Chihuly @ Crystal Bridges

August 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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!



Vancouver, BC

August 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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 . . . . 



Dale Chihuly & the Museum of Glass

May 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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.


 


Fort Pickens

February 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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)
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Taliesin West

December 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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 . . .