These are paintings. Yes, paintings! Super hyperrealistic oil paintings by Swedish artist Yrjö Edelmann, in fact. After staring and scrutinizing each piece, it’s hard to believe each work is actually two dimensional – I almost have to see it to believe it. In the meantime, I’ll just have to trust the illusion . . .
I can’t remember what inspired our entire family to take Thanksgiving on the road this year, but all of us were thrilled to spend the holiday in New Orleans – a first for all of us. If you haven’t visited, I implore you to go. The radiant energy, the genuine hospitality, the bright and bold colors, the sounds of music playing on the streets during all hours of the day, and the amazing food make The Big Easy one of the most unique cities I’ve ever visited. My advice: stay in the French Quarter, stumble upon any live show on Frenchman Street, eat beignets, ride the St. Charles Avenue street car, go antique shopping on Magazine Street, walk as far as your feet will take you and above all else, bring a Canon DSLR camera. You’ll want to capture the vibrant sights. I don’t consider myself a skilled photographer but I’m so glad I was able to bring the new Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR camera on this trip. It’s small enough that it fits nicely in my bag and easy to use enough that I only used it on a single setting with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens – perfect for walking and snapping. Plus, the new built-in Wi-Fi capabilities allowed me to wirelessly transfer my photos directly onto my phone to edit and share on social media. I won’t travel without it!