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Sketches From The Forgotten Coast: Stubborn Curiosity that a virtue or a vice?

Sketches From The Forgotten Coast: Stubborn Curiosity that a virtue or a vice?

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  • Ada
  • United States
  • 10 Feb 2009, 00:41
its a vice...thats a lovely image.
vz-nostalgia: you are quite categorical in your judgement today, Ms.Ada smile
A vice... how so?
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Feb 2009, 06:37
Its a virtue...something we share with many other species.

Nicely illustrated, VZ.
vz-nostalgia: Do you know what we don't share with other species, Ray? A laugh! Only humans can laugh their rears off. I've never thought about this, until I read it in a science magazine.
Liking the textures and contrast. Virtue!
vz-nostalgia: Looks like Ms. Ada categorically disagrees with you, Nig. smile
I wish you would stop posting such `thought provoking` images! I should be taking my mother shopping, and now I have looked at this for so long that I am going to be late.

I am going to sit on the fence with this one (much like this elegant lizard). lol! (:o)
vz-nostalgia: "I am going to sit on the fence with this one..." smile You and the lizard would make a good pair, Ms. Roz smile This elegant lizard could tell you so many stories. Each time I come from fishing, it's there looking at what I caught and how many. Such a nosy creature. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Feb 2009, 09:53
Definitely a virtue - what would life be without curiosity? We'd still be living in caves! For me, an enquiring mind is one of the most attractive attributes of a human being. A very elegant composition Viktor.
vz-nostalgia: Agree, but I'm talking about a specific kind of curiosity, a stubborn one. smile
I don't think humans left their caves and built cities out of pure curiosity, but I see what you try to convey. smile
Virtue ... It means that I poke my nose into your blog Victor. richard
vz-nostalgia: I see you did. And if you didn't tell me about it, I wouldn't know. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Feb 2009, 12:08
Oh yes, stubborn curiosity- a curious 'virtu/e'(?) appearing from an Escher fairy tale world - I like the correspondence of the green animal with its long tail (like drawn by a ruler) and the green plant with its long stick- the weatherbeaten, nailed wood is beautiful, too!
vz-nostalgia: Well, you described pretty much everything why I took the picture, Ms. Philine. smile
Curiosity is a basic human trait but stubbornness is a weak man's imitation of courage...George Bush Tony Blair for example.

The picture is a delight Viktor.
vz-nostalgia: Hey, let's not mention those two anymore. smile I wish I forget about W, but my empty retirement fund reminds me about him every time I find a statement in my mailbox. smile
Was good to see you Viktor... and I you can see I've finally found a wi-fi spot here (I'm not very far from Paris) but in the countryside... smile
vz-nostalgia: Hi Flo,
I hope you'll return back to Paris with tons of good pictures of a French countryside. I often do, when I manage to venture outside of Atlanta.
Virtue!!! Hi Vic
vz-nostalgia: Hi Ms. Stef! I assume you are a curious type yourself. smile
  • K.A.
  • S.A.
  • 10 Feb 2009, 18:29
Well, mr VZ...I do think it might be both, depending on what side of the stuff you are at...

(lizzard's thoughts)
hey!...he is still up there
staring at me through that black cage
no matter how steady I am
he is still there focusing on me
as if he were waiting for me to move...
despite I am wearing my 'camuflaged' suit
he noticed my presence
and i guess he will play with my skin colors, again!!!
I'll try to distract him
pretending to look somewhere else
did it work?
now you tell...' (K.A.)

All in a good mood, mr VZ...
but remember...'curiosity killed the cat..or was it a mouse???' wink
vz-nostalgia: what "stuff" exactly do you have in mind, Ms. K.A.?

(my thoughts)
Ah, here she comes again
can't miss to count the sea trout
I brought from my fishing trip once again.
After I showered her with compliments
during breakfast a few mornings ago
she seems can't get enough and
always tries to pose to strike another one.
A green supermodel as I called her.
"Such a behaviour might get you in trouble", I said,
"I'm leaving in a few days. Who knows what kind of person
the next tenant of this condo will be.
You might spend the rest of your life in the
terrarium cage, entertaining his kids".

Curiosity and cats... You know, once there was a man by the name of William Sydney Porter, mostly known to the rest of the world as a brilliantly witty writer O.Henry, who once said on the topic: "Curiosity can do more things than kill a cat; and if emotions, well recognized as feminine, are inimical to feline life, then jealousy would soon leave the whole world catless". Can't agree with him more, Ms. K.A.
Viktor: I have this sudden, overpowering urge to buy some car insurance...why is that?
smile cheers
vz-nostalgia: Oh, I have a cure for that, Alan. Turn off your TV set for about a week and you'll get back to normal perception of things. smile
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 11 Feb 2009, 02:40
Curiosity is a virtue. Otherwise there is no purpose in taking photos. smile
vz-nostalgia: Oh, common, Ms. Kay. We take pictures for sheer pleasure of it. smile
This shot has many layers!
Lovely greens and almost grays!
vz-nostalgia: oh, look who's here. So god to see you, Ms. Shirin. Many layers, you say. Could you name them all? smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Feb 2009, 08:22
Stubborn curiosity leads to progress. The kind of progress can determine virtue or vice.

Excellent picture and conversion.
vz-nostalgia: I like your line of thought very much, Louis. You are on the right track, it's neither a virtue nor a vice. smile
This is a deightful contrast in surfaces & colours Vik: nice shot
vz-nostalgia: A Delightful Contrast often is an engine that makes the picture move to a higher level, Chris. smile
  • blackdog
  • the third stone from the sun
  • 11 Feb 2009, 10:03
vz-nostalgia: oh Ingrid, who knows what else she does that put most cats to shame. smile (can she sing?)

The little chap is not a chap, Mike, just look at those curves! smile

It's a shame to say, but Tarkovsky is almost unknown in the US. I guess his movies are too complex for an average Hollywood movie goer. Funny, but most of his movies had the same fate in the Soviet Union. His movies were considered as decadent and elitist, not for the working class masses and as a rule were ending up on the storage shelves of Goskino. "Mirror" is probably one of Tarkovsky's most difficult films to watch. It's like a stream of subconscious fragments of his memories. And the best way to watch it is probably to focus on those fragments and not on the whole.
Cool perspective....hanging in the tail from the upper left corner
vz-nostalgia: that's all she does, Aksel. And when she feels she is in danger, she unsnaps her tail and next thing you know, she's gone and only her curvy tail still hangs from the upper corner, like a forgotten trinket.
A vertue, Viktor, when we're a photograph ! Curiosity and patience. Both make the deal. Your picture of the day is a good token of this art. Splendidly composed.
vz-nostalgia: Are you saying, Ms. Flo, that holding a camera in our hands and poking our noses into other people's (creatures'wink business, miraculously turns our curiosity from being a vice to being a virtue? smile
The thing that struck me.was the colours in this. The green..and the various shades of grey..striking..Good one.
vz-nostalgia: color restraining could be a good thing, Ronald. smile Picasso proved it during his blue period. smile
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 12 Feb 2009, 23:05
Curiosity is a virtvice! smile
vz-nostalgia: of course! a "virtual" vice. How I didn't come up with this. It's so obvious! smile
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 12 Feb 2009, 23:18
Very nice indeed.

Curiosity? A virtue, otherwise we'd be complacent, there would be no innovation and no new ideas - and nobody would find interesting things to photograph
vz-nostalgia: I think you just described curiosity as a mental aquisitiveness, leaving curiosity as nosiness totally in the shadow. smile
  • Erika
  • United States
  • 13 Feb 2009, 13:49
depends on how lucky you are....
vz-nostalgia: lucky? Would you like to expand on your thought, Ms. Erika?
sturborn curiosity...hmm i'd say a virtue,with a little wisdom men have done amazaing things.impossible is now a question of perspective
vz-nostalgia: hmmm... I'd say, to create amazing things a little wisdom is not enough. One needs a lot of wisdom just to do things right, Ms. Toun. smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 24 Feb 2009, 18:14
How can I think about virtues or vices with that green thing crawling over...over whatever that is...I can see it's going to turn is head, anytime now, and, if you don't mind, I'm getting the hell out of here...and we'll talk next time...(have you got something against pretty cats and lovely birds? ...%#schmuf&#&&%...)
vz-nostalgia: I see you are in a cranky mood at the moment, Ms. Reis. Why would such a beautiful innocent creature all of a sudden made you so cranky?
I have nothing against pretty kitties and lovely birds. They all are God's creatures. I just don't like taking cheesy pictures of them. smile
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