RDP Saturday: Abstract

Wichtel - Imp

Abstract is what? something that does not really exist, although of course it does in the mind’s eye. Try telling the Swiss kids that the Wichtel family do not exist, in english translated would be the Imp Family. Of course they are real, nothing abstract about these dolls.  The photo is from a photo, I have no imps at home.

They have even become TV stars especially when one little imp goes on a dangerous journey to reunite with his family.

Mothers everywhere in Switzerland, customers of a certain supermarket chain, are collecting stickies for a card (one sticky per 20 Swiss francs spent). When the card is full you can choose your little imp and eventually you have the complete family. What a wonderful idea. Every time I am at the cash desk I am asked if I am collecting stickies for an imp. I tell the lady to give my stickies to the next person behind me. And if it is a grandmother, or mother, they almost get down on their knees to thank me. Yes I have a grandchild, but he is at the tractor stage at the moment and thank goodness is not yet exposed to the world of public relations.

There is a reason why I do not collected my imps.


I have no room because the spaces are occupied by Easter bunnies and teddy bears that I collected during the last three years by sticking stickies on a card, that no-one really wants. There is no longer space in my sticky cabinet.

RDP Saturday: Abstract

FOWC with Fandango: Abstract


I seem to live in the abstract. I see the abstract everywhere and it is a delightful change to the normal world. Just pushing a trolley in the supermarket gives me an idea to pull out the camera and take a photo: the composition of my walking stick (an abstract in its own right) laying in an unplanned position, with the shopping bag. It was just a coincidence, some might even go a step further and call it chaos.


A fly landed on my computer on the F1 button. I am sitting outside on the porch and writing. I took a photo. Why the F1 button and not the screen: only the fly knows. Perhaps there was too much light.


And now it has reached the questions mark. Perhaps it is searching for the unanswered question, but it has now been immortalised on my abstract photo on the computer.  I am now planning to end its short life because it has become an annoyance.

I am not the great writer with various thesis on the state of abstract. I know what I like and the stranger the better. A golden oldie that prefers the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch or Salvador Dali. I see enough reality in daily life and need to escape now and again.

FOWC with Fandango: Abstract

Daily Prompt: Abstract composition

Today I went for a walk. We had the first real Spring day, wonderful warm weather, no snow and the sun was doing its best. Before I went on my walk, I saw the daily prompt theme and so could think about what would be possible to write over an abstract. Of course I took my camera with me, but abstracts are rare along a river bank.

And now I am at home, have uploaded my 60 photos and saved them all where they have to be saved and decided it was now the time to write my daily prompt. No problem, I know how it works, and even manage with the way WordPress have organised it. Some time ago we got a new design, but I adapted, and am happy with it. Today I sit at the computer to begin and what happens. The abstract features of this layout are on opposite sides. What was on the left side is now on the right side. If Picasso painted an abstract he might put a nose where an eye should be, or alter the proportions of the facial features, but WordPress have gone one better, they have managed to move things to opposite sides, they were probably misguided by today’s prompt. However, nevertheless I will continue undaunted and hope to bring this to a successful end.

I am sure WordPress are doing this to improve their site, but I am confused. And now to being abstract. I know there is no point in complaining because WordPress ignore our complaints, they know what is good for us, we do not and there must be a purpose in this new layout, although I am still searching for it.

River Aar Walk 10.03 (15)

This is not an abstract painting, but a photo of the sun reflecting on the surface of the river. I took the shot, not really expecting anything special, but this is the result. Diamonds are shimmering on the surface of the river. Of course not, it is all a mirage, an abstract painting on the river done by the sun reflecting on the water.

Easter 10.03 (1)
As I took the last path towards home, I noticed that my gifted artistic neighbour had been busy in her garden. It is such a lovely day and the right opportunity for a wonderful decoration. She always decorates for Easter, and this is her Easter tree. It is one of our easter customs, and at this time of the year the trees do not yet have leaves, so hang your painted Easter eggs on them. Of course I stopped to take a few photos.

I remember the days when it was tradition to colour eggs for Easter. I would cook a dozen eggs. We could buy various dyes for the eggs and the kids would decorate them, with all sorts of abstract details. One method was to tie various leaves and plants around the egg with thread and then boil the eggs in water with onion skins. Afterwards you had little abstract works of art on the eggs when you removed the thread and the plants against a brown background from the onion skins. There would be outlines of leaves and stalks left on the egg shell.

However, we now buy coloured eggs at Easter, just a few as the kids are not longer at home and it is just a custom.

I am now returning to reality as Mr. Swiss has just called that the evening meal is ready – nothing abstract about that, but the real thing.

Daily Prompt: Abstract Composition

Photo Challenge: Abstract

curves 003

It’s a kitchen whisk, taken from the bottom angle as it is laying on the table.

Vorstadtparkhaus, Solothurn

One of our parking houses in the Swiss town of Solothurn, and our favourite. It is all done in a circle and you drive around until to see an empty place to occupy. Very easy, and hope that the empty place is not at the bottom of the circle. Photo taken looking down through the core. Lift cage on the left, circular driveway on the right and what you see in the middle are the protective walls going round the whole construction. It is not water at the bottom, just a fancy cover. I remember when it was built.

Please forgive me if I do not visit all the photos. They are always of a high quality, but so many, the week does not have enough days. 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract