(Mumbai, photographed October 2007)
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I felt the need to yell that.
As I mentioned in my last post, I had the good fortune of going to Trail Blazers camp on Saturday. I never went to a sleepover outdoor camp when I was a kid, and then the camp I went to in high school and served as a counselor at in college was a leadership camp. Ya, I'm a nerd but proud of it. But I always wanted to go to "real" camp, like Trail Blazers camp, where you get to sleep outdoors and hang outdoors and try to sneak into the boys' side of camp late at night (at least that's what they did in The Baby-sitters Club books I read while growing up).
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
In my high school art class, I painted a picture of this beautiful blue building. It had three tiers, and each tier had intricate designs of red and green and gold. I had first seen this building when I visited Disney World with my family. It was part of the Chinese pavilion in the "world showcase" at Epcot Center. I remember hating the inside of the building - they played what I had then considered to be an extremely boring movie of China - but I loved the facade, with its bright colors and unique shape. I snapped a photo with tiny camera. Several years later, when looking for inspiration for my painting class, I flipped through my photos and thought, yes, this is it. My painting, copied from my earlier photograph, turned out quite nicely and hung in the display case of my school's library for a couple months.
Then I went to China . . .
And visited the building.
You may think that I'm silly, but I was so thrilled to finally see it in person. To see the actual building that was the inspiration, albeit twice removed, for a painting of which I was really proud.
It's not actually the "temple of heaven" but one of the important buildings on the temple's grounds, but to me, it was heavenly.
(The Temple of Heaven, Beijing China, photographed May 2008)
Friday, April 9, 2010
Although my workload was demanding, I made sure on one of my last trips to build in a weekend just for me to see the sites in Beijing that I hadn't yet gotten around to see. And I lucked out on my chosen weekend. It was a gorgeous day when I walked around the Forbidden City by myself. Of course, it didn't feel quite so forbidden any more as it was crawling with mobs of tourists clustered around and clamoring to see the various buildings. But I happened to find some quiet corners of this massive former palace to take some photos and reflect on just how lucky I was to be there.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
My friend Heather said she likes my blog but she's detecting a theme so far. Lest you think that I'm a crazy cat lady who takes only photos of flowers, I present to you these photos from when I first met Heather, which so happened to be on a ferris wheel for Munich's 850th birthday celebration. Don't you meet all your friends that way? I'll leave it to her to tell you the story about how she invited herself to Salzburg the next day (she tells it much better than me as I learned last night).
(Munich Ferris Wheel, photographed July 2008)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I love spring, especially the first signs of it. Daffodils and tulips and crocuses. My dad always meticulously planted a spring garden in our backyard when I was growing up and I distinctly remember how happy I would get when I would see the first green bit of leaves poking through the soil. Of course then, it being Wisconsin and all, we'd get one more big dump of snow that would crush those poor early crocuses. But still, they signaled spring.
So you think with all this talk about spring flowers I'd post some pictures of say spring flowers. Sadly, I've been working too many hours and haven't had a chance to take photos of the flowers actually growing in the ground. This is the best I can do right now. Roses from winter.
(Bouquet of Roses, photographed January 2008)
Monday, April 5, 2010
I have a cat who likes to play fetch and knock over stuff. She turns two in June but still acts like a crazy kitten. I call her Princess Monster.