Sunday, July 22, 2007

Ah! Sunflower

"Ah, Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime,
Where the traveller's journal done;
Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!"
~ William Blake

1972: Brazil - Catete Palace

Facade of the Catete Palace
"The seat of Brazil's Republican Government from 1897 through 1960, the neo classical facade of the Catete Palace is faced with granite and pink marble, its gateways framed in white marble. No less than eighteen presidents of Brazil have passed through its doors, and some of the most important events in the nation's history have taken place here, including decisions to fight in both World Wars and the suicide of President Getúlio Vargas. Transformed into a museum after the Federal Capital moved to Brasilia, this palace today features a busy cultural agenda, in addition to a bookstore, bar, restaurant and souvenir boutique. Its attractive gardens offer moments of peace during the day, and a venue for pleasant evening strolls." cite

Friday, July 20, 2007

1972: Brazil

Rio de Janeiro - the ferry to Niteroi.
The building just right of center is the old post office.
Photo Credit: J.A. Vigil

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

"O sleep, O gentle sleep,
Nature's soft nurse, how have I frighted thee,
That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down
And steep my senses in forgetfulness?
Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs,
Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee
And hushed with buzzing night-flies to thy slumber,
Than in the perfumed chamber of the great,
Under the canopies of costly state,
And lulled with sound of sweetest melody?"

William Shakespeare, King Henry the Fourth, Part II (King Henry at III, i)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sunflower: Profile II

1972: Brazil

The Brazilian Pavillion at the 1904 Saint Louis Purchase Centennial International Exhibition (St. Louis World's Fair). In 1906 it was rebuilt in Rio de Janeiro at the intersection of the Central and Beira-Mar Avenues and renamed the Monroe Palace, after former American President James Monroe (5th President). In 1976 this building was demolished. Read more about it here.
Photo Credit: J.A. Vigil

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Sitting

"To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."
Excerpt from Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
(definition for verdure)

Monday, July 09, 2007

Black Eyed Susan

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
Excerpt from The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe

(Experimenting with Photoshop)

Sunday, July 01, 2007