Monthly Archives: March 2018

Little Tokyo Los Angeles

In the heart of downtown Los Angeles is the interesting neighborhood of Little Tokyo. Here are a few shots from the afternoon.

Outside of the Buddhist temple we saw strings with paper tied to them. Omikuji are strips of paper with fortunes that can be purchased at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples all over Japan. If you receive a good fortune, you take it home. If you receive bad fortune, you tie it to a tree or stand designated for this, and leave your bad luck behind.

Lucerne Sunset

This is a “throwback” from three years ago as it came up in my Facebook memories. There is beauty everywhere you look in Lucerne. But the magical moments as the sun sets reflecting on the water is otherworldly. Combined with the leafless trees and the purple gardens, this is a sunset I will always remember.

Denver Art Museum part two

A few of my favorites from a recent visit to the museum. The first picture was from an animated work. The second is “O’Keefe after Whistler” by David P Bradley and brings two different artists together in a fascinating way.

Several others are from the “Animals in Art” exhibit which is dedicated to our never-ending attraction to and the need to connect animals .

Snow in the forest

Following a 70 degree day on Saturday, yesterday brought thunder snow to the area. From the warmth of the house, we watched the snow fall and pile up.

“It’s like being in a snow globe.”

And now, the morning after, we have the peaceful beauty of snow laden trees under the bluebird sky. In a few days, as the temperature rises, it will melt in loud thuds to the ground and once again the forest will be green and brown.

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park Colorado

The Stanley Hotel is best known for the 1980 cult classic “The Shining.” Combining the talents of writer Stephen King, director Stanley Kubrick, and actor Jack Nicholson, this has incited more than its share of nightmares. Upon mention of the hotel, most people will immediately be thinking:

Redrum, Here’s Johnny, or a typewriter with the words, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

The hotel is a luxurious place with rooms and hallways full of charm, mirrors (are there evil spirits looking back at you?), fine dining options, and breathtaking views everywhere you look – Only a six mile drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Degas Exhibit at The Denver Art Museum

The architecture of the Hamilton Building is in itself a work of art. Designed by Daniel Libeskind who is well known for edgy, geometrically interesting buildings around the world including The Jewish Museum in Berlin and London Metropolitan University. He is also known for being chosen to oversee the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in New York. The Polish born son of Holocaust survivors said he took his cue from the nearby Rocky Mountains in designing the newer building of The Denver Art Museum.

The Milleners (about 1898)

The Dancing Lesson (about 1877)

Dancer with bouquets

The gift shop has a beautiful display, sure to capture anyone who imagined themselves in the paintings or sketches of dancers.

Some highlights from my visit to The Denver Art Museum special Degas exhibit.