8 months ago, I met this lovely family. Stacey contacted me for an OpLove homecoming session last spring. Unfortunately, the Army called again and again, they are daddy-less for another tour. It's the job. It's the life. And they live it each and every day. But, before shipping out, Stacey called me again, this time for a family session. Last minute. But when you're shipping out in 3 days, you find a way to make it work. And we did!
We met at the Parthenon on a rainy Saturday and got it done.
And the rain stopped just as we started!
Probably one of my favorite shots!
A beautiful family that has been in my prayers. Until daddy returns home!
I (bravely) decided to go on the 4th grade field
trip last week. It was a walking tour of Nashville
and the state capital. Wasn't too excited about
riding the bus, but with the price of gas, much less
trying to park up there, I sucked it up. ;) It's
been quite a few years since I rode the bus...and
I don't miss it!
BUT...I'm so glad I didn't miss this trip. What a
great, informative and fun trip. I don't know if
any of the kids learned anything, but I sure did!
And got some rockin pictures!
Arriving...looking back at the capital from
Hunter with his cool shades!
Statue of Sam Davis..."Boy Hero of the Confederacy!"
And Hunter's favorite story.
TN State Capital...you can't really see the 3 flags
at the top, but the first flag is the U.S. flag, 2nd
is the TN State flag and the 3rd flag is flown when
the legislation is in session. They are in session at
Fun fact #1: The TN state capital is the only capital
in the U.S. that has 2 bodies buried in it's walls. Cool, huh?!
Fun fact #2: Mr Carmack lead the states prohibition campaign.
Under his statue are the capital tunnels that run from the
legislators offices to the capital. There are 2 tunnels.
Those tunnels were funded by the Jack Daniels family. D'OH!
That was my favorite story!
Side view and you can see the 3 flags. It's one of the
oldest working capitals in the country. And it's one of
a couple (can't remember if it was the only one or if there
were a few) capitals in it's original footprint. Meaning that
no rooms have been added on or taken away since it was built.
Ok, I lied. Not waiting until tomorrow. I slacked off on laundry
to finish the 2nd half of the photos today.
Standing over 27' tall and weighing almost 4,600 pounds, Saffron
Tower contains more than a half mile of neon tubing.
"The idea of a Tower just came from looking at one of my Chandeliers
and imagining what it would look like upside down." ~Dale Chihuly
Silvered Purple Herons
The Herons are another form that came from Chihuly's experimentation
with blowing different shapes and using new techniques while working
in Finland. After many days, the team made pieces that looked to them
like herons, which are wading birds found along shorelines and lakes.
These were not listed in the brochure, but a wise guess would
be water lilies?! 8) By the way, does anyone see "cat eyes" looking
at you from the tree stump? Since only 1 eye is visible, I'm guessing
it's a feline eye...kinda spooks me out!
Herb garden shed
Pretty Verbena still blooming
Reflection of light in the Frist Center for Learning
Blue Polyvitro Crystals
"The crystals are hollow and glacial blue in color. As with glass,
it is really light that makes the Polyvitro crystals come alive."
I thought these weeds were pretty with the crystal bokeh in
I thought this Japanese Maple was really pretty with The Sun
sculpture in the background.
I came away in awe of such beauty...and a few questions...first
and foremost...how do they protect the glass in the elements?! We
have had some pretty good storms since May, including some hail! How's
that work?! Second, I'd love to know now much it cost to ship all
this glass! And lastly...how the HECK is this stuff secured in the
ground/water??! I figure in the water it's weighted down (or something),
but what about all those thin reeds, cattails, etc??? We've also had
windy days...I think that's what intriqued me the most. I wish I had
found a guide to ask questions, but with so many people around, they
were always talking to someone. I do know it was an awesome sight and
I'm so grateful I talked myself into driving up there. It was worth
the time/gas money to get to the westside of Nashville!
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!