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Snowflakes in the Garden via Instagram

March 20th, 2019 No comments

What is your favorite sign on Spring?

These snowflakes (leucojum) are a welcome reminder of Spring. I need to plant more of these, hit they also naturalize well in the garden. 
We can’t grow Snowdrops (galanthus) here in Southern California so these similar looking flowers are the next best thing. 

Snowflakes in the Garden via Instagram

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Eucalyptus Tree In Black and White via Instagram

March 15th, 2019 No comments

What are your favorite black and white photos? 

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Eucalyptus Tree In Black and White

While not native to California, eucalyptus trees are prolific. They were planted as windbreaks, rail ties, and building material, but didn’t work out too well.
They do make interesting photography subjects, though. Their gnarled limbs, shaggy leaves, and shaggy leaves provide and an endless number of views.

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The Art Institute of Chicago Has Put 50,000 High-Res Images from Their Collection Online via kottke.org

March 13th, 2019 No comments
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Sculpture, NATO Headquarters, Milano, Italy via Instagram

March 10th, 2019 No comments

Does your city need more art? How Would you do it?

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Sculpture, NATO Headquarters, Milano, Italy

This sculpture is interesting as it uses an old-world style to depict modern events. Its companion on the other side of the door shows Swords, cannons, and banners while this one depicts grenades, ammo belts, and machine guns.

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My Los Angeles 77 – A Soaring Ceiling, Union Station via Instagram

March 10th, 2019 No comments

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My Los Angeles 77 – A Soaring Ceiling, Union Station

There is something special about starting or ending your journey at an exquisitely designed station like this. It makes the entire trip seem grander and more important — even if you are just going from Van Nuys to downtown or changing from the Red Line to the Gold Line or your way somewhere else.
Like many others, I am always struck with the architecture of Union Station and the hustle and bustle to be found there.

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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine with mosaic tile artwork over the door via Instagram

March 4th, 2019 Comments off

What art has lasted in your town? Share in the comments!

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine with mosaic tile artwork over the door via Instagram

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine with mosaic tile artwork over the door

Another great view of his church and the mosaic artwork over its main entrance.

Mosaics are amazing not only because of the skill required to create them, but also because of their longevity compared to works on canvas, tapestries, or paper. The sun Can or fade them. The rain cannot harm them, for the most part. Their biggest risks are war, earthquakes and the human desire to replace history with something new far too frequently. 

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Waiting… via Instagram

March 4th, 2019 Comments off

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Waiting... via Instagram

Waiting…

The family is waiting on a train just like they might have in the ’40s. Union Station is such a throwback but I love that it is the connection point for commuter and national rail and also 2 major subway lines here in Los Angeles. What a great way to keep a grand piece of architecture vibrant and productive.

Like many others, I am always struck with the architecture of Union Station and the hustle and bustle to be found there. 

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Mix It Up with these Mugs, Pillows Cases and More! [For Sale]

March 4th, 2019 Comments off

Recently Purchased from Douglas E. Welch Photography and Design – Imagine The Sound of This Classic Hammond B3 Organ [For Sale]

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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine and Piazza via Instagram

March 2nd, 2019 Comments off

Could your city or town us a piazza? Share in the comments!

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine and Piazza via Instagram

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine and Piazza

Another amazing part of Italian life is the piazza — the outdoor living room of Italian towns large and small. 

I sat at the cafe here, having my espresso and chocolate crossing and watching the world go by — a wonderful thing to do at any time of day. 

I remember this day specifically as I walked into the cafe and ordered a ”caffe, per favore.” As I am clearly NOT and Italian and with Milano being a big tourist town, he responded ”Caffe normale?” This was my cue to use my somewhat limited and strangely accented Italian to say let him know I spoke a few words and, indeed, wanted the usual coffee that the Milanese drink. He was quite happy I spoke Italian and I explained that my wife’s family was Italian so I had to learn the language a bit. 

This happened again and again in Milan and led to some great conversations in both English and Italian with shopkeepers, bar owners, and restauranteurs throughout my trip. 

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