Tours, travels, hikes and journeys!

Archive for April, 2014

Kaleidoscope and a revolving bowl of flowers.

Very fun thing to look for at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Cool San Diego Sights!

Interesting contraption in a nook at Spanish Village. Interesting contraption in a nook at artsy Spanish Village.

In a nook of Balboa Park’s Spanish Village, right next to the San Diego Mineral and Gem Society building, you’ll find this interesting contraption. Is it an antique device once used to navigate a ship? Is it a microscope? What is it?

It’s a kaleidoscope mounted above a revolving bowl of flowers! Instead of turning the kaleidoscope tube, you whirl the bowl of blooms and watch different colorful patterns form through the lens. Several mirrors in the tube create the complex symmetry.

Once I figured out what the contraption was, I tried putting my camera right up to the eyepiece. I got a bunch of interesting photos!

A kaleidoscope aimed at turning bowl of flowers. A kaleidoscope aimed at turning bowl of flowers.

Mirrors of kaleidoscope turn flower blooms into art. Mirrors of kaleidoscope turn flower blooms into art.

Revolving the bowl turns flowers and leaves into amazing patterns. Revolving the bowl turns flowers and leaves into amazing patterns.

Infinite beauty created via the reflection of light. Infinite beauty created via the reflection of light.

View original post

Advertisements

The Wizard of Oz house in Coronado.

I’m learning new things about the San Diego area!
Check this out……..

Cool San Diego Sights!

Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum rented this house in Coronado. Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum rented this house in Coronado.

L. Frank Baum is one of America’s most beloved authors. He wrote the Wizard of Oz series of novels.

Baum, who lived in South Dakota, spent many winters at this rented house in Coronado, where he wrote three novels: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Emerald City of Oz and The Road to Oz, plus significant portions of The Marvelous Land of Oz.

When not writing, he enjoyed himself at the nearby Hotel del Coronado. The Victorian architecture of the famous beach resort is said to be the inspiration for much of the fantastic imagery in the Oz novels.  He personally designed the huge crown-shaped chandeliers in the hotel’s grand Crown Room.

Today, the island city of Coronado has two nicknames: the Crown City and the Emerald City.

Wizard of Oz Ave sign above front door. Wizard of Oz Ave sign above front door.

L. Frank Baum wrote several Wizard of Oz novels at this house. L…

View original post 23 more words

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: