Sunday, May 15, 2022

Wild Animals of California

 

Back in 2015, I did a post about a visit to Safari Park in Escondido California.  It's an extension of the San Diego Zoo but it spans 1800 acres so it gives the large African animals a lot more space to roam and explore.


In the lion compound I got some great photos of both the male and female lions lounging about in the grass.  I've featured another photo of the fellow above in other posts.  I have an enlargement of him hanging over my desk.


I remember taking a tram ride out into the areas where these extra large animals live.  Many of the animals roam around in the same enclosures.  


In the aviary I got to meet the colorful lorikeets.  They must be the most colorful bird on the planet.


I would rally like to visit this place again.  

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Signs of Chicago

 


Looking through my folder of photos from Chicago, I noticed I had a few photos of signs I've spotted around the city.  Some are very iconic like the sign in front of the Chicago Theatre to the left or the historic "Marshall Field and Company" on the side of that huge store.  

I'm so glad that when I was working in Chicago, Marshall Fields was still...well...Marshall Fields.  It is now a huge Macy's store.  Not as elegant as I always thought Marshall Fields was.










Some signs just give you directions like this sign inside a local deli.  

Some signs I photographed are just humorous.  Like this sign for a dry cleaners.  I'm guessing that English wasn't the first language of the sign maker who painted this sign.  "Alternations" anyone?  If you need to get your 'tapper' shortened, this is the place to go.

The signs on the side of van for a "canine catering" company caught my eye.  Cookies and ice cream for your dog are available but "Please don't lick the truck".  

I hope you enjoyed this assortment of signs from the great city of Chicago.  

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Tourist Town

 


Williams Arizona is what I'd call a true tourist town.  Everything about the town is molded around attracting visitors from all over.  

It uses its position on the historic Route 66 as a guide along with its proximity to the Grand Canyon.

You will find all kinds of kitschy places and signs along its Main Street.  Who would guess that Elvis would be working as a greeter for this spot?





















The town has lots of gas station themed businesses and they all sport vintage gas pumps as well as vintage cars.  Most have the obligatory Route 66 sign hanging somewhere.  



Williams is also a railroad town so the sight of old fashioned train engines on display is not unusual.  Busy rail traffic passes through Williams to this day.  In fact, this is where you catch the tourist train that goes into the Grand Canyon.  I wrote about taking that trip here.  


Horse carriage rides through town are available for those interested.



There are plenty of places for dining and shopping.  At night the town lights up with a multitude of neon signs and many of them reference Route 66.  

I've posted more about Williams Arizona here and here.


Sunday, April 24, 2022

A Ride Through Central Park

 


I've been to New York many times but it wasn't until this last trip that I considered taking a coach ride in Central Park.  It was fun and certainly a huge contrast to the busy streets.



It was late October so the fall colors were showing on the trees in the Park.


I got to see places I had only seen in movies and TV shows before like the Bethesda Fountain topped by the Angel of the Waters.


















I didn't realize there were so many bridges in the park.



The driver made the obligatory stop at Strawberry Fields where we could see the "Imagine" mosaic on the ground.


















And then the driver pointed out the Dakota Apartments where John Lennon lived and sadly, died.  


But that wasn't the only building on view.  In many places we could see the modern skyscrapers that surround the park.

Riding in the park turned out to be lots of fun.  I'd do again when give the chance.









Sunday, April 17, 2022

American Fashion at the Museum

When I was in New York last fall, I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art twice while I was there.  On one of the days I was there, they were opening a new exhibit called "In America, A Lexicon of Fashion".  There was a long line of people waiting to go through the exhibit and after some deliberations, I decided I should see why it was drawing such a crowd. I waited my turn and went in to see it.






















It was organized to appear like a patchwork quilt, a metaphor for America and our diverse backgrounds. Each cube hosted a costume that was created by an American designer, some well known and others I had never heard of before.  

In addition, each costume represented an assigned "word".  The four words here are Continuity, Commemoration, Connection and Celebration.





















This is Unity.



































Here we have Ebullience.



































Harmony is this one.



































This one is Assurance.  Assurance is very flashy.


































The word for this one is Sexuality.  


































This one represents Closeness.  This might be a little too close for my taste.

































This was my favorite of all of them (and there were many, many more than I've shown here).  This one is representing Joy.  































Here we have Respect.




































This last one represents Realness and Authenticity.  Authenticity appears to be a dress made of the lining of a Burberry raincoat with the label still showing at the neckline.  

This exhibit was the first of a two-part exploration of fashion in the United States in the Anna Wintour Costume Center.  The second half of this exhibit is scheduled to open on May 7, 2022, just a few weeks away.  A word of advice in case one of you wants to go, wait until a few days after the opening.  The second show is likely to draw as big a crowd as the first.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

California Blooms

 

One thing I love about California is all the wonderful plants and flowers I see there.  The climate is so different near the coast and that makes it good for some tropical plants like the bird of paradise above.  I love these blooms and I snap lots of photos of them when I visit California.

I also love seeing such a variety of lilies, many of them growing in wild spaces.

Though they tend to be in more landscaped spaces, I also see dahlias in many colors and sizes.  

The very dark blooms of a certain type of succulent are also more common in California than they are here in the desert.  



I always find and abundance of water lilies when I visit California.  These are such spectacular blooms that they just beg to be photographed.  


I cheated a bit on the orchid to the left.  It is in California but I found it inside a greenhouse.  

These are just a few of the wonderful variety of blooming plants I get to admire when I travel to California.  It seemed like Spring was the perfect time to showcase them.