Monthly Sunrise Photos – December 2012

December in Seattle. Foggy in the morning, cloudy most of the day, a bit sunny from time to time, usually in time for sunset but not often in time for sunrise. One day last week there was a bit of clearing off the base of the Cascades, just enough for a slight pink hue off the rising sun to shine through.

This has been a great year of sunrises. I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as I have. I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition of waking up while it’s still dark, fixing a cup of coffee and finding a spot to watch the sun rise. When life is stressful and uncertain, I find it healing to pause for a moment and take in the wonder’s of God’s creation.

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sunshine and mountains

It rained a lot this week. Huge crazy rain with strong winds and flooded streets. Then today the sun came out. The mountains came out. Mostly. Then, just as the sun was setting the clouds flitted away and the snow-capped mountains were a brilliant pink.

Days like this more than make up for the rainy cloudy winter Seattle is known for. Days like this heal the soul.

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I’m starting to feel my age – I think

For those of you who are adults – do you feel like an adult? At what point in growing up did it hit you that you’re a grownup? Officially and all?

I’ve never been one of those self-assured children (or adults) who have their ducks in a row at all times. I feel more confident now about most things. However, I still have moments of social anxiety, awkwardness, and uneasiness. Still, in general, my 30′s have been good. Quite good really.

It wasn’t until recently that I’ve succumbed to the notion that I’m all grown up, an official adult.

The moment it hit me... the moment I knew that I’ve officially become an adult happened while watching Hunger Games. Josh Hutcherson. Don’t get me wrong, ‘Peeta’ is cute – but a heartthrob? No… not so much. He’s a baby. Oh geez – Of course he’s a baby. This movie is marketed to teenagers.

I wonder if my mom had a similar moment when Crystal and I were ohhing and ahhing over ‘Zach’ and ‘Slater’?

 

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Chihuly Garden and Glass

My mother has been a long-time Dale Chihuly fan. She came out to visit us in 2011 and we went to Tacoma where he has a few exhibits at the Museum of Glass. So when I heard about the large exhibit planned for the Seattle Center I called her to tell her about it. It opened May 21, 2012. This past September when she was out visiting we went to see it. It was every bit as lovely as I thought it would be. In some ways, it was even better than I imagined.

These are some of my favorite photos from our day. All taken with my iphone.

This is a 15 ft tall tower in the Sealife room. The exhibit “takes inspiration from the sea and Puget Sound.”

Up after a Persian Ceiling room was “the Mille Fiori. Italian for “a thousand flowers” – Chihuly assembles gardens of glass that include many of his series of works. The artist has said that memories of his mother’s garden serve as inspiration for these “gardens of glass”.

The next room housed Ikebana and Float Boats.  “This installation includes two of Chihuly’s wooden rowboats, one filled with Ikebana elements and another with Niijima Floats. Their origins date to 1995 in Nuutajarvi, Finland, where he experimented with temporary installations along the shores of the nearby river and tossed glass forms into it to see how the glass would interact with water and light. Local teenagers gathered the drifting glass in rowboats, inspiring Chihuly to create a new type of installation with a variety of forms including two see here.

The Ikebana Boat features long, flower-like glass stems inspired by the Japanese art of ikebana. Niijima Floats were inspired by the artist’s trip to the Japanese island of Niijima and by childhood memories of discovering Japanese fishing net floats along the beaches of Puget Sound.”

Next were some Chandeliers. Chihuly first started these in 1992 during a solo exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. In 1995-96 he pushed scale and placement in Venice. Thirteen Chandeliers were hung in outdoor sites throughout the city. This room includes five installations from, or inspired by, Chihuly Over Venice.

The next room housed Chihuly’s Macchia Forest. “Chihuly realized that the glass panes looked more clear and vibrant against a cloudy sky than a blue one. This idea inspired his experimentation to separate the interior and exterior colors by adding a white layer in between…. Each work is speckled with color, which comes from rolling the molten glass in small shards of colored glass during the blowing process. To complete the piece, he adds a lip wrap of contrasting color.”

From here we went into the Glasshouse. It’s 40 ft tall, made of glass and steel and contains “an expansive 100-foot long sculpture in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows and amber. Made of many individual elements, it is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. The perception of the artwork varies greatly with natural light and as the day fades into night.”  We wandered through the room and then into the garden area outside. Chihuly has often said, “I want my work to appear as though it came from nature so if someone found it… they might think it belonged there.”

(all descriptions of the installations came directly from the Exhibit or www.chihulygardenandglass.com )

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