Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mad Max comes to I-15 in Happy Valley

 I was driving up I-15 in Utah Valley the other day--just the road alone is Mad Max enough for me--when I spotted this lovely truck. The only other time I've ever seen a truck like this was in the Mad Max movies. I especially like the first picture because I have a cracked windshield and the freeway construction mess helps sell the whole idea.

I know I shouldn't be taking pictures while I drive--but I just had to do it--the apocalypse is here!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The glorious Cathedral of the Madeleine--the exterior, . . and a Gargoyle Story

I think the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City is a stunner. If you want to see more of the Cathedral check out their website here. I went with my daughter for her A.P. Art History extra-credit photo tour. It was a particularly gray day which I thought made the pictures extra dramatic. It looks as if the photos are black and white but they are in color.

It is made out of Utah sandstone from Carbon County. The sandstone used for the Presbyterian Church that I blogged about previously was mined from Red Butte Canyon. The difference in the colors of the two churches is amazing. This almost colorless sandstone is austere and dramatic. (I have to admit I really LOVE the warm red sandstone on the Presbyterian Church.)

I am particularly fond of the gargoyles! I think every building should have some gnarly gargoyle looking down on the little humans below. Look at this one watch you!

Here he is getting closer.
Another gargoyle friend on the other side.

 He seems to be laughing at us.

Here is little history of these particular gargoyles from the Cathedral of the Madeleine Website.

"Eight gargoyles look down from the 185-feet-high east and west towers. The gargoyles are primarily decorative, and do not serve as water spouts as do those on many of the cathedrals of Europe. The original gargoyles placed on the Cathedral in 1917 weathered and eroded to the extent that hey were nonexistent by 1930. In the 1975 restoration, eight new steel-reinforced gargoyles, weighing 1,200 pounds each, were placed on the Cathedral. Each gargoyle, made by University of Utah art student Peter Cole, represents a petrified combination of a bird, a dog and a cat."   Go Peter Cole!

I am going to leave you with the spire over the alter in all its winter glory.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Salt Lake City 1st Presbyterian Church

I've suddenly have this yen to take pictures of architecture. It's become a bit of an obsession. Last Mother's Day, my wonderful husband, Dan, gave me a camera that could take some great pictures. First, I was obsessed with flowers and nature (still am). Then I add architecture to the nature compulsion. I bet you all wonder if I am still stuck on food--well, yes I am. I will keep cooking my grandma's recipes for good or ill, but for today you get the Salt Lake City 1st Presbyterian Church.

This is just the side door.

I didn't even take pictures of the front because I thought the side was so beautiful.

Little window -- would make anyone want to pray.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

What would it be like to live here. . .Witch houses continued

Here are two more avenues houses that I have always loved and been a little afraid of. I passed the gold one every day on my way to elementary school.  I thought a Persian witch lived here.

This grey house is adorable now, but picture it as I saw it when I was a little girl, with peeling black paint and everything in disrepair. It was the only house that I was truly scared of. We always skipped it on Halloween.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Everneath Book Launch! Go Brodi!

Brodi Ashton's book launch was January 24th. I am sorry that I am a week late with my pictures, but I have an excuse--we moved! Again! Yea! Most people move around the country or the world, we move within a 4 mile area. Anyway, another tale for another day, because this blog is all about my sister-in-law, The Amazing Brodi (sounds like she's a magician--well she is--with words!). It was actually one of the most exciting evenings I've ever had. I wish that said more, because I am a little boring, but I know it would have been exciting even for Evel Knievel.

The King's English in Salt Lake City hosted the launch at it's neighbor the 15th Street Gallery.  It was packed and quickly became standing room only. Brodi gave a wonderful and very funny presentation about the publishing process. She wrote about the launch on her blog here and here. She then moved over to The King's English and signed and signed and signed.

I've watched Brodi through this whole process and she's amazed me with her dedication, tenacity and writing ability. She is going to have an amazing career and she's earned it!

Waiting in the wings.
The King's English supplied the cake.

Brodi's family on both sides provided the food.
We love to bring food to any occasion.

The Book

The Crowd!

Yep, I waited in line to get a signature!
Yep, I look like and am a crazed stalker!
You go Brodi!