Sunday, May 26, 2019

Let's Go Surfin'

On my last trip to California, I saw this great old "woody" straight out of that old Beach Boys song!  Isn't it a beauty?  The southern California coast is the perfect place to find surfers and all their surfing toys.

If you spend time near the ocean, you are bound to see surfers wherever you look.  Sometimes you see them assessing the conditions of the waves and the water.

Other times you might see groups of young surfers learning how to navigate the waves and their boards.

And you will catch some that have gotten pretty good at it.

In Laguna Beach, you are so close to the water that seeing surfers walking down the street carrying their surf boards is a common sight.

About an hour after I saw the guy in the photo above, I caught sight of him floating in the water and waiting for the next wave.

A few minutes after that, I saw that he found one!

This man brought his paddle along.  I wonder if that gives him more balance.

It must take strong leg muscles and a great sense of balance to stay on those boards with the water splashing around.

This young man has mastered the art of surfing.

On a good surfing day, I could spend hours sitting on a hill overlooking the the beach and watching these daredevils taking wild rides on that powerful water.  You might say it's my very own "Surfin' Safari".  

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Old West Revisited

There is more to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg Arizona than just the annual Cowgirl Up art show that I posted about last weekend.  The museum is also home to some historic artifacts and documents from the history of the town of Wickenburg.

On the lower level of the museum is a recreation of Wickenburg in the very early days.  When you look inside the grocery store, you are greeted by this ghostly fellow who tells stories of the town and what it was like to run the local grocery.

And the grocery is well stocked with provisions that would have been available back in the late 1800's.

Next door to the grocery is an area made up like an early settler's home.  All kinds of antiques salvaged from some of the old homesteads grace the rooms.

I tried to imagine myself cooking up a meal in this little kitchen.  It must have been unbearably hot during the summer months before air conditioning made cooking and baking during desert summers a common thing.

Down the street from the home is the Vulture Saloon named for the famous Vulture Mine that drew people to this location all those years ago.

Inside the saloon, the bar was well stocked and in one corner was the piano topped with a "saloon-style" lamp.

Across from the piano was a table set for a poker game in progress.  It looks like something scared off the players, they left leaving their cards and chips in place.

Let's not forget some of the hard work of the old west.  There was washing to do and clothes to be ironed.  That's another job I wouldn't want to do in the heat of the summer months.

Lastly, we have a view of what it would have been like for the miners to get their meals when they were out working the mines.  Today we have food trucks, back then they had covered wagons fitted with what was needed to cook up a cowboy style meal.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Annual Cowgirl Up Art Exhibit

Once again, I made my way to Wickenburg Arizona to see the annual Cowgirl Up art exhibit at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.

Wickenburg is about 65 miles northwest of Phoenix so the trip makes a nice day trip and escape from the city.

This is the 14th year of the exhibit but, sadly this is only my third time to attend.  However, once I went three years ago, I've been going ever since.   All of the works are by female artists and all are for sale. I was happy to see little red dots indicating a sale on a large majority of the works.
On the left is the trade mark for the exhibit, which I loved so much I bought a shirt with it on it last year when I was there.

I'll show you an example of some of the works.  This painting is called "Freedom" by Marcia Molnar.    She lives in Prescott Arizona so she has the vastness of the west to inspire her.

These three paintings are by Sharon Markwardt.  Markwardt has achieved quite a bit of success being featured at galleries in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas where she resides.

This painting to the left is by Jennifer Caven who is from New Mexico.  I love the clouds in this painting called "Can You Hear the Thunder".  I feel as though I can.

I introduced you to this artist last year when I featured her painting on my post about this exhibit and then later when I went into her gallery in Santa Fe quite by accident and recognized the painting.  The artist is Barbara Meikle and I'm happy to say that every one of her paintings in the exhibit were sold.  Good for her!

I really loved these two paintings by Micqaela Jones of Elko Nevada.  There is something spiritual and a bit magical about them.

I loved the abstract nature of this bronze by Lisa Gordon of New Mexico.  This one is called "Chasm Crossing #2".  This is Lisa's 13th year exhibiting in the Cowgirl Up show.

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg does an excellent job with this exhibit each year and it continues to draw people from all over the country.

I'll end with this painting by Susanne Nyberg called "Peralta Canyon".  Susanne lives in Carefree Arizona.  I thought it was very unusual to see an oil painting on a round canvas.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Tribute to Notre Dame

Luckily, the walls of the grand lady of Paris survived the recent inferno that engulfed her roof and destroyed that tall spire.

My last trip to Paris was only for a day and a half when I zoomed over from London to meet some friends.  On that trip, the only glimpse I had was from the roof of the Pompidou Center when I was there with my friends for late night drinks.

However, I have visited in the past on several occasions and enjoyed the beauty of this magnificent structure and the treasures it holds inside.

I'm a bit sad that I hadn't been inside the cathedral on my last two trips to the city.  I would love to have had more recent photos in my collection.

I will have to be happy with the many photos I have taken from the outside.  I am hopeful that the restoration will bring this landmark back to its historic beauty to be enjoyed by the world once again.