Textures from a location.
On Location: Seattle’s Gum Wall – Abstract Art or Janitor’s Worst Nightmare?
After a wonderful walk through lively Pike’s Place Market, my nieces were eager to show my family and I more Seattle sites. Outside the market place we went, and onto adjacent Post Alley. I see the dutiful graffiti and bills posted for this concert and that political message. It doesn’t take long though to get past the typical “alley” graffiti and come face to face with a janitor’s nightmare. Gum. Loads and loads of gum. Gum smeared inches deep in some parts. Plastered on the wall for all to enjoy. My daughter’s expression sums up my initial feeling of Gum Alley as it is affectionately named. Eeeewww. To think how…
Textures+Place: Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
It was a humid day, large, puffy white clouds dotted the sky signaling an impending rain shower at some point in our afternoon. We arrived in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico with a bus load of tourists, but quickly disappeared into the cobblestone streets to discover this colonial Caribbean city on our own. The streets seemed quite empty to our surprise (and delight) for our mid-morning visit. Except for a few shop keepers and locals, we had the sites almost to ourselves. Little did we know, that once the cruise ships arrived, this solitude would change drastically. We dutifully wandered in and out of a few churches, but mainly stayed…
Textures+Place: Weeping Walls in Zion National Park
Nature is full of surprises. Although I’ve seen a relatively good sampling of National Parks in the United States, once again, I was humbled by another phenomenon I had yet to experience… a weeping wall. The Riverside Walk in Zion National Park, Utah is a path that winds along the North Fork Virgin River. As you begin the trail, to the left is the river, with a the steep canyon wall just beyond, to the right, another steep wall. As you continue down the trail, the canyon continues to narrow– ending in another trail, appropriately named, The Narrows. Along the way, I kept looking at the canyon wall to my…
Textures+Place: The Sands of Hawaii and a Free Download
There’s nothing like Hawaii. Being from California, I’ve been lucky to have been to many different Hawaiian islands. They all offer amazing tropical beaches, warm waters, and palm trees swaying– but each have their own uniqueness which means a trip to Oahu, say, is very different than a trip to Kauai or the Big Island. This texture sampling of sand from the Big Island, Oahu, and Maui is a great example of how each island can vary. I love taking pictures of sand. It seems so mundane at first, but when you see it in pictures afterwards, and start to compare sand in different locations– you can really see how different…