Santa Cruz, California

My first stop on my solo trip to Big Sur was Santa Cruz.  One of the reasons I was excited about this was visiting small towns along the way, taking back roads, seeing America…..

Nothing spectacular photograph wise, but a small seaside California town.


Clinton Walker Residence

This was the last Frank Lloyd Wright design I was able to visit in California.  This house was built in 1948 in Carmel, California on a small parcel of land jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. It is a private residence so I kept that in mind while walking around the property.   To my good fortune, the gates to the property where open, no cars in the driveway and landscapers were working.  Still, I only stuck my head in far enough for one picture.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

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California Day 3

Our third day in California, the second morning, started out stressful.  I realized late the night before that I had left my camera charger and extra battery in the hotel on Lombard Street.  The first call I made to the hotel said it was not turned in by the cleaning staff but to call the next morning after 11.  So being up again early before five I started searching Internet for any place I could buy another charger and battery.  There were some Best Buys and Walmarts around, but would not be open for several hours.  There was nothing I could do but keep my fingers crossed and start the day out as planned. Continue reading California Day 3

Precarious Rock

When I saw this rock, which is probably at least 30′ in diameter, on a hill on a road outside of Yosemite, many questions came to mind.  What is holding it in place?  Why did it stop there?  If it starts to roll how long do I have to get out of the way?  If it takes out the rental car, does my insurance cover something like that?  Would the rental car burst into a giant fireball and how far away do I need to be away to be safe?  If it does begin to roll, can I get it on video and sell that and make lots of money?

Rock at Yosemite
Rock at Yosemite

Marin County Civic Center

The Marin County Civic Center was one of three Frank Lloyd Wright designs I was able to visit while in California.  It was just a magnificent structure and I was amazed walking the halls.  From the Historical Marker:

The project fully embodied Wright’s ideal of organic architecture—A synthesis of buildings and landscape.  In Wright’ words, the structures were planned to “melt into the sunburnt hills.”

The Marin County Civic Center was the last commission by Frank Lloyd Wright.  It is located in San Rafael, California just north of San Francisco. The groundbreaking took place after Wright’s death and the construction was supervised by Wright’s protégé, Aaron Green, and was completed in 1962.

Next door was the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium designed by Wright’s design team after his death.

Veterans Memorial Auditorium

The Veterans Memorial Auditorium is down the street from the Marin County Civic Center.  It was designed by the Taliesin Associated Architects and was completed in 1971 in a way compatible with the main complex.  Taliesin Associated Architects was an architectural firm founded by Frank Lloyd Wright to carry on his architectural vision after his death in 1959. The firm disbanded in 2003.

Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium
Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

California Day 2……

From the South
From the South

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Our second day in California started with me getting up at 5:00 AM.  Of course my body thought it was 8:00 AM; this was a trend that would continue every morning until we came home.  So we headed down to the bay to get some pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge with the early morning sun.  With all the pictures I take, the colors are always more vibrant a few hours after sunrise and a few hours before sunset.  It was a very beautiful morning on the bay. Continue reading California Day 2……