Banquet Piece, Pieter Claez

Monday, January 30, 2017

Napoleon's Willow

Salix babylonica?
Was this the famous willow from Napoleon's tomb?

When the Shinn barn burned, the willow apparently burned as well. So says the note on the back of the picture.

What is the famous willow?

Apparently it was a way to make money off of tourists, to tell them that this little willow came from the willow next to Napoleon's grave.

In 1883, Gardener's Monthly reports:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Even dead trees can have a life

Our beloved park snag with its bear face
Trees in our local park have been dying over the last droughty years.

An alternative to cutting them down is to feature them as snags for wildlife.

The Smithsonian talks about creating a snag from one of their dying trees.

One of our beloved snags has the face of a bear. When I first volunteered at the park, I was told that our dead tree had a bear face. I didn't believe it until I saw that indeed it had a bear face.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Transformation of the Vallejo Adobe

LOC. 1937? 
When I look at this photo, I see "Sunset Magazine". Did the Vallejo Adobe influence the Sunset Magazine headquarters?