Julia Morgan the Architect – Domain Names Can Speak for Themselves

Anyone who has visisted Hearst Castle knows Julia Morgan’s work. If you haven’t been there, this picture shows a glimpse of the castle-complex. The San Francisco-Bay Area architect designed more than 700 buildings with her Mediterranean & Craftsman styles .

What if she’d lived in the internet age? She might have registered her business as juliamorganarchitect .com. Her name spoke for itself! Yet, her personal mandate that her designs blend in with their environmental surroundings, might have led her in a different direction.

One third of the buildings Julia Morgan designed were on the grounds of women’s colleges or their associations. Julia’s alignment with woman-power made this a win-win. She was an early feminist and led the way for other women taking on male-dominated professions. Her mother modeled female competency by running the family’s household.

Morgan succeeded without the current-day help of domains on the internet. She proved to be a talented, independent, and successful woman taking on a profession few women were in. Morgan’s architectural influence left a lasting mark on California. Word of mouth and seeing the product were social media in her day, serving her well without the internet!

Thanks to Dorrie Langley, a local Bay-Area artist, who shared her research on the architect at the Lafayette Library in CA.

Composition in Photography and Symmetry in Nature

I recently attended a talk on composition in photography given by Erin Babnik. The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a wonderland of photographic-composition challenges. Walking through the garden on Mother’s Day I thought of Erin’s topics of symmetry and intention. My daughter’s comment about the intention of this asymmetrical succulent was a good laugh!

“It’s really hard to find symmetry in nature. That’s what makes it so exciting.”

Erin Babnik, landscape photographer

https://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/

Pat Thurston’s Interview of Dr. Mark Levy on KGO Radio: Where does he stand on the issue of President Trump’s mental health?

 

President Donald J. Trump National Prayer Service

President Donald J. Trump & First Lady Melania Trump / Washington, D.C., 1-21-17  -U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Paige Behringer

 

Dr. Mark I. Levy, prestigious forensic psychiatrist, talked with Pat Thurston on KGO Radio 810, this evening. He referred to the book he’s reading, Twilight of American Sanity…A Psychiatrist Analyzes The Age Of Trump, by Allen Frances, MDThurston brought up that a group of psychiatrists are feeling a professional duty to alert the public to their beliefs that President Trump is psychologically unfit to be president. Levy responded by bringing to light what Dr. Frances of Duke University is addressing in his new book. Frances, another renowned psychiatrist, who has been sought after to speak on the subject of Trump’s mental health, gives his take on the subject in this book. Dr. Levy spoke of the book’s revelations.

It’s beside the point that we see symptoms of mental instability in the President’s behavior. As a society, we suffer from many collective delusions. Such as: guns, (America stands out here in obsession), population growth (the myth of no worries), climate change, & trickle-down economics (proven many times over to be false). The list goes on. No matter, the people put him into the Presidency. Levy points out that many are dumbfounded (including him): There’s no EPA! There’s no ambassador to North Korea- the biggest hot spot on the planet! Despite any analogy of ineptitude, we’ve made him president (never mind the long-election story). The issue of the president’s mental health shifts to the sanity of our society in Twilight of American Sanity…

 Dr. Levy said of Pres. Donald Trump: He is talented in targeting people’s grievances & addressing them, a trait shared by authoritarian leaders throughout history.

Levy seems to be finding value in this newly-published book. I’ve included a link to the book if you want to check it out.

 above photo -via greenroomblog (.org)
book picture via Amazon      allen frances book amazon

 

 

Fotoclave 2017 – George Lepp, A Pioneer of Extreme Capture Techniques in Nature

Talk about extreme passion! George Lepp, sponsored by Canon USA, Inc., kicked off this weekend of FotoClave 2017 ‘An Entire Weekend of Photographic Inspiration’ in Pleasanton, California. Check out Lepp’s work with the following link.

George’s website

He has a number of techniques he’s developing- one is ultra-high magnification. Check out the thrilling colors of his butterfly picture! To read more about his highly successful career & his books I’ve included a link.

PhotoMedia features George Lepp

 

ultra high magnification george lepp

inbrief: Failure as Opportunity

A mistake is an event, the full benefit of which has not yet been turned to your advantage. -Unknown

Ed Land, founder & president of Polaroid for decades & the inventor of instant photography, had this quote on a plaque on his wall

-from The Fifth Discipline by Peter M. Senge      *One of my own mistakes was getting sand in my camera lenses! I had to crop out a spot on this photo. The advantage- I read up on tips for preventing this next beach visit.palm frond in light (sand spot removed)-2