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insolite (ahn-so-leet) adjective
: unusual, out of the ordinary
Insolite is also a noun, as in "aimer l'insolite" (to like the unusual).
by Kristin Espinasse
What attracts my eye, in photography, is that which tickles the mind to see: the unusual, the whimsical, the eccentric and extravagant...
...you might even say "all things heaven bent"...
I enjoy that which is "quirky" though I do not fancy the word "quirk" (perhaps because it rhymes with jerk and smirk and, especially, beurk! and, come to think of it, homework).
I like the wonder that whimsy causes—
as it stops us in our tracks... catches our eyes and draws us.
A sack of patates hanging in a window sill
some leeks, and oranges, and daffodils.
Just like that my havocked heart hushes,
and in new-found calm I walk on.
My soul no longer scattered
in an uruly tent
I have the chance to fasten my eye
upon all things heaven bent.
De Bouche à Oreille
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I love unusual windows: with unexpected subjects like cats and hanging crosses.
beurk! = yuck!
une patate (f) = potato, spud
de bouche à oreille = by word of mouth
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