A recent visit to the McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach, FL was a real surprise; the theme of the gardens is focused on the jungle with streams, ponds and trails. The gardens were in great shape and there was an amazing exhibition which displayed 24 sculptures of various types of wildlife. This exhibition was created by the Ark Collective in Nairobi, Kenya and the sculptures were handcrafted specifically for McKee. The materials used in creating the sculptures were from reclaimed materials discarded from the car industry and other sources.
If you are in the Vero Beach. FL area and have the time and inclination, this garden is worth a visit. The below photos are all from the McKee Gardens . . . .
On our recent trip to Nevada, Utah and California, we managed to visit two (2) Ghost Towns in Nevada. The town of Nelson, NV is about an hour South of Las Vegas and Rhyolite, NV is on the California - Nevada border just outside of Death Valley National Park. The Ghost Town of Rhyolite was founded in 1904 and it only lasted twelve (12) years. It was one of several boom-towns from the late Gold Rush era. There were hotels, stores and a school for 250 children, but no more; just a few skelton structures and a glass bottle house.
Nelson, NV was previously known as Eldorado by the Spaniards who made the first discoveries of gold in the area.
If you are in Las Vegas and tired of gambling, noise and the traffic, you might want to consider driving South to the Ghost Town of Nelson.
We recently returned from a trip that covered parts of Nevada, Utah and California. Today’s Blog contains images from Death Valley National Park in California. This was our first trip to this park and it was not what I was expecting. However, after getting there at dawn and leaving in the late afternoon we did not get to see much of the park; it is the largest National Park in the lower 48. We arrived at Zabriskie Point at sunrise and what a sight it was! An orange sky over the multi-colored hills. Photographers were out in force. The only sand dunes we saw in the short time we were there was the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. They were impressive but not as much as the Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. There is a 9-mile, one-way drive known as Artists Palette Drive. If you are in the area, this drive is certainly worth your time. Colorful hillsides abound on this drive along with short hikes if you chose. If we return to Death Valley National Park, we will find a hotel closer that Las Vegas to spend a couple nights as there is so much to see and getting up at 4 am to go to the park was not what I really wanted to do while on vacation (but it was worth it). Enjoy the images and check back for additional images in my Blog as I have time to work on the photos.
Well we are here again, photographing the magnificent art of Dale Chihuly. Previously, we photographed some of Chihuly's work in his hometown of Tacoma, WA . . . if you haven't seen those images, they can be seen here. The photos contained in this collection were on display at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. The gallery portion of the show ends in one (1) day and if you have the slightest interest in Chihuly's work and haven't had the opportunity to view the collection, you've really missed some great works of art. The below images are some of the photos captured both in the Gallery and the Forest, both day and night. As these images are copyrighted works of art by Chihuly, none of the images are available for purchase. Just enjoy the images!
Been busy the last 2 months, consequently, no photos have been loaded into my Blog recently. In trying to catch-up, I'm going to cover part of our Pacific NW adventure, that being Vancouver, BC. We stayed in a private home that we found on AIRBND and had a great couple days in the city. We would love to go back and spend more time and when that happens we will study the public transportation system as parking a car can get quite expensive. Enjoy the photos . . . .