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Il Duomo -- The Great Dome of Florence

In the Florence cathedral, or il duomo.

"Fresco of the Last Judgement on the inside of the Dome by Vasari, begun in 1568, and completed by Federico Zuccaro in 1579 Duomo of Florence, Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower, Firenza Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore Built between 1293 & 1436 Italy."

"Domes, which vault the crossing and altar of countless churches, lend themselves well to being transformed into paintings of the sky. The round shape above our heads seems to open onto a higher world, so that God and the things of heaven become visually present at the church holiest spot.

The Last Judgment in the enormous dome of the cathedral in Florence was painted from 1572 onward. Vincenzo Borghini had drawn up a learned theological program as early as 1570, Giorgio Vasari was responsible for executing it, but he died in 1574. Federico Zuccaro completed the frescoes in 1575-79. High up in the fresco in the dome, around the cupola, hovers a temple with the twenty-four elders of the Apocalypse; beneath this, on terraced registers, follow choirs of angels with the instruments of the Passion, then groups of saints, then personifications of the gifts of the Holy SXpirit, of the virtues, and of the beatitudes, and finally the regions of hell with various deadly sins. The composition of the fresco thus takes into account the architectonic form of the vault in its eight sections, hard upon one another. There is no attempt to dissolve the architectural structure completely by means of illusionistic painting.

The temple and the zones of heaven for four of the eight sections of the vault were completed under Vasari's direction."
http://www.wga.hu/html_m/v/vasari/2/13duomo.html

Photo: public domain


Stucco House, Prickly Pear (Nopal) San Anselmo Maybe

Stop and go traffic so got out camera. This is a driveby.

"Riding the Rails: Northern California's Golden Age of Surfing" 14-min. trailer

Chris Thompson just sent me this trailer of his documentary, and it knocked me out. How rare it is these days to have someone that gets it. This is the real stuff. Rod is power personified, jeez was he rolling here, the Van Dykes, my lord…
If you know any old surfers, send them this.

The Little Red (Trim) Schoolhouse

I've been shooting photos of this little building along Highway One for years. It now looks about ready to fold.

Two Young English Artists Leave the City and Explore the World in a Van

Check out this great adventure! With great photos!
                                        -LK
www.makingitupaswegoalong.com
Dear The Shelter Blog :)
We are two artists from the UK who in July last year left the busy London life behind us to live in and to explore Europe and beyond. After graduating from Camberwell College of Arts with degrees in Fine Art in 2013, we moved out of our flat in London and traded the flat keys for a set of van keys, which we converted into our new home.
Our aim is to volunteer with projects around Europe, in order to gain experience in natural building and ecological living. We're trying to discover ways of living that aren't dominated by money and capitalism, where value is put upon gift and exchange to deepen inter-personal connection and equality. We spend 90% of our time doing work-exchange projects, having fabulously rich experiences in different cultures, communities, natural building and self-sufficient living, exchanging our help for food and living space. We create objects from recycled materials and waste plastic from the beach that we sell on a pay-what-you-can-afford basis. Holly is also a qualified Yoga teacher, teaching classes where she can (also pay-what-you-can-afford). We try to live simply, to explore, experience and to gain a greater connection with communities and the natural world.
Using the inspiration and knowledge we've gained from our journeys, we hope to build a hand-built space, using natural and recycled materials, for yoga and creativity, with particular emphasis on providing for those with learning difficulties or disabilities and/or past trauma.
We collate photography and short stories/descriptive writing online on our website: 
Right now we're getting together our documentation of some of the methods of living a more sustainable life adopted by the families/eco-communities we've worked with throughout Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

We're eager to share our journey, in the hope that it might inspire others to consider alternative ways of living, and to get connected with others interested in doing similar... So we're wondering whether you would consider featuring us on your (very inspiring) Shelter blog?
Best wishes and hope to hear from you :)
Holly & Angus

Twin Victorian Homes in Fort Bragg


I was shooting photos of the old one and Louie said, Hey, the one across the street is identical. Sure enough. Twins. On the ocean side of the highway in Fort Bragg.

Coastal Panorama at Sunset

This morning I'm at Trink's, a fabulous breakfast/lunch/latte/homemade pies/good wi-fi cafe in the town of Gualala. Light blue sunny sky with wisps of high clouds. I sort of have roots on this part of the coast: my dad and his family used to camp at an abandoned lumber mill on the Gualala river in the early 1900s, and go fishing.
Yesterday Louie and I headed north to Queenie's for pumpkin/pecan waffles w/ whipped cream breakfast, then wandered around in Mendocino, then explored Fort Bragg, which hasn't yet succumbed to cloying cuteseyness (as has Mendocino).
I'm heading home now, just picked up a freshly-killed grey fox on the road, going to skin him, along with another fox (brought me by a friend) in my freezer. I end up with a beautiful skin, and a (usually) perfect skull.
I'll put up a few photos from this 3-day trip before heading south…

Doggie Diners

Doggie Diners were hot dog/hamburger stands in San Francisco in the '50s, known for their 7' high revolving fiberglass heads of a perky dachshund. Someone has apparently salvaged and repainted these three.
Melinda Koustousov shot this photo of them, mounted on a flatbed truck in the Mission district last weekend.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doggie_Diner
http://doggiediner.com/

Small Home in San Francisco

I've often found that homes that appear quite simple on the outside are lovely inside. Also that in my experience, men tend to think of how a building looks on the exterior, whereas women tend to judge a home by the interior space and  the life that can be conducted within. That's an observation from decades of observing both men and women and their ideas of what makes for a desirable home.

Driftwood Architecture on Coast Today

In keeping with the Brotherhood of Beach Builders: no nails.

On the Coast Today

Left at 5:30 AM, made about 12 photo stops, got to Gualala at 9 -- 3-1/2 hours travel time, from pitch black to blue-sky/blue ocean morning sun.
Three planets are lined up in pre-dawn skies right now, about 4-6:30 AM in these parts. Power girl Venus, Jupiter, Mars.
After breakfast, Louie and I took a long walk on the Guala beach.









Good Architecture in San Francisco

Shot out by the beach last week.

Skeleton from Walgreen's

I've always wanted one of these. Amazed to see it for $39.95 at Walgreen's. Plastic, with metal pins at shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle joints.

A Face in The Republic of Congo


Just caught this in passing last week on local PBS station, KQED, didn't get gist of story, but was struck by the beauty of this face. It was a story on the Congo, and I thought his name was Piomba…

Good Architecture in Berkeley

I really like this. The curved roofs, the corrugated siding (never needs paint), the nifty balconies, the alternating symmetries…

Kudos to the good architects, of whom there are unfortunately few these days.

A Package This Makes It Seem Like It's All Worth While

Over the years we've sent prison inmates any books they ask for. 20 years ago, we were sending out a lot of weight training books. These days, they're asking for building books.*

Yesterday this package arrived and it was a delight. The spoon is really nice. Handcrafted, not made in China.
The notes in yellow say:

"Dear Lloyd & friends,
A few years ago you folks were kind enough to send me Home Work for free when I was locked up - so, to return the kindness, here is a gift. Enjoy it! If you come across anyone else who wants one, they are on Etsy:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/242806539/stainless-steel-spork-hand-forged)
Best regards,
Drew"

*If you're an inmate or know any, tell them to write us for free books. -LK

Soul Survivor - Wilson Pickett

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8f_GhIsSoc

Hot Cayenne Peppers

Are these hot! I keep a few of them on a little 8" long cutting board and cut them up fresh for each meal.

Danny Boy by Jackie Wilson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS9xhiudphU
From Rick Gordon

Northern California Ocean Rich With Life Right Now

What fishermen call "bait fish" (anchovies, herring, sardines, grunion, and smelt) have been abundant of late, attracting both fish and birds (which were swooping and diving this day last week). Can't see them that well here, but the right third of this scene is dense with birds. Hey, gimme a "hard copy" of this photo, so I can see what's going on.

Elvis Doing "It's Alright Mama", and "Baby What You Want Me To Do?" In a '68 TV Specisl


This was an NBC TV special recorded live June 26, 1968. The small crowd is great for his connection with the audience. He's so comfortable. Boy was he cute!
And the music, wow!
Channelling Jimmy Reed like this…
(Stop the followup song -- in the white tuxedo --on the 2nd video.)


We're Up On Tumblr!

The first part of the complete reorganization of our "social media" is now up and running: http://shelterpub.tumblr.com/. To start, we've posted 10 photos from our building books. This was set up by Sean Hellfritsch. Tumblr will be our photography platform.
We have over 7,000 photos in our 6 building books, and I have something like 15,000 photos (film and digital) dating back to the '60s, maybe 1/3rd of them on building(s).
We are currently working on redesign of my blog, the Shelter blog, Twitter and FaceBook pages, Shelter's website, and getting Instagram rolling.
With all this going on, I'm not posting very often these days, but I intend to get rolling with Instagram soon, and coordinate my Instagram photos with this blog.
Stay tuned.