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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

When Hungry Gargoyles Come Calling

Over the summer, my daughter, Noel, went to Paris.  (I know!  Lucky!)  Anyway, she asked me what I wanted her to bring back for me.  At first, I didn't want her to have to lug anything back.  I just wanted her to study for her classes in France and to come back safely.  (And I didn't want her spending her hard-earned money on me.  The  exchange rate was horrible in July.)

But then I thought of something I really wanted:

Notre Dame.  Could it be any lovelier?
I wanted her to take a picture of a gargoyle at Notre Dame Cathedral (in black and white, for I like black and white photography best) so I could put it above my desk.

Yes, believe it or not, in addition to Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones, apparently I've got a thing for gargoyles.

Noel accomplished her task well. However, I had completely forgotten about printing the picture and getting it framed until the other day when I saw gargoyles at Target.  (I love their Halloween gargoyles!  Might have to add a new one to the collection.)  So I rushed home and opened up the file in my computer.

The problem?

I can't decide which gargoyle!

This is the fierce, eagle gargoyle!  Listen, you can almost hear him shrieking.

The dog-gargoyle twins.  I have named them Fred and George.  Notice the mis-shapen ear?

This little beauty is ready to pounce!

This guy is totally trying to eat that tree, poor little hungry thing.

So, which gargoyle will get to live in the antique retro-looking (or perhaps shockingly modern) frame above my desk, frightening off all distractions?

Help me decide.



Julie Hedlund said...

What a great idea for a great gift! The twin dogs are my favorite.

Jess said...

I like the pouncer one because he's a little creepy (like most gargoyles), but he also has this kind of vulnerable look about him--like he's saying, "I didn't really ask to be here." He looks ready to jet, and I'm not sure if it's to fly after somebody to violently protect the cathedral, or to escape to Tahiti. Good reminder to create three-dimensional characters :)

Dawn Simon said...

I like them all, but the first one may be my favorite.

Rebecca said...

I like the third one best. It is the most appealing as a photograph. Good balance. And I like that I can see more detail from the side than the front.

Jessie Oliveros said...

I like the last one because he's reaching for a goal. And after hundreds of years he still hasn't reached it. Okay, kind of depressing. Don't choose the last one.

Sarah said...

I vote for the pouncing beauty! I can see that picture hanging above a desk and providing all kinds of inspiration. The dog ones are a touch too . . . sad.

Bane of Anubis said...

2nd to last, hands down (or beaks or claws)

Stasia said...

Gorgeous photos. Voting for "pouncy" #3. Fourth one is a little, er, well let's just say it invokes some Freudian thoughts ;)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Ha! I love Fred and George.
I climbed Notre Dame took photos, too. Someday, I'll find one and send it to you as well. You can never have too many gargoyles. (I can't wait for you to read my fairy tale someday, cuz, well, gargoyles)

Natalie Lloyd said...

The fact that you just mentioned Star Wars, Harry Potter and Gargoyles in the SAME post pretty much makes you boss. :) How amazing that Noel studied in Paris! I studied in London for a summer month during college and it is definitely one of the best experiences I've ever had. I think the pouncer gargoyle is my favorite, but they all look so creepy-gorgeous!

Kelly Polark said...

Tough decision...
(My dad loves gargoyles too. I put some out for Halloween!
I say Fred and George!

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Oooh love the pic! Have you read Sarah Beth Durt's YA gargoyle book? I heard her read from it (Enchanted Ivy) at a con and it sounded very interesting.

storyqueen said...

Thanks everybody! I think I am going with #3...although I might get a smaller print of Fred and George to hang around someplace that needs bad things scared away.

storyqueen said...

Thanks everybody! I think I am going with #3...although I might get a smaller print of Fred and George to hang around someplace that needs bad things scared away.