The Getty Center: Art, Architecture and Gardens Oh My!

Much to my surprise I found a “real” attraction in Los Angeles that doesn’t require a bank account to enjoy. Nothing intentionally fake, or glitzy. Solid entertainment.

While living in Southern California about 35 years ago I visited the Getty Museum, now called The Getty Villa. This second campus, The Getty Center opened in 1997, and I spent a day taking in some of the art, architecture, gardens, and wonderful views.

Parking is the only expense to enjoy this venue. After parking I took a tram up the mountain to the entrance.

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Tram run from parking facility to the entrance

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One of many outdoor sculptures

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Having some fun

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Visiting with my brother

The only way to describe this place is VAST!  The architecture is large.1606_12_Getty_1000280

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The garden area seems to be part architecture in nature.

With the diverse nature of the flowers, I imagine that the look of the garden changes continuously.

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Combination water sculpture, garden area, and wishing well

 

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The architectural details astound from the inside. Looking down.

 

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Or looking up.

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The building frames the view of Los Angeles

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View of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean

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Another view looking out on the Getty Center and another garden

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There is a research center on this campus

The day is over, and the tram is ready to take us back to the parking garage

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Even the tram line pays attention to architecture and gardens

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Thinking about the beach, and so I sampled from the artist.

The art work inside included all genres, and from all time periods. Exhibits are constantly changing. To find out what is new there is a very complete website.  Should I find myself in the area I will make a return trip.

 

 

 

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

I had an opportunity to go to San Jose with my friend Anne. There we met up with another photographer Nia, and headed to Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

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Santa Cruz Mountains

This park is located in Santa Cruz county and is 20 miles from San Jose.The Redwood Trail Loop is an easy .7 miles flat loop through some very old, very large Redwoods. This trail is recommended for families with young children.

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Friends head down the path

The day was cold and damp, and we decided that as photographers this would suit us. Estimated time given is less than an hour. Three hours later the three of us completed the loop. With each step I saw something I needed to capture.

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Redwood Roots

The trees with burls, moss and lichen filled my imagination and sd card.

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Look for it!

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The gangs all here

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Some kind of face

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What’s under the top layer?

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Redwood down

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Burned Out

Many of the images here helped me complete a story that has been spinning around in my mind. I often see faces looking at me when I am out photographing the natural world. The picture book is called, Faces All Around Me!

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Looking at a platypus. Can you imagine?

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Redwood Swirls

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Slice of Tree

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Up, Up, Up

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Very focused

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Mushrooms and moss

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Along the Redwoods Trail stands the “Father of the Forest”

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Say Cheese! Kind of hungry at the end of three hours.

By this time the rain arrived, and we headed out. We were ready for some hot cocoa, but there was little to be had at snack bar.

Stopped for one quick photo in the rain, and then went in search of some hot liquid refreshments.

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Fog and rain in the Santa Cruz Mountains

By including me in this photo outing I discovered this enchanting place. Thank you Anne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indianapolis Family Reunion (Part 2)

My parents moved to FountainWood Lodge, an assisted living residence and one week later I hopped on a plane to visit my husband’s family now living in Indianapolis. I purchased five tickets a couple of months ago for my husband David,

David's funny expression!

David’s funny expression!

son Joshua,

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Too early. Need coffee!

grandson Lincoln,

Lincoln is ready to board the plane

Lincoln is ready to board the plane

and granddaughter Alyssa.

Alyssa await boarding the plane in Sacramento

Alyssa await boarding the plane in Sacramento

Early flight. First stop Las Vegas

Early flight. First stop Las Vegas

I’m the one taking the photographs.

Our destination

Our destination

My niece Sarah was coming from New York, her brother Gabriel arrived from Boulder, and brother-in-law Joe came from Florida.

Joe and Josh chill

Joe and Josh chill

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Joe with kids Gabriel and Sarah, and the fabulous hamburger

The rest of the family lives in Indianapolis.

Grandpa and Grandson enjoy time together

Grandpa Matthew and Grandson Ari enjoy time together

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Grandma Raena and Eitan together

Nelson stops by

Nelson stops by

Mercedes watches her son Ari

Mercedes watches her son Ari

Alyssa and Gabriella hit it off!

Alyssa and Gabriella hit it off!

Family keeps moving around. Can’t seem to keep track of where everyone lives. Thought Joe was living in Chicago, and it turns out he is in Florida. Our mini reunion in Las Vegas happened 4 years ago. Since then the family has grown by three. There is one more in the oven due in November.

Coming from the California drought, I love how green Indianapolis looks.

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Family together, good food, new introductions, memories, old photos to see again, old photos to see for the first time, and relaxing together. I enjoyed capturing the moments.

Joe prepares his special hamburgers

Joe prepares his special hamburgers

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Plenty of good food!

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More food off the grill

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Alyssa bakes cookies with her Aunt Raena

Alyssa bakes cookies with her Aunt Raena

Setting up for another great meal

Setting up for another great meal

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David relaxing

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Photograph approved by Raena

We visit the  family business, Accurate Manufactured Products Group.

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Caught my reflection!

Matthew gave us a tour of his factory.

Raw materials used in production

Raw materials used in production

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Factory floor

Factory floor

Tour ended when we saw the custom styled mega RV.

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On Labor Day we visited Zionsville. Town settled in 1852 when the railroad extended this far west. It was named after a pioneer settler, William Zion. Located outside of Indianapolis. The main street now looks and feels like a village style downtown. Boutiques, art galleries, and locally owned restaurants line the brick street to encourage shopping and tourism. On this Labor Day not too much was open. But on Main Street we did enjoy ice cream at The Scoop.

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Zionsville Clock

Zionsville Clock

This historic church is now for sale.

This once historic church is now for sale.

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Couldn't resist those eyes.

Couldn’t resist those eyes. Missed my Libby.

I placed my digital files on my iPad, and sent along the files right away. Everybody connected to their devices.

Matthew watches Lincoln using a computer to visualize music.

Matthew watches
Lincoln using a computer to visualize music.

Gabriel keeping in touch

Gabriel keeping in touch

Time with devices

Time with devices

Good thing. Because when I got home I started part 2 of the down sizing process. More to come about “Stuff” in another post.

Time for goodbyes.

Short reunion is over.

Short reunion is over.

Until we meet again!

Mono Lake Tufas inspire me to try new photo processing techniques

Mono Lake is an ancient  65 square miles lake located 13 miles east of Yosemite National Park. It has no outlet, and continues to become increasingly salty. Amazing limestone rock formations called tufas form from fresh water springs interacting with alkaline lake water.

Mono Lake Tufas

Mono Lake Tufas

Tufa spires start underwater. Thirty foot formations become more visible as the lake levels decrease due to water diversions to Southern California.

Tufa Watches Over Mono Lake

Tufa Watches Over Mono Lake

In 1994 the State Water Resource Control Board in an effort to protect Mono Lake set limits on amount of water that could be diverted.

Gently Floating Along

Gently Floating Along

All kind of objects spring to mind when I look at a tufa rock formation.

Kissing Lambs

Kissing Lambs

It is so easy to imagine faces, and animals.

Animal Look-A-Like Tufa

Animal Look-A-Like Tufa

Serious Tufa

Serious Tufa

I spend time in the late afternoon watching birds around the lake. Some nest on the tufa. Later I photograph a sunset on the South Tufa side of Mono Lake.

Sunset over Tufas

Sunset over Tufas

Tufa Sunset

Tufa Sunset

Dramatic Sunset Over Mono Lake

Dramatic Sunset Over Mono Lake

Getting up early provides photographic rewards.

Sunrise Over Mono Lake

Sunrise Over Mono Lake

Summer Sunrise Over Watchful Tufas

Summer Sunrise Over Watchful Tufas

Early Morning at Mono Lake

Early Morning at Mono Lake

The tufas on Mono Lake are somewhat other worldly, and my photo processing skills felt free to experiment. I used Adobe Lightroom 5.7, Photomatrix Pro 5 and Topaz Plug-Ins: Detail and Adjust.

I semi reluctantly returned to Bodie and Mono Lake with my photography friends Anne and Laura.  My first experience had been clouded by altitude sickness. I am so glad that I set aside my trepidations and I came away with some good photographic memories. Note to self, always set aside initial reservations, and get out and make new memories.