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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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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