Designs, Travels

Mosiaculture @ Atlanta Botanical Garden

After New York and Columbus (and chancing upon early works on display at the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga), I could spot a Chihuly a mile away, especially when inside a botanical garden. Even so, I had to admit the water features encapsulating Atlanta Botanical Garden's Chihulys enlivens the glass further. I'm not here… Continue reading Mosiaculture @ Atlanta Botanical Garden

Culture, Designs

Chihuly @ NY Botanical Garden

My first exposure to the glass artwork of Chihuly was in 2017 at the New York Botanical Garden. Billed as his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years, CHIHULY promised a "sensory-filled exhibition [...] showcasing Chihuly’s signature organic shapes in brilliant colors". Part new work, part retrospective, the 20 installations featured… Continue reading Chihuly @ NY Botanical Garden

Reflections, Travels

Cumberland Island – History meets modernity

Large areas of Cumberland Island were deeded to the National Parks Foundation by members or heirs of the Carnegie family in 1971. Other lands in private ownership were purchased with funds provided by the Mellon Foundation and Congress, and in 1972 Cumberland Island was designated a national seashore. A small number of property owners still… Continue reading Cumberland Island – History meets modernity

Reflections, Travels

Cumberland Island – Return to Wilderness

Cumberland Island is the largest of the over 100 Sea Islands off the coast of Southeastern United States stretching from the mouths of the Santee and St. Johns Rivers across South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. These barrier islands help mitigate the immense energy of ocean waves and protect the inner coastlines against erosion. Facing the Atlantic… Continue reading Cumberland Island – Return to Wilderness

Culture, Travels

Glass House in the Woods

Perhaps the second most famous private residence in the United States, after Falling Water, the Glass House was designed and built by Philip Johnson in 1948-49 to serve as his summer house. Over the next half century, Johnson would add both land and buildings to the estate which eventually became his primary resident, passing peacefully during the… Continue reading Glass House in the Woods

Reflections, Travels

Conservation Matters at the Columbus Zoo

It's fascinating sometimes how truly small this world is and how various strands intersect in unexpected ways. This story commences in January last year (2017) with me casually browsing through the New Yorker, reading articles that catch my eye. Yes, I still read the paper version of newspapers and magazine - there's just something about… Continue reading Conservation Matters at the Columbus Zoo

Reflections, Travels

Chihuly at Franklin Park Conservatory

Summer is a great time to visit botanical gardens. It's the best time to enjoy lush green foliage, flower in full bloom and of course, bask in special exhibits. This was especially true of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, OH where in the Pacific Island Water Garden colorful Central American butterflies… Continue reading Chihuly at Franklin Park Conservatory

Reflections

Legendary tracks – Churchill Downs

Despite the fact that wagering on races has risen in recent years, there is no denying that overall horse racing viewership and attendance has been in decline since the latter half of the 20th century. Haven grown up relatively close to Saratoga Springs, my parents brought me to the tracks as a kid and I… Continue reading Legendary tracks – Churchill Downs

Travels

A Day in Cincinatti

Cincinnati is called The Queen City or The Queen of the West due to its spectacular growth in the 19th century as industrialists and entrepreneurial adventurers sought out opportunities along the banks of the mighty Ohio River. Among the many that came was Alphonso Taft, who made the move from Vermont in 1838 to establish… Continue reading A Day in Cincinatti