Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Mad Potter of Biloxi

Jim heard about The Mad Potter of Biloxi on the Antiques Roadshow, so the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum became a destination stop on our drive home.  We were not allowed to take photos of his pots, so be sure to follow the links.  He was a most unique man.

Frank Gehry designed a portion of the museum.

It was noticeable that a big hurricane had made changes in the landscape west of Biloxi.  The people continue to come and go.  We ate at a great Vietnamese restaurant in an older, sturdy, survivor building.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Beach North of St. Augustine

It was a foggy day, and a beautiful beach was there for us to enjoy.  Lots of little shore birds hunted for tasty tidbits hidden among all the tiny shells. Where was the sand?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pygmies of Florida

Sometimes in Florida, we go bike riding in the well fields north of Tampa.  There are several of these areas that are developed for riders and walkers.

Once before we saw one of these little pygmy rattlesnakes, but this time there were two, and I had my camera with me.  They are easy to miss as they resemble cracks in the paving.

Other fauna we have seen includes alligators, herons, deer, and gopher tortoises.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A New York State of Mind 2013

Paralleling the Hudson River above the Henry Hudson Parkway in the Upper West Side

A preserved Banksy

A brownstone

                                                     Central Park

Mike Kelley exhibits at MOMA PS 1

Chelsea Market

the uncommons near Washington Square

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cleveland to Erie to Buffalo to Rochester to Syracuse to Utica to Schenectady to Albany to Poughkeepsie to Penn Station

Cleveland was great, but our trip continued by train right into Penn Station.  We had to maintain a steady gaze out the window to catch a glimpse of the quickly passing landscape.  Did you see the old Kodak building in Rochester, New York?

Many areas of gorgeous fall color swooshed by, but others prepared for the coming polar vortex.

Albany, New York has one of the most beautiful train stations.  Its windows were great to capture the amazing cloud and tree reflections.

The train followed the Hudson River into New York City.

I know there are faster ways to get to NYC, but these 12 hours were restful and interesting.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Guitars! Guitars! Everywhere You Look in Cleveland

 University Circle

Tower City

Welcome Hub

We drove past the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with its current exhibit about the Rolling Stones, but it would have taken us hours upon hours to really see it. There is tons more that we drove past that we did not stop and see.  That is for our next trip to Cleveland.  Thanks Maggie and Tim for a great tour!  We'll be back!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Drive By Cleveland Art


I really enjoy seeing art in any city.  Cleveland is no exception.
Their utility boxes in University Circle are being covered by artists, just like in Santa Cruz.  
We walked by these, and I just had to take photos.  Tim remarked that he had never noticed them before I had stopped to take a picture of them.  
And he liked them very much, too.  
Click on the pictures to see the artist's name and greater detail.

Cleveland has a lot of churches.  We only went inside two of them.  This was a particularly lovely stained glass window in one we drove by.  
I did not see its name.

It was fall in October, but sparkling snowflakes were being hung in a tree near the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Occasionally there was the odd piece that would make you wonder why it was there.  Any guesses?  
Perhaps a nod to spring and the joy of those first flowers to appear.

Murals are wonderful art, too.  Perhaps this one advertises a nearby bar in Tremont?

This mural was appropriately near the West Side Market in Ohio City.

This was the best utilitarian piece of art I saw.  I love it!!  It was also in 
Ohio City.

Sometimes man made elements are very artistic if you just stop and notice them.  
The birds will help you out.

Okay, this is an old house. 
 But it is where Maggie and Tim's video store used to be.  It's part of the tour.  
It seems to have been repurposed many times.

This is one of the first electric street lights developed by Charles F. Brush in Cleveland downtown on the Public Square.

Oh my!  Where have we seen this before?  
Of course, it is the lamp from A Christmas Story that was partly filmed in Cleveland.  
You can find this at the Welcome Hub near the Public Square.

What do Jim Thorpe, Halle Berry and Life Savers have in common?  
Cleveland, of course!  
Be sure to enlarge the photo to see more of Cleveland's firsts and headliners.
This mural is next door and behind the West Side Market. 

In our three day stay in Cleveland, I learned about many firsts that happened in Cleveland and about many people who hail from Cleveland.  It is quite a list.  
After visiting New York City, I have developed a theory about Cleveland.  
I think many folks found New York to be too crowded, so they looked for a similar place not too far away in which to create, develop new ideas, and conduct their affairs.  
Cleveland was born. 
It really is an amazing city!