Today's Wonder of the World is...the Umbrella!
Flickr photo by Just Ree
Hooray for the lowly bumbershoot, the gamp, the brolly!
If April showers really do bring May flowers, I should go ahead now and buy a bunch of extra vases. It's been soaking us silly around here. Tanner's having a blast but my house smells like wet dog.
If we Ramseys actually had an umbrella, instead of planting them like seeds all over Greenville County, the poor thing would need a vacation at a blue sky beach in Belize.
It'd probably look like Grandpa's here.
Flickr photo by PrincessBuddha
I don't know why that photo makes me so happy but I love it.
Of course that umbrella funnel wouldn't make me hee-haw if we were going someplace fancy and had planned on using it, but since ours are all lost, I'll never get to experience that. Also, we rarely go anywhere fancy.
Maybe it's because we smell like wet dog.
If I lived in Murree, Pakistan, I'd want to spend my days working at this GORGEOUS roadside umbrella stand.
Flickr photo by aamirchoudhry
I don't just like looking at umbrellas. I like using them too, spinning them in the rain before I lose them.
Of course I wouldn't need one if there were more umbrella trees to stand under.
Flickr photo by globevisions
(Provided there's no lightning, of course. My life is shocking enough.)
If I was a Borrower, I'd stand under one of these instead.
Flickr photo by Nina
Parasols are fun too, especially one as pretty as this.
Flickr photo by yewenyi
Do you know the difference between a parasol and an umbrella?
(Of course you do, but just play along.)
The word parasol comes from para (against) and sol (sun.) So a parasol keeps out the sun, while an umbrella keeps you dry in the rain. I know this is probably obvious but I mention it anyway because it leads me to the French word for umbrella: parapluie
Para (against) + Pluie (rain) = umbrella.
Sorry if you've dozed off. I just love it when my world makes sense.
Know what else helps my world make sense?
Pretty little parasols in a pretty little drink!
Flickr photo by Kim Naumann
Such colors! I'd like to frame that photo and put it in my laundry room!
(This is not a slight, Kim Naumann. I only put art I LOVE in my laundry room to lure me in there. Seriously. My laundry room is inspiring.)
Some of you might prefer this kind of umbrella art.
Flickr photo by maios
Very fun. It's part of a sculpture by George Zogopoulos in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Speaking of umbrella art by men named George, have you seen Georges Seurat's umbrellas?
I'm not the only one who loves his work. Some people love it so much they try to reinact it!
Flickr photo by OldOnliner
If any of those people were friends of mine, I'd buy them this umbrella.
You might not be familiar with Georges Seurat, but I bet you'll recognize this umbrella art.
Flickr photo by canardo
It might not be fine art, but people still like to reenact it. Click here to see what I mean.
Have a wonder-full weekend, y'all!
Before you go, enjoy this umbrella scene from Singing In the Rain! (See, Gene Kelly is an umbrella planter too!)