Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #147 Gardens

This week the Amy challenges us to share the beauty of gardens. I felt drawn to the peace I find while walking through our local gardens. I enjoy looking for the details I find, and thought this would be the perfect time to bring out my macro lens. This is problematic when the forcast for the weekend shows up with the wind icon. So I look back on my library of images.

McKinley Park Rose Garden sure puts on a colorful show.

The Getty Center in Los Angeles is absolutely amazing. The garden as an art form. These images are just a tiny piece of what you can experience. CoVid 19 has closed this from the public, but it looks like there will be a reopening soon.

A fountain, a maze, a focal point, a garden. Wow!
Eating lunch under live bougainvillea sculpture.

Mendecino Coast Botanical Garden located in Fort Bragg. The garden is located right on the coast. Location, location, location.

Robin posing for me!
The website describes this place as, “47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean”.
The coastal waves call to me.

Once again I thank you LAPC for helping me review places I have visited, and once again appreciate the beauty I felt when I took these photographs.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #141 Geometry

In this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #141:  Geometry Patti invites me to share images that feature geometric shapes.  I am having so much fun looking through my library of images, and trying to remember the correct geometry names.

I photograph hearts in nature! I see hearts everywhere. Do you?

Hearts decorate our lives.

Circles around me in Bodie California.

Curves are interesting to follow.

Resting Flamingo
This garden in aMazing. Getty Center in Los Angeles

Yosemite National Park and Mirror Lake provided me with this image.

Reflection on Mirror Lake complete this quadrangle.

I enjoyed looking through my archive to find some geometry terms. I hope that when you are out and about you look a little bit deeper and see some shapes also.

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

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Barbara Hepworth’s Figure for Landscape

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That Profile by Martin Puryear

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.