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Archive for October, 2013



Neptune Pool Temple, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California

Published on October 30, 2013

The temple elements that give the Neptune Pool its name.


The Noms, Oakland Zoo, Oakland, CA

Published on October 29, 2013

Mealtime for the North American river otters at the Oakland Zoo.


Shells and Pebbles, Redondo Beach, Half Moon Bay, CA

Published on October 28, 2013

Medieval Fencers Ceiling Painting, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California, 2013

Published on October 23, 2013

Hearst Castle has the ‘largest collection of antique ceilings in North America,’ which is to say, every ceiling in the building is an original historical ceiling from elsewhere. This one depicts four medieval figures with weapons: sword-and-buckler, spear-and-shield, sword-and-shield, and another with sword-and-buckler.


Lampshade #2(b), Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California

Published on October 22, 2013

The other side of the manuscript lampshade pictured earlier.  


Roman Pool, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California

Published on October 21, 2013

The less grand of the two pools at the castle is nevertheless stunning in both size and decoration, with blue tiles and gold highlights predominating.


Bayeux Tapestry Lampshades, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California

Published on October 18, 2013

These lampshades, painted with scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry, were in one of the fine rooms reserves for single women visitors to the castle. Despite W. R. Hearst living extramaritally with his girlfriend, rather than his wife, there were apparently strict rules of decorum for other single female guests.  


Manuscript Lampshade #3, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California

Published on October 17, 2013

Another lampshade, this one an indenture contract.


Lampshade #2, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California

Published on October 16, 2013

I have been wanting to see these lampshades made from manuscripts for quite some time. On a recent visit to my parents in California, I finally had the chance to go down to San Simeon and tour Hearst Castle, including viewing the lampshades.  


Neptune Pool Lamp, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California

Published on October 15, 2013

The wonderful lamps at the lavish Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle.




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