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Art Museum Wonder

A few days ago, I had the privilege of taking my two grandies (five years old in two weeks and one month short of three years old) to the Getty Center, a magnificent art museum sitting high atop the hills in Beverly Hills. I say privilege, because any time I can do something that will impact their creativity, I find it to be a privilege. It was their first time at an art museum, which made it even more of a privilege and momentous time. The world of wonder was seen through their eyes.

When they were told in the car, almost halfway there, where we were going, they were overjoyed! Excitement came out of their mouths, through their eyes, arms and legs, and it was a vision to behold through the rear view mirror!

The tram ride to the top of the hill, where the entrance lies, was a thrill for them, of course. And, the overview of the entire city impressed them…you can see for tens of miles on a clear day. Once we got off the tram, and they saw the entrance, they were extremely excited. They asked me if it was a castle. They kept saying, “Oh, my, gosh over and over”.

They were amazingly well-behaved, considering their ages, and we made it through two pavilions of varied artworks by masters. There was also a family center which they thoroughly enjoyed. It was all hands on, so it was a treat for them to be able to touch, draw, color, paint, pull/tug, and view objects of tones and textures. They enjoyed it so much!

I was proud of them and their interest and curiosity. I loved watching them pick out details in the paintings, things of interest to them. We stayed for a little over three hours, not too long a time, and not too short a time for their first experience.

Needless to say, they loved the tram ride back down the hillside.

When my daughter and son-in-law came home from work, the grandies ran up to them joyously, speaking over their own words, filled with excitement, eager to explain their journey. According to them, “it was exciting, and a beautiful place to go“, and they “want to go back again very soon, like next week“. LOL. They chatted on and on about it.

I love the Getty Center, love the magnificent castle-like architecture, love walking the grounds, love looking out over the entire city from high above, love looking in the varied pavilions at the exhibits, and feel a sense of wonder every time I visit, which is every three or four months.

The photographs are my contribution for Our World Tuesday.

May 8, 2012 – 16 Iyyar, 5772

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Natural and Man Made Formations

Some arches or entrances to pathways are natural, and form with the environment.

Some arches or entrances are man-made.

I love the beauty of the natural arch formations, and I also love how the man-made ones are also lovely in their own right.

Each one serves a purpose. Some are for decorative reasons leading nowhere in particular, or decorative with a pathway intention in mind, and others are used as a gazebo of sorts…holding flower vines, while some just flow naturally, along a pathway, due to the age of a tree or vine.

The photographs above were taken at Descanso Gardens a few weeks back.

I am contributing them to Straight Out of the Camera Sunday.

There are also the archways and entrances within our minds, that lead us towards varied paths, paths which can enhance the course of our life.

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
Henry David Thoreau

Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.
Louis Kahn

May 6, 2012 – 14 Iyyar, 5772

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Sunday Scenes February 19, 2012

It is time for Straight Out of the Camera Sunday! It is also time for Shadow Shot Sunday 2. The photograph above was taken last week, unbeknownst to my two grandies. I liked how they were wrapped up in thoughts and shadows.

All photography, writing, poetry, etc. is my copyright and may not be reproduced without my express written permission.

February 19, 2012 – 26 Sh’vat, 5772


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Puddle at the Park

It rained today, leaving the local park filled with puddles that my grandies wanted to splash in on the way to Emily’s ballet class. Emily had to wait until her ballet class was over in order to splash through them with her boots.

I took the above photograph at dusk, and liked the reflections in the puddle.

Visit Our World Tuesday for more photos from around the world.

Other stories:

The 2011 National Book Award Winners have been announced. I

National Council of Jewish Women will hold one of their five or six yearly “Best of the Best” events on February 8, 2012.

The Skirball Cultural Center is presenting the exhibit Women Hold Up Half the Sky, through May 20, 2012.

Read an excellent article on Gloria Allred, here.

January 23, 2012 – 28 Tevet, 5772

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Jewaicious Sunday Scenes

My grandchildren love to watch the birds and ducks at the local lake. No matter the season, they enjoy looking at the feathered friends.

It is Sunday, and that means that you can post your photography on Straight Out Of the Camera Sunday!

Last week there were so many birds and ducks on the ground, more than were in the water. I liked the way they were all standing together, as if waiting for some fun to begin.

Visit here, to view more photographs from around the world.

The National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles has some wonderful upcoming events.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be attending a Tuscon anniversary remembrances on the first anniversary of her being shot, along with other victims and family members and friends of victims.

The Skirball Cultural Center has some compelling looking upcoming films.

The Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, CA has some excellent events you might want to check out. Find them here.

Visit The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for a listing of their upcoming events.

January 8, 2012 – 13 Tevet, 5772


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Strolling by the Beach, Fenced

This is my submission for Straight out of the Camera Sunday.

The individuals are walking towards the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier and to the beach.

I am sorry for the update. I noticed, in one of my comments, that there is a new photo challenge entitled Simply Silver Sunday. I decided to submit a photograph to it, and include the photograph in today’s post. It is a photo I have never posted online, which is one of the rules of submission.

January 1, 2012 – 6 Tevet, 5772


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