Tuesday, December 1, 2009

ABC Wednesday

ABC Wednesday is a blog posting with a twist. The host (Mrs. Nesbitt) hails from Great Britain... and there are participants from all over the world. Each week, people focus their post on a letter of the alphabet. They started with the letter "A" --and each week you post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. It is a fun, imaginative exercise... and it is great to see what everyone comes up with. This week's letter is, "T".

"TightRope" ...photo by Elaine A. Russell

As I was coming back to ABQ from Santa Fe last week, the sun was shining ever so eloquently on the telephone wires alongside the road. As a photographer, it is not an easy thing to photograph; especially from the passenger seat of a vehicle driving at 65mph or so, down the road....

But it touched a nerve in me; and I had to try.

I had a cousin that ran away and joined the circus when he was a teenager. Story has it; that he became "chief pooper scooper" to the elephants... but I preferred a more romantic end....becoming a fire eater or a tightrope walker. I don't recall anyone ever hearing from him ....so I do not know his true fate.

Story also has it that my grandmother's family came from Irish gypsy heritage... and I do know that my grandfather's family name was Appleby... of Appleby Fair... where the Rom gather yearly to race horses, barter and trade in the English countryside.

So-- I tend to dream in the colors of festivals, circus tents, Romany fires and such. And it was with such a dream fresh on my mind that I worked on the photo for today's posting.

I hope you like it.

(photo from Wikipedia)

"Maria Spelterini is walking across a tightrope across the Niagara Gorge, from the United States side to Canada, with her feet in peach baskets. In the background is the Niagara Suspension Bridge, which is full of spectators. In the distant background is the Niagara Falls. (8 July 1876)"