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March 2022

Highlights from excellent Virginia Museum of Fine Arts pt 1

Imperial Rock Crystal Easter Egg with Revolving Miniatures, Faberge, 1896; in 1996, VMFA was 1 of 5 major American museums to present Fabergé in America; this exhibition, featuring 400  objects and 15 imperial Easter eggs, drew 130,000  visitors

Imperial Rock Crystal Easter Egg with Revolving Miniatures, Faberge, 1896; in 1996, VMFA was 1 of 5 major American museums to present Fabergé in America; this exhibition, featuring 400+ objects and 15 imperial Easter eggs, drew 130,000+ visitors

Chloe, Jaume Plensa, 2016; Plensa distorted Chloe's profile by compressing its depth and so viewers will experience unexpected shifts in perspectives as they move (the surface reflects light—adding a glittering, otherworldly dimension)

Chloe, Jaume Plensa, 2016; Plensa distorted Chloe's profile by compressing its depth and so viewers will experience unexpected shifts in perspectives as they move (the surface reflects light—adding a glittering, otherworldly dimension)

House at Dusk, Edward Hopper, 1935; the work was purchased by the museum in 1953 for $4000; 16 years earlier the artist had served as a juror in the museum's first biennial exhibition

House at Dusk, Edward Hopper, 1935; the work was purchased by the museum in 1953 for $4000; 16 years earlier the artist had served as a juror in the museum's first biennial exhibition

Two Windows, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1912; these windows were part of a larger set designed for a children's playhouse; the bright, primary colors drew from Wright's fond memories of parades as a child

Two Windows, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1912; these windows were part of a larger set designed for a children's playhouse; the bright, primary colors drew from Wright's fond memories of parades as a child

Punch Bowl with Three Ladles, Tiffany, 1900; among the most important pieces designed by Tiffany's, this punch bowl was displayed at the Paris World's Fair of 1900 where Louis Comfort Tiffany won a grand prize and was awarded the French Legion of Honor

Punch Bowl with Three Ladles, Tiffany, 1900; among the most important pieces designed by Tiffany's, this punch bowl was displayed at the Paris World's Fair of 1900 where Louis Comfort Tiffany won a grand prize and was awarded the French Legion of Honor

14th Street, Bumpei Usui, 1924; born in Nagano, Japan and raised on a silkworm farm, Usui was a member of the Precisionist school which took as their primary subject the simple geometric forms of machines and urban life

14th Street, Bumpei Usui, 1924; born in Nagano, Japan and raised on a silkworm farm, Usui was a member of the Precisionist school which took as their primary subject the simple geometric forms of machines and urban life

Brideship, Thomas Hart Benton, 1928; this painting depicts an episode from the early 1620s when 147 women were shipped from England to serve as brides for the first lonely settlers in Virginia

Brideship, Thomas Hart Benton, 1928; this painting depicts an episode from the early 1620s when 147 women were shipped from England to serve as brides for the first lonely settlers in Virginia

Lamp, Boston and Sandwich Glass Co., 1865; a masterful example of 19th century glassmaking, this 26 lb lamp required incredible technical skill to create the colors as well as the delicate carving

Lamp, Boston and Sandwich Glass Co., 1865; a masterful example of 19th century glassmaking, this 26 lb lamp required incredible technical skill to create the colors as well as the delicate carving

Antioch Mosaics, late 2nd century-early 3rd century AD; once part of a hallway floor, I was so impressed by these mosaics from Antioch in present-day Turkey (the Baltimore Museum of Art has 28 large pieces too)

Antioch Mosaics, late 2nd century-early 3rd century AD; once part of a hallway floor, I was so impressed by these mosaics from Antioch in present-day Turkey (the Baltimore Museum of Art has 28 large pieces too)

Cigarette Case, Faberge, 1899; so many of the amazing Faberge pieces didn't photograph well; in 1960, the VMFA was the first in the US to introduce night hours at an art museum

Cigarette Case, Faberge, 1899; so many of the amazing Faberge pieces didn't photograph well; in 1960, the VMFA was the first in the US to introduce night hours at an art museum

The Abundance of Nature, Severin Roesen, 1855; this is the largest known canvas from Roesen who emigrated from Germany; he is considered the leading practitioner of still-life painting in mid-19th century America

The Abundance of Nature, Severin Roesen, 1855; this is the largest known canvas from Roesen who emigrated from Germany; he is considered the leading practitioner of still-life painting in mid-19th century America

L'Aperitif, William Glackens, 1926; am I the only one that thinks the subject here looks like Boy George?; the work highlights the harshness of urban life as the woman is smoking and drinking by herself

L'Aperitif, William Glackens, 1926; am I the only one that thinks the subject here looks like Boy George?; the work highlights the harshness of urban life as the woman is smoking and drinking by herself

SLAB, Richard FIEND Jones, 2021; customized cars known as SLABs (slow, loud and banging) emerged from Houston in the mid-1980s and by the 1990s had become a legitimate urban art form

SLAB, Richard FIEND Jones, 2021; customized cars known as SLABs (slow, loud and banging) emerged from Houston in the mid-1980s and by the 1990s had become a legitimate urban art form

Buffet, Louis Majorelle, 1904; I was very impressed by the Museum's collection of Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces; as a fan of both, I had not realized that the museum had special collections in these areas

Buffet, Louis Majorelle, 1904; I was very impressed by the Museum's collection of Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces; as a fan of both, I had not realized that the museum had special collections in these areas

Vase, Tiffany, 1895; in the midst of the Great Depression, on January 16, 1936, Virginia’s political and business leaders bravely demonstrated their faith in the future and their belief in the value of art by opening the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Vase, Tiffany, 1895; in the midst of the Great Depression, on January 16, 1936, Virginia’s political and business leaders bravely demonstrated their faith in the future and their belief in the value of art by opening the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Daily Devotions, Sara November, 1944; this NY native moved to Richmond in the 1920s and was active with the VMFA; she came up with the idea for the Artmobile (like a Bookmobile with art)

Daily Devotions, Sara November, 1944; this NY native moved to Richmond in the 1920s and was active with the VMFA; she came up with the idea for the Artmobile (like a Bookmobile with art)

Interior: Two Chairs and Fireplace, Mickalene Thomas, 2011; this painting is unusual for the artist since there is a setting without a figure; the rich profusion of patterns plays on Matisse’s paintings

Interior: Two Chairs and Fireplace, Mickalene Thomas, 2011; this painting is unusual for the artist since there is a setting without a figure; the rich profusion of patterns plays on Matisse’s paintings

Temple Hanging, Tibetan, early 20th century; this hanging, full of emblems of abundance and auspiciousness, would have once enlivened the interior of a Buddhist temple or entrance hall, perhaps hung in front of a large altar

Temple Hanging, Tibetan, early 20th century; this hanging, full of emblems of abundance and auspiciousness, would have once enlivened the interior of a Buddhist temple or entrance hall, perhaps hung in front of a large altar

Lamp, Eileen Gray, 1923; Gray was an Anglo-Irish furniture designer and a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture; her most famous work is the house known as E-1027 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

Lamp, Eileen Gray, 1923; Gray was an Anglo-Irish furniture designer and a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture; her most famous work is the house known as E-1027 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

Chair, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1930; Wright designed Tokyo's Imperial Hotel (and its furnishings, like this chair) at the request of the Japanese aristocracy to cater to the increasing number of Western visitors to Japan

Chair, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1930; Wright designed Tokyo's Imperial Hotel (and its furnishings, like this chair) at the request of the Japanese aristocracy to cater to the increasing number of Western visitors to Japan

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Two fun days at the Indian Wells Open in Palm Springs

Bernie rented a magnificent home in Palm Springs in which we celebrated his 60th birthday; I met Bernie in 1988 with most of us in this photo knowing each other about 30 years with so many amazing memories along the way!

Bernie rented a magnificent home in Palm Springs in which we celebrated his 60th birthday; I met Bernie in 1988 with most of us in this photo knowing each other about 30 years with so many amazing memories along the way!

Martina is interviewing Cam Norrie after he destroyed Diego Schwartzman; Norrie (born in South African, grew up in NZ, went to college in the US at TCU, and lives in and plays for the UK) won the tournament to reach his career high ranking of #13

Martina is interviewing Cam Norrie after he destroyed Diego Schwartzman; Norrie (born in South African, grew up in NZ, went to college in the US at TCU, and lives in and plays for the UK) won the tournament to reach his career high ranking of #13

Leylah Fernandez won the junior title in 2019 at Roland Garros and stunned the tennis world with her run to the 2021 US Open finals; standing only 5 ft 6 in, her serve here was better than I remember from the US Open and she has great court speed

Leylah Fernandez won the junior title in 2019 at Roland Garros and stunned the tennis world with her run to the 2021 US Open finals; standing only 5 ft 6 in, her serve here was better than I remember from the US Open and she has great court speed

I still remember watching Andy Murray vomit on court twice during a match at the 2005 US Open; he went on to be ranked #1 for 41 weeks, win the US Open, win the gold medal at the London Olympics and end the British drought by winning Wimbledon twice

I still remember watching Andy Murray vomit on court twice during a match at the 2005 US Open; he went on to be ranked #1 for 41 weeks, win the US Open, win the gold medal at the London Olympics and end the British drought by winning Wimbledon twice

I remember watching Jelena Ostapenko win the 2017 French Open and just being amazed at her play since she wasn't missing anything; since being #5 in the world in 2018, the Latvian player has struggled but we saw her defeat Iga Swiatek

I remember watching Jelena Ostapenko win the 2017 French Open and just being amazed at her play since she wasn't missing anything; since being #5 in the world in 2018, the Latvian player has struggled but we saw her defeat Iga Swiatek

We attended on Tuesday and Thursday of the second week so many players had already been eliminated such as Medvedev, Rublev and Auger-Aliassime as well as Pliskova, Andreescu, Sakkari, Krejcikova, Gauff, Kvitova and Raducanu in the upset-filled tournament

We attended on Tuesday and Thursday of the second week so many players had already been eliminated such as Medvedev, Rublev and Auger-Aliassime as well as Pliskova, Andreescu, Sakkari, Krejcikova, Gauff, Kvitova and Raducanu in the upset-filled tournament

We saw Anett Kontaveit lose to good friend Ons Jabeur but after Indian Wells Kontaveit won her next two tournaments to reach a career high #8 and qualify for the year end championships in Guadalajara (edging Jabeur for the last slot)

We saw Anett Kontaveit lose to good friend Ons Jabeur but after Indian Wells Kontaveit won her next two tournaments to reach a career high #8 and qualify for the year end championships in Guadalajara (edging Jabeur for the last slot)

Grigor Dimitrov has been ranked as high as 3 in the world but has never made it to a Grand Slam final; we saw him defeat #8 seed Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 in the third in a well-played match

Grigor Dimitrov has been ranked as high as 3 in the world but has never made it to a Grand Slam final; we saw him defeat #8 seed Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 in the third in a well-played match

Bernie and Chuck hired one of the best chefs in the area to prepare a delicious dinner to celebrate Bernie's 60th birthday; in a normal year she would be working with the family of a top tennis player during Indian Wells like Federer or Djokovic

Bernie and Chuck hired one of the best chefs in the area to prepare a delicious dinner to celebrate Bernie's 60th birthday; in a normal year she would be working with the family of a top tennis player during Indian Wells like Federer or Djokovic

Bob was excited to watch 5 ft 7 in Diego Schwartzman but he won only 2 games against eventual champion Cam Norrie; Schwartzman, one of the few Jewish players on tour, excels on clay and has been ranked as high as #8 in the world

Bob was excited to watch 5 ft 7 in Diego Schwartzman but he won only 2 games against eventual champion Cam Norrie; Schwartzman, one of the few Jewish players on tour, excels on clay and has been ranked as high as #8 in the world

Ons Jabeur plays a flashy but at times undisciplined style reaching #7 in the world in 2021 becoming the highest-ranked Arab tennis player in history; she won the French Open junior title in 2011 after finishing runner-up the year before

Ons Jabeur plays a flashy but at times undisciplined style reaching #7 in the world in 2021 becoming the highest-ranked Arab tennis player in history; she won the French Open junior title in 2011 after finishing runner-up the year before

Hubert Hurkacz won his first title at the 2019 Winston-Salem Open and then won his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the 2021 Miami Open; standing 6 ft 5 in, his serve can be 150 mph which helped take him to the semis at Wimbledon 2021

Hubert Hurkacz won his first title at the 2019 Winston-Salem Open and then won his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the 2021 Miami Open; standing 6 ft 5 in, his serve can be 150+mph which helped take him to the semis at Wimbledon 2021

Shelby Rogers came back from down in the third set to defeat #1 Ash Barty at the US Open (she then lost to eventual champion Emma Raducanu); we saw Rogers upset Leylah Fernandez 7-6 in the third set in perhaps the best match we saw

Shelby Rogers came back from down in the third set to defeat #1 Ash Barty at the US Open (she then lost to eventual champion Emma Raducanu); we saw Rogers upset Leylah Fernandez 7-6 in the third set in perhaps the best match we saw

Alexander Zverev has been ranked #3 in the world but hasn't played well in the majors; he did win gold at the delayed 2020 Olympics and gave a solid performance here when we saw him defeat Andy Murray (he then lost to Taylor Fritz)

Alexander Zverev has been ranked #3 in the world but hasn't played well in the majors; he did win gold at the delayed 2020 Olympics and gave a solid performance here when we saw him defeat Andy Murray (he then lost to Taylor Fritz)

At 20 years old, Iga Swiatek is the youngest player ranked in the top 10; Swiatek won the Wimbledon junior crown in 2018 and became the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam when she conquered Roland Garros in 2020

At 20 years old, Iga Swiatek is the youngest player ranked in the top 10; Swiatek won the Wimbledon junior crown in 2018 and became the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam when she conquered Roland Garros in 2020

To get a red sky, you need aerosols and natural aerosols come from forest fires and mineral dust kicked up by sandstorms both of which affected the Palm Springs area for our visit; Bob was up early to capture this gorgeous sunrise

To get a red sky, you need aerosols and natural aerosols come from forest fires and mineral dust kicked up by sandstorms both of which affected the Palm Springs area for our visit; Bob was up early to capture this gorgeous sunrise

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American art highlights from the Met, pt 2

Autumn Rhythm (No. 30), Jackson Pollock, 1950; the Met acquired this monumental drip painting in 1957, the year following the artist’s unexpected death; this large work, roughly 9 ft by 17 ft is worth a staggering $140 million

Autumn Rhythm (No. 30), Jackson Pollock, 1950; the Met acquired this monumental drip painting in 1957, the year following the artist’s unexpected death; this large work, roughly 9 ft by 17 ft is worth a staggering $140 million

From the Faraway, Nearby, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1937; in 1935 O'Keeffe began to experiment with compositions that combined bones and landscapes, without regard to relative size, scale or perspective

From the Faraway, Nearby, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1937; in 1935 O'Keeffe began to experiment with compositions that combined bones and landscapes, without regard to relative size, scale or perspective

The Lighthouse at Two Lights, Edward Hopper, 1929; set on a rocky promontory in Cape Elizabeth, ME, the lighthouse at Two Lights seems to symbolize a resolute resistance, even refusal, to submit to change or nature

The Lighthouse at Two Lights, Edward Hopper, 1929; set on a rocky promontory in Cape Elizabeth, ME, the lighthouse at Two Lights seems to symbolize a resolute resistance, even refusal, to submit to change or nature

On the Southern Plains, Frederic Remington, 1907; the artist likely departed from reality for creative purposes by showing the cavalry as a vibrant mass rather than in a straight line

On the Southern Plains, Frederic Remington, 1907; the artist likely departed from reality for creative purposes by showing the cavalry as a vibrant mass rather than in a straight line

The Water Garden, Childe Hassam, 1909; my favorite American Impressionist painter, Hassam was born near Boston but spent the last 16 years of his life on Long Island where he painted this work

The Water Garden, Childe Hassam, 1909; my favorite American Impressionist painter, Hassam was born near Boston but spent the last 16 years of his life on Long Island where he painted this work

Abraham Lincoln: The Man (aka Standing Lincoln), Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1884-87; influenced by the sculptor's memories of Lincoln's visits to NYC, this statuette is a reduction of the work residing in Chicago's Lincoln Park

Abraham Lincoln: The Man (aka Standing Lincoln), Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1884-87; influenced by the sculptor's memories of Lincoln's visits to NYC, this statuette is a reduction of the work residing in Chicago's Lincoln Park

Sunrise on the Matterhorn, Albert Bierstadt, 1885; Bierstadt's theatrical art, fervent sociability, international outlook, and unquenchable energy reflected the epic expansion in every facet of western civilization during the 2nd half of the 19th century

Sunrise on the Matterhorn, Albert Bierstadt, 1885; Bierstadt's theatrical art, fervent sociability, international outlook, and unquenchable energy reflected the epic expansion in every facet of western civilization during the 2nd half of the 19th century

Snap the Whip, Winslow Homer, 1872; this is one of Homer's most beloved works coming right after the Civil War as more people moved to cities and the little red schoolhouse faded to nostalgia

Snap the Whip, Winslow Homer, 1872; this is one of Homer's most beloved works coming right after the Civil War as more people moved to cities and the little red schoolhouse faded to nostalgia

Bestowed in honor of a marriage or baptism, silver porringers (like this one by famous patriot silversmith Paul Revere, ca. 1760) were popular presentation gifts throughout the 18th century

Bestowed in honor of a marriage or baptism, silver porringers (like this one by famous patriot silversmith Paul Revere, ca. 1760) were popular presentation gifts throughout the 18th century

George Washington, James Peale, ca. 1782; serving from 1776-1779 as a captain in the Continental Army, Peale painted this work that is a smaller version of his brother's famous full-length portrait

George Washington, James Peale, ca. 1782; serving from 1776-1779 as a captain in the Continental Army, Peale painted this work that is a smaller version of his brother's famous full-length portrait

Maria Longworth Storer, born to the wealthiest family in Cincinnati, founded Rockwood Pottery and decorated this vase in 1881; in 1900, she won a gold medal at the Universelle Exposition in Paris for her paintings on bronze mediums

Maria Longworth Storer, born to the wealthiest family in Cincinnati, founded Rockwood Pottery and decorated this vase in 1881; in 1900, she won a gold medal at the Universelle Exposition in Paris for her paintings on bronze mediums

Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, by John Vanderlyn (1818), is a rare survivor of a form of public art and entertainment that flourished in the 19th century (this is less than half the work)

Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, by John Vanderlyn (1818), is a rare survivor of a form of public art and entertainment that flourished in the 19th century (this is less than half the work)

Portrait of God, Julian Schnabel, 1981; the artist attended UH and taught there while maintaining a studio on 19th St in the Heights; he won a Golden Globe for Best Director for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Portrait of God, Julian Schnabel, 1981; the artist attended UH and taught there while maintaining a studio on 19th St in the Heights; he won a Golden Globe for Best Director for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Government Bureau, George Tooker, 1956; Tooker's paintings typically convey his passionate desire for social harmony and justice but this work, that I loved, reflects a pessimism with government

Government Bureau, George Tooker, 1956; Tooker's paintings typically convey his passionate desire for social harmony and justice but this work, that I loved, reflects a pessimism with government

America Today, Thomas Hart Benton, 1930-31; offering a panorama of American life throughout the 1920s, America Today is a room-sized mural comprising ten canvas panels showing life in each region of the country

America Today, Thomas Hart Benton, 1930-31; offering a panorama of American life throughout the 1920s, America Today is a room-sized mural comprising ten canvas panels showing life in each region of the country

Stoves, like this 1885 beauty, were an integral part of the parlor interior during the second half of the 19th century; the combination of ornamental cast iron and decorative tiles was unique to Low Art Tile Works

Stoves, like this 1885 beauty, were an integral part of the parlor interior during the second half of the 19th century; the combination of ornamental cast iron and decorative tiles was unique to Low Art Tile Works

Two Vases and Biscuit Jar, Mt Washington Glass Co., 1886-94; this company produced wares in opalescent or opaque glass decorated with gold or colored enamel with exotic-sounding Near Eastern names

Two Vases and Biscuit Jar, Mt Washington Glass Co., 1886-94; this company produced wares in opalescent or opaque glass decorated with gold or colored enamel with exotic-sounding Near Eastern names

Head of a Spanish Peasant, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1911; in addition to being a very talented sculptor, the artist founded what is now the Whitney Museum of American Art

Head of a Spanish Peasant, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1911; in addition to being a very talented sculptor, the artist founded what is now the Whitney Museum of American Art

Young Mother Sewing, Mary Cassatt, 1900; you have to wonder if the artist's defining subjects, women and children, would have differed if societal norms had allowed

Young Mother Sewing, Mary Cassatt, 1900; you have to wonder if the artist's defining subjects, women and children, would have differed if societal norms had allowed

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Highlights from a fun few days in Fort Worth, TX (Cowtown)

Fort Worth is a very enjoyable city for tourists since most of its sights are located next to each other in the Cultural District - the zoo, the art museums, the botanical garden and the Will Rogers Coliseum complex

Fort Worth is a very enjoyable city for tourists since most of its sights are located next to each other in the Cultural District - the zoo, the art museums, the botanical garden and the Will Rogers Coliseum complex

Founded in 1892, The Modern (the common name for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth) is located in the city's Cultural District in a building designed by architect Tadao Ando which opened to the public in 2002

Founded in 1892, The Modern (the common name for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth) is located in the city's Cultural District in a building designed by architect Tadao Ando which opened to the public in 2002

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has a permanent collection that features paintings, photography, sculpture, and works on paper by leading artists working in the US and its North American territories in the 19th and 20th centuries

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has a permanent collection that features paintings, photography, sculpture, and works on paper by leading artists working in the US and its North American territories in the 19th and 20th centuries

Plexus no. 34, Gabriel Dawes, 2018; this site-specific, commissioned work was created out of more than 80 miles of multicolored thread; it beautifully adorns the Philip Johnson-designed atrium of the Amon Carter

Plexus no. 34, Gabriel Dawes, 2018; this site-specific, commissioned work was created out of more than 80 miles of multicolored thread; it beautifully adorns the Philip Johnson-designed atrium of the Amon Carter

Series I, No. 1, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1918; the artist taught for 18 months before returning to New York City where she painted this piece; O'Keeffe always asserted herself at a time when it was not considered proper for women to work outside the home

Series I, No. 1, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1918; the artist taught for 18 months before returning to New York City where she painted this piece; O'Keeffe always asserted herself at a time when it was not considered proper for women to work outside the home

View of downtown from the Amon Carter Museum; the museum's original collection of 300  works of art by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell was assembled by Fort Worth newspaper publisher and philanthropist Amon G. Carter, Sr.

View of downtown from the Amon Carter Museum; the museum's original collection of 300+ works of art by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell was assembled by Fort Worth newspaper publisher and philanthropist Amon G. Carter, Sr.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (closed when I visited) houses a children's museum, planetarium and IMAX theater; I really appreciated the city putting all of the main museums in one area where you could easily walk to each one

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (closed when I visited) houses a children's museum, planetarium and IMAX theater; I really appreciated the city putting all of the main museums in one area where you could easily walk to each one

Established in 1975, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame was closed when I visited; 200  women are already in the hall of fame including Georgia O'Keeffe, Sacagawea, Annie Oakley, Dale Evans, Enid Justin, Temple Grandin and Sandra Day O’Connor

Established in 1975, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame was closed when I visited; 200+ women are already in the hall of fame including Georgia O'Keeffe, Sacagawea, Annie Oakley, Dale Evans, Enid Justin, Temple Grandin and Sandra Day O’Connor

Dickie's Arena, opened in 2019, blends in perfectly with the other buildings of the Will Rogers Memorial Center; the 14,000 seat arena hosts concerts, sporting events, and family entertainment, and serves as the home of the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo

Dickie's Arena, opened in 2019, blends in perfectly with the other buildings of the Will Rogers Memorial Center; the 14,000 seat arena hosts concerts, sporting events, and family entertainment, and serves as the home of the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo

One of the most romantic gardens and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Rose Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden was built with 4,000 tons of Palo Pinto County sandstone and completed in 1933

One of the most romantic gardens and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Rose Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden was built with 4,000 tons of Palo Pinto County sandstone and completed in 1933

Spring Ballet, Andre Harvey, 1981; this delightful sculpture graces the entrance to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden; it is just one example of the many pieces purchased by the Fort Worth Art Commission to beautify the city

Spring Ballet, Andre Harvey, 1981; this delightful sculpture graces the entrance to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden; it is just one example of the many pieces purchased by the Fort Worth Art Commission to beautify the city

The gorgeous Art Deco Will Rogers Memorial Center was built in 1936 and functions mainly as an equestrian center; the complex will host early round games for the 2022 NCAA men's basketball tournament

The gorgeous Art Deco Will Rogers Memorial Center was built in 1936 and functions mainly as an equestrian center; the complex will host early round games for the 2022 NCAA men's basketball tournament

The rose gardens at the Botanic Garden were outlined with slow-growing boxwoods creating gorgeous parterres (even with the roses not in bloom); this garden was just jaw-dropping and looked like a formal European garden dropped onto the prairie

The rose gardens at the Botanic Garden were outlined with slow-growing boxwoods creating gorgeous parterres (even with the roses not in bloom); this garden was just jaw-dropping and looked like a formal European garden dropped onto the prairie

I can just imagine Claude Monet painting here; Fort Worth contains 1,000  natural-gas wells tapping the Barnett Shale within city limits with no restrictions on where they can be placed

I can just imagine Claude Monet painting here; Fort Worth contains 1,000+ natural-gas wells tapping the Barnett Shale within city limits with no restrictions on where they can be placed

Budgerigars (these are at the Fort Worth Zoo) are found wild throughout the drier parts of Australia, where they have survived harsh inland conditions for over 5 million years; its success can be attributed to a nomadic lifestyle and its ability to breed while on the move

Budgerigars (these are at the Fort Worth Zoo) are found wild throughout the drier parts of Australia, where they have survived harsh inland conditions for over 5 million years; its success can be attributed to a nomadic lifestyle and its ability to breed while on the move

Martha Washington (1856) and George Washington (1846), Rembrandt Peale; Peale boasted that, as the last living artist to have met the Washingtons, his paintings were the most reliable representations

Martha Washington (1856) and George Washington (1846), Rembrandt Peale; Peale boasted that, as the last living artist to have met the Washingtons, his paintings were the most reliable representations

Two Hummingbirds above a White Orchid; Martin Johnson Heade, ca. 1875-90; Heade's intricately detailed paintings transported the viewer from the everyday to faraway lands

Two Hummingbirds above a White Orchid; Martin Johnson Heade, ca. 1875-90; Heade's intricately detailed paintings transported the viewer from the everyday to faraway lands

Charlie Himself, Charles M. Russell, ca. 1915; his mural Lewis and Clark Meeting the Flathead Indians hangs in the Montana state capitol building in Helena, and his 1918 painting Piegans sold for $5.6 million at a 2005 auction

Charlie Himself, Charles M. Russell, ca. 1915; his mural Lewis and Clark Meeting the Flathead Indians hangs in the Montana state capitol building in Helena, and his 1918 painting Piegans sold for $5.6 million at a 2005 auction

A Bronc Twister, Frederic Remington, 1911; in 1887, Remington received a commission to do 83 illustrations for a book by Theodore Roosevelt, Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail to be serialized in The Century Magazine before publication

A Bronc Twister, Frederic Remington, 1911; in 1887, Remington received a commission to do 83 illustrations for a book by Theodore Roosevelt, Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail to be serialized in The Century Magazine before publication

Red Cannas, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1927; the artist explained her take on still-life paintings by saying - I have painted what each flower is to me and I have painted it big enough so that others would see what I see.

Red Cannas, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1927; the artist explained her take on still-life paintings by saying - I have painted what each flower is to me and I have painted it big enough so that others would see what I see.

The Torment of St. Anthony, Michelangelo, c. 1487-88; this is the first known painting of Michelangelo completed when he was 12 or 13 and is the only painting by the artist on display in the Americas

The Torment of St. Anthony, Michelangelo, c. 1487-88; this is the first known painting of Michelangelo completed when he was 12 or 13 and is the only painting by the artist on display in the Americas

The Kitchen Garden (Le Potager), Alfred Sisley, 1872; Sisley befriended Monet and Renoir in the early 1860s and spent most of his working life not in Paris but along the rivers Seine and Loing; he often painted with Monet and Pissarro in the 1870s

The Kitchen Garden (Le Potager), Alfred Sisley, 1872; Sisley befriended Monet and Renoir in the early 1860s and spent most of his working life not in Paris but along the rivers Seine and Loing; he often painted with Monet and Pissarro in the 1870s

Weeping Willow, Claude Monet, 1918-19; this work belongs to a series of 10 paintings Monet completed as the fighting from WWI threatened his home in Giverny and as his eyesight worsened

Weeping Willow, Claude Monet, 1918-19; this work belongs to a series of 10 paintings Monet completed as the fighting from WWI threatened his home in Giverny and as his eyesight worsened

Colonel Platoff on his Charger, Kehinde Wiley, 2007-8; Wiley is perhaps best known for his commission in 2017 to paint a portrait of former President Barack Obama for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Colonel Platoff on his Charger, Kehinde Wiley, 2007-8; Wiley is perhaps best known for his commission in 2017 to paint a portrait of former President Barack Obama for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

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Iconic Golden Gate Bridge is most photographed in the world

At the time of its opening in 1937, the Golden Gate was both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge in the world, with a main span of 4,200 ft and a total height of 746 ft

At the time of its opening in 1937, the Golden Gate was both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge in the world, with a main span of 4,200 ft and a total height of 746 ft

From Baker Beach; the U.S. Navy originally planned on painting the Golden Gate Bridge black with yellow stripes (can you imagine?); the famed International Orange color was supposed to be a sealant

From Baker Beach; the U.S. Navy originally planned on painting the Golden Gate Bridge black with yellow stripes (can you imagine?); the famed International Orange color was supposed to be a sealant

From Marin Headlands; I had never walked across the bridge so one day I parked on the SF side and made the 1.7 mile trek to the Marin viewpoint and then retraced my steps; the views are just spectacular!

From Marin Headlands; I had never walked across the bridge so one day I parked on the SF side and made the 1.7 mile trek to the Marin viewpoint and then retraced my steps; the views are just spectacular!

This view from Coit Tower shows a common occurrence as fog starts to envelop the bridge; most days of my visit the fog would not come much further into the bay or the city but stayed on the Pacific side

This view from Coit Tower shows a common occurrence as fog starts to envelop the bridge; most days of my visit the fog would not come much further into the bay or the city but stayed on the Pacific side

Currently a $200  million physical suicide deterrent system is being installed on the bridge making it a little less photogenic; a series of stainless steel nets is being added to what is the most used suicide site in the world (1500 )

Currently a $200+ million physical suicide deterrent system is being installed on the bridge making it a little less photogenic; a series of stainless steel nets is being added to what is the most used suicide site in the world (1500+)

Angel Island is the 2nd largest island in SF Bay and was home to the Angel Island Immigration Station (1910 to 1940); unlike Ellis Island which often processed immigrants in a day, discrimination against Asians made this more a detention center

Angel Island is the 2nd largest island in SF Bay and was home to the Angel Island Immigration Station (1910 to 1940); unlike Ellis Island which often processed immigrants in a day, discrimination against Asians made this more a detention center

When completed in 2018, Salesforce Tower became the tallest building in SF surpassing the Transamerica Pyramid; one of the founders of Salesforce is Parker Harris who is from Greensboro (our mothers play bridge together often)

When completed in 2018, Salesforce Tower became the tallest building in SF surpassing the Transamerica Pyramid; one of the founders of Salesforce is Parker Harris who is from Greensboro (our mothers play bridge together often)

By chance, I was in SF in 1987 for the bridge's 50th anniversary when they closed it to traffic and still regret not attending the celebration (1,000,000 did); a huge crowd (300,000 at the time) flattened the bridge and caused concerns it could collapse

By chance, I was in SF in 1987 for the bridge's 50th anniversary when they closed it to traffic and still regret not attending the celebration (1,000,000 did); a huge crowd (300,000 at the time) flattened the bridge and caused concerns it could collapse

This view from Alcatraz shows a cruise ship entering SF Bay; originally, experts said a bridge could not be built across the 6,700-ft  strait, which had strong tides and swirling currents, with water 372 ft deep at the center and frequent strong winds

This view from Alcatraz shows a cruise ship entering SF Bay; originally, experts said a bridge could not be built across the 6,700-ft strait, which had strong tides and swirling currents, with water 372 ft deep at the center and frequent strong winds

Millions of military personnel have shipped in and out of SF - especially during World War II; the Lone Sailor statue is representative of sea service members' last view of America's West Coast before reporting for duty at sea

Millions of military personnel have shipped in and out of SF - especially during World War II; the Lone Sailor statue is representative of sea service members' last view of America's West Coast before reporting for duty at sea

Alcatraz, the new section of the Bay Bridge and the port of Oakland; it took only four years to build the Golden Gate Bridge (1933 - 1937) but the recent rebuilding of the Oakland side of the Bay Bridge took 11 years (2002 - 2013)

Alcatraz, the new section of the Bay Bridge and the port of Oakland; it took only four years to build the Golden Gate Bridge (1933 - 1937) but the recent rebuilding of the Oakland side of the Bay Bridge took 11 years (2002 - 2013)

The Frommer's travel guide describes the Golden Gate Bridge as possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world; tolls ($9.05) are only collected electronically and only southbound

The Frommer's travel guide describes the Golden Gate Bridge as possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world; tolls ($9.05) are only collected electronically and only southbound

SF from Marin viewpoint; in the 2020 Census SF had a population of 873,965 (70,000 more than in 2010); it is part of the greater 12-county San Jose-SF-Oakland Combined Statistical Area, whose population is 8.75  million (5th-largest in the nation)

SF from Marin viewpoint; in the 2020 Census SF had a population of 873,965 (70,000 more than in 2010); it is part of the greater 12-county San Jose-SF-Oakland Combined Statistical Area, whose population is 8.75+ million (5th-largest in the nation)

The starting gun for the 1999 San Francisco Marathon found me in a porta-potty so I knew there would be no fast time for me that day; instead I was able to enjoy the run and chat with my besties along the scenic course

The starting gun for the 1999 San Francisco Marathon found me in a porta-potty so I knew there would be no fast time for me that day; instead I was able to enjoy the run and chat with my besties along the scenic course

I was only running my 2nd marathon (#481) back in 1992 when the SF Marathon started on the Marin side of the Golden Gate Bridge and we ran across at the beginning of the race; logistics and traffic problems caused future marathons to abandon the bridge

I was only running my 2nd marathon (#481) back in 1992 when the SF Marathon started on the Marin side of the Golden Gate Bridge and we ran across at the beginning of the race; logistics and traffic problems caused future marathons to abandon the bridge

My last day in SF was warm and sunny until I arrived at Baker Beach when the fog soon rolled in; SF is roughly 42% White, 33% Asian, 15% Hispanic, and 6% Black

My last day in SF was warm and sunny until I arrived at Baker Beach when the fog soon rolled in; SF is roughly 42% White, 33% Asian, 15% Hispanic, and 6% Black

Fort Baker, on Horseshoe Bay, in Marin County sits opposite Fort Point on the SF side as they guarded the entrance to SF Bay; Fort Baker began in 1850 when President Fillmore created a system of coastal defense positions and logistic support facilities

Fort Baker, on Horseshoe Bay, in Marin County sits opposite Fort Point on the SF side as they guarded the entrance to SF Bay; Fort Baker began in 1850 when President Fillmore created a system of coastal defense positions and logistic support facilities

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