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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Cui Xia Qiao

Hot, dry days continue in southern California. Our air conditioner chose to stop working two days ago. Apparently we're not the only ones with perfect timing; there's nary an available repair person for miles around for the next few days.

How we suffer. We'll have to experience actual weather.

Or we could go to the Huntington. We could stroll about the (air-conditioned) galleries and breathe in the art. We could meander through the Japanese garden, the Australian garden, the desert garden (maybe not today) or Liu Fang Yuan, the Chinese garden, with its bridges and waters and views upon views upon peaceful views.

Here's the Bridge of Verdant Mist, also known as Cui Xia Qiao, or to these ladies, a good place to catch up on what's important.

13 comments:

Katie said...

Beautiful scene; you really captured it perfectly! I agree that the Huntington is the perfect place to go on a hot day. We have another hot one brewing in NoCal too; wish I could pop down and spend the day at the Huntington. I'm hankering for their tea service already!

USelaine said...

Aaaahhhhh. So much variety in the world, and so little time. Peace.

Ted Thompson said...

"We could stroll about the (air-conditioned) galleries and breathe in the art. We could meander through the Japanese garden, the Australian garden, the desert garden (maybe not today) or Liu Fang Yuan, the Chinese garden, with its bridges and waters and views upon views upon peaceful views."

*is jealous*

We have nothing to compare to those offering here... and I love Oriental (or am I supposed say Asian?) Gardens ^_^

Susan C said...

I love the Huntington and need to go to see that Chinese garden.

When our daughter was a preschooler, we treated the Huntington like our back yard. We'd go with a big stack of books - picture books for her, a novel for me - and hide out for hours under the shade of a giant magnolia tree by the lily ponds. When Cynthia got bored with her books, she'd climb the tree's fat limbs. (Don't tell security)

P.A. said...

Pasadena Adjacent

I think we're thinking about the same plot of land: different locations.

Petrea said...

I took this when I was there with you, Katie. Thought of you when I posted it.

Yes Elaine. Yes.

Ted, the Huntington does give us bragging rights, I admit. Well, almost. It's in San Marino, not quite Pasadena.

Susan, I might know the exact tree. There's a bench near it I crave.

Wow, PA, we're on a wavelength. She's talking about the current photo exhibit, folks. It's there 'til September 15th and it's fab. Unusual, brave, excellent stuff. If you like photography, GO.

Pont Girl said...

Hi Petrea - yes I still exist :)

Glad to know that you took this great photo when you were with Katie. Was that the same day we met for lunch or was it the day before? I know you went twice.

Interesting theme for today, since I just finished reading a book (in 24 hours I might add) that takes place in China all along the Yangtze river. It's called "Dream of the Blue Room" and obviously, I couldn't put it down.

Hope you're doing great!

altadenahiker said...

I really like the O in the shot. Even when scorching hot, the cactus garden is my favorite.

USelaine said...

Something for Bernie (Mr. Kalabash?) wherever you are. I mean, in case he missed the photo response to all the bumping into each other thots.

Dina said...

Is that a tongue twister? How would you pronounce that Chinese?
Lovely how the bridge's reflection creates an eye.

Laurie said...

I simply must get to the Huntington soon. Beautiful shot, Petrea!

Jules said...

How wonderful - would love to check ou the Australian garden!!

I am late posting this weekend due to power and internet problems and visitors!!!

Petrea said...

Hello busy Pont Girl, nice to see you! I think this was taken on a different day. Maybe Katie can correct me.

Altadenahiker, they were thinking of that O when they built the bridge. Every view is put there very consciously, I think.

Elaine, that Victoria Daily Photo site is way too good.

Dina: It's hard enough to spell it, let alone pronounce it!

Laurie, like Susan C says, maybe take the little one and some books. What a great place.

Jules! Too many virtual Benauts.