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NY Botanical Garden pt 1

My Soul Blooms Forever, Yayoi Kusama, 2019; the artist has said - I am happy that I have painted flowers... There are no objects more interesting.

My Soul Blooms Forever, Yayoi Kusama, 2019; the artist has said - I am happy that I have painted flowers... There are no objects more interesting.

The 1896 LuEsther T Mertz Library Bldg houses the United States' largest botanical library, and was the first library whose collection focused exclusively on botany

The 1896 LuEsther T Mertz Library Bldg houses the United States' largest botanical library, and was the first library whose collection focused exclusively on botany

I Want to Fly to the Universe, Yoyoi Kusama, 2020; in this era of Covid, the huge green spaces at the New York Botanical Garden allowed for plenty of social distancing despite the large crowd

I Want to Fly to the Universe, Yoyoi Kusama, 2020; in this era of Covid, the huge green spaces at the New York Botanical Garden allowed for plenty of social distancing despite the large crowd

White Wild Indigo (in the pea family) has striking charcoal-gray stems, blue-green leaves and pea-like blossoms forming on long spikes, making it quite showy, but without floral scent

White Wild Indigo (in the pea family) has striking charcoal-gray stems, blue-green leaves and pea-like blossoms forming on long spikes, making it quite showy, but without floral scent

The 1840 Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill is the oldest existing tobacco manufacturing building in the US; the Thain Family Forest is split by the Bronx River, the only freshwater river in New York City

The 1840 Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill is the oldest existing tobacco manufacturing building in the US; the Thain Family Forest is split by the Bronx River, the only freshwater river in New York City

The Poseidon is a vigorous floribunda rose with stunning lavender/blue cupped blooms; all cut grass, leaves, weeds, deadheaded flowers, twigs, branches are composted or go into mulch so nothing goes to landfills

The Poseidon is a vigorous floribunda rose with stunning lavender/blue cupped blooms; all cut grass, leaves, weeds, deadheaded flowers, twigs, branches are composted or go into mulch so nothing goes to landfills

The Garden’s historic collection of maples, included many varieties of Japanese maples, from around the world was very impressive; photos of trees don't do them justice

The Garden’s historic collection of maples, included many varieties of Japanese maples, from around the world was very impressive; photos of trees don't do them justice

When the Fountain of Life (1905) was completed there were very few statues of horses with webbed forefeet; there is not a subway stop anywhere near the Garden so I took the subway and then a bus

When the Fountain of Life (1905) was completed there were very few statues of horses with webbed forefeet; there is not a subway stop anywhere near the Garden so I took the subway and then a bus

In the Mertz Library there were additional Kusama sculptures as well as a gallery with dozens of watercolors; if you decide to skip the subway/bus transit plan then parking will set you back $20

In the Mertz Library there were additional Kusama sculptures as well as a gallery with dozens of watercolors; if you decide to skip the subway/bus transit plan then parking will set you back $20

This pink satin rhododendron was one of the few still in bloom when I visited; the New York Botanical Garden was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1967

This pink satin rhododendron was one of the few still in bloom when I visited; the New York Botanical Garden was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1967

The Korean dogwood is native to East Asia including Korea, China and Japan but has become naturalized in NY state; it can be distinguished from the dogwood of eastern North America since it flowers about a month later

The Korean dogwood is native to East Asia including Korea, China and Japan but has become naturalized in NY state; it can be distinguished from the dogwood of eastern North America since it flowers about a month later

I just love the expressions blooms create on spiral ginger; the plant is mentioned in the Kama Sutra as an ingredient in a cosmetic to be used on the eyelashes to increase sexual attractiveness

I just love the expressions blooms create on spiral ginger; the plant is mentioned in the Kama Sutra as an ingredient in a cosmetic to be used on the eyelashes to increase sexual attractiveness

The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections; there is a serene cascade waterfall, as well as wetlands (though this duck preferred a fountain) and a 50-acre tract of original, never-logged, old-growth New York forest

The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections; there is a serene cascade waterfall, as well as wetlands (though this duck preferred a fountain) and a 50-acre tract of original, never-logged, old-growth New York forest

Cleistocactus icosagonus is from the Andes in northern Peru and southern Ecuador; the stems are initially upright but then become sprawling as they mature

Cleistocactus icosagonus is from the Andes in northern Peru and southern Ecuador; the stems are initially upright but then become sprawling as they mature

The captivating Mexican grass tree looks great in raised planters or large containers; the Garden starting charging admission in 1994 to help reduce years of neglect due to underfunding

The captivating Mexican grass tree looks great in raised planters or large containers; the Garden starting charging admission in 1994 to help reduce years of neglect due to underfunding

The Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden opened in 1902 after costing $177,000; the land for the Garden was purchased from the Lorillard family (tobacco money)

The Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden opened in 1902 after costing $177,000; the land for the Garden was purchased from the Lorillard family (tobacco money)

The blooms on the succulent sesame resemble a large petunia; don't touch this fruit unless you want to spend some time trying to remove it from your fingers (worse than a Chinese finger puzzle!)

The blooms on the succulent sesame resemble a large petunia; don't touch this fruit unless you want to spend some time trying to remove it from your fingers (worse than a Chinese finger puzzle!)

Hymn of Life - Tulips, Yoyoi Kusama, 2007; the principal officers of the corporation set up for the Garden at inception were Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan

Hymn of Life - Tulips, Yoyoi Kusama, 2007; the principal officers of the corporation set up for the Garden at inception were Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan

The sea-urchin copper coleus, is an annual or short lived evergreen perennial (in warmer climates), and is native to Australia and subtropical Asia; grown mostly for the colorful foliage

The sea-urchin copper coleus, is an annual or short lived evergreen perennial (in warmer climates), and is native to Australia and subtropical Asia; grown mostly for the colorful foliage

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Modern glass at Chrysler pt 1

Red Gum Tree Leaf, Dante Marioni, 1988; to make these vessels, Marioni organized brightly colored and colorless canes into chevron patterns, picked them up on a blowpipe, and then shaped the glass into elongated, stylized leaf forms

Red Gum Tree Leaf, Dante Marioni, 1988; to make these vessels, Marioni organized brightly colored and colorless canes into chevron patterns, picked them up on a blowpipe, and then shaped the glass into elongated, stylized leaf forms

Aquaman Stinger, Nancy Callan, 2014; while her work exemplifies the skill and finesse of the Venetian tradition in glass, Callan exhibits the witty humor and aesthetic sensibility of a contemporary artist who loves pop culture, fashion and design

Aquaman Stinger, Nancy Callan, 2014; while her work exemplifies the skill and finesse of the Venetian tradition in glass, Callan exhibits the witty humor and aesthetic sensibility of a contemporary artist who loves pop culture, fashion and design

Faliera, Ettore Sottsass and Luciano Vistosi, 1974; at a Christie's auction in 2002, this piece sold for almost 1000 euros (that would be about $2400 US today)

Faliera, Ettore Sottsass and Luciano Vistosi, 1974; at a Christie's auction in 2002, this piece sold for almost 1000 euros (that would be about $2400 US today)

Cold Stream Cast Basket, Mark Peiser, 2006; imagine winding soft-serve ice cream inside a bowl, resting one coil upon another; by carefully controlling the glass as it came out of the furnace Peiser created this piece in much the same way

Cold Stream Cast Basket, Mark Peiser, 2006; imagine winding soft-serve ice cream inside a bowl, resting one coil upon another; by carefully controlling the glass as it came out of the furnace Peiser created this piece in much the same way

Iasia Vase, Ettore Sottsass, 1986; this piece made in Murano, Italy (I love that place!) has a red element roughly in the middle of the piece slightly off center giving the intentional impression of instability.

Iasia Vase, Ettore Sottsass, 1986; this piece made in Murano, Italy (I love that place!) has a red element roughly in the middle of the piece slightly off center giving the intentional impression of instability.

Stone Vessel, Curtiss Brock, 1986; Brock cites the 9 years he spent working and teaching at the Pilchuck Glass School (in Stanwood, WA founded by Dale Chihuly) as the primary influence driving his creativity

Stone Vessel, Curtiss Brock, 1986; Brock cites the 9 years he spent working and teaching at the Pilchuck Glass School (in Stanwood, WA founded by Dale Chihuly) as the primary influence driving his creativity

Untitled, Dale Chihuly, 1988; the new Chihuly Garden and Glass (located next to the Space Needle) is the number one thing to do in Seattle according to TripAdvisor (I've added it to my bucket list)

Untitled, Dale Chihuly, 1988; the new Chihuly Garden and Glass (located next to the Space Needle) is the number one thing to do in Seattle according to TripAdvisor (I've added it to my bucket list)

Passage 7, Mark Peiser, 2015; in his quest to capture the transparency and luminosity of the sky, Peiser formulated a unique opal glass that is many colored due to microscopic particles that formed within the glass during the cooling process

Passage 7, Mark Peiser, 2015; in his quest to capture the transparency and luminosity of the sky, Peiser formulated a unique opal glass that is many colored due to microscopic particles that formed within the glass during the cooling process

Blue-Green Linked Forms, Harvey Littleton, 1983; considered the father of the US studio glass movement, he initiated the first glass program at a US university (Wisconsin) which fostered the talents of a generation of glass artists, including Dale Chihuly

Blue-Green Linked Forms, Harvey Littleton, 1983; considered the father of the US studio glass movement, he initiated the first glass program at a US university (Wisconsin) which fostered the talents of a generation of glass artists, including Dale Chihuly

Storm Eater, Barbara Earl Thomas, 2018; the artist is known for her distinctive style that grapples with societal issues like gun violence, environmental harm and the continuing needless loss of young Black men

Storm Eater, Barbara Earl Thomas, 2018; the artist is known for her distinctive style that grapples with societal issues like gun violence, environmental harm and the continuing needless loss of young Black men

Tray, Maurice Heaton, ca. 1950s; the complex variation in texture and color on the tray—in hues of red, dark blue, and white—are a result of Heaton’s technique of fusing glass enamel powder that he pioneered

Tray, Maurice Heaton, ca. 1950s; the complex variation in texture and color on the tray—in hues of red, dark blue, and white—are a result of Heaton’s technique of fusing glass enamel powder that he pioneered

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Fantastic Collection from Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth

Woman Addressing the Public: Project for a Monument, Joan Miro, 1981; conceived as a stylized personification of motherhood, this sculpture at the museum entrance relates to one of the oldest themes in art: the earth goddess

Woman Addressing the Public: Project for a Monument, Joan Miro, 1981; conceived as a stylized personification of motherhood, this sculpture at the museum entrance relates to one of the oldest themes in art: the earth goddess

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

On the Pont de l'Europe, Gustave Caillebotte, 1876-77; Robert McCarter, author of Louis I. Kahn (architect of the Kimble), says the Kimble entry gallery is one of the most beautiful spaces ever built, with its astonishing, ethereal, silver-colored light

On the Pont de l'Europe, Gustave Caillebotte, 1876-77; Robert McCarter, author of Louis I. Kahn (architect of the Kimble), says the Kimble entry gallery is one of the most beautiful spaces ever built, with its astonishing, ethereal, silver-colored light

Man in a Blue Smock, Paul Cezanne, c. 1896-97; the Museum's collection today consists of only about 350 works of art, but they are of notably high quality; there are no American pieces since they are covered by the Amon Carter Museum next door

Man in a Blue Smock, Paul Cezanne, c. 1896-97; the Museum's collection today consists of only about 350 works of art, but they are of notably high quality; there are no American pieces since they are covered by the Amon Carter Museum next door

Abstraction, Piet Mondrian, 1939-42; the Kimball began as the collection of Kay and Verna Kimball which became the best select of Old Masters works in the Southwest; their wills stipulated that the collection be housed in a museum of the first-class

Abstraction, Piet Mondrian, 1939-42; the Kimball began as the collection of Kay and Verna Kimball which became the best select of Old Masters works in the Southwest; their wills stipulated that the collection be housed in a museum of the first-class

L'Air, Aristide Maillol, 1962; this work honors the crew of the hydroplane Croix du Sud, which left on Dec 7, 1936 for the 24th trans-Atlantic crossing of a newly established mail service between France and South America, and disappeared after take-off

L'Air, Aristide Maillol, 1962; this work honors the crew of the hydroplane Croix du Sud, which left on Dec 7, 1936 for the 24th trans-Atlantic crossing of a newly established mail service between France and South America, and disappeared after take-off

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

Mountain Peak with Drifting Clouds, Caspar David Friedrich, c. 1835; Friedrich is among the greatest of those Romantic artists in whose work spiritual yearning is the dominant theme; admission to the Kimball is free

Mountain Peak with Drifting Clouds, Caspar David Friedrich, c. 1835; Friedrich is among the greatest of those Romantic artists in whose work spiritual yearning is the dominant theme; admission to the Kimball is free

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

Portrait of Aymard-Jean de Nicolay, First President of the Chambre des Comptes, Jean-Antoine Houdon. 1779; Houdon was acclaimed as perhaps the first sculptor in the history of art to render eyes so convincingly

Portrait of Aymard-Jean de Nicolay, First President of the Chambre des Comptes, Jean-Antoine Houdon. 1779; Houdon was acclaimed as perhaps the first sculptor in the history of art to render eyes so convincingly

The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs, Georges de la Tour, c. 1630-34; this work is one of the greatest masterpieces of 17th century French art and comically highlights the dangers of indulgence in wine, women, and gambling

The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs, Georges de la Tour, c. 1630-34; this work is one of the greatest masterpieces of 17th century French art and comically highlights the dangers of indulgence in wine, women, and gambling

Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets, Luis Melendez, c. 1760-65; the greatest Spanish still-life painter of his time, yet I had never heard of him; many of his works decorate the walls of El Escorial in Spain

Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets, Luis Melendez, c. 1760-65; the greatest Spanish still-life painter of his time, yet I had never heard of him; many of his works decorate the walls of El Escorial in Spain

Portrait of Dr. Francisco de Pisa, El Greco, c. 1610-14; born on Crete, El Greco settled in Toledo, Spain in 1577 where he painted commissions for the city's wealthy and educated elite

Portrait of Dr. Francisco de Pisa, El Greco, c. 1610-14; born on Crete, El Greco settled in Toledo, Spain in 1577 where he painted commissions for the city's wealthy and educated elite

Equestrian Portrait of the Duke of Buckingham, Peter Paul Rubens, 1625; Rubens was both a painter and a diplomat which enabled him to get nice commissions from the British Royal Family such as this one

Equestrian Portrait of the Duke of Buckingham, Peter Paul Rubens, 1625; Rubens was both a painter and a diplomat which enabled him to get nice commissions from the British Royal Family such as this one

Cocoon-shaped Jar with Cloud-Scroll Design, Western Han Dynasty, China, 206 BC-9 AD; this handsome jar would have served as a mortuary object, placed in a tomb as a substitute for the more valuable bronze and lacquer vessels used in daily life

Cocoon-shaped Jar with Cloud-Scroll Design, Western Han Dynasty, China, 206 BC-9 AD; this handsome jar would have served as a mortuary object, placed in a tomb as a substitute for the more valuable bronze and lacquer vessels used in daily life

Portrait of Heriberto Casany, Joan Miro, 1918; the Renzo Piano Pavilion opened in 2013 expanding the Kimble by 85,000 sq ft; Piano also designed the Menil Collection in Houston and the Pompideau Centre in Paris

Portrait of Heriberto Casany, Joan Miro, 1918; the Renzo Piano Pavilion opened in 2013 expanding the Kimble by 85,000 sq ft; Piano also designed the Menil Collection in Houston and the Pompideau Centre in Paris

L'Asie, Henri Matisse, 1946; painted near the end of his career, this piece culminates his obsession with single female figures, richly costumed, in exotic settings

L'Asie, Henri Matisse, 1946; painted near the end of his career, this piece culminates his obsession with single female figures, richly costumed, in exotic settings

Miss Anna Ward with Her Dog, Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1787; Reynolds painted this portrait nearly two decades after becoming president of the Royal Academy of Arts and only two years before losing his sight and being forced to retire from painting

Miss Anna Ward with Her Dog, Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1787; Reynolds painted this portrait nearly two decades after becoming president of the Royal Academy of Arts and only two years before losing his sight and being forced to retire from painting

Portrait of Charles Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1874; among the preeminent French sculptors of his day, Carpeaux remains best known for his influential sculpture of allegorical nudes that graces the facade of the Paris Opera House

Portrait of Charles Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1874; among the preeminent French sculptors of his day, Carpeaux remains best known for his influential sculpture of allegorical nudes that graces the facade of the Paris Opera House

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NYC sights pt 2

With 17 curatorial departments, 2.2 million sq ft of space, and 2  million works in its permanent collections, the Metropolitan Museum of Art—colloquially known as The Met—contains more treasures than most visitors will ever be able to see in a lifetime

With 17 curatorial departments, 2.2 million sq ft of space, and 2+ million works in its permanent collections, the Metropolitan Museum of Art—colloquially known as The Met—contains more treasures than most visitors will ever be able to see in a lifetime

Marble Statue of Athena Parthenos, discovered at Pergamon (Turkey), ca 170 BC; the Met Gala, with a different theme each year, has been chaired by Vogue editor Anna Wintour in recent years

Marble Statue of Athena Parthenos, discovered at Pergamon (Turkey), ca 170 BC; the Met Gala, with a different theme each year, has been chaired by Vogue editor Anna Wintour in recent years

The Guggenheim Museum is better known for its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building than for the art it contains; admission is $25; given the largely disappointing reviews on TripAdvisor, I decided to skip going inside

The Guggenheim Museum is better known for its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building than for the art it contains; admission is $25; given the largely disappointing reviews on TripAdvisor, I decided to skip going inside

Alexander Hamilton was founder of the nation's financial system, the Federalist Party, the US Coast Guard, and the New York Post newspaper; the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was killed in a duel w/VP Burr near Trinity Church where he is buried

Alexander Hamilton was founder of the nation's financial system, the Federalist Party, the US Coast Guard, and the New York Post newspaper; the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was killed in a duel w/VP Burr near Trinity Church where he is buried

The NY Botanic Garden is located an hour away by bus (you really see the other NYC) and is next to the Bronx Zoo; admission starts at $35 but the place is huge and you could easily spend an entire, enjoyable day here

The NY Botanic Garden is located an hour away by bus (you really see the other NYC) and is next to the Bronx Zoo; admission starts at $35 but the place is huge and you could easily spend an entire, enjoyable day here

Grand Central Terminal is one of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions, with 21.6 million visitors in 2018 and is the 3rd busiest train station in North America

Grand Central Terminal is one of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions, with 21.6 million visitors in 2018 and is the 3rd busiest train station in North America

The JP Morgan Library and Museum was expanded in 2006 by the world-famous architect Renzo Piano; the addition of light-filled pavilions served to connect the three historic structures on the property

The JP Morgan Library and Museum was expanded in 2006 by the world-famous architect Renzo Piano; the addition of light-filled pavilions served to connect the three historic structures on the property

The statue of Atlas is one of many at the complex of 19 buildings known as Rockefeller Center; in addition to the famous ice skating rink, the Rock contains Radio City Music Hall and is the HQ for NBC

The statue of Atlas is one of many at the complex of 19 buildings known as Rockefeller Center; in addition to the famous ice skating rink, the Rock contains Radio City Music Hall and is the HQ for NBC

Seating 3000 , St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest, decorated Neo-Gothic-style, Catholic cathedral in North America; the 1878 building received an update in 2017 getting a new geothermal system believed to be the largest in the city

Seating 3000+, St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest, decorated Neo-Gothic-style, Catholic cathedral in North America; the 1878 building received an update in 2017 getting a new geothermal system believed to be the largest in the city

The 84 story Steinway Tower is said to be the thinnest skyscraper in the world; there are 60 residences in the building with prices ranging from a mere $16 million for a studio to $60  million for the duplex penthouse

The 84 story Steinway Tower is said to be the thinnest skyscraper in the world; there are 60 residences in the building with prices ranging from a mere $16 million for a studio to $60+ million for the duplex penthouse

The $4-billion, Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus, opened in 2016, is the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and serves roughly 20 million passengers each year; it's generally considered the most expensive train station in the world

The $4-billion, Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus, opened in 2016, is the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and serves roughly 20 million passengers each year; it's generally considered the most expensive train station in the world

It was a gorgeous day when I walked the Hudson River Park from Little Island down to the Freedom Tower; this oasis in the city runs 4 miles and includes a slew of parks, playgrounds, ball fields, etc and is immaculate

It was a gorgeous day when I walked the Hudson River Park from Little Island down to the Freedom Tower; this oasis in the city runs 4 miles and includes a slew of parks, playgrounds, ball fields, etc and is immaculate

Little Island had just opened the week before my visit and, to help with crowds, you needed a timed ticket to visit after noon but not before noon; Barry Diller and wife Diane von Furstenberg donated funds for the park and its upkeep

Little Island had just opened the week before my visit and, to help with crowds, you needed a timed ticket to visit after noon but not before noon; Barry Diller and wife Diane von Furstenberg donated funds for the park and its upkeep

The Vessel at Hudson Yards is an elaborate, honeycomb-like structure that rises 16 stories and consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings for visitors to climb

The Vessel at Hudson Yards is an elaborate, honeycomb-like structure that rises 16 stories and consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings for visitors to climb

Charging Bull was created by an Italian artist in the wake of the 1987 Black Monday stock market crash; one of the city's most photographed artworks, there was a long queue waiting to have their photo taken with the bull when I was there

Charging Bull was created by an Italian artist in the wake of the 1987 Black Monday stock market crash; one of the city's most photographed artworks, there was a long queue waiting to have their photo taken with the bull when I was there

In 1985, the great US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan spoke these prescient words - Liberty can gradually suffer erosion just like the Statue itself has suffered erosion.  You have to attend to Liberty.

In 1985, the great US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan spoke these prescient words - Liberty can gradually suffer erosion just like the Statue itself has suffered erosion. You have to attend to Liberty.

Castle Williams on Governor's Island was constructed in the early 19th century to protect New York City from naval attack; the Smothers Brothers were both (they're not twins) born on the island

Castle Williams on Governor's Island was constructed in the early 19th century to protect New York City from naval attack; the Smothers Brothers were both (they're not twins) born on the island

There are dozens of humorous artworks by Yayoi Kusama at the NY Botanic Garden, such as Dancing Pumpkin, that help substantially drive attendance; each year new pieces and attractions are added to keep the idea fresh

There are dozens of humorous artworks by Yayoi Kusama at the NY Botanic Garden, such as Dancing Pumpkin, that help substantially drive attendance; each year new pieces and attractions are added to keep the idea fresh

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I don't care for Dallas but love the Dallas Arboretum

A Woman's Garden was designed to celebrate the strength, courage, creativity and nurturing demeanor of women and is a favorite location for wedding receptions; the Arboretum opened to the public in 1984

A Woman's Garden was designed to celebrate the strength, courage, creativity and nurturing demeanor of women and is a favorite location for wedding receptions; the Arboretum opened to the public in 1984

The Jonsson Color Garden is home to 2,000  varieties of azaleas, along with daffodils and tulips; one of the largest areas of the Arboretum is the Meyers Children's Adventure Garden which could be visited for a small additional fee

The Jonsson Color Garden is home to 2,000+ varieties of azaleas, along with daffodils and tulips; one of the largest areas of the Arboretum is the Meyers Children's Adventure Garden which could be visited for a small additional fee

According to the 2020 census, Dallas is the 9th largest city in the US with 1.3 million residents (just ahead of Austin in 10th and Ft. Worth in 12th); the DFW metro area is the 4th largest in the country with 7.5 million people

According to the 2020 census, Dallas is the 9th largest city in the US with 1.3 million residents (just ahead of Austin in 10th and Ft. Worth in 12th); the DFW metro area is the 4th largest in the country with 7.5 million people

The Arboretum had just concluded a sculpture exhibition by Zimbabwean artists; 100 sculptures had been for sale for prices ranging from $800 to $20,000 with about half selling

The Arboretum had just concluded a sculpture exhibition by Zimbabwean artists; 100 sculptures had been for sale for prices ranging from $800 to $20,000 with about half selling

The Crape Myrtle Allee is one of the most photographed locations in the Arboretum; admission prices fluctuate but in August I paid $2 plus another $5 to park

The Crape Myrtle Allee is one of the most photographed locations in the Arboretum; admission prices fluctuate but in August I paid $2 plus another $5 to park

Toad Corner; the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden sits on 66 acres on White Rock Lake just east of downtown; when I lived in Dallas in the early 1990s I ran around the lake many, many times but never visited the Arboretum

Toad Corner; the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden sits on 66 acres on White Rock Lake just east of downtown; when I lived in Dallas in the early 1990s I ran around the lake many, many times but never visited the Arboretum

The Arboretum had colorful trial gardens where different species are evaluated to see how they fare in North Texas; there was little evidence of the significant damage caused by the brutal 2020-2021 winter

The Arboretum had colorful trial gardens where different species are evaluated to see how they fare in North Texas; there was little evidence of the significant damage caused by the brutal 2020-2021 winter

I don't find many things better in Dallas than in Houston but the Arboretum is one of them; it is extremely well-maintained and is worth a visit no matter the month as the gardens change with the seasons

I don't find many things better in Dallas than in Houston but the Arboretum is one of them; it is extremely well-maintained and is worth a visit no matter the month as the gardens change with the seasons

Mike's sister Pam enjoyed working at the Arboretum and has her ashes spread here; Mike's parents, Harold and Ruth, also have their ashes spread here so I wanted to pay my respects while remembering happier times like our Alaska cruise together

Mike's sister Pam enjoyed working at the Arboretum and has her ashes spread here; Mike's parents, Harold and Ruth, also have their ashes spread here so I wanted to pay my respects while remembering happier times like our Alaska cruise together

Melinda Gates grew up in Dallas before going to Duke for a degree in computer science and also her MBA; she co-founded the world's largest private charitable foundation and is also one of the world's richest women

Melinda Gates grew up in Dallas before going to Duke for a degree in computer science and also her MBA; she co-founded the world's largest private charitable foundation and is also one of the world's richest women

Many famous musicians hail from the DFW area including: Kelly Clarkson, Norah Jones, Emily and Martie Erwin (the Chicks), LeAnn Rimes, Usher, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Erykah Badu

Many famous musicians hail from the DFW area including: Kelly Clarkson, Norah Jones, Emily and Martie Erwin (the Chicks), LeAnn Rimes, Usher, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Erykah Badu

The two places I lived in Dallas between 1990-1993 were both still there despite the trend toward higher density luxury apartments; the area in Plano around Frito-Lay HQs has completely changed from buffalo pastures to multi-use urban development

The two places I lived in Dallas between 1990-1993 were both still there despite the trend toward higher density luxury apartments; the area in Plano around Frito-Lay HQs has completely changed from buffalo pastures to multi-use urban development

The Poetry Garden; the racial breakdown of the city of Dallas is 41% Hispanic, 29% White, 24% Black and 4% Asian-American; the city is less diverse than Houston and significantly more segregated

The Poetry Garden; the racial breakdown of the city of Dallas is 41% Hispanic, 29% White, 24% Black and 4% Asian-American; the city is less diverse than Houston and significantly more segregated

The Lay Grotto honors Herman Lay who merged his business with The Frito Company in 1961, creating the largest-selling snack food company in the US; 4 years later Frito-Lay would merge with Pepsi-Cola forming Pepsico

The Lay Grotto honors Herman Lay who merged his business with The Frito Company in 1961, creating the largest-selling snack food company in the US; 4 years later Frito-Lay would merge with Pepsi-Cola forming Pepsico

The most notable event held in Dallas is the State Fair of Texas, which has been held in October annually at nearby Fair Park since 1886; the Red River Shootout, a football game that pits UT against Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl occurs then as well

The most notable event held in Dallas is the State Fair of Texas, which has been held in October annually at nearby Fair Park since 1886; the Red River Shootout, a football game that pits UT against Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl occurs then as well

Guineafowl by Zimbabwean Passmore Mupindiko was one of my favorite sculptures and also one of the first sold; roughly 1 million guests visit the Arboretum each year

Guineafowl by Zimbabwean Passmore Mupindiko was one of my favorite sculptures and also one of the first sold; roughly 1 million guests visit the Arboretum each year

I had planned to visit George W. Bush's Presidential Library on the campus of SMU but it was closed due to Covid; I had previously visited the Sixth Floor Museum at the Texas School Book Depository which is a must see when in Dallas

I had planned to visit George W. Bush's Presidential Library on the campus of SMU but it was closed due to Covid; I had previously visited the Sixth Floor Museum at the Texas School Book Depository which is a must see when in Dallas

Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge opened in 2012 and spans the Trinity River; the bridge cost an estimated $182 million and was part of a larger urban revitalization project

Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge opened in 2012 and spans the Trinity River; the bridge cost an estimated $182 million and was part of a larger urban revitalization project

The Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge parallels the Margaret Hill Hunt Bridge; the bridge was originally built for vehicles in 1933 but, in 2014, transitioned to a very nice pedestrian park that saw little use on an August afternoon

The Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge parallels the Margaret Hill Hunt Bridge; the bridge was originally built for vehicles in 1933 but, in 2014, transitioned to a very nice pedestrian park that saw little use on an August afternoon

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