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Murals and Graffiti over Miami

October 7, 2016 • By

I love art in all of its forms, but nothing is purer than the bold expression of street murals and graffiti renditions.  I can’t say when I became interested in this type of art.  I think it may have something to do with the fact that it’s considered taboo and even criminal in most parts and simply appealed to the rebel in me.

Graffiti, in particular, is the raw expression of social causes, grievances, joys and disdain with the system or government, the world or just the unfiltered state of someone’s mind at a given time.  It’s real and honest and is neither right nor wrong.  It has a purpose and it’s up to the audience to figure it out or not.  At the end of the day, there’s really no consensus needed because the artist isn’t asking for it.  Their message stands on its own merit and isn’t seeking approval from anyone.

It’s fitting that Miami would be open such displays of grandeur; a short drive around the city will quickly inform you that they are not afraid of color or bold statements.  How can you not admire that?


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Candid Photos I’ve Taken On Trips That Have Inspired, Surprised And Puzzled Me

March 13, 2013 • By

 

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Beautiful art figures from the First Nations People at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

I’ve noticed that one of the things that I tend to do while I travel is to snap photos for no good reason.  Usually, I am on a tour bus or casually walking along a city street that I decide to immortalize my surroundings by capturing random scenes through my camera lens.

It doesn’t have to be something massive or particularly significant; I’m usually moved to do so because of how I am feeling at the moment.  I’m usually overwhelmed by the people, a particular circumstance, an unusual building….something that captures my attention that compels me to document it.

Of course, those pictures usually turn out to be a blurry mess and sometimes in rarer moments, they become unforgettable treasures.  I decided to share a few with you dear reader in the hopes that you could appreciate the method to my madness: “Sometimes the best photos are the unplanned ones”.

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We were on a tour bus that departed Santiago, Chile, destined for Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. It was early in the day and I thought I was seeing things but took the pic anyway. It looked like a cardboard house sitting on the hillside with a distinctive Mondrian palette. I have no explanation for this. This is not…..I repeat….this is not photoshopped and I am glad that I was able to capture it as the tour bus whizzed by.

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Travel Photo Thursday – Buick Sedan

March 24, 2011 • By

Buick Sedan

I’ve always thought that I was born in the wrong decade.  I seem to have wistful thoughts about what it would have been like to live in the 30s and 40s.  I love almost every thing about that era, especially cinema, which explains my fascination with film noir.

So, when I gazed upon this Buick sedan from the mid 30s parked in front of the Casablanca Hotel in South Beach in Miami, I was transported back in time.  I could imagine bank robbers, like the Barker gang,  hanging on for dear life on the side of each step plate as they made their getaway with Eliot Ness closing in on them.

What can I say?  I have an overactive imagination.  But it does remind me of old films like Mildred Pierce, The Women and Double Indemnity that featured actors who had both talent and moxie.  Yes, it’s pretty obvious that I was born too late.


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Travel Photo Thursday | Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

December 30, 2010 • By

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

One of the special delights of traveling is that you find yourself in extraordinary and unexpected circumstances.  We decided to spend a little time in Miami before boarding our cruise ship the next day.  As an avid gardener and a fan of architecture, I thought a visit to the National historic landmark, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens would be the perfect way to spend the afternoon.

As we ventured through the gardens, we were surprised to see a sudden flash of candy cotton pink fabric wafting through the courtyard.  For some reason, we were drawn to it since it seemed so perfectly out of place in the gardens.READ MORE


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Pictures of Miami, Florida

March 30, 2010 • By

Our visit to Miami was purely by happenstance. We couldn’t decide if we wanted to disembark from Ft. Lauderdale or Miami for our Caribbean cruise. After doing a fare search on Spirit Air, we decided it made (financial) sense to fly into FF and drive to Miami. We bid for and got a $15.00 per day economy car rental from Hertz via Priceline and we wanted the freedom of checking out Miami on our own terms.

We decided to hit South Beach to see what all of the hub bub was all about. Being a big fan of Art Deco, I was pleasantly surprised to see so many beautifully pastel structures throughout the area. The beach was crisp and clean and a wonder to look at. We didn’t stop to shop because the price tag was way beyond our budget.

Prior to our visit, we became aware of the Vizcaya, an Italian Renaissance mansion that has been converted to a museum. Renovations are frequent due to the humidity that the old structure is exposed to in South Florida. The beautiful gardens alone is worth the price of admission, so I would recommend a visit if you have an affinity for the historical preservation of our nation’s treasures.

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