That when the winter doldrums set in in the middle of winter...you know, when it's cold, snowy and generally ugly outside, Opryland is a safe haven. :) When you need a dose of summer, their indoor gardens are always blooming and green. I will be back in a few months for my spring kickstart!
And as I was leaving, their beautiful Pansy's that will bloom outside all winter.
What a wonderful day. I wish I had thought to say the heck with school and
taken the boys with me. A day of art would have been so much fun for all of
us. (Especially since it was "free" day!) My "me" day was so worth it!
I had never heard of Dale Chihuly before the exhibit came to Cheekwood,
(I have since been schooled by 2 Seattle friends!), so after hearing about
it on tv one day, I decided to check it out. For more information, check
him out HERE...I am so glad I did! I took 242 pictures and have slowly been whittling them down to a manageable number! I think I may have to put a new portable hard drive on my Christmas list, as my current one is starting to groan as I fill it up!
If you ever hear about a Chihuly exhibit near you, it is worth it to go
check it out. (Psst...also check for free community days, as they do offer
them sometimes!) Free = Awesomeness!
"If you take a thousand blown pieces of a color, put them together, and
then shoot light through them, that's going to be something to look at. It's
mysterious, defying graviey or seemingly out of place - like something you
have never seen before." -Dale Chihuly
This one really reminded me of a Christmas ornament! The detail
in some of the pieces is just amazing.
Blue Marlins...you can really see them as birds from overhead. If you
know what you are looking at, you can see them ok on the side view,
but you see the small "clusters" on the overhead shot.
Blue Marlins / Side view
"I love to juxtapose the manmade and the natural to sort of
make people wonder,is it manmade or did it come from nature?
That's a very important part of my work."
Waterfall/Walla Walla's...by the look of the crowd, can you wonder
how I was able to get so many pictures WITHOUT people in them?!
I really love this...wish I knew what she was thinking!
To create the long, tubular shape of a Reed, one glassblower
is elevated in a mechanical lift while blowing through the pipe
to encourage the form to stretch, while another pulls the glass
toward the ground. Some Reeds are longer than 10 feet!
Named for both the island and the traditional Japanese fishing
boats, they may be the largest free-blown glass forms in the world.
Pano of 5 or 6 pictures, stitched together.
Part 2 coming tomorrow with the rest of the pictures!