A recent trip to the Pacific NW found us spending a day in Tacoma, WA . . . an old stomping ground from an earlier life experience. The city looked nothing like it did 45 years ago and we began our exploration of the city just North of the University of Washington at the old Union Station which is now is the home of the US Courthouse - Western District of Washington. The Courthouse was exhibiting some of Dale Chihuly's art and adjacent to the Courthouse is the Bridge of Glass which goes over I-705. A local web page noted, For glass art fans and Dale Chihuly fans in particular, the bridge might just be a highlight for all of Western Washington. No ordinary bridge, the Bridge of Glass is a footbridge that connects downtown Tacoma to the Thea Foss Waterway. All across the bridge are works of art by glass artist Dale Chihuly. It's most known for its two towering blue spires, but there's far more to see than the towers. The bridge functions essentially as an open-air art museum . . . and a free one, at that. Once across the bridge you find yourself at the Museum of Glass which is also fascinating. Some of the images captured at the above locations are found in the slideshow, below . . .
Please be aware that the Dale Chihuly art and other art displayed is copyrighted and cannot be sold. Therefore, neither copies of the images or downloads can be obtained. Please just enjoy the beautiful art of the artist.
The wife and I recently returned from a 2 week trip to Florida. En-route home, we stopped in Pensacola, FL for 3 days. I will be sharing photos from earlier in the trip but in this Blog posting I want to share images we captured at Fort Pickens, FL which is situated on the barrier island of Santa Rosa just miles South of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola where we put our heads down for 3 nights.
A little history . . . Fort Pickens was named after American Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens; the fort was completed in 1834 and remained in use until 1947. It was constructed as a result of vulnerabilities along America's shores which were exploited by the British forces during the War of 1812. The fort was designed for over 200 cannons, built with over 21.5 million bricks and could withstand possible attack on all 5 faces. For approximately 2 years, Geronimo, noted leader of the Apaches, and 15 other Apache men and their families were imprisioned at Fort Pickens. This fort was one of 4 forts in the South to remain in Union control throughout the war. For you history buffs, there is truly a great deal to learn here and it's a great place to visit. For additional information on the history of Fort Pickens go here.
Hope you enjoy the pictures . . .
"Fife and Drum" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
I’ve been off the grid for a number of weeks and now I’m going to attempt to get back to posting some of our travel photos. Before I do, however, I want to add that I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and now we are all looking forward to a New Year!
The wife and I traveled to the Phoenix area in October and as you might expect, we took over a 1,200 photos. In this first Phoenix Area Blog, I am posting some of my favorite images from the grounds, house and sculptures of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West located in Scottsdale, AZ. If you are interested at all in Frank Lloyd Wright and/or architecture, I would encourage you to go on line and purchase, in advance, a ticket to tour this property. We took the more expensive, 3 hour tour as opposed to the standard tour. Consequently we saw much of the property that is not included in the basic tour. It was great to say the least. All pictures in the slide show are from the property and pretty much restored to it original 1937 design with a few exceptions. The property was Wright’s winter home and (architectural) school beginning in 1937 until his death in 1959. The school is still in operation. The older white haired gentleman in one of the photos in the family room was an architectural student of Wright’s and he is now an instructor who lives on the property. He gave us a very insightful talk about Wright and the property. Enjoy . . .
1 I'm Jon Wright, as an author of 'Medal Of Honor Trailer' www.melodyloops.com/tracks/medal-of-honor-trailer/, grants Melody Loops and it's licensees, including Dave Parker Photography, permission to use this Music.
This past weekend my wife and I traveled to the KS Flint Hills, specifically, Council Grove, KS. The main purpose of the trip was to attend the biennial Voices of the Wind People pageant. This outdoor historical drama of the Kaw Indians, the Santa Fe Trail and Council Grove was performed after dark in the Old Riverbed Amphitheater in Council Grove, KS. We spent 2 nights in the Cottage House B&B. The below photos are basically ‘close-up’ photos of many of the pageant participants both before the show began and during the show. No flash was permitted; the lighting came solely from the ‘stage lights.
All photos were taken as color, however, I converted many of them to B&W. I would appreciate any comments you have as to your thoughts on the B&W conversion.
For more images in the Flint Hills, check back in a couple days and I will update my blog.