Friday, April 30, 2010

Filoli's Garden House

Soon after the completion of the house you saw in my previous posts, the Garden House was constructed in 1920. It is part of the 16-acre garden.
Imagine the regular landscape work. I can barely care for the few plants in my yard.

You can come in from the heat for some quiet time and solitude.

Or, you can sit outside on a nice summer evening and admire its surrounding beauty.

- Karen

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Filoli Garden

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Filoli's Interior

The door to the Filoli mansion is about to open and a few of its jewels revealed to you...

As you enter the main entrance, you will first encounter this massive area known as the Reception Room.

Only 2 families have lived in this home. Known as the Study Room, it became the favorite of the last owners, the Roths. Mrs. Roth's portrait is hanging over the fireplace. The vaults on each side of the mantel were converted into a wet bar and wine storage by the Roths.

This is probably my favorite room of all...the Ballroom. The room is 32 feet (9.75 m) wide and 70 feet (21.3 m) long. Imagine the parties held here. Elegant enough for royalty.
In the back of the room is a huge fireplace. With a person standing in front of it in this photo, you can imagine its size.

You might have guessed this is the Library with all the books and rich wood paneling. In the foreground is a few of the owners' family photos. Hung on the far right is a painting of the first owner's mum, Mrs. Bourn. The carpeting on the floor was from Queen Victoria's home on the Isle of Wight.

The Dining Room is huge and I feel a little too formal a place to eat a meal.

With a full-time cook living onsite, this is the Kitchen he used to cook the family meals.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Following up with my last post, this is the front of the mansion attached to the entrance.
Funded by a local wealthy businessman, Mr. William Bourn, construction of the home began in 1915 and he and his family moved in two years later.
Why the name Filoli? Mr. Bourn's belief was
"FIght for a just cause; LOve your fellow man; LIve a good life."

If the house looks a little familiar to you, it has been featured in a number of television shows and movies. I first noticed it from the opening credits of the 1980's show "Dynasty". You can see the home as the camera pans over it 15 seconds into the video I found on Youtube.
In the show, the home was portrayed to be in Denver, Colorado, but in actuality, it is only about 30 miles south of San Francisco.

More beautiful flowers and possibly a former fountain at the front entrance.

More to come...

- Karen

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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Monday, April 19, 2010

On the Edge

While walking through the park over the weekend, I noticed a photographer above me standing on the edge. He made me nervous because it is a long way down.
This photograph is taken at 200mm.

Here is what I actually saw from down below.
I wonder if he could see us ants.

- Karen

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Murals & Markets

My parents owned a restaurant during my youth and I remember spending many Saturdays here going from stall to stall with them to shop for fresh vegetables. Many decades later, I come back for a visit because the murals draw me in.

The San Francisco Farmer's Market opened in 1947 and this 1951 picture shows how it looked back then. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center)
You history buffs might like to read a historical essay about the popular San Francisco farmers markets written by John Brucato.

There is a mural for each stall. They were painted during the 2002-2003 timeframe as part of a community beautification project.

A close-up example of a mural within a stall.

I really like this one with the bees and colorful archway.

- Karen

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Under Renovation

I thought this was a creative and aesthetically pleasing way to cover up any construction work behind the scenes.

I wonder if the boards came with the designs already on them or if someone actually painted the scenery after the boards were put in place. Hmmm...

- Karen

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Meet a new friend at the amusement park.

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- Karen

Sunday, April 11, 2010

In the Sky

Feeling dizzy?
You wouldn't know it by looking at this picture that you are standing 100 floors (474.2m or 1,556 ft) above ground.
This is Shanghai's World Financial Center which was once the tallest observation tower in the world until the 2010 opening of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai.

A placard in the observation deck confirms we are way up high.

On the floor are windows for you to look down.

Go ahead, stand a little closer to the edge.
Unfortunately, on the day we visited, the whole city was fogged in and we could not see anything, but we were no doubt in the sky.

From the ground looking up, the observation deck was somewhere in the sky consumed in fog.

- Karen

Friday, April 09, 2010

Three Dancing Figures

I have passed by this sculpture a number of times, but never bothered to photograph it nor find out about its creator until last weekend.

Keith Haring (1958-1990) designed this untitled aluminum piece in 1989 and is now part of the San Francisco downtown landscape. Although untitled, the piece is known as the "Three Dancing Figures". From my research, Mr. Haring created several similar pieces which now adorn other cities around the U.S.

- Karen

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

One could easily miss this San Francisco rooftop statue if they did not look up.

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Friday, April 02, 2010

Have a Seat

Have a seat on this weary bench, but watch out for splinters!
Time and weather have not been kind to it.

I will be out of town for the next few days and will visit your blogs when I return!

Have a nice weekend!

- Karen