Weathered — Church Bells in the Tower

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Weathered Bronze Bell; Nuestra Señora del Valle, Catamarca, Argentina

Nothing weathers quite like bronze, and bronze church bells are no exception. This bell, exposed to the elements since installed in the 19th century, is lovely in it’s rich patina. But, if you want to see it you must climb to the bell tower. Take the guide with you and don’t fall.

These photos were taken on a textile tour to Argentina’s Catamarca province. The bells are in the Catedral Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento de Nuestra Señora del Valle in San Fernando del Valle in Catamarca, capital of the province of Catamarca, Argentina. It dates from 1869.

Cheers, Carto

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Favorites 2017 — Transition to Winter

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Transition to Winter, 2017

First, here is a photo of our flowering cherry as it transitions to winter dormancy.

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Winter Visitor, 2017

The second photo is the silhouette of a sparrow that is wintering in the brush at Windy Hill Preserve.

Cheers and Happy Holidays, Carto

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Transformation — Land’s End turns chilly

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Watching the waves on the old seawall of Sutro’s Bath

It’s always a pleasure to visit Land’s End where San Francisco meets the Pacific, but you never know what weather you will find. In these shots we see Summer turning to Fall when the haze and fog fill the air, and it was chilly.

Cheers and happy Thanksgiving.

Carto

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Peek — Halloween in Palo Alto

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Traffic Cone – Halloween in Palo Alto

Take a peek at this figure hiding behind a traffic cone. What’s going on?

It’s all a part of Halloween in Palo Alto — four blocks were closed to traffic and most of the home owners prepared special effects (one home had a haunted house, another a rock band, yet another was showing movies), and all were passing out candy.

Here is a gallery of iPhone snapshots taken during the festivity.

This is how to celebrate a family event. We had a great time.

Cheers, Carto

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Stanford at Night

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Hoover Tower from the roof garden of the McMurtry Building, 2017

I’m taking a short course in the History of Photography at the new McMurtry Building adjacent to the Cantor Center for the Arts. The class is held in a projection room that is just off the 3rd floor roof garden. The above shot was taken after class — the Hoover Tower beacon is reflecting from the smoky sky from the brush fires burning North of San Francisco.

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Sunset from McMurtry Art and Architecture Building, 2017

Ten minutes late because of traffic, I caught the end of a smoky sunset. Below, the nearly empty art and architecture library is a quiet place to study in the evening.

 

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Art and Architecture Library (2nd floor) and Art Studio (1st floor), McMurtry, 2017

Hand held photos, processed in Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and Aurora HDR, please click on any photo to enlarge.

Cheers, Carto

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Layered — A City in the Sky

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Handwoven Tapestry (detail), sheila o’hara, 1985?

The skyscrapers in Sheila O’Hara’s tapestry float mysteriously on a field of red. An abstract freeway flows through the buildings into a starry sky. Is this the future for San Francisco? This tapestry was on exhibit downtown, several years ago, long before the city plan and the new skyscrapers.

Here is another photo of Sheila’s work (a speeding motorcyclist):

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Nite Flite, a speeding motorcycle, handwoven tapestry by Sheila O’Hara, 1985

Nite Flite is crafted of handwoven wool, cotton, rayon and lurex, and woven by Sheila on a computer-assisted loom called a compu-dobby.

Visit her on the web to see more recent work at Sheilaohara dot com:

Welcome to the latest incarnation of the Sheila O’Hara web site with stunning landscapes and dancing sheep, and many of Sheila’s other fiber fantasies that she has been weaving since 1976.
— from her web site.

Cheers, Carto

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Waiting — Horses Crossing

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Horse Crossing, Spring 2017 in Pearson Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto

Two horses cross the road while cars wait. The horses are returning to the stables that replaced the site formerly used by the Stanford Artificial Intelligence  Laboratory (SAIL) from 1965 to 1991. Horses now tread where robots once roamed. Quite a switch for technology oriented Silicon Valley. The lab, of course, didn’t disappear, but moved to main campus (see, Computer Science).

The photo above is a detail from the photo below, which was taken last March after the heavy winter rains had stopped.

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Hiking trail along Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, 2017

The Pearson Arastradero Preserve is an especially nice place to hike (photograph) in spring. The colors in this photo were emphasized in Lightroom and Photoshop CC (probably, excessively so!), but the photo deserved a little extra punch because the day was so exuberant.

Cheers, Carto

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