Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Round Robin: Allergen-Free Flower Power

This week's Round Robin Photo Challenge, "Flower Power," comes to us from Reneé of TimelessCalligraphyStudio. Flowers are a subject I've seen photographed exceptionally well by a number of Robins in the past, so expect to see a lot of outstanding pictures of flowers over the next day or so.

However, I'll be doing something different.

What can I say? I'm just not a fan of flowers. Maybe it's because I'm allergic to most of them. Maybe it's because they remind me of my Mom, and that makes me sad. Maybe it's because a flower...no, well, listen, I don't know why. Flowers just don't provoke the expected emotional response in me. I mostly avoid or ignore them. I prefer stylized representations of flowers to the real thing. So when the topic "Flower Power" came up, this was the first thing I thought of:



It's a neo-Mod night light, a gift from Linda a few years back, if I recall correctly. It basically lights Tuffy's water dish. Here's a view of the flower's power:


The term "Flower Power," of course, comes from the early Mod era, the time of hippies and peaceniks and psychedelia. Floral designs were a big part of the pop art of the day. For example, check out the pockets of this 1967 Barbie and Stacey case, and Casey modeling one of the outfits from the same year, "Style Setters":


And here's Tutti, in "Plantin' Poseys." The boots are from "Puddle Jumpers." A lot of Tutti's 1967 clothes had flowers on them. She's leaning against an ice tea glass that's probably a bit older than that. Oddly, the glass is upside down here in order to show the flowers right-side up!


Floral fashions aren't limited to the 1960s, of course, nor to Mattel dolls. My favorite real-life florals are mostly Hawaiian shirts and related items.


Floral throw pillows


Semi-Hawaiian shirts. My good one needs to be replaced.


Tomorrow: Sun Dog! And no, I don't mean Tuffy!

Karen

Now check out the other Round Robins:

Linking List
(links from the word "Posted!" are to the individual entries)

Reneé
TimelessCalligraphyStudio - Posted! x2
http://timelesspainting.blogspot.com/

Karen
Outpost Mâvarin - Posted!
http://outmavarin.blogspot.com/

Carly
Ellipsis...Suddenly Carly - Posted!
http://ellipsissuddenlycarly.blogspot.com/

Valorie
Retrospect USA - Posted!
http://journals.aol.com/redbird914/RetrospectUSA/

Sara
Animated Seasons - Posted!
http://animatedseasons.artshelf.us/

Julie
Julie's Web Journal - Posted!
http://www.barrettmanor.com/julie/journal.aspx

Connie
MOMENTS TO REMEMBER - Posted!
http://journals.aol.com/maxsox5/MOMENTSTOREMEMBER/

Patrick
Patrick's Portfolio
http://patricks-portfolio.blogspot.com/

John ***Welcome New Member***
Personal effects - Posted!
http://personaleffects.blogspot.com/

Dorn
Through The Eyes Of The Beholder - Posted!
http://journals.aol.com/dornbrau/ThroughtheEyesoftheBeholder

DesLily
Here, There and Everywhere - Posted!
http://journals.aol.com/deslily/HereThereandEverywhere/
Here, There & Everywhere 2nd Ed. - Posted!
http://herethereandeverywhere2ndedition.blogspot.com/

Nancy
Nancy Luvs Pix - Posted!
http://journals.aol.com/nhd106/Nancyluvspix

Robin (Gannet Girl)
Search The Sea - Posted!
http://searchthesea.blogspot.com/

Suzanne R
New Suzanne R's Life - Posted! x2
http://newsuzannerslife.blogspot.com/

Tammy
The Daily Warrior - Posted!
http://mylifeasawarrior.blogspot.com/

Julia ***Welcome New Member***
The Bohemian Eye - Posted!
http://juliajuliabohemian.blogspot.com/

Janet ***Welcome New Member***
Fond of Snape - Posted!
http://fondofsnape.blogspot.com/

_rRose
WAIT-NOTYET - Posted!
http://journals.aol.com/rrveh1/WAIT-NOTYET-/

Phinney
Paragon - Posted!
http://journals.aol.com/geminiwilder/Paragon/

Pamela ***Welcome New Member***
Times of My Life, One Nurse's Story (Private - email for access)- Posted!
http://journals.aol.com/lanurseprn/TimesofMyLifeOneNursesStory/

Amy
My life and pictures - Posted!
http://journals.aol.com/roketpopgirl/mylifeandpictures/

I'm swamped tonight, folks, so I probably won't comment on most of your entries until Thursday. I will get there, though; I promise! (Uh, make that Friday. Sorry!)


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12 comments:

Gannet Girl said...

I had forgotten this part of the sixties!

TimelessCalligraphyStudio said...

this is cute and adorable!

Dorn said...

Hahahaha! Love it!

Tammy said...

LOL Clever lady! You never stop surprisin me with your unique entries. I'm late, but up :)

Suzanne R said...

Very neat entry! Great photos of flowered objects I wouldn't probably have thought of.

DesLily said...

hmmm well during the 60's i was busy having babies! lol...

Janet said...

Loved your definition of flower power...it's what I first thought of when I saw the words, being a child of the late 60s! I'm new to this, today is my first post!

Pamela said...

Love this entry!! This is the kind of stuff I thought of too! Reminded me of my childhood!
Pamela

TropicRedbird said...

HAHA! Trust you to be so "hip" with flower power! Great entry.
Valorie
http://journals.aol.com/redbird914/RetrospectUSA/entries/1149

julie said...

Oh, I knew you'd come up with something interesting! My virtual hat is off to you!

CONNIE said...

I THOUGHT THE NITE LIGHT WAS A PERFECT REPRESENTATION OF 'FLOWER POWER' GOSH I REMEMBER THE SIXTIES AND ALL THE PINK AND ORANGE WEIRD LOOKING FLOWERS ON PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING-DIDN'T LIKE IT THEN-THOUGHT IT WAS ALL HOKEY...LOL

Carly said...

For someone who doesn't care for flowers, you did a pretty nifty job with the challenge at hand. :) Good to learn more about you hon, and good interpretation. :)