Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”

In your photo this week, share something unabashedly ornate — where it’s clear that the creators pulled no stops and went all out. Whether it’s a breathtaking triumph or a total train wreck, I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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I was born in Mora, in the province of Dalarna, Sweden. Also the home of the Dala Horse. It’s colorful appearance and intricate pattern have pulled its strings on my imagination, since before I said my first word. These wooden horses are handmade, and comes in all different shapes, and colors. The one above is the classical color.

I have two small Dala Horses with me whenever I travel. It has become a symbol of home for me. When my daughter and I are exploring new areas, and things are exciting, she has something familiar to look at before she goes to bed. It has a soothing effect on her. Just as it had for me when I was a little girl, and went to bed looking at my Dala Horse, dreaming about one day having a real horse 🙂

/Maria

PS. I totally gave my blog a makeover today. What do you think? Tell me!

27 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

    • Thank you Janet! I like your blog design, but I know what you mean. You want your photos to really stick out, and still for people to see the rest of your important content. There’s a lot of really cool designs out there. Finding the right one is half the fun, right 😉

      /Maria

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  1. So nice to meet you! Thank you for stopping by my poetry blog — and liking my response to Ornate. The “return policy” that seems inherent within this blogging world is one that I dearly love as it enables me to meet the most interesting people! On top of our hutch wits two Dala horses, just like yours…..one is quite large and the other a bit smaller. My spouse (of almost 46 years) and I took a Baltic cruise two years ago — especially looking forward to our sailing through the archipelagoes outside Stockholm, and then visiting the site itself. His grandfather came to the US on the USS Sweden, emigrated as a young man in his 20s. The Swedish traditions are still strong within the family and we were so excited to step off our ship onto Swedish soil. The ONLY thing we wanted to buy on our entire Baltic cruise, was an authentic Dala horse for ourselves, and one for each of our children. SO — your Ornate post made me smile! So nice to meet you!
    **If you look under Travel Muse in my blog, I believe there is a poem about the quiet morning hours, sailing through the archipelagos.

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    • It’s very nice to meet you Lillian! It’s always fascinating to hear about peoples connection to Sweden. I live outside Reno (NV,) right now, and there’s a lot of people with Swedish roots nearby. I bet that cruise must of been a memory for life. I love big ships, and the adventure of traveling from one interesting city, to another. I’m going to search for your poem about it 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday!

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