Off To The See The Wonders Of Mother Nature 12/2/2016
Brian and Jan came to our house and we departed for the Huntington. It is about a 45 minute drive. Greg was supposed to go but alas his back/shoulder was giving him fits.
As we walked into the gardens and the first "display" we saw was called the "Orbit Pavilion"... What is that?
Each of the satellites were identified on their poster
It looked interesting from a distance
It was put in place just prior to Halloween 2016
It gets it's skin on and forms up rapidly
Good size inside... It can hold 30-40 people!
One way in---One way out
The skin is polished and quite modern... It certainly got Brian's attention!
Speakers, wires, music, looking to the sky... What is it?
Did You Know? - Based on the concept of listening to the sounds of the ocean inside a shell, STUDIOKCA, commissioned by NASA, has created the NASA Orbit Pavilion to immerse visitors in the sounds of satellites orbiting in outer space.
The traveling, nautilus-shaped pavilion provides a space in which to experience the trajectories of 19 satellites orbiting Earth. Made with 3,500 square feet of water-jet cut aluminum panels, the pavilion is "scribed with over 100 'orbital paths' fitted together and bolted to a curved framework of aluminum tubes."
Satellites that study the Earth are passing through space continuously, collecting data on everything from hurricanes to the effects of drought. What if you could make contact with these orbiting spacecraft, and bring them "down to Earth?"
The outdoor installation is the brainchild of Dan Goods and David Delgado, visual strategists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who worked in collaboration with composer Shane Myrbeck and architect Jason Klimoski of StudioKCA to produce an innovative "soundscape" experience representing the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth Science satellites." Inside the large, shell-shaped sculpture, distinctive sounds are emitted as each satellite passes overhead: a human voice, the crashing of a wave, a tree branch moving, a frog croaking. Each sound interprets one of the satellites' missions.
The exhibition inaugurates a new initiative at The Huntington focused on creative collaborations with other organizations. The new project, called "Five," pairs The Huntington with five different organizations over five years, bringing in a range of contemporary artists who will respond to themes drawn from some aspect of the collections. The Library's aerospace history holdings made this first collaboration with NASA/JPL a perfect way to launch the new initiative.
Each satellite has its own unique sound
The speakers hit you at all angles... REAL surround sound!
Brian enjoyed this experience... He looks so serious!
All weather speakers
We decided the cactus gardens would be pretty after the recent rains and we wanted to see the barrel cactus and their fat little tummies stuffed with water!
Many of the cacti had blooms partially because of the warm weather
Simply amazing how these little guys can grow up out of the rocks!
Reach for the sky!
OUCH.... Do not lean against this fellow!
He has a pointy personality
We decided NOT to invest in Brian's new idea
on how to use cactus leaves
We need this sign on our frig! Keep Paul out of the grapes!
The sun's angle lit up these cacti and gave them a golden tinge
Oops! Wazz missing...
Did You Know? - We got the story. A Yucca was planted here in 1924 and he finally gave up the ghost and fell over. They dug him out and are awaiting an appropriate set of cacti to take his place.
The famous "Water Pipe Cactus"... Looks just like a metal pipe, tight?
Dead? Not, it's just wintertime in the garden
Fat as can be!
Did You Know? - Some species of Barrel cactus easily reach over 1 metre (3.3 ft) in height at maturity, and have been known to reach 3 metres (9.8 ft) in some regions. The ribs are numerous and pronounced, and the spines are long and can range in color from yellow to tan to red, depending on the age of the plant and the species. Flowers appear at the top of the plant only after many years.
Barrel cactus buds typically start to bloom in April with a bright yellow or orange flower. Pink and red varieties also exist but occur less frequently. The flowers only appear on the very top of the plant. As the flowers begin to wilt in early May, they may change color. A late summer desert rainstorm can produce a late bloomer as shown in the photo of the orange flowered variety (it bloomed two days after a rain storm in mid August and then continued to bloom right through the end of September).
One should approach a barrel cactus with extreme caution. A puncture to human skin from one of the spines is considered a dirty wound. If the puncture is deep enough to draw blood, antibiotics may be needed; and could take up to several months for the wound to heal properly. Barrel cactus plants are one of the more dangerous cacti to humans in the desert.
Brian studies the great African water tree...
Jan keeps thinking about the big hill ahead of us!
"What would Hans think of this????"
Indeed a Sausage Tree....
Brian and Paul's imaginations were working overtime!
We made it to the rose garden and it was lovely!
"Spot of tea?"
"Too many selections! What should I try?"
Tea comes after the champagne
"Me... I mix to two!"
Holy Mackerel.... Da food dun arrived and there is plenty!
Brian uses the "magic decoder ring" to figure out what is what!
The finger sandwiches disappear
"I love these little sugar cubes"
Did You Know? - English crumpets are generally circular, roughly 8 cm (3") in diameter and 2 cm (0.8") thick. Their shape comes from being restrained in the pan/griddle by a shallow ring. They have a characteristic flat top with many small pores and a chewy and spongy texture.
They may be cooked until ready to eat warm from the pan but are frequently left slightly under cooked so that they may be cooled and stored before being eaten freshly toasted. They are often eaten with a spread of butter or an alternative, such as jam, honey, chocolate spread, margarine or yeast extract.
"Oh stop it... Don't be Koi"
"Let's get moving... The sun is dropping and so is the temperature!"
The gold is coming on the ginko trees
Did You Know? - Ginkgo biloba, known as ginkgo or gingko (both pronounced /ˈɡɪŋkoʊ/), also known as the ginkgo tree or the maidenhair tree, is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. It is found in fossils dating back 270 million years. Native to China, the tree is widely cultivated and was introduced early to human history. It has various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food.
The leaves cover the ground and soon will completely
cover the grass with a carpet of gold
"Good time of year NOT to be a gardener
A beautiful display of fall colors
An amazing tree but requires a lot of work!
The water in the stream was cold and moving pretty fast
On a cold Winter's day
Almost like a mirror.... The ducks keep the water moving!
Floating on the lake
Love the moon bridges
Is this one correct or...
is this one correct one???
What is that on the little island?
We renamed the island "Goose Island"
Just lounging around
The guard stands duty
There were seven geese on the island
"At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge," said the gentleman, taking up a pen, "it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices." -- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
Brian tries sake!
Did You Know? - Sake also spelled saké in English, is a Japanese rice wine made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, in which alcohol (ethanol) is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in grapes, sake is produced by a brewing process more like that of beer, where the starch is converted into sugars before being converted to alcohol.
The brewing process for sake differs from the process for beer in that, for beer, the conversion from starch to sugar and from sugar to alcohol occurs in two discrete steps. Like other rice wines, when sake is brewed, these conversions occur simultaneously. Furthermore, the alcohol content differs between sake, wine, and beer. Wine generally contains 9%–16% ABV, while most beer contains 3%–9%, and undiluted sake contains 18%–20% (although this is often lowered to about 15% by diluting with water prior to bottling).
In the Japanese language, the word "sake" (酒, "liquor", also pronounced shu) can refer to any alcoholic drink, while the beverage called "sake" in English is usually termed nihonshu (日本酒, "Japanese liquor"). Under Japanese liquor laws, sake is labelled with the word seishu (清酒, "clear liquor"), a synonym less commonly used in conversation.
Jan was the designated driver this evening... A good thing!
The Finch's met Sei and Manny.. The sushi chefs
Slicing and chopping and preparing beautiful dishes
Helpful hint for Brian....
"OK... We are going home now.... What has Paul done to Brian again?"