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Wednesday, June 25, 2008


A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible. ~ Welsh Proverb


I just read the most wonderful post by someone I absolutely adore, the multi-talented and passionately expressive Gypsy Girl.

Her beautiful photo of sunflowers (she is one of my photography-inspirational cheerleading angels), the lovely poem and her personal fairy tale are something I think you'll enjoy. And make you think about what kind of seed you might be.
Babies and seeds and renewal and creating...all things on my mind lately.

Give the Gypsy Girl a visit here.


Gypsy Girl's post reminded me of some photos I took last week at the Chihuly exhibit that is currently on display at the deYoung Museum. These magnificent works of glass, vibrant exotic gardens of shapes and color, all lovingly and painstakingly grown from grains of sand birthed in fire...if you can make it to see these works, you will be astonished by their incredible beauty.

More eye candy is here.
This is a video profiling the artist and his work:


Anonymous June 25, 2008 at 10:50 AM  

gypsy girl is lovely. a smart seed. and i love the vibrance in the photos of the museum exhibit. truly eye-candy. : )

Debbi June 25, 2008 at 1:55 PM  

I walked all the way from the Mirage to the Bellagio in 103 degree heat when I was in Las Vegas years ago simply to see his glass flower ceiling. It was well worth the heat exhaustion. :o)

paris parfait June 25, 2008 at 4:33 PM  

The Gypsy is exceedingly clever, in all her glory. As for the glasswork, I love his stuff - there's a huge chandelier hanging from the entryway ceiling at the Victoria & Albert in London. I have a photo somewhere and will look for it. xoxox

tangobaby June 25, 2008 at 5:22 PM  

Hi mrs. sarah ott,

I agree with you 100% about Gypsy Girl. And I am very lucky that she is almost a neighbor now, too.

The museum exhibit is so gorgeous that the photos give you a good idea but the size and volume of the pieces are almost incomprehensible.

I've been on and off your blog all day today and looking forward to commenting on several posts of yours (all beautiful) and in the meantime, I've added you to my blogroll so I and others can keep up with you, too.

Hi debbi,

I'm like you, the only exposure I had to Chihuly up until now was opening weekend at the Bellagio, which was a total madhouse. Seeing his work in a place that gives it the respect and reverence it deserves raises the appreciation to a whole new level.

But probably that ceiling in Vegas is the most beautiful thing in that town.

Hi paris parfait,

The Gypsy is on a little roll now, isn't she. I can't wait to see what happens next for her.

Ooh, please try to find the chandelier. There is a room of them at the exhibit here, and all are spectacular.


Annie June 25, 2008 at 8:37 PM  

Tango, I was fascinated by the top photo, so much so that I saved it so I could look at it upsidedown. The picture is equally fascinating with the candles(?) pointing up.

Relyn June 25, 2008 at 10:34 PM  

Another lovely post from you. Here's what I think. I think you have the gift of encouragement and skill at recognizing talent. I always find lots of both when I come here. xoxoxoxo ~ R

Phivos Nicolaides June 26, 2008 at 5:53 AM  

Beautiful photos. I liked them as always.

Angela June 26, 2008 at 7:05 AM  

Thanks for leading me to Gypsy Girl. Beautiful, inspirational blog! And I loved looking at your photos of Chihuly's work. I'd seen an exhibit of his in a tropical garden in Miami a few years ago. All of his pieces were placed throughout the gardens. They blended into the colors of the flowers and trees. Sometimes you had to really look hard to see if there were glass sculptures in a patch of nature. It was gorgeous.... this art mirroring nature effect. So to see his work here, with the black background and lighting, is a cool contrast. Anyway, thanks for posting these.

tangobaby June 26, 2008 at 10:11 AM  

Hi Annie,

That's a fun idea. I'll have to try that myself and see how it looks. The chandelier looks to me like a baby Big Bang, a crystallized explosion.

Hi Relyn,

Thank you! I wanted to take some very good photos for you, since I know how much you love Chihuly's work.

I just posted some more eye candy for you here:


Hi Phivos,

Thanks as always!

Hi Angela,

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

Your description of a half real, half Chihuly garden sounds incredible! I think the last photo shows something similar to what you must have seen, but I can imagine how fanciful it would have been with live plants as well.

I just hopped over to your blog, and what a great resource you have for people visiting BA. I stayed in San Telmo when I was there a couple of years ago and now wish I had an opportunity to stay in your lovely loft.

Christina June 26, 2008 at 10:46 AM  

Such a beautiful story you directed us to at gypsy girls site.

I think that is an exhibit I would love to see :)

Alex aka Gypsy Girl June 26, 2008 at 12:39 PM  

oh ~ you lovelies make me blush! And to think I was absolutely nervous to post my little tale! I'm glad you enjoyed it ~ And I can't wait to see what happens in all of our seedling adventures ~ I feel like we'll make a marvelous garden together! :D
* love chihuli. Have yet to go into the museum to check it out! xo

Christie @ fig & cherry June 26, 2008 at 5:47 PM  

What a gorgeous exhibition. Thanks to your lovely photos I got to go without getting on a plane!

Tangobaby saves the day again ;)

tangobaby June 27, 2008 at 10:44 AM  

Hi Christina,

I am thrilled you made it over to Gypsy Girl. I think you and she would enjoy each other's virtual company very much.

The exhibit is here until mid-September. Who knows? Maybe a little trip to SF is in your future?

Hi Gypsy Girl,

I'm so glad you were a brave little seed and wrote that story. You have so much to share with all of us and I'm glad I can help spread the word about your specialness.

I'm planning on going to see that exhibit A LOT so please keep me in mind if you want company.

Hi Christie,

I'm glad you're enjoying the exhibit through the interwebs, but someday I hold out hope that you will make it to SF because I think we'd have a lot of fun together.