Saturday, November 20, 2010

Images & Words #81- PRETTY UGLY

Hi Images & Word Friends,

Mia here and I'll be your hostess this week.  I'm choosing the theme "Pretty Ugly" this time
and with that I mean an image/subject that is so ugly it's pretty, the other
way round or maybe just plain ol' ugly (or just pretty)  lol... Here is mine, a picture I took of a big Maori wood carving sitting in the
gardens of a historic house called Couldrey House in Wenderholm Park,
 North of Auckland:

Wood and fierce blue eyes
so beautifully ugly
you claim the garden

I feel this carving is both ugly and beautiful at the same time lol. Here are some
facts on these types of carvings:

Pou whenua are carved posts placed strategically on the land to acknowledge and represent the relationship between Tāngata Whenua (the people of the land), their ancestors and their environment or tūrangawaewae (place of standing).

In short, they mark the ancestral and contemporary associations between the people (tāngata) and the land (whenua), and as such are very significant to both Māori and their contribution to New Zealand's cultural heritage and identity.

The Rules:

Each week we will post an original photo with words on it. The idea behind this group is to expand our minds through our photography.

Photos must be your own, but the words can be someone else's as long as credit is given after the words.

Your post can either be serious, or if you'd like comical, but never obscene .

Posts can either have one word on them,quotes, or full poems ... Your choice.

All posts are to be done on your own site in a blog form with a link back to it being left here.

New topics will be posted on Sundays.

Posts can be made through Saturday.

One post per person only please.

Have fun with this!




  1. interesting carving and folk lore, Mia.
    Intriguing that it has blue eyes!
    It resembles a is beautifully ugly...LOL

  2. Awesome Mia looks like our totem poles. Great topic !!!!

  3. That's pretty awesome! I love it :-).

    Hmm, I have some ideas for the theme...

  4. omg this should be one of the most interesting funniest themes yet...

    and me just leaving my chocolate lab on the leather recliners looking like a dinosaur fossil

  5. hmmm, i got to get my noggin working.

    What a cool carving and thanks for the history of it, your capture holds terrific interest.

    Off to see what I come up with.

  6. Linda at first it was a background of pawprints. My 2nd attempt said you were only sharing with friends add you as a contact. My 3rd attempt said the post no longer exists...

  7. geeeez....had multiple problems with this post....hope it's an isolated GLITCH !!
    I think it's ok now?? sorry for your attempts

  8. Awesome Mia.
    I have to get on my own computer to find something.
    Be back..

  9. Just photograph some dust balls he he he...

  10. cool theme mia back in a little while

  11. Mia, you are so's ugly but captivating at the same time.

  12. Thanks Mia.
    Good theme Mia, Interessting....That image is Pretty Ugly and pretty apt to stay that way. Giggle~!!
    Love it..It is Pretty in it's own way.

  13. Thanks Mia, for such an fun theme. What a great shot! Love its blue eyes and interesting info regarding these statues.

    Here's mine:

  14. wow, you could have used that one too for Halloween, scary. I couldn't sleep if that was outside my house. But it is pretty beautiful in its own way and ugly scary too!

  15. Great theme Mia. Won't have time to take part this week, got loads of painting to do.

  16. Thats an interesting carving and an even more interesting theme ~smile~ ....

  17. Truly a Maori design, beautifully executed, yet a bit intimidating, which I expect it was meant to be. LOL You show it very well.

    Here's mine:

  18. I like your pretty ugly photo is meant to intimidate and that it does but it is masterfully executed and art full.
    Mine is here.
    Images & Words 81 ~ Pretty Ugly

  19. I love your carving ,especially the blue eye. Interesting subject.Will give this a try.Back later to visit and read the others.

  20. You are very right, Mia! It's ugly, yet it's pretty... I like it!

  21. I have had a huge problem on my site. Not sure why but my entry melted into previous entry, as you can see. Tried to delete could not, buttons seems stuck. Reposted, but because I did copy and paste, did the same thing. I can see I have had some visits, cannot see remarks and Mimi and Liz says it is all "melted" from their side. I cannot delete any of the posts. I have done a complete new repost, and that seems fine.

  22. A bit late so my apologies for my tardiness.... Here is my version of Pretty Ugly which by the way is a great topic Mia !!!

  23. You make me feel better, for I am late too. Here is my post for Pretty Ugly. Now it is time for some snow shoveling.

  24. Take lots and lots of pictures Randy! I love my frozen seed pod you sent me.

  25. You can count on it Ma. Just went out and plugged in the truck, and wow does it feel good. Really white too. I already see a few shots to focus on today. He he

  26. well this was sure a stumper, took me a few days but i got one. M'lady made me think, it hurt.

  27. its late here in germany .. and .. what dreams will I have ..ohhh