Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

This week’s photo challenge is “Sea.”

If we were to get technical, I couldn’t post anything as I don’t have photos of any of the world’s “seas.” However, since in popular language “ocean” and “sea” are used interchangeably, I will ignore that there is a difference between them and post photos of the beautiful Pacific Ocean on the California coast. 🙂


Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Blue and Yellow

I love how blue and yellow look together. And blue is my favorite color. 🙂


A Word A Week Challenge: Pink

The color pink. It’s a happy color. Some love it, some hate it. I think I love it…

This entry is part of http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/a-word-a-week-challenge-pink/

Travel Theme: Play

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is Play.

Here’s playing!

This entry is part of Travel Theme: http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/08/23/travel-theme-play/

Travel Theme: Big

Levitated Mass is an art installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It consists of a 456-foot-long slot, upon and at the center of which sits a 340-ton granite megalith. It is BIG! As visitors walk along the slot, it gradually descends to fifteen feet deep, running underneath the megalith before ascending back up.

Michael Heizer, the artist responsible for this installation, dreamed up Levitated Mass more than forty years ago, but only recently found the proper rock for it. The project included an 11-day journey to transport the boulder from a quarry in Riverside County to LACMA, traveling through twenty-two cities.

It’s an impressive work that required some complex engineering, given the weight of the rock and the need to address safety concerns, including those related to earthquakes. Standing under the suspended rock one can’t help but feel small and vulnerable. To me, the only disappointing aspect of the installation is that the huge brackets used to secure the rock are exposed. They are ugly, intrusive, and take away the illusion of a levitated rock. I’m sure this was not Heizer’s choice but most likely an issue of safety.

Levitated Mass was a controversial project from the start. Opponents complained about its cost –many wrongly assumed it was funded by public money– and after the installation was completed, they say it’s ugly and not real art.

This entry is part of Ailsa’s Travel Theme: http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/08/16/travel-theme-big/

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Houses

For this challenge I chose a set of colonial houses from Ouro Preto, a former colonial mining town, set on the mountains of the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Ouro Preto was a center for gold mining and prosperity in the 18th century, during Brazil’s Golden Ages. Its beautifully preserved Portuguese colonial architecture and quaint cobblestone streets earned it the designation of World Heritage by UNESCO.