.

Kathiesbirds said...

What wonderful sculptures set against the sky! You've made me curious about John Quincy Adams Ward. I shall have to look him up! I just want you to know that I appreciate all your visits to my blog and all your kind comments!

i beati said...

don't see this everyday !1Sandy

Barb said...

Nice sculptures against the sky. I love the praying mantis.

Pacey said...

Whoa! impressive sculptures and perfect for skywatch. The praying mantis is cool and so nicely placed on the roof. They are all amazing.

Arija said...

Love all three, I had never seen a sled used as a weather vane before...nice one. The praying mantise must be there as deterrent to sheep sized aphids on the roof...where do you grow these lovely things?
Great pictures.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

All right Denise, just north of us: If you get a chance, log on to our SkyWatch and let us know if these clouds blew in to Virginia this past Sunday!

Rob Inukshuk said...

What a cool thing to have perched on one's roof. Love the man and dog too!

Cloudia said...

Thanks for this cool post! Aloha-

Cloudia said...

Mantis especially rocks!!

Lew said...

Unusual sculptures in your skies this week! I like the weather vane.

Naturegirl said...

Denise you had me going as I was reading about the preying mantis...you fooled me...April fools trick a day later!!LOL
Great images!

magiceye said...

brilliant captures all!

diane said...

Great shots, loved the praying mantis.

fishing guy said...

Denise: What a neat look at the sky and sculptures, love the Praying Mantis on the roof.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Great shots, all of them.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Very nice Denise, love the wind vane and the sculpture, not so sure about that Praying Mantis!!

Mary said...

I love sculptures and these are all great. That weathervane shot is beautiful. I would love to have the huge mantis on my house, but the neighbors probably wouldn't agree.

lime said...

oh i LOVE the mantis sculpture. i think i'd like having one of those myself.

tricia said...

You're probably out having fun, but I tagged you. :)

Walker said...

Beautiful pictures Denise.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

The Praying Mantis is great

Maria said...

Wow, your skies are populated :)))
Thanks for your visit and have a nice weekend :)))

CJ said...

Lovely pix. As an artist, I especially liked the praying mantis sculpture.

Oz Girl said...

Lovely skies for your SkyWatch post! I quite love the man and dog statue, how interesting. ;) Hope you are having a super Saturday!