This and That in Venice

I’m taking photos all over the place. Here are a few:

Jesus and Mary with what look like wigs, especially in Jesus’s case.

I think this is wysteria which must be so photogenic in the Spring. I liked the color of the wall, the window and the shape of the vine.

Chairs but also art.

Not everyone had elaborate, colorful costumes for Carnivale like these funny guys. They walked around insulting people.

I thought this little figure dressed for Carnivale was cute which I saw in a shop window of a place selling paper goods.

Train Station

I love old train stations. The one at la Rochelle is splendid and the one in Porto with its blue tile was fabulous.

Blue tile and some in different colours up above. The tile at the top tells a history of transport.

Another view.

The lower panels feature Portuguese history, and landscapes.

A closeup. It looks a bit like china from the Netherlands. The Dutch did indeed import their Delftware worldwide including into Portugal but soon local artists made their own. The tiling, by the way, was created by Jorge Colaço, a famous Portuguese azulejo artist.

Little trains here and there.

This was outside the train station, some people selling roasted chestnuts. As we approached the station, I thought something was on fire there was so much smoke.

Deset Garden

I am back in Paris but have this saved post from Arizona.

I’ve been reading about the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden for some time and the other evening Maurice and I went there right before sunset to escape walking around in the sun and hoping to get good light for photos.

There was a butterfly pavillion and we saw many, including this one with neon green in its wings. I was surprised to be able to see the screen behind it through the wings.

The best shot I got with evening light with one of the McDowel Mountains in the background.

Cactus all over the place, planted there along well tended paths.

Pretty architectural details.

Strange sajuaro head-not often seen.

Art work in the light after the sun set.

I would love to be here when they do Christmas lights.

There was a full moon although this sort of looks like the sun. One of these days I hope to get a good shot of the moon with my iPhone.


While looking around Old Town Scottsdale I found some interesting art, mostly part of a fancy art gallery I think.

I spied what I thought was a regular saguaro and went to get a photo with the pretty yellow flowers in front of it when I realized that it was made of metal.

Then I saw this group of metal sculptures.

The sculpted metal lady sported turqouise jewlry which I thought was cool.

Another metal sagauro, light post and a planter with cactus all artfully displayed.

Isn’t this great?  Nature is an artist too.

I think this was the entrance to parking at the gallery which I didn’t get the name of.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach isn’t too far from Santa Monica so I walked there. Venice Beach is a very popular tourist destination and this was a Saturday afternoon so it was packed. It’s a very intersting place to say the least with lots of weird people, a huge variety of art and people to tell you your future. You can get marjuana there too if you want. I ran out of energy before I could do much exploring but I did get some photos.

There’s a huge beach and many palm trees.

Lots of art on sides of buldings.

This one is famous and seen in lots of movies.

The creator of Venice Beach loved Venice and made these canals to resemble the real thing. I’ve seen these in lots of movies and tv shows as well.