One of the great treats of travel are the spaces in between man-made places. Of course, what's not seen in the pictures are the roads and the planes...
I have a serious obsession with the sky. I used to keep a meteorology guide in the car, but I gave up on labeling the clouds many years ago. There are two things that interest me particularly: one is the relationship between what is above the horizon line to what is below it and the other is the variations of blues and pinks which painters can do little more than evoke.
stone and brick
Massing and details are special in masonry.
windows and doors
In graduate school I walked down a hallway and overheard an architecture professor shouting, " No!! A door is not a door!! It's an echo of a person passing through space!!" He may have been right.
Building footprints reveal the history, but in some places the stones, blasted apart in four wars are placed back carefully - so there is no evidence of what came before except the odd cannonball decorations that pop up.
Just in relation to the landscape.
words, signs and symbol
At the Bauhaus the students studied hand lettering before architecture or design.
Materials and colors up close interest me (I have an One Pixel app that samples just one color) - both natural and as used in structures.
I like the same interplay between hard and soft, permanent and ephemeral that you have in buildings.
Huntington Library desert garden yellows
Huntington Library garden agave
Walked south at the gardens into the succulent gardens for the first time in many years. iPhone 4S
Huntington Library garden tiny cactus
Little softball clusters of white cactus with perfect spirals. iPhone 4S
Huntington Library desert garden
Huntington Library giant bamboo garden
Huntington Library giant bamboo
Huntington Library black bamboo garden
Huntington Library bonsai garden wall
Huntington Library garden California oak
Huntington Library garden California oak silhouette
Huntington Library live oak from a garden bench
Huntington Library garden oak from below
Huntington Library garden faux bois arbor
Huntington Library Japanese garden path up the hill
People, small moments and things that make me smile - or wince.
Growing up in California I think of almost all architecture as ephemeral, but diners have a special place in my heart.