Saturday, January 14, 2017

Elsewhere: 2017.01.12 Austin, Texas

Elsewhere:  2017.01.12 Austin, Texas

Michael's mom lives about 2 miles from Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  

Click here for my photos & videos from our walk.

Michael had been before, but this was my first visit.   It must be fantastic in the spring, with the bluebonnets, primroses and Indian Paintbrush in bloom.  Even with almost nothing flowering, it was delightful place to walk; so much open space.  We happened to have glorious weather:  lots of great clouds and a steady breeze, so it was warm but not hot.

The center sits on 279 acres of gardens, woodlands, and savannahs.

Facebook page for Lady Bird's Wildflower Center

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Wayback Machine: 2009.05.18 Barcelona, Spain

Elsewhere:  2009.05.18 Casa Mila in Barcelona

So, today a friend asked me about a beautiful glass dish, which got me talking about Gaudi, which led me to discover that I'd never posted these photos to flickr.  I think I had some kind of idea that there were too many, and I was going to edit them down.  Never did.

finally posted to flickr

2009.05.18 Barcelona

Casa Milà, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’ (the stone quarry), an ironic allusion to the resemblance of its façade to an open quarry, was constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). For its uniqueness, artistic and heritage value have received major recognition and in 1984 was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List, for its exceptional universal value.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Elsewhere: 2016.06.20 day trip from Locarno

Elsewhere:  2016.06.20 day trip from Locarno

We rented a car and drove up into the Centovalli (Hundred Valleys) area.

Some of the tightest hairpin turns (and the steepest) I've ever been on. Also, really narrow streets in some of the tiny villages.

DOUBLE Click here to see 24 photos from our day.

Here's one sample.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2016.06.18 - 19 Two days in Locarno

Clicking here will take you to 52 photos of Locarno, Switzerland

We  took a taxi, then a ferry, then a train to get from Varenna, Italy to Locarno, Switzerland.  Once there, we took a funicular, a cable car & a chairlift up to fantastic views.  This photo shows our route.  Click the photo to enlarge it.

Click here to visit the website for Madonna del Sasso, in Orselina.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Elsewhere: 2016.06.17 Varenna - the Fiumelatte (waterfall)

On our last day in Varenna (Italy), Michael and I walked up to “the shortest river in the world” ...

Click here to see 16 photos and one video of the Fiumelatte

The river is mentioned by the name Fiumelaccio in Leonardo da Vinci's Atlantic Codex:
It's the Fiumelaccio, which falls high from more than 100 ells from the vein where it is born, straight down on the lake, with inestimable uproar and noise.  --

Saturday, August 27, 2016

2016.06.15 Villa Carlotta: interiors

"The last kiss of Romeo and Juliet"
If you click on any of these photos, you can see a full size version,
with the option to look at the rest as a slide show.

The tour guide told us that the colors in this painting represent the hopes for the unification of Italy; the owner was fully in support.

Click on the photo to enlarge

The little black dots have to do with enlarging a sculpture using reference points.
So this is a chalk model.

Ummm... Alexander the Great,
I think.
Probably should not 
wait so long 
to label photos!