Sometimes it’s the little things

Sometimes we get in such a hurry that we miss out on the little wonders. I mean the kind of things that you only see if you’re taking the time to really look at what is around you. I’m learning to go slower and pay attention when I’m outdoors. We have managed to find plenty of odd bits of art outdoors and I wrote about it last year in my post Art in Nature. This time, I found a few more little things, but nature made rather than man made.

Tree bark
Tree bark
Snail on succulent
Snail on succulent
Lichen
Lichen
Cypress bark
Cypress bark
Ripples in the water
Ripples in the water

I’ll leave you with a final thought

It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see. ~Henry David Thoreau~


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Blooming discoveries, Batman!

The month of May, when plants grow and bloom, has been spectacular this year. Ka-Pow!
Bookending a visit to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park were a solar eclipse on the 20th preceded by the apparition of the Perigee (or Super) moon on the 5th. Whamo!Celestial events

Eclipse and Perigee

This trip to the Academy of Sciences was made even more enjoyable because of the San Francisco Neighborhood Free Days, making our visit free. Zing!

The California Academy of Sciences
The Academy of Sciences, earthbound spaceship…

Having said that, and after viewing all the exhibits, it is well worth the regular admission price. We will take you along on our trip in three segments. The fourth would have been the Planetarium, but since photographs were forbidden and the material copyrighted, we are left with the aforementioned celestial shows available to all (or most). Zoosh!

I have played with the solar eclipse pictures a bit as the originals look like this and are not sexy enough (crash!):

eclipse seen through pinhole and screen
Pinprick through cardboard equals…
partial solar eclipse
partial eclipse
Solar eclipse with clouds
Clouded eclipse
supermoon over water
Supermoon over the Bay
Supermoon looks like Mars
A Martian looking moon

UP NEXT…

Inside the museum
Follow us inside…


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Happy Birthday to the Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge75 years ago today, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to pedestrians. A day later, it opened to vehicles. Named for the straight that it spans, the orange vermillion bridge has withstood the test of time. Its art deco style has attracted visitors from all over the world. She’s a beauty no matter what time of the day it is or if it’s rainy or foggy. She never quite looks the same way twice and in the ten years that I’ve lived here I never get tired of looking at her. The Golden Gate Bridge takes my breath way every time.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

bridge 4

Golden Gate Bridge

To find out more, visit the Golden Gate Bridge website.

For more photos and history see:
Sunrise at the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands
Fort Point photo gallery
Walking Fort Point and its seven feet deep walls


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A musical interlude and the content of things to come

I’ve been mulling over a review of the Mexican film “we are what we are“, finding it just about as difficult as reviewing, say, “rubber“. 2010 turned out to be a great year for quality films.

So as I’ve done in the past, I will do a sort of trifecta, in which I will use two other films which content helps gain an appreciation for the first one. These are Takeshi Kitano’s Yakuza movie “outrage” and Britain’s “Brighton Rock“, adapted from Graham Greene’s novel.

All three are terrific dramas well worth checking out. In the mean time, we hope you might enjoy a sampling of music we love. The first by French duo June and Lula: “I’m not going”.

Then from Brittany, Nolwenn Leroy’s “Tri Martolod”.

And from 1980’s Belgium, Front 242’s “welcome to paradise”…


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Musical archeology: where the switchblade came from…

Made you look. Okay, what was with the switchblade waved by Julien Doré in his video “les limites” posted here previously.

Glad you asked, because thanks to some hardcore detective work (okay: reading comments on youtube), we knew the video was inspired by an old Serge Gainsbourg song, back when they were called ‘clips’. Question was: which one? After hours of research fueled by coffee and aspirin, we found it in Gainsbourg’s song “les yé-yés”.

More can be found about the yé-yés here.

Now, Gainsbourg was always a better songwriter than singer and had a hit in 1965 with “laisse tomber les filles” sung by France Gall, then 17. This song might sound familiar as Quentin Tarantino used it in “Kill Bill”:

Now you know. Let’s bask again in a bit of retro-cool with another version of Doré’s song: it’s got dogs, a rooster, a pony!


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Frightnin’ night cat blogging: Happy Halloween!

This is a bit of a tour de force: Rhudha-an carved the pumpkin, set up the background, lured Kitsy to pose and shopped the photos in a short afternoon:

Of course, Tito appears as his favorite Halloween character:

Tito

As some of you know, we’re huge fans of the Mighty Boosh here. Watching the series episodes again, it was amazing to see how many unique ideas for Halloween costumes they provided. Thrown in for good measure in position number two is a music vid from Kasabian with Noel Fielding from the Boosh as Vlad the impaler. Enjoy.

Mighty Boosh (Noel Fielding Julian Barratt) “blackfrost” from the “Tundra” episode:

“Vlad the Impaler” by Kasabian with Noel Fielding (Mighty Boosh):

Mighty Boosh “super magic men”:

Mighty Boosh “Nannageddon”:


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