An Exhibition of Paintings by Monet

Rain in May, San Francisco, 2019

Imagine a rainy day in San Francisco in May— What better to do than visit the de Young Museum, have lunch in the cafeteria and linger to see the blockbuster exhibition: Monet: the Late Years.

From the catalog of the exhibition:

Through 52 paintings, the exhibition will trace the evolution of Monet’s practice from 1913, when he embarked on a reinvention of his painting style that led to increasingly bold and abstract works, up to his death in 1926. Assembled from major public and private collections in Europe, the United States, and Asia, including holdings from the Kimbell Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Monet: The Late Years will include more than twenty examples of Monet’s beloved water-lily paintings.

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Here are some shots taken during that rainy Saturday in the closing days of the exhibition. (Click on any photo to start the slide show.)

Cheers, Carto

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Twisted — An Arizona garden in California

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Cactii twist toward the Sun, Arizona Garden, Stanford University, 2018

The restored Cactus Garden at Stanford is in full bloom this year. The twisted plants thrive in the new warmer California climate. (Click on any image below to view in full screen.)

The garden is open to visitors every day of the year:

 

The ga was first planted between 1880 and 1883 for Jane and Leland Stanford to a design by landscape architect Rudolph Ulrich. It was planned to be adjacent to their new residence, and part of the larger gardens for the Stanford estate. However, the home was never built. The garden was regularly maintained until the 1920s after which it fell into great disrepair. Volunteer restoration work began in 1997 and is ongoing. Notwithstanding decades of neglect, some of the original plants remain.
Wiki: Arizona Cactus Garden, Stanford University

Cheers, Carto

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The Thinker Waits

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Thinker and guard face the South entrance to the Museum.

One of my favorite places to visit and take photos is the Cantor Art Center, home of the Rodin collection.

Lets walk around the museum:

Cheers, Carto

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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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