Saturday, October 4, 2008

Wear Some Flowers {Trip Part II}

The concluding post on San Francisco {peruse Part I here if you missed it} featuring the Conservatory of Flowers and the Palace of Fine Arts. It's kind of a belated reflection on a late summer's trip, and as such it's acquired an altered perspective - like gazing back through a lens tinged with the warm deep tones of autumn, trying in vain to see the bright blues and greens of a season growing ever fainter in memory.Chapter 3: The Conservatory & The Cabinet
She paused to watch the glistening beads of condensation collecting on the glass. A thousand little orbs gathered on the pane, languidly slipping toward the mossy floor as the weight of heat and damp grew too oppressive. Specimens of the tropics lined the slickened path. They spilled out of great stone urns and toppled from hanging baskets. But what lay just ahead was perhaps most curious; a stately old cabinet loomed upward toward the glassy sky of ribbed vaulting. On its weathered hardwood shelves, a collection of flowering plants boasted petals of red, violet and gold, and at its greatest heights were floating spheres of dark glossy leaves.Chapter 4: The Lost City & The Capital
Finally the girl and the boy came to a place where vast colonnades rose above the placid waters of a blue-green pond. A pair of swans moved noiseless on the water, a torrent of fountain spray plunged in silence back to its origins, and even the dried yellow foxtails refused to rustle as they quivered in a silent wind. In the light of late afternoon, the travelers circled the lake weaving in and out of shadows that stretched across the sand. After a time, the girl stood still and reverent before a lofty column. At its height, the warm sullen stone erupted into bouquets of volutes and acanthus leaves. And, the girl thought decidedly: in all art's history, there could never be a more immortal ornament.

9 comments:

cindy : quaint said...

i really enjoyed seeing san francisco through your lense and the photos are so dreamy.

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Once again, Your photos are so lovely. Thank you for sharing. Next time I'm in SF, have to visit the conservatory. :)

Angelique said...

The green of these photos is just perfect.

Thank you for your comment on my blog, btw. I agree entirely about the Anne and Emily books. I think L.M. Montgomery might have had the most influence in my life outside of family and friends. I'm glad to know that others feel the same way :)
- Angelique
(http://studiokiekje.typepad.com)

have a lovely day!

CHOO said...

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June Shin said...

I love your photos. I have yet to visit the conservatory, but have always wanted to, every time i've been in SF.

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Aree said...

very beautiful.

Grace@PoeticHome said...

Such a beautiful story! The photos are so nostalgic and a bit haunting. The Palace of Fine Arts is my favorite place in the city -- it takes my breath away every time, and you truly captured the magic of it all!

Liz said...

You have such a beautiful way with words! Stumbled onto your blog through flickr, really enjoying it.

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