52 Weeks of Patricia's Life

Patricia's Photo Project


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Week 18. 45. Underneath

Took this Geckos photo at the Cincinnati Zoo … such a beautiful color.  I googled them for a quick bit of info – well there is SO much but this bit I found particularly interesting …. I find it fascinating that nature can teach us SO much.

“Geckos can quickly turn the stickiness of their feet on and off, a new study finds.Gecko toes are well-studied and their sticky properties have inspired some incredible technology, such as stitch-free ways to seal wounds and sticky handheld paddles that may help soldiers scale walls someday. For the past decade, researchers have been developing synthetic adhesives with nanoscale fibers designed to mimic bristly gecko toes.”

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Week 17. 47. Waiting

I fear I have got too far behind to catch up but when I look back to my posts from almost 5 years ago when this all started, it’s just such fun to look back – I know I was pretty “chuffed” with my first photo!

Well this is our lovely fur grandson Wembley … he was patiently waiting for his “dad” to come back into the house. He’s a beautiful, sweet, kind dog.

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Week 15. 38. Street Scene

A pretty little side street in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The blue cobblestones are beautiful. Here’s a little bit about them. I must say considering they are so old and the treatment they get now with cars going over them constantly, they are holding up amazingly well!_mg_9602

“The sometimes steeply sloping streets of Old San Juan are paved with blue cobblestones. Rather than being cut from stone or cast as bricks, as was the usual practice, the cobblestones found in Old San Juan are an ingenious re-use of slag from Spain’s iron foundries. Slag is the waste when iron is refined and was usually just piled into huge slagheaps at foundries. But cast into blocks, the material served as ballast in sugar-carrying ships in the 16th century, and this 500 year old recycling effort produced a durable material for paving the streets of Old San Juan. The Spanish word for these pavers is “adoquines,” and most of the streets in Old San Juan are still paved in this material.”