Golden Bells

It’s in the Details

Golden Bells, Tower of Hope, part of the former Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California

Christ Cathedral, once called the Crystal Cathedral and the site of televangelist Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power,” is now part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in Garden Grove, California. The Golden Bells are part of the exterior architectural elements of the Tower of Hope, a 13-story office complex on the grounds of the church.  Designed in 1968 by  architect Richard Neutra and his son Dion, the Tower of Hope was the tallest building in Orange County when it opened. The fiberglass golden bells, donated by Walt Disney and known as the “Disney Bells,” don’t ring

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On the Road Again: Sunset in the Sierra Foothills

Lovely end to a lovely day in California celebrating my 65th with old friends.

Towering Glass

Crystal Bells

The bell tower at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. Formerly the Crystal Catherdal of Rev. Robert Schuller, the church is now the cathedral of the Diocese of Orange. Built in 1981.

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Uneven Surface

Bark

Bark, Coastal Redwood, Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Brea, CA

The soft, fibrous bark of the coastal redwood is fire resistant. Tannins in the bark, which can be up to 12 inches thick on a mature tree, help protect the tree from insect damage. California’s coastal redwood is the tallest tree on earth, reaching as high as a 30-story building. Trunks as wide as 27 feet have been noted. The bark in the photo is from a younger example of a tree that can reach 2000 years old. On older trees, the bark is bright orange-red.

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Mean and Green

Euphoric Euphorbia

A type of Euphorbia, Fullerton Arboretum, Cal State Fullerton and the City of Fullerton, California

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Tree

A Broken Heart

Hanging On, Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Orange County, California

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