Friday, March 4, 2011

ARCHITECTURAL FACADES/WONDERS ... EARTHLY ANGELS- SPECIAL EDITION - GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN BLOGFEST and JC MARTIN'S RACE FOR 200 BLOG CONTEST

JC Martin's, Race to 200 Blog Contest... check it out @ here. Find my entry here.

Today I have a few things happening at my blog today. First I'd like to start with my entry for the Gone but not Forgotten blogfest. What are you favorite all-time television shows no longer produced. Erin, Alicia, Holly, Pam, and Quinta want to know. Here.

My top five are ...

Designing Women

Golden Girls

Frasier.
I Love Lucy

Bewitched

What are yours?

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As you all know I LOVE to post Earthly Angel stories on Fridays. This week I have a very special one that I would like to share with you ...


Trish said: 

“One of my favourite Earthly Angels is somebody I never met, but I thought they did something pretty cool. My dad and I were travelling in the States and he lost his wallet. Months went by and when he finally got home (maybe 4 months later) the wallet had been sent all the way back to Australia with everything still in it - a lot of money, all his cards, etc. So whoever that person from Wyoming, USA, was, I reckon they're pretty cool :D”




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Today's Wizarding World pics feature the awesome architecture.  Pay close attention to these details because they truly are amazing.

 
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Once again the entrance into Hogsmeade. The stacked arch is truly stunning. The sun streaming certainly does add to this fantastic silhouette.



Next to the Hogwarts Express this cedar and stone shingled multi-storied structure is a charming residential home. I wished I lived there! Note the three large gables and two smaller ones.


The train depot has the same stacked outline as the entry, forming a similar silhouette. The stonework is amazing.  The Hogwarts express jets out for the tunnel. If only it were animated. How cool would that be?





Inside the station are charming lockers to store anything you don't want to lug around with you. The ceiling is fascinating, all wood beamed trusses hold up all the heavy stonework. The gateway is ready for the next semester of students in September.



Here's a wonderful close-up view of the lockers. Look at the fantastic sepia-toned illustration and the wood-paneled details.



This skyline has to be one of my favorites. The bent chimneys slay me! Such incredible imagination went into these structures. Notice the gables on the right almost facing each other. The snow looks so real glistening in the sunlight. You really feel like you're in an enchanted village.



What could a guide say when facing such incredible awesomeness ... but you know I will give it a try. Look at the proud warthog gargoyle guarding his treasured Hogwarts. Sitting high on the hill, each exquisitely placed stone draws the eye upward to the crowning peak: the tower.

Well fellow HP fanatics, this concludes out tour for today. I still have to feature the unusual rides. Stayed tuned for that exciting post tomorrow.

34 comments:

  1. Universal never does anything halfway with its parks. Love the setting. Bet you're having a great time.

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  2. I've got my top 5 cancelled shows up atm, though another blogger's entry reminded me of 2 of my faves I had totally forgotten about - Dark Angel and Gilmore Girls! :D Oh well...

    Thanks for featuring my earthly angel ;) I have more no doubt, tucked away somewhere in my brain, but I'm too tired to think of them. lol.

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  3. The park looks wonderful!

    I can't single out my favorite best shows, though.

    :-)

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  4. I put up my top five ended waaaay before their time.

    I used to watch so so many hours of Designing Women. So many.

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  5. I loved Designing Women! And I have to tell you--I showed my daughter all your blog last night and she went CRAZY for your Harry Potter photos! Thank you for creating a bonding moment for us :)

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  6. Oooh, LOVE the look of Hogwarts in the flesh, so to speak. NEED to visit and see in person.

    Can't think TV this early in the a.m., except to maybe mention M*A*S*H...

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  7. Bewitched was my all-time favorite! So was I Dream of Jeannie. Great pictures.

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  8. Your blogfest entries are all some of my favorites! Loved Bewitched!!

    I enjoyed these photos. Those crooked chimneys are awesome!

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  9. Designing Women, I loved that show, everyone was so Sassy.

    Great picks. Thanks for joining in on the fun!

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  10. I LOVED designing women so much. I think Charlene was my favorite, but also loved that inevitable moment where Dixie Carter told off whoever needed to be told off.

    Also Golden Girls. Blanche! And Rose! All of them so great. LOVED it.

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  11. Ha! I loved Golden Girls! Actually, I love most of your choices. And I LOVE your Hogwarts pictures! Crikey I'd like a Hippogriff.

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  12. I love Lucy! Awesome pick!

    Your photography from Hogwarts is so beautiful.

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  13. So so awesome! I can't wait to see it.
    I love your TV pics! Golden Girls and I Love Lucy are two of my all time faves! And of course Frasier but he had me back on Cheers. :)

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  14. More cool photos!
    And my picks are Firefly, Stargate SG1, Stargate: Atlantis, and any of the Star Trek series. Bet you're seeing a theme here...

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  15. Those photo's are awesome!

    I used to like the golden girls- my mother never understood it- but Blanche was my favorite :)

    That was a great story to share- and what do you know- I live in Wyoming :)

    Have a terrific weekend!

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  16. Love the story and the pictures! My top 5 shows no longer produced:

    Buffy
    Firefly
    Angel
    Dollhouse
    Farscape

    Yes, there is a reason most of them are by Joss Whedon. He is amazing.

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  17. Those are some cool pics! And I love your choices of TV shows. I love it when people are honest and return things, even if they are of value.

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  18. Wonderful Earthly Angel story. Easy to forget most people really are honest and caring!

    How about Northern Exposure? I loved that show so much and miss it. Can't find it on reruns any more :-(

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  19. Golden Girls was pretty awesome! I never got into Frasier, but I remember my mom loved it ;)

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  20. The architecture is truly awe-inspiring, Michael.

    My favorite five :
    FIREFLY
    THE X-FILES
    XENA (guilty pleasure)
    BABYLON 5
    STAR TREK : THE NEXT GEN.

    And what a great RACE TO 200 entry!

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  21. Thanks for sharing all these photos. I loved that series as do most that read it. I wish I can get my kids into it. I guess their a little young right now.

    As for my favorite shows:
    My so called life
    Homefront
    Class
    October Road
    And I can't think of a #5.

    I love the Heavenly Angel post too. That would be a rare thing.

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  22. Suzanne Sugarbaker! She was funny. I'm also sad that Dixie Carter is dead.

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  23. Great pics again, Michael. I love the skyline with the chimney tops too. It's amazing the way they have put so much detail into everything.

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  24. Great list of shows! I used to watch Golden Girls with my mom as a kid! And i love the photos! Where were they taken?

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  25. That's a wonderful Earthly Angels story!

    Great pictures! I love the shot of the castle.

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  26. I'm so jealous you got to go to Hogwarts! I bet I can beat you in a duel any day, so why do you get to go?!

    Aw heck, have fun. I like your blog, by the way, and I'll be stopping by pretty often.

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  27. Finally a blog with 5 shows listed that I've actually seen all of at one time or another. I loved all these shows.

    The pictures are awesome.

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  28. I love Lucy and Fraser. Can't get enough.

    These pictures are amazing! You've got me dreaming and scheming a way to get there next year.

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  29. I love Lucy! But seriously, I do. Didn't really watch Frasier, but Kelsey Grammar's voice is fantastic. :)

    Marie

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  30. I loved The Golden Girls and Frasier, good choice! I have to say Starksky and Hutch and the rest...

    Love the pictures, very interesting.

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  31. I can't remember the last time I saw an episode of Designing Women. I loved watching it when it was on the air, but not as much as I loved Golden Girls and Empty Nest.

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