Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Art of the Park



In case you haven't heard my whining from where you are (and if not, you might consider getting your hearing checked), it's been HOT lately.  So yesterday afternoon, my sister-in-law and I took a pleasant field trip to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, to use their air conditioner seek cultural enrichment.  We had a great time visiting Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and my personal favorite painting at the museum, "Saint Cecelia," by Guido Reni. 

On my way home, feeling more refreshed and less cranky and hot,  I stopped in at Sierra Vista Park for a moment.  It was 6:00, the temperature was somewhere in the 90's, and most people were still inside.  I decided to extricate myself from my climate-controlled vehicle and join the other 2.5 brave souls (one was very small) who were at the park.  I'm glad I did.  The park, the mountains, and the sky looked like a piece of art, with a little bench for viewing and pondering, right there in the front.

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  1. That's a very nice shot!
    Looks like you have a very nice, or expensive, camera.

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    1. Thank you, CP! Nope, I just have a little Canon Elph, and sometimes I use my iPhone. On occassion, I'll use the Picasa editing, to bring the color back to what my eye saw, but this needed only the tiniest smidgen. It was just a good day, I guess!

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  2. I'm glad you braved the heat to get the shot. On days like this, I figure most folks would stay home and keep the camera tucked into a dark spot.

    Which reminds me...I've got to make an appointment with our local museum, too. Air conditioning or not, I need the cultural recharge.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Carmi! I'm glad I did too. It's pretty peaceful out there, when everyone is inside. :)

      Enjoy your visit to your local museum. It's always worth it, isn't it?

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  3. Wonderful shot of a lovely park! I (almost) wouldn't mind the 90 degrees temps if I had that view :) Also, the Saint Cecilia painting is gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks, Lulu! That time of day is hard to beat, with the sun going down a bit, and the mountains doing their mountain-y thing. :)

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  4. Oh, Adele, those mountains. I do miss them. Beautiful photograph, lovely green grass and yes, what camera are you using????

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    1. Those mountains just can't take a bad picture! The camera is just my Canon Elph. Nothing fancy! I've been using my iPhone quite a bit too, and with the tricks that you and Petrea have taught me, life is good. :) Although, this time it was nearly au naturel!

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  5. http://pasadenaadjacent.com/2011/07/14/madelines-cupboard/

    ^ ^ ^ the above is my favorite piece at the Norton Simon

    I found myself at the Autry museum last Tuesday which is free every second Tuesday of the month. A show is on of Southern California women in design. Excellent. Edith Heath, who did the brown tiles on the Norton Simon exterior is featured with her utilitarian designs as well as some jewelry that I didn't know she made. A must see

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    1. That is beautiful! Will have to go back to check it out more thoroughly, now that I've read your post (which I have, by the way!).

      Thanks for the info on the Autry. That exhibit looks like a must see, for sure. Great topic!

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