Monday, June 29, 2009

Ruby Red at Washington's Crossing

I saw these ruby red cars racing across the Delaware river on this very narrow bridge (I had to do some really quick clicking). This is pretty much the same spot where general George Washington and others struggled across the icy waters in boats over 230 years ago to fight the British in Trenton. Imagine what Washington would think if he saw these strange red machines coming from the direction of his red clad enemy.
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth

This is an eye catching building in Fort Worth Texas. It looks like the angel has frightened some birds with her horn (Click picture to see). I will post pictures of it in color in the future.
"Bass Performance Hall The newest star in the opera-house firmament is Fort Worth's Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, which opened spring 1998. Two giant, hand-carved trumpet-playing angels on the façade announce its welcome presence in the middle of downtown.
Although not actually called an opera house, it most assuredly is one, designed in the grand old manner: a horseshoe auditorium surmounted by a dome that appears to float over trompe l'oeil clouds. A mixture of Beaux-Arts and Vienna Secessionist styles, it houses the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, the Fort Worth Opera, and the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
"-Travel +Leisure Magazine

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Musée d'Orsay

Inside and outside of Le Musée d'Orsay in Paris. A museum in an old train station. It's one of my favorites.
"The history of the museum, of its building is quite unusual. In the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, the museum was installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. So the building itself could be seen as the first "work of art" in the Musee d'Orsay, which displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914."

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Window Views from Grapevine Texas

Most of the buildings in downtown Grapevine look like they were built in the old west era of the 19th century. I walked between some buildings and saw what I think are pretty interesting windows. They kind of remind me of abstract paintings.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The "W" in Dallas

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This is an easy ABC Wednesday.
Here is the W hotel in Dallas Texas as seen from a few different angles. This hotel caters to the young hip crowd. I once took a peek inside and it was as dark as a night club and had modern art and lots of colorful neon lights and well dressed young people on display or on the prowl. Not my kind of place but it was pretty interesting to see.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Waxahachie Old and New

I like the contrast of old and new in the Waxahachie Texas. Here is an example an old feed store that's probably pretty much the same as a hundred years ago but if you look closely at the bottom photo you'll see the modern kids doing skateboard tricks.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Something Sighted in Texas

This is a little different than my normal posts. Sometimes when I'm out taking pictures I spot objects like these and take the photo because I just like the pattern or the way it looks.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Église Saint-Augustin de Paris

St. Augustin in Paris and a close up of the statue in front.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Denton National Bank Building

This bank in Denton Texas was built in 1913. The only thing I know about the sculpture in front is that it reminds me of a tornado.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Walking to Texas

The name of this fountain statue is "Walking to Texas" and it's dedicated to the pioneer families who walked their wagons to Texas in search of a better life and ended up in Grapevine in 1844 or something like that.

For my Watery Wednesday post I present a few different views of the fountain.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Camera fight on the streets of Dallas

Things sure have changed from the days of the old west. He may have a big "Canon" but hers is fully automatic, and it looks like he's already been hit.
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Philadelphia Museum of Art part 2

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Relics from the Past in Texas

I found both of these old items in the basements of old buildings in Mckinney Texas. The sign was in the county courthouse. This was the first time I saw a boiler or a sign like that.
-Thanks to Thom I would like to add that the sign was pointing to a restroom and there was another one that said "For Coloreds" about twenty feet away.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New York

I would love to observe the city from here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Something from Brussels

As I mentioned before we were in Brussel during a really bad storm so it was cold, wet and very windy. That made it really hard to get pictures sometimes rain drops even hit the lens. Even with all that, the details on the buildings are amazing. Here are a few samples.

*Two umberellas lost their lives in order to get these pictures.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Watery Wednesday in Corona Del Mar.

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This guy seems to be enjoying the water and the warm California sun in Corona Del Mar. My wife Vicki went to CDM high school. I wonder if they had sailing classes? I bet they had a surf team even my Fountain Valley high school did.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

A tree grows in Baltimore

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Clinging to a torn down old building that has been turned into a parking lot this tree is determined to live against all odds.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Baltimore in Black and White

This is one of the great old buildings in Baltimore Maryland.
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Friday, June 5, 2009

Chartres Cathedral

If our little orange friend looked up this is what he would see. The 16th century Roman Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres. I bet there isn't a mouse or pigeon problem here.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Orange Cat of Chartres

Chartres is an enchanting town about 60 miles from Paris. Vicki and I agree that it was the coldest place we have ever been. The cold didn't seem to bother this orange cat that lives in or near the cathedral.
Do you see what he is looking at in the bottom picture?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Winter at the H.B. Pier

One thing I like about this blog is the freedom to go from place to place and time to time.
Today I bring you a Winter scene at the Huntington Beach pier in Orange County California. My old stomping grounds.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Looking up in Rouen

This thin building is in Rouen France. I wonder what it looks like inside. I doubt a king sized bed would fit. Also Napoleon looking down at me.

Monday, June 1, 2009

I'm lovin it

When I lived in California it seemed that all McDonald's looked pretty much the same. In the last few years I've seen some pretty interesting buildings house McDonalds, Starbucks, Home Depot etc. This is a Mcdonalds in Baltimore Maryland.