Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Out and About ... Follow-Up

Sunday, I made a trip into Boulder, driving through Niwot on the return trip.
Just to check process on the second sculpture.
First Visit (link)

Looks like an Eagle's wing emerging:...
The carver's spoils:....

Saturday, March 28, 2009

New Pin-Hole Camera, test run

With the abundance of newly delivered snow this week, conditions were ideal to test my new pinhole camera's aperture sizing, for use in bright snow photography.

Yes, these are; Cold Weather, high quality rubber bands.
The Radisson Pool: ....
Radisson outdoor lounging area:....
Not, what you want to see, before your morning drive:....
Or, at night:...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Weather !!! gone to the dogs

Today, a reminder of: Global Warming .. Colorado style
25 inches of snow; air, ground travel grind to a halt.
"DENVER - Holiday travelers stranded by a blizzard that paralyzed Colorado’s biggest cities lined up at ticket counters in Denver’s snowbound airport Thursday only to learn they wouldn’t be going anywhere for another day."
A few borrowed images: should have an operation camera by tomorrow.....

Teatime at the " Palace" Part B, GREAT PICTURES

Event Poster:.......
My friend in Taiwan provided these links. (thx. Shawn) .. some fantastic images ...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Teatime at the " Palace" (Taipei Times)

Teatime at the National Palace Museum

The many facets of tea appreciation are the focus of a new exhibit at Taiwan’s most venerable cultural institution
By: Ian Bartholomew STAFF REPORTER
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009, Page 13

The National Palace Museum Tea Ceremony Exhibition (故宮文創系列活動 — 茶事展演) is something new in the annals of this venerable museum. It is a novel departure on many fronts, not least as being the first time guests can partake of tea and snacks as an actual part of the overall experience of art appreciation.

The current exhibition is a pilot project for a cultural creativity center (創意中心) that has been much touted by the National Palace Museum’s recently installed director Chou Kung-shin (周功鑫). Speaking at the opening of the activity at the museum’s Second Exhibition Area in the Library Building (圖書文獻大樓), Chou said that the museum, as the most esteemed and sophisticated cultural conservation agency in the country, would be able to provide a solid basis for the development of Taiwan’s “creative cultural industry” (文化創意產業).
“In Taiwan, we have lots of creative talent, and industry is what we built this country on,” Chou said. “We can provide a foundation that will inject a richer cultural content into the efforts of our young creative artists and entrepreneurs.”
The move is part of a larger effort, which has already seen the establishment of highly successful musical evenings and the creation of a Children’s Gallery, to expand the museum’s role and interact more energetically with contemporary social and cultural developments.For the current activity, the museum has commissioned the Ren Dan Ru Chu Tea Study Group (人澹如菊茶書院) to create an exhibition on the theme of tea, relating it to both the physical and spiritual environment of the tradition.
While the museum’s collection contains many artifacts and paintings related to tea drinking, the current exhibition is housed in seven spaces created by interior designers working together with tea experts and members of the study group.

Interior designer and curator Chen Cheng-tao (陳正道), in explaining his own exhibit — a simple steel frame hut, the shadow of a tree falling against the wall, a low wooden table placed on a mat floor — said that the environmentally friendly nature of the materials he used, and even the shadow on the wall, were all part of an atmosphere that was integral to creating an environment for appreciating tea and the meditative calm that this activity can induce.A new student of tea master Li Shu-yun (李曙韻) who was serving as an assistant at the event was effusive about the beauty of the spaces, saying they almost brought tears to her eyes. The careful combination of materials, light and utensils are designed to suggest poetic atmospheres that stimulate the senses. “In the workplace, you have to do many things that you might not want to, so you close down your awareness to things,” she said. “Tea appreciation helps you to open up your awareness again, as you focus on subtle things in the act of making and serving tea.”Some of the spaces are traditionally decorated, ranging from re-creations of traditional Hakka architecture from Beipu (北埔) in Hsinchu County, to highly contemporary affairs, such as one enclosed in a giant transparent plastic bubble and another hung about with reflective strips of material.

There is plenty to think about in viewing the exhibition, and a free English-language pamphlet available at the door goes some way to explaining the concepts involved. As with many contemporary art shows in Taiwan, the explanatory notes next to the exhibits, some in poetry form, are excessively abstract. Volunteers will be on hand every day to answer questions, and there are lectures to be given by tea masters every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until April 18, on subjects such as The Aesthetics of Taiwan Tea Culture (台灣紅茶篇), the Potential of the Taiwanese Tea Room (台灣茶室的可能), and A History of the Changing Flavor of Prize-Winning Dongding Oolong Tea (凍頂比賽茶的變遷史).

A full schedule of the lectures is available on the museum’s Web site (Chinese only) at www.npm.gov.tw/zh-tw/learning/education/education_08.htm?docno=101. Seating for the lectures is limited and bookings are recommended. Call (02) 2881-2021 X2113 to make a reservation.
The Ren Dan Ru Chu Tea Study Group will provide tea and traditional tea snacks in the lobby outside the exhibition area for NT$100, giving visitors a chance to appreciate some tea after they have contemplated the artistry of the seven tea drinking areas.

Monday, March 23, 2009


One more party picture .....
A handy friend, when stuff is on the ROOF!!! (7' 2")Trevor: Excuse me... Excuse me... Fezzik, please?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Afternoon and a BDay Party

Robbie and I made it home Thursday morning. All in all we enjoyed our trip to Colorado.
Sean made it home for Spring Break.
Saturday was a nice diversion, Robin, Ashley and Ben stooped by .. so with Sean and Trevor we half way to a full house.
Also, Trevor had a birthday party .. looks like he's outgrown Lego presents....
Sunday afternoon .. I'm heading back to Colorado, most likely for a couple of weeks.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Just a Little "Bull"

Hi Sean, the "longhorn" is still going strong.If you have to farm, do it with a view:..Estes Village; at 7,522 feet elevation, the melt as started, can spring be far off ? Robbie enjoying Estes National Park:.. Bighorn Mt. off in the distance.
Mt. Chapin in the background.Along the Fall River road, in a peaceful valley, Elk enjoy a rest in the sun:..

Friday, March 13, 2009

Three Abreast on Life's Highway

Returning from lunch yesterday ... a sight not often seen.
A road traveller with a: "Three-Abreast Draft Horse Hitch"Suffolk Punch horses:...11,340 lbs. (weight of wagon, horses, dogs and Lee)We meet Lee near Longmont Colorado, on I-25 Frontage Road. You can follow his adventures on his web site:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Eclectic Compendium

A weekend at home, relaxing in the tea room:..
Robbie's new weight belt .. a source of much insider joking:...Saturday afternoon, Robbie is ready for an all day boat dive Sunday at Catalina.A new orchid by the front door:...Fast froward to today: Wed. 3/11/09. Clear Sky, perfect for a balloon ride.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Good company, good food and GREAT tea

The "Young Press" by bodum works perfectly for tea. I have two, one for: Tie Guan Yin, one for Pu-erh. This combination works well with a wide range of foods. One press serves; 8 restaurant sized cups.
Pu-erh in the Black and Red Press:.....The King Wah, staff are just fantastic, after lunch they cleaned and rinsed out the "Tea Presses"
Brian, Dean, Dan, Mishka and IgorTGY, in the Black & Gray Press..... http://www.bodumusa.com/

Monday, March 02, 2009

King Wah

Home, great place to live, but I only got a weekend pass.
Colorado, a great, place to visit, but! “Enough is enough, already.

Monday, back on the; Pony Express, Denver bound.

Pu-erh and TGY, safely pass the,” Eagle Eyed”, TSA inspectors.
“No it’s not Tar Heroine" and "Yes, it’s a Green leafed, but it’s not for smoking!"
This should prove to be a better trip. (No pun)

Last two weeks were spent training the staff at our “Home away from Home” restaurant.
Fortunately our waitress is from; Guangzhou, so we are able to get; “Off the Menu” dishes served family style.
Not a common practice in Cattle/Farm country, with set meals, made easy for the adventurous Cowpokes.

This week I plan to set up for; Kung-Fu Cha after our meals.
Let’s see how the owner embraces this idea... Update and pictures later this week.