And Behind the Scenes
We spent a fabulous day at the Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, New York, with our guide Don George, who has lived half of his life with horses as owner and trainer. 50 plus photos accompany the article, a visual story.
Festivalul International de Jazz Garana, Romania July 21-24
Jazz on a Summer's Day. The German/ Romanian artist, Elisabeth Ochsenfeld, has curated an exhibition of vintage, black and white photographs of leading American musicians by Charles Giuliano. The portraits have been enlarged and laminated for outdoor display during the Festivalul International de Jazz Garana, Romania July 21-24. Following the event the images will be donated to a museum in Garana.
Remarkable Landmark and Heritage
Because of the ground water issues the burials in New Orleans are above ground in vaults. A tour of the Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District reveals interesting evidence of the ethnic diversity of the Crescent City.
Ancient Spirit Trees
Birches have fascinated me for many years! In 2009 we were introduced to Baobab Trees during a trip to Senegal, West Africa. Baobab Trees are also ancient trees with attributions of mystical powers since Millennia. The photo project attempts to convey some of the mysteries.
Berkshire Photographer Launched Project in 2005
Ian Grey's hummingbird project started soon after he and glass artist Isabella Raven moved to a wooded property in Florida a mountain hamlet on Route Two a short distance from North Adams. Over the course of seasons he developed an ever more refined strategy for capturing the birds which hover in space while drawing nectar from plants. From an average of 15,000 images per season he culls that down to a handful of keepers to print and exhibit.
Life is a Beach
Now that it is May beach resorts are launching the summer season. We got a jump by visiting Myrtle Beach and Tybee Island in February and a week on the Cape in April. We offer a preview of Truro and Provincetown with plans to return in the fall.
Poems in German and English
Spectacular late summer sun flowers inspired the poems in German and English by Astrid Hiemer.
Deep Below New Mexico
.The Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico were recommended to us as a destination on our second “See America” tour. We drove 3000 miles to have the experience. They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Depth Collection of Denver Art Museum
Many American museums display examples of the black ware pottery created by Maria Martinez and painted by her husband Julian. The Denver Art Museum has an in depth collection of these unique pieces in a variety of shapes and decorative styles. It is one of the highlights of their stunning presentation of the Art of the Americas.
A Drive South from the Berkshires to Georgia – 2013
Part Three you wonder? It's our second road trip which we chronicled in daily entries, noting all roads by numbers. And what an adventure! The stops in this report include days in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC.
Charles was Driving Ms. Astrid, the Navigator
After 6500 miles and 33 days, we returned home ! We had traveled through more than ten states, visited many museums and other cultural sites. We saw America's natural wonders, spent lovely days with old friends and met many interesting people along the way. Please follow us through our journey via photos and entries in my diary.
Visiting Friends, Art and Natural Wonders
Here's Part Two of entries from my daily diary, while traveling in North America. We started out in Massachusetts in May this year, drove through six States West and South to reach lower Texas, where we spent five nights. Texas is big and beautiful ! Then on to New Mexico, North to Arizona and Utah, East to Colorado ! From there through six more States, before reaching Massachusetts and Home again. Coverage begins in New Mexico.
From DC to Georgia and Home
When we started planning a trip south, Savannah, Georgia, was the first location that came to mind. Actually, John Berendt’s novel, 'In the Garden of Good and Evil,' triggered our thoughts and imagination. We wanted to explore Old Savannah, as he had portrayed it. Other stops along the way fell into place after that.
Poem Inspired by Vienna Viewing
While in Vienna Astrid Hiemer viewed the Venus of Willendorf. It inspired the poem reposted from Maverick Arts Magazine.
Hosting Epiphytes: Spanish Moss and Resurrection Fern
A series of photographs with a short report will remain on the BFA Project Space. These 16 photos were a gift, received from a very old Southern Oak Tree and the people, who care for the massive tree, hanging Spanish Moss and Resurrection Fern.
When a Rose Is Not Just a Rose
The artist Natalie Giungi is exploring thorny issues in creating a uniquely provocative rose garden. Leaning over to smell or examine a blossom there is a shock of discovering its unusual materials. She is in the process of creating an installation of this garden of unearthly delights.
Moby Dick's New England Legacy
In the 19th century the whaling industry, as chronicled in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick, thrived in Nantucket. The community declined after the 1850s, first through competiton from New Bedford and access to railroads, then through the introduction of cheaper keroscene lamps. Long languishing as a ghosttown it has been revived as a super expensive time capsule of historic architecture and culture. The island swells to some 50,000 inhabitants during the summer season.