Chihuly…one last time

On December 31, 2012, the Chihuly exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will close.  Last Sunday, I took advantage of an unusually warm day, and schlepped into the city to take in the magic one last time.

I’ve seen the exhibit several times since its opening in May, and I keep coming back one particular piece – Float Boat.  I simply love it.  Each time I go, I try to capture the glory of it in a different way.  I am always amazed by the boldness of the colors and the way they dance across the water.  I could spend hours sitting and staring at this work and never see everything there is to be seen.

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Of course, my second favorite piece is the water lilies.  I love they way the white glass contrasts with its surroundings.

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I’m sad to see Chihuly go.  It will be missed.

Scarborough Faire

My camera and I – and my family – embraced our inner geek and went to the local Renaissance fair this weekend.  As an avid people watcher, I am always intrigued by the array of people who frequent these festivals, and the lengths some of them go to in their costuming.

As usual I took way too many pictures, most of them were terrible and screamed of my inexperience, but here are a few who turned out pretty decent.

The glassblowing demonstration was the highlight of the day for me.IMG_9130

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I’m not sure who this guy was supposed to be.IMG_9185

Or him…but he rocked that hat.IMG_9175

Belly dancerIMG_9237

A little silliness…IMG_9288

Someone took his job a tad too seriously…IMG_9507

Voodoo child!IMG_9565

No Renaissance fair is complete without a good old fashion joust.  And what is a joust without a king.IMG_9933

And a dastardly villain.IMG_0023

And a king’s champion.IMG_9987

The good will be victorious!IMG_0001

I’m sad this picture didn’t turn out clearer. These woman made my day.IMG_9120