Reflections

RiverSide Reflections

Reflections, Weisman Art Museum, designed by Frank Gehry (1993 and 2011), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

I have to admit, I am not a fan of Frank Gehry designs. And I am not a fan of where the University of Minnesota stuck the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum Gehry designed. It is out-of-sync with the Art Deco student union and the 1940 dormitory it sits between. Because it hangs on the edge of a bluff overlooking River Road and the Mississippi River, it does catch unobstructed reflections from the sky and the Washington Avenue Bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River. The actual reflections on the brushed stainless steel panels are more subtle. I enhanced them for dramatic effect.

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Karnak The Magnificent

Larger Than Life

The great hypostyle hall, Karnak Temple, El-Karnak, Luxor Governorate, Egypt

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Secrets or Lies

The Whisper

Secrets or Lies

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Backroads America: Grotto of the Redemption

Holy Row

Stations of the Cross, Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend, Iowa

Stations of the Cross, Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend, Iowa

If you are ever near West Bend, Iowa, you must try to visit the Grotto of the Redemption. It is a worthwhile detour, regardless of your religious affiliation or lack thereof.  Father Paul Dobberstein, a German immigrant, began construction of the grotto in 1912 and continued building for 42 years.  He collected materials for years before beginning construction. According to iowabeautiful.com, the Grotto is “a complex of nine different grottos in West Bend, Iowa, each one portraying a different scene from the life of Christ. The fourteen Stations of the Cross are also depicted. The grottos were built using stones and gems from all over the world. It was started in 1912 and now covers nearly a whole city block. The materials used in its construction are considered to be the world’s most complete man-made collection of minerals, fossils, shells, and petrifications in one place.”

I will have a longer post about the Grotto soon.

Play Ball

Batter Up

 

American Legion Baseball, Sioux Falls, SD

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Tuesday Photo Challenge: Treat

Cistercian Sweets

Cornucópia, Pastelaria Alcoa, Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal

Cornucópia, a egg cream pastry from the Alcobaça region, in the window of Pastelaria Alcoa, in the Chiado district of Lisbon. The crunchy cone is hand stretched and fried in olive oil, then filled with the egg cream.

Pastelaria Alcoa specializes in “conventual” pastry (pastry originally made by monk and nuns in Portugal) and follows the traditional recipes created by the Cistercian monks of Alcobaça. Convents and monasteries began creating sweets in the 15th-century when the growth of global trade routes brought spices, sugar, and other ingredients to Portugal. Over 200 sweets are still made using the original recipes, many of them kept secret. Numerous places in Portugal are identified with a specific pastry; just check out the local bakeries and you can’t miss them.

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