April 2011 Archives

Albuquerque - Backyard Critters

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University of Minnesota Buildings - Cargill Building

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(click to enlarge) The Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics on the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota features a cylindrical tower for bioinformatics computing, and a sculpture of a protein backbone out in front.

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(click to enlarge) Also a striking sculptural skylight.

University of Minnesota Buildings - Peik Hall

Peik Hall is in the Knoll Area of the East Bank Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. It's part of the College of Education and Human Development, housing the Department of Curriculum and instruction and several research centers.

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(click to enlarge) Enjoying one of the first nice days of early spring

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(click to enlarge) A lively bulletin board

University of Minnesota Buildings - 717 Delaware

717 Delaware, formerly the Minnesota Department of Public Health building, now houses various University of Minnesota medical and research functions. Among them is the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, which studies brain-behavior relations in young children.

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University of Minnesota Buildings - Jones Hall Ironwork

The refurbished interior of Jones Hall on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus has restored some wonderful ironwork. Here are a couple of photos of imaginative, ornate balusters.

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Sorry about the gap in posting. There's been a puzzling glitch in the blog software, which is not yet solved; but I'm taking the opportunity to put this up.

University of Minnesota Buildings - Jones Hall

Jones Hall is one of the fine old buildings on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. As described in this press release, the building was thoroughly remodeled in 2005.

"[T]his 1901 Renaissance Revival-style building has been updated with central air conditioning, new windows, state of the art communications and electrical capabilities and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) upgrades, among many other improvements. Even though this historically-designated building has been modernized, it still maintains important historic features such as stair treads and banisters, paneled doors, arched ceilings and its terra cotta facade.

"The new and improved Jones Hall will be home to the College of Liberal Arts Language Center and the U of M Freshman Admissions Welcome Center."

Here are some details of the impressive facade.

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Ghost Ranch Trees

Chimney Rock Trail at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico is a challenging place for vegetation, but trees and other plants manage to hang on, creating beautiful abstract patterns.

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Ghost Ranch Skies

The skies over Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico really were this blue!

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Ghost Ranch Rock Colors

The Chimney Rock Trail at Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, New Mexico passes some beautifully colored and textured rock.

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Ghost Ranch Trail Vistas

A couple of views from the top of Chimney Rock Trail at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

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(click to enlarge) The flat-topped mountain in the distance is the Pedernal, which appears in many of Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings.

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(click to enlarge) Colorful and stark, like so much of New Mexico.

This site gives more information about Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch, and its trails.

New Mexico - Ghost Ranch

In December we went to Ghost Ranch, the area in northern New Mexico where Georgia O'Keeffe did much of her painting. There's a fine trail to an overlook, with striking scenes along the way.

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Tome Hill - Crosses at the Top

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(click to enlarge) Tome Hill became a religious pilgrimage site for Los Penitentes in the 18th century, but occasioned opposition from the Catholic bishop of the area. Three crosses were permanently placed there in 1947. The scanned pages from this book, p. 168 provide an interesting history of the place.

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(click to enlarge) Beads and crosses left as offerings at the top.

Tome Hill Sculpture - On the March along El Camino Real

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(click to enlarge) Conquistadores

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The sculpture is called La Puerta del Sol - The Gateway to the Sun.

New Mexico - Tome Hill

Tome Hill is a religious site near Los Lunas, about 20 miles south of Albuquerque. At the base of the hill is a striking sculptural installation, picturing the Spanish conquistadores and priests with their workers coming up along El Camino Real and encountering the native Americans.

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Central Avenue - The Mother Road

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(click to enlarge) A final image from part of a mural on Central Avenue - historic Route 66 as it runs through Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Central Avenue - End/Beginning

We've traversed Central Avenue in Albuquerque from west to east, so have reached the end/beginning at Tramway. (Why is it generally assumed that things run from east to west?)

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(click to enlarge) There's a nice park at the junction

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(click to enlarge) with a sculpture, The Hand of Friendship, by Ted Egri.

Central Avenue - New Mexico Standards

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(click to enlarge) Chiles

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Central Avenue - Auto Culture

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Central Avenue - Art along the Avenue

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(click to enlarge) A pretty mural on the side of a Thai restaurant

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(click to enlarge) A vigorous sculpture adorning a strip mall

Central Avenue - Eats

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(click to enlarge) This barbecue place has been here a long time. It seems serve a lot of people from Kirtland Air Force Base.

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Central Avenue - Mural

Some details of a nice mural on the wall of a restaurant on the East Side of Central Avenue in Albuquerque.

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Central Avenue - East Side

The last portion of my Central Avenue trek in Albuquerque is the East Side, roughly from Nob Hill east to Tramway and the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. Like the West Side, this is largely poor people's territory.

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(click to enlarge) New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment, but it's also the land of trailers and mobile homes. The East Side is a major location for buying and selling.

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(click to enlarge) If you need to move somewhere else, or heat your home/cook your food with propane, U-Haul is here for you.

Central Avenue - Bright Signs

All along Central Avenue in Albuquerque one sees lively, innovative signs. These two are from the Nob Hill area. The graphic arts are alive and well there.

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Central Avenue - New and Old

Back to Central Avenue (historic Route 66 as it runs through Albuquerque). It seems to exhibit a somewhat fragile equilibrium.

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(click to enlarge) A jaunty bus stop ...

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(click to enlarge) and the remains of an old shop,

New Mexico - People at Trinity Site

A few more photos from yesterday's visit to the Trinity Site on the White Sands Missile Range, where the first test atomic bomb was exploded.

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(click to enlarge) Crowds returning from ground zero

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(click to enlarge) Matched set

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(click to enlarge) Tourists standing in Jumbo, the steel cylinder designed to contain the plutonium if the chemical implosion did not produce criticality. It was eventually not used.

Trinity Site - The First Atomic Bomb Explosion

The first atomic bomb was tested at this isolated site in New Mexico, now part of the White Sands Missile Range. The site is open only two days a year: the first Saturdays of April and October. We were there today, along with thousands of others.

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(click to enlarge) The memorial pyramid at ground zero.

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(click to enlarge) A replica of the bomb casing for "Fat Man", the atomic bomb detonated over Nagasaki.

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(click to enlarge) An exhausted spectator.

Central Avenue - Nob Hill Shop Windows

Funky and fun.

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