Landscape: Magnolia buds, Robert Frost and smashing myself into sheets.

Magnolia buds at the Huntington Library in San Marino California

 Last night I dreamt of blue skies, warm breezes and the smell of blooming trees. But before that, while smashing myself down into my sheets for warmth, I read this poem from Robert Frost:

How the cold creeps as the fire dies at length

And my heart owns a doubt

Whether ’tis in us to arise with day

And save ourselves unaided

This is only a horrible paraphrase from the poem “Storm fear”. You can read the entire poem here.

What is the Huntington Library in San Marino California?

Is that what you wanted to know?

It is a mansion set on a hillside in the gorgeous enclave of San Marino near Pasadena. The movie “Father of the Bride” was filmed in San Marino.

The builder and owner was Henry Huntington, a railroad magnate (back when it was fashionable to be a magnate) who collected books and rare manuscripts and papers until his death in 1927. While he was busy collecting books, his wife, Arabella, was busy collecting art. They never had any offspring so when they passed they gave it to all of us.

It’s one of the rare places where you feel cozy and intimate while being around a massive “art” museum. I’d highly suggest it.

It’s one of the things that I really miss about living in Southern California.

BTW. We can also thank Mr. Huntington for giving us surf city USA: Huntington Beach!

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technical information:

Shot with Rolleiflex FX on Ektar 100 film.

The Rolleiflex FX is the latest version of the famous Rolleiflex camera which has been in production since the early 30’s. I use the Rolleiflex FX and the Rolleiflex 2.8e alternately. I like the way my Rolleiflex 2.8e renders black and white and the excellent quality the Rolleiflex FX has with color film.

 

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