Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography


A couple of years ago I was visiting a bicycle shop called, Bicycle Heaven, where my photography class was invited to do a photo shoot.

Now you would think you would see everything related to bicycles; seats, tires, handle bars, helmets, wheels, etc.  Not in this unique and fascinating place,

See below some of the things I saw lurking in the corners, crack and crevices and on the walls of this shop through the lens of my camera.




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I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favour in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau 

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  1. Eeeks….! Petrified aliens. Wonder what those eyes saw?

  2. Beautiful unexpected findings, Francine and what a quote!

  3. What a treasure trove for a photographer. The one of Obama made me smile 🙂

  4. The owner of the bike store is evidently both an athlete and an artist! Very nice.

  5. Love the photos, and absolutely love the Thoreau quote!

  6. Your camera found some treasures!

  7. What a cool combination of the bike and artworks 🙂

  8. Lots of interesting things to “shoot.”

  9. thanks for sharing francine.. the 3 stooges brought a lot of memories, i used to watch them when i was small and never fails to make me laugh..

  10. Hello there!
    Just wanted to stop by and say I nominated you for the Super Sweet Blog Award!
    Also wrote something under your blog link to say thanks 🙂
    I hope you like it!
    – Thay

  11. You just can’t judge a book — or a bicycle shop — by its cover. I never would have thought that so much could be found in amongst the bikes. 🙂

  12. That’s quite a place!

  13. Aliens was my first thought as well.

  14. It was a wonderful evening in Bicycle Heaven. Love your findings and your quotation today. Dream on!

  15. What a fabulous store! That quote is genius 🙂

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