Weekly Photo Challenge: Art

In this week’s “Weekly Photo Challenge” set by the Daily Post the subject matter is ‘art’.

We are to show a thing, place or person that’s a work of art to me.

The thing is in my humble opinion, art can be anything.  To one person it can be nothing, to someone else it can be everything, what is the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.  This normally relates to what we find beautiful in a person but relates to art too.  Art can elicit all kinds of emotions and be viewed in so many different ways in so many forms, there are in my mind no strict rules.

However, art for me comes first of all from ‘mother nature’.  For surely she provides the backdrop from where we get our ideas?  The colours of beautiful flowers, the lines of trees, the shapes on the horizon and so much more.

I thought to provide pictures such as these, but today I would like to share an example of craftmanship that involved love, care and a lifetime of dedication.

This weekend I visited old family friends.  My ‘fairy mother’ who is now 86.  You can see the post if you wish here.

Her husband was a Major in the army, sadly he has departed this mortal plane.  However when he was here and active, he had what they call a Batman, there is a description here:

The action of serving as a batman was referred to as “batting”. In armies where officers typically came from the upper class, it was not unusual for a former batman to follow the officer into later civilian life as a domestic servant.

And as mentioned, this batman and his family joined my ‘fairy mother’ and her husband until his latter years and there was great companionship and fondness between all.

I shall get to the point.  As I went to leave her house, I spotted the most amazing bird house if you can call it such a thing.  I took a photograph of it, it was in her what I call ‘side garden’.  I struck up a conversation, marvelling at its beauty and detail.  She then told me that is was her husbands ‘batman’ that made this birdhouse, taking on the form of a ‘cathedral’.

So it is with much delight I present to you this amazing birdhouse 🙂

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As always thank you for reading/viewing, xx

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  14 comments for “Weekly Photo Challenge: Art

  1. May 20, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Justine – that is stunning. I agree – i will always look to nature first for “art”. Enjoyed learning about the term “batman”.

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    • May 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      🙂 I find life amazing, all these things just sitting there with such stories behind x

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  2. May 20, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Wow! That truly is an amazing birdhouse Justine!!

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    • May 21, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      I know, i just stopped in my tracks and such a great story behind it, you know i think someone might just ‘get rid’ of that tree being totally oblivious to all the history behind the tree and its friend crafted upon its branches x

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  3. May 21, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    That is a mansion …. I wonder what birds use it? Diane

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    • May 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Its huge but quite small entrances. I am not sure but her garden is sooooo full of birds and butterflies I am sure it gets occupied quite often by rather Majestic small birds hehe x I might ask her next time we speak x

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  4. May 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    That really is a beautiful legacy. Thanks for sharing it.

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    • May 21, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Thank you, i thought so too i had never heard of a bat man, so was educational to me too and nice for her to have some permanent history in her garden too x

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  5. May 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    This bird house looks very cozy! I wonder how many birds can fit into it? So lovely to see the house surrounded by such lush greenery…what a great view for the birds. Great photos 🙂

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    • May 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      I know! hehe and i expect if they were small birds you might fit a whole Kingdom in 🙂

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      • May 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        Fit an entire kingdom in there! I love that thought! Then your family friends will have a lot of company 🙂

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        • May 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM

          haha yes and an amazing chorus can you imagine?

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          • May 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

            You have such an imagination! A free choir in the backyard. Every. Single. Day 🙂

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