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DOWNFALL...a movie






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GARDENIA BLOSSOM [our yard]
DURANTA BLOSSOM [our yard]
PAINTING in shadows "Afternoon Repose"... pelican by me






















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SUNDAY'S SUMMARY

Not much to add for the week this week.  If you've been following me this week, I wasn't feeling up to par for a couple of days, so not too much got done.  Mostly lying around the house, recouping and restoring some of the lost energy.  Flu can really take it out of you for sure.  Obsessed without TV, Bud went and bought Season 5 of NCIS in DVD.  Now we have all the ones we want...the ones with Ziva [both of us didn't care for Catlain Todd (she wasn't 'agent' material in our estimation; for us a bit of a 'nit-wit' in her actions and reactions with the entire scripting) as one of the agents], so we'll pass on those.  No need to spend $40+ bucks on the episodes we will never watch.  So, mainly at the beginning of the week, I lazed around on the couch, watching movies and the new disks of NCIS.  Now the one movie that I chose to watch was one that Bud bought years ago and I never ever watched it before.  The subject matter never appealed to me.  But I tellya, I missed out on one terrific movie!!  To me, or 'for me'...it was a most astounding achievement on the fall of Hitler during his last days before his and his wife's, Eva's, suicide.  The Fall of the Third Reich so to speak.  And the influence of those surrounding him during his final days...the devotion, the desertion of some, all building up to the near schizophrenic actions of Adolf Hitler in his final hours.  It is in German.  With English Subtitles.  If you're a history buff...enjoy 'truths' of certain factual events...or what has been depicted as fact in history books ---this movie is a must see.  Trust me, I've never been a reader of the man's life, only knowing what connections to his Socialism regime from what is learned in school.  After seeing this movie, I am truly compelled to go out and find more to read on the man.  And his 'cohorts' during WWII.  Of course, my preference is novels based on historical facts...so, I'm now looking online to find more of that era.  Oh, and by the way, the great, intense, movie that is so good is entitled DOWNFALL.  Many foreign awards, including best actor in Germany...along with a nomination for best movie in 2004 for Academy Awards,  was given to this movie and writer/director.  Well worth finding and watching in my opinion...but be assured you want to devote the entire time to watching/reading the subtitles...unless you are fluent in German of course. One book I found in Bud's library already --he has it so I don't need to go searching for it at Half Price Books...is "Until the Final Hour"... a memoir of Hitler's Secretary that left only after Hitler's self-demise.  The movie is a 'tie-in' from the very book.  And it's available through KINDLE if you wish to purchase it.

On another note, Friday morning we both felt up to taking a long beach walk [Bud was struck with the flu also this week]. Finally. I really hate being cooped up in the house, and the walk along the shore felt good. We walked along the new side of Packery Channel...the channel itself, then reaching the jetty and off to the left, the shore. A beautiful day, and the area was loaded with many different birds...seagulls with their mating plumage, very colorful they are, a lone heron that was near the dunes -away from water by a goodly distance, many egrets, a new species for me - a willet, some ruddy turnstones and a lone cormorant. I even captured on the digital, an egret catching a fish along the channel. The mauve morning glory type wildflowers were abundant and beautiful. As we drove back home across the intercoastal waters, I had Bud stop at two souvenir shops so I could find the smallest windchimes. Found two, one at each store. Bud bought me a new blown-glass dolphin at one.



34 comments :

  1. Exquisite flowers, colors and shadows -- not to mention superb captures for the day, Anni! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!!

    Sylvia

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  2. If the movie is good and compelling, the subtitles are never a problem. We want to follow the story and thus we can...Socialism, be it from the left or right has to be repulsed...Your garden and home shadows, as always, are great!

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    1. In agreement there, Ralph!!

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  3. Enjoyed the comments on your week that seemed to enjoy the slow road for a while! I love all things Hitler - though I have no respect for the man's motives, I do respect his inner strength and amazing ability to survive and manage a crisis! Adore your indoor shadows round your shell display and the lovely painting!

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    1. ...after seeing this movie, I've become obsessed with his demeanor. Thanks for the compliments Gemma

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  4. Love your gardenia! Ours are just now starting to bud and I so look forward to their wonderful fragrance.

    I'm sorry that you've been under the weather this week.

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    1. where do you live Kelly? I like the blossoms, but I'm not too fond of the overly sweet fragrance.

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  5. Never even got to the written word. I was simply amazed at your beautiful photography. The flowers were pretty and so is your pelican... but those containers of seashells ... ahh .. so wonderful!! You have great talent Anni !! .. you are living my dream...

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    1. ...liked your jellyfish 'zap'.

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  6. So now I went back and read the written word. I'm sorry you were sick. Glad you are feeling better. Anything about the second world war interests me.

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    1. Oh, you won't be disappointed in the movie, then. It was good...even for me, the 'WWII not so admirer in me'. LOL

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  7. Oh you do have some pretty flowers in your yard!
    Glad you are feeling better. No fun to feel down!

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    1. No, definitely not a fun few days.

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  8. The second shot is stunning. Thanks for your contribution to SSS2!

    Joy and Shadow, have a blessed Sunday!

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    1. Thanks Rose...glad you liked it.

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  9. sorry you were feeling under the weather. your collection of shells is impressive...need a close up look of your pelican tho!! here's to a new week and feeling better!!!

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    1. Robin...I think I DO have a close-up of the painting of the pelican ---somewhere on my blog. Just check the sidebar art/easel. There should be a link.

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  10. Beautiful blooms and the shadow shots are awesome. Happy Sunday!

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    1. It's good to see you pay a visit during your vacation. Thanks Eileen.

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  11. I'm with you. Hubby buys DVDs of shows. We can watch at our liesure and support programs we like.
    I hope you've fought off those bugs! We had a visit from the grandkids, and so far, just sniffles. Last time it was Norovirus!
    We have a new critter, named Fred! !

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    1. Oh my goodness...glad it's just the sniffles this time.

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  12. Wunderschöne Blumenfotos mal wieder liebe Anni.
    Hab einen schönen Sonntag und liebe Grüße

    Mathilda ;-)

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    1. thank you kindly...once again.

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  13. I'm glad you are feeling better.
    I agree about the Todd character on NCSI...I'm a big Ziva and Abby fan!!
    Your shell collection is gorgeous and displayed beautifully. Should you tire of being a retiree you could be an interior decorator!!??
    Hugs C

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    1. ...what flattery!!! wow...made my day you two did.

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  14. No amount of shadow could ever snuff out the fragrance of a gardenia!

    Shadowy Stone

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    1. yep....and, for me sometimes, it can be very over-powering!!!

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  15. YOu did a fabulous job capturing shadows this week. Each photo is wonderful. YOur gardenia reminds me of wearing one to my senior dance. The aroma they give off is heavenly. genie

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    1. Thanks Genie....so many like the sweet fragrance of gardenia...I'm not too 'crazy' over it myself, but I DO love the blossoms.

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  16. What gorgeous flowes! Sure make wonderful shadows!

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    1. That purple one is one of my favorites in the yard. Thanks.

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  17. Wow, I thought your flowers were lovely, but it just got better and better the further I scrolled down :)
    Great captures all!

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