Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Moment in Time

A moment in time from the movie "American Graffiti" to honor movie director/producer George Lucas in his hometown of Modesto, CA.
Two teenagers sitting on a 1957 Chevy on a warm summer day.

Monday, March 29, 2010

City Wall

This looks like an timeworn brick road, but in actuality, it is part of a huge dense wall designed to fortify the city of Xian, China during ancient times.

Looking over the edge, I see the street 40 feet (12 meters) below.

Old relic armaments are displayed along the wall, but these days instead of invaders penetrating through into the city, modern high-rise buildings take over.

On a warm day, the wall is cluttered with tourists where soldiers once stood.
Last year was the 15th Xian City Wall International Marathon where people from all over the world came to run on the wall.
But, on the day I visited, only a few tourists braved the cold and rain.

- Karen

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fancy Water Tower

Many of you might be familiar with the Libby Fruit Cocktail. Not sure if it is categorized as fruit, dessert, or salad, but diced fruit covered by a sweet sugary syrup in a tin can was definitely a treat.
The water tower label reads...
Fancy Quality
Fancy Fruits for Salads

The Libby Cannery opened in 1902 might be long gone, but the tower that supplied the water to the factory and its workers still stands in the middle of Silicon Valley surrounded by high-tech companies.

Thanks to the Sunnyvale Historical Society, this is the picture of the original water tower before it was replaced by the one above in 1965.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

More stained glass ceilings from the San Mateo County History Museum.

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- Karen

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Museum Discovery

Right across the street from the theatre that none of us can afford to buy is the San Mateo County History Museum.
I pass this building a number of times when commuting on the train and I have always been intrigued with its design. Little did I know this was an old courthouse turned historical museum and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
The other day, I went in for a look...

After paying my $4 admission fee, I see this lobby.

From the second floor, I look up and see the stained glass dome.

From the second floor, I look down to the lobby and see the California State Seal.
I was pleasantly surprised what a great museum this is to learn about local history. I had never heard of this place until I accidentally discovered it on the internet on the morning prior to my visit.

- Karen

Friday, March 19, 2010

Theatre for Sale

Interested in buying a theatre? A historical theatre at that.
Opened in 1929 in Redwood City, California (30 minutes south of San Francisco), the movie and live entertainment Fox Theatre is currently in foreclosure proceedings and will be put up for sale at an auction.

In 1993, the Fox Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Stanford University building taken with a wide-angle lens.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Closed For ???

I got home to look at my pictures taken at the Mission San Juan Bautista historical park and noticed this curious sign outside an office.
I have been pondering to what it might mean.
Does it simply mean they are closed, no horse riding, no riding into the sunset, or...?
There are no horses in the park as far as I know.
What do you think?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Dwarfed by Giants

Rising to 14 feet (4.5 meters) high, the girl befriends a 23 feet (7.2 meters) tall terra-cotta warrior in a fantasy presentation during the 2008 Olympic Games.
Click here if you haven't seen the very unique marionette performance.

After the Olympics was over, both of these giants were housed at the Terra-Cotta Army Museum in Xian.
In the first picture, you can see how they dwarf all the visitors below.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Getting Wide

Other than perspective distortions, I love wide-angle lenses.
With my standard lens, I would only be able to capture a portion of the lobby entrance to the California Academy of Sciences Museum in San Francisco. I could not show you the "whole picture" or its enormity.
As a newly remodeled building, the floor-to-ceiling windows allows in more natural lighting for energy efficiency.

Looking into the piazza where people are having their lunch in a bright and airy environment.
In general, I think people prefer luminous surroundings than a dreary and dark setting.
What do you think?

- Karen

Friday, March 05, 2010

Such Characters!

On a recent trip to the science museum, I saw this Waxy Monkey Tree Frog who seems to be sulking and ignoring the world.

Or, this proud gecko showing off its underside.

And, this Isabella Longwing Butterfly enjoying with quad-fisted gusto a "bottle" of nectar.

What do you think? Do you have another humorous story to describe these creatures' behaviors?

- Karen

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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- Karen