Salton Sea Monochromes

1 to 5 October 2016, Salton Sea, California, USA.

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This car may be going cheap, though also not going at all.

Salton Sea (IR).

 

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North shore palms.

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Dead fish by an endangered sea.

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Bombay Beach.

Salton Sea

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Slab City.

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Slab City.

Salton Sea (IR).

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Salton Sea.

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Mud Volcano.

Birds and Mud Volcanoes.

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Hummingbird.

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L.A. and Salton Sea Monochromes

1 to 5 October 2016, Los Angeles and Salton Sea, USA.

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Colombian Mammoth (Mammathus Columbi)

La Brea Tar Pits.

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Chest of drawers from the 18th century Japan.

Netsuke Gallery, LACMA.

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Netsuke.

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Buddha Shakyamuni, Sukothai, Thailand, 14th-15th century.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

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Eagle-headed demon (Assyria).

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Borrego Palm Canyon.

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Desert cacti, perhaps clavellina cholla.

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Gomphothere.

Encounters with Megafauna.

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A locust or grasshopper and a scorpion.

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Ground sloths.

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Chinese dragon.

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Humans in vehicle.

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Salton Sea.

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Dead fish on the salt.

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The end, but of what?

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Near Salton City.

Salton Sea (IR).

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Probably at Desert Shores.

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Trees in the desert.

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Slab City

California USA, 1 October 2016

With Jeni Bate of Skyscapes for the Soul ..

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You may recall from the previous post that Leonard Knight, the creator of Salvation Mountain initially came to the nearby Slab City.

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Currently we are in the desert between Salvation Mountain and Slab City but the sculptures belong more to Slab City than Salvation Mountain.

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The more observant amongst you may notice some artistic differences in the style of the sculptures here as compared to Salvation Mountain.

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The materials used can be somewhat different too.

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It appears that cycling around in the desert may sometimes have been uncomfortable.

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There’s a conundrum here.  Is it a political statement, a sculpture or a theme park?

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We are now in Slab City and the rows of bottles indicate boundaries for vehicles.

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Before there was Slab City, there was Camp Dunlap.

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This was a World War II military base, chosen for suitability for desert warfare training and proximity to San Diego.  It opened in 1942 and ran for three years.  By 1956 all the buildings had been removed but the concrete slabs they were built on remained.

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It’s reasonable to assume the array of sculptures wasn’t created by the Army in the 1940s to give a sense of normalcy to their soldiers.

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From the 1980s, people came to stay here.  Originally there were “snowbirds”, seasonal refugees from the cold northern winter, taking advantage of the concrete slabs as a place to park a mobile home.

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It has expanded to include artists, squatters, survivalists, people trying to escape and homeless people.

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The population is around 4,000 during winter months and 150 during the summer.  It is a harsh place to spend a summer.  In the hottest four months June to September, maximum monthly temperature is likely to be around 50ºC (122ºF) and maximum daily temperatures are likely to be around 40ºC to 42ºC (103ºF to 107ºF).

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There is no electricity, running water, sewers or rubbish services provided by government.  There is also an absence of law enforcement, taxation or administration.

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So it might sound like a libertarian paradise and it is self-styled as “the last free place”.  Life must be hard for most of the people here though.  In recent years there has been an increase in drug use (particularly chrystal meth), theft and rubbish build-up.  Currently they are hiding out, closed to outsiders and trying to avoid COVID-19.  Many or most of them will have no health insurance and be unable to afford a doctor or even transport to see one.

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There are times when the light changes and an eerie glow descends over the area.

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This might be the Earth trying to fight back and defend itself from commercial exploitation and Climate Change.

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One might mistake it for the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse.  But it is due to permeation by future ghosts of the wealthy political figures who are currently striving to overwhelm Democracy by propaganda and legal manœuvres and end up here, despised by other residents and bereft of personal resources.

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Salvation Mountain

California USA, 1 October 2016

With Jeni Bate of Skyscapes for the Soul.

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Next we visited Salvation Mountain, near the south west corner of the Salton Sea.

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Leonard Knight created Salvation Mountain.

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He came to this area in 1984 with a massive 230-foot high hot air balloon he had sewn together over a six year period.  It had ten-foot high letters on the side; “God is Love”.

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He came to Camp Dunlop or Slab City, near the south west corner of the Salton Sea but more on that in the next post.

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He had help from the locals at Slab City to launch the balloon but when it came time for the launch, he discovered that the material had rotted so the launch never took place.

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Inside the Hogan.

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So, instead of the balloon, he decided to display his God is Love message on the face of a small nearby mesa.  However, concrete was expensive and he used too much sand.  So after three years of hard work, when he must have thought he was making progress, his creation slithered down the face of the mesa into a gloopy mess.

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Undeterred, in 1989 he started again, using a small donated front-end loader to cut more deeply onto the hill and using metal scrap to anchor his new façade into the hill.

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He proceeded without needing regular income, scavenging materials and receiving donations of paint, money and food.

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Inside “The Museum”.

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In 1994 there was some controversy about the presence of a private monument on public land and the local government threatened to bulldoze the mountain due to the claimed presence of lead in the paint.  This produced public support, including a documentary from a Los Angeles film maker and the local authority relented.  An independent assay also showed no lead in the soil.

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It was declared “a folk art site worthy of preservation and protection” by the Folk Art Society of America in 2000.  In 2002, Senator Barbara Boxer of California entered Salvation Mountain into the Congressional Record as a national treasure.

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Leonard Knight aimed to repaint the mountain every year to ensure the paint remains thick but he died in 2014.  In his absence, volunteers continue this maintenance.

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This is his truck.  He initially used it to transport scavenged materials and at least later, lived on the back of it.

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“He lived in the funky camper on the back of his old flatbed”.  I presume this is it (or perhaps, was it).

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA California USA, 1 October 2016

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The previous post was at the Pavilion for Japanese Art at LACMA; this is from our viewing of the rest of the Art Museum.  (Click images for larger size).

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Royal Peacock Barge, West Bengal, India, late 19th century.

Miniature ivory depiction of pleasure boat of the Nawab of Bengal.

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This is a very modern installation, dated to just before the time we were visiting.  It is perhaps somewhere between pop art, dada and surrealism.  The artist is not credited.

The assemblage is somewhat anachronistic amongst historical exhibits but does include some references to 19th century Indian works.  It is perhaps intended to depict the sense of wonder at the extent to which modern art styles can sometimes diverge from the traditional.

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Panel, Gururat, India, early 18th century.

Wood applique with bone; brass roundels.

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Altar cabinet, Kham region, eastern Tibet, 19th – 20th century.

Wood with mineral pigments and gilding; brass fittings.

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Hindu God Vishnu, Angkor, Cambodia. c. 950AD (sandstone).

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Folio from a Buddhist manuscript illustrated with Buddha’s birth stories (Thailand c. 1860-80), atop Sutra Box (Thailand 1920-40, wood laquer and gold leaf).

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Buddha Shakyamuni, Sukothai, Thailand, 14th-15th century (copper alloy).

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Maharishi (Great Sage) Agastya, Lakhi Sarai, Bihar, India, 12th century (chloritoid phyllite).

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Dancer’s headpiece in the form of Hindu Godess Kali, Kerala, India, late 15th century (wood with paint).

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The Goddess Sarasvati, Gujurat, India, 1153 by Jagadeva.

Sarasvati, goddess of wisdom and knowledge, embodies the mediæval Indian concept of feminine beauty.  Jagadeva was commisioned to create this sculpture to replace an earlier sculpture of Sarasvati that was dedicated in a Jain temple in 1069 but damaged in 1152.

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The Hindu Goddess Kali, Kerala, India, 17th century (wood with traces of paint).

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Athena, 2nd century Roman copy of Greek original from the late 5th century BC School of Pheidas.

Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and of war waged for just causes.  She wears a breastplate decorated with the heads of gorgons, the monsters whose piercing gaze turned people who met their eyes to stone.  The hollow eye sockets indicate that eyes were originally inlaid and of course, as with all ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, she would originally have been painted in bright colours.  The statue was excavated at Ostia, the port of Rome, in 1797.

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Portrait of Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574), c. 1572 by Giovanni Bandini (also called Giovanni dell’Opera) (marble).

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Madonna and child in a landscape c. 1496-1499 by Cima de Conegliano (Oil on panel).

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Saint Crispin (France, c. 1500 (limestone with traces of polychromy).

Saint Crispan is the patron saint of shoe makers.  He and his brother Saint Crispian were tortured for their Christian beliefs and beheaded in 285AD.

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The Swineherd, 1888, by Paul Gauguin (oi; on canvas).

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La Place du Théâtre Français, 1898, by Camille Pissaro (oil on canvas).

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Le Havre, bâteaux de peche sortant du port (fishing boats leaving the port), 1874, Claude Monet.

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Cabinet, c. 1650-75, from Grand Ducal Workshops (Galleria dei Lavori), (ebony, marble, jasper, lapis lazuli and various hard stones, and bronze with gilding).

The birds and flowers that appear to be painted are actually hundreds of pieces of richly hued pietre dure or hard stones, so the designs are laboriously painted in stone.

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Eagle-headed demon ritually expelling sickness and evil spirits from the house, possible purifying anyone entering the King’s living room.

This and following reliefs once adorned the interior walls of the palace of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (reigned 883-859 BC).  They are from ancient Kalhu (now called Nimrud).  He was the first Assyrian king to use stone panels on the interior wall of his palace which was built in mud brick on a stone foundation.  The reliefs were originally painted in black, white, red and blue.

In 879 BC Ashurnasirpal held a large festival to celebrate the construction of his new capital which remained the centre of the Assyrian Empire for 150 years.  It was surrounded by a massive city wall forty-two feet high (thirteen metres) and five miles long (eight kilometres).  At that time it bordered on the Tigris River.

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A winged human-headed genie wearing a double bull horn mitre that may be a supernatural projection of the king.

He holds a conical fruit that he has presumably dipped in the bucket of pollen held in preparation for fertilisation of the Tree of Life, an important symbol in Assyrian religious belief.

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The king holds a libation bowl and a bow, and he is accompanied by a human-headed genie carrying a bucket.  Both are engaged in ritual ceremony.

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Fragment of a painted Assyrian relief, Neo-Assyrian dynasty, Northern Iraq, 7th century BC (limestone).

It probably depicts King Sargon (reigned 722-705 BC) and still shows traces of the colourful paint that once adorned all Assyrian reliefs.

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Head of a Royal Guard from Persepolis, Achæmenid period, Southern Iran, 5th century BC (limestone).

This fragment once belonged to the inner decorated panel of the eastern staircase of the Apadana, the sumptuous audience hall of the Achæmenid kings at Persepolis.

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20th century sculpture but I missed the label.  Giacometti maybe?

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Netsuke Gallery, LACMA

Netsuke Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA California USA, 1 October 2016

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Close by La Brea Tar Pits, we next visited the Pavillion for Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (ACMNA).

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Haniwa Horse from 6th century.

Haniwa are terracotta clay figures buried with the dead as funerary objects.  They are from the Kofun period of 3rd to 6th century AD, when horses were first domesticated in Japan and this would have been from the grave of an important person, probably in Southern Honshu.

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Chest of drawers from the 18th century.  Lacquer over wood with gold and silver flakes.

It is decorated with several views around Lake Biwa and was made for the lord of Hikone Castle.

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Jar from Kamakura period, c. 1200-1400AD.

Tokoname ware; coil-built stoneware with ash glaze.

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Female Shinto deity, 14th century.

Due to a close association of Shinto with the Imperial Court, such figures were shown in court robes as real people and were kept in close shrines, not viewable by devotees.

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Sake bottles, 17th to 19th centuries.

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Contemporary vessel by Shimizu Ichiji, 2012.

Stoneware with sprayed slip decoration.

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(No description.  I didn’t photograph the label).

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Daruma by Torei Enji, hanging scroll, ink on silk, 18th century.

Daruma was the semi-legendary Zen Master who brought Zen from China to Japan in the early 6th century.  Torei Enji was himself an eminent Zen Master who wrote a description of Zen practice, still read today, entitled “The undying Lamp of Zen”.

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Kanzan and Jittoku by Shunso Shoju, ink on paper, late 18th or early 19th century.

Kanzan and Jittoku were enlightened people who lived on Cold Mountain (Hanshan) in China in about the 9th century and they are symbolically represented in this drawing.  Here is a poem by Kanzan (or Hanshan to the Chinese):

Men ask the way through the clouds,

The cloud’s way dark, without a sign.

High summits are of naked rock.

In deep valleys sun never shines.

Behind you green peaks, and in front,

To east the white clouds, and to west –

Want to know where the cloud way lies?

It’s there, in the centre of the Void!

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(No description.  I didn’t photograph the label).

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This is the first of the netsuke.  Three others follow.  They are unique to Japan and because kimono had no pockets.  Instead, the Japanese used inro or segmented hanging boxes.  They were on a cord which went through the netsuke and attached to the obi or kimono sash.  The netsuke prevented the inro and cord slipping out from beneath the obi.

They needed to be light and small yet strong and support a hole through them so they are masterpieces of miniature design.

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European archer, 18th century.

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Santo Domingo Monochromes

12-14 September 2016, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Art vendor in the centre of the old city.

Catedral Primada de America.

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Around the block from the Cathedral.

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Inside the Cathedral.

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Museo Casa de Tostado.

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A statue of Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés in front of the Tower of Homage.

Fortaleza Ozama.

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This vehicle was parked in the street right outside where we were staying, in the centre of the old city.

Wandering in Santo Domingo.

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Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes or the Church of Our Lady of the Mercedes.

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Calle Hostos.

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Monasterio de San Francisco.

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Alcázar de Colón.

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Museo de las Casas Reales.

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Edges of the Old City.

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Cuba Monochromes 4 of 4 Last Days in Havana

1-12 September 2016, Havana, Cuba

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Great music in a late night jazz bar.

Havana – An afternoon and evening.

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1953 Oldsmobile – our taxi ride back to the hotel.

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Passing train.

Havana – Botanic Gardens.

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1949 Plymouth, just about to leave I think.

Havana – Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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(From the taxi).

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1950 Plymouth.

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Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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View from Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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At night after rain.

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At a small outdoor art area.

Last Day in Havana.

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Castell de la Real Fuerza.

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Castell de la Real Fuerza.

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Castell de la Real Fuerza.

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Palacio de los Capitanes Generales.

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Street performer.

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Art market at the waterfront.

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The old loco was just outside the art market.

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Street scene with El Capitolio under repair in the background.

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Street at night after rain.

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So that’s the last post from Cuba.  Santo Domingo from the Dominican Republic should be next but first there will be some more recent posts, one from a Blues Festival and a few from Montague Island off the South coast of New South Wales.

Cuba Monochromes 3 of 4 Havana Streets

1-12 September 2016, Havana, Cuba

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Our horse and carriage driver.

Havana – Street Photography from a Horse and Carriage.

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Waiting for the bus.

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Tuk tuk driver and El Capitolio in the background

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Havana – Artifacts and Cars.

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Waiting for assistance.

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Musicians playing in the park outside our hotel.

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Just passing by a very interesting curio shop.

Havana – Red Cars and Street Views.

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Havana – Fusterlandia.

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Locals around a mosaic mural featuring Hugo Chavez and the flags of Venezuela and Cuba.

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1958 Ford Edsel Pacer convertible.

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1950? De Soto convertible.

Havana – An afternoon and evening.

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1958 Cadillac convertible.

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1958 Chevrolet?

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Elegant street view.

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Rebuilding a street in the traditional fashion.

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Maybe not much in the way of pollution controls.

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Last Day in Havana

Havana, Cuba, 12 September 2016
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On our last day in Havana, after breakfast, we first visited a small outdoor art area not far from our hotel.

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We then visited the Castell de la Real Fuerza.  Here is the entrance from a few posts ago.

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It was built in 1557, replacing a earlier fort that had been destroyed by a French privateer.

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However, it was too far inside the harbour to be effective and was also too small.  It was effectively replaced by the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta at the entrance of the harbour and became the residence of the Governor of Havana.

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It is considered the oldest stone fort in the Americas and these days houses a maritime museum.

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This and the next three images are from the Museo de Arqueología.

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This and the next image are from the Salon of Mesoamerica and Ecuador.

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Next we visited the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the residence of the Governors in the eighteenth century, now the museum of the City of Havana.

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Early Cuban Flag, I think from the independence movement in the 1890s.

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Inlaid box with ancient Egyptian references.

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Street performer.

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A couple we encountered recommended we visit an art market at the waterfront, so we did.

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The old loco was just outside the art market.

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Walking back to the hotel…

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View from the window of our room.

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In the late afternoon, I went for a walk in the back streets.

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Street at night after rain.

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So that was the last post on Cuba, although there are four monochrome posts to come next.