Catalina Casino Interiors

We continue our monthlong tour of the hot spots on the island, this time going inside the most famous building.

The closest I'll get to shooting Uma Thurman

The closest I’ll get to shooting Uma Thurman

Invited to play; woulda crashed on it

Invited to play; woulda crashed on it

There's a Greek myth in there somewhere. . .

There’s a Greek myth in there somewhere. . .

Found but not yet restored.

Found but not yet restored.

Chandeliers come down to you for new bulbs

Chandeliers come down to you for new bulbs

Probably more Greek stuff

Probably more Greek stuff

That's so Greek. . .

That’s so Greek. . .

 

;o)

Wrigley Memorial

When you’re a rich guy who can afford baseball teams and islands, you get buildings like this made for you when you’re gone. Part of the Botanical Gardens on Catalina, it’s what you get to see once you’re done with all the cactus, so I did the same thing with this blog. . . see how it all works out symmetrically?

Stairway to Purgatory?

Stairway to Purgatory?

Odd windows

Odd windows

Not nearly as bad as ravens

Not nearly as bad as ravens

Reminds me of a tower from the Cuesta de los Chinos at the Alhambra

Reminds me of a tower from the Cuesta de los Chinos at the Alhambra

I cannot believe I walked that far! Uphill!

I cannot believe I walked that far! Uphill!

 

;o)

Catalina Cacti

For the third straight year I went to Santa Catalina Island for my birthday, surviving the early wakeup and just-a-touch-seasick hour crossing. Last year I forgot my big camera and the battery ran out on my little one, so this time I was gonna make up for it.
And as usual overdid it. . ..

Even though the Huntington Library and Gardens has extensive cacti fields, and walking around my neighborhood I can stop quite a few if I tried, I found myself enjoying the stroll through the very dry exhibits–drought, you know–of the island’s botanical garden; I spent about three times as much time there as I’d expected. So to start off the photographic tour, here’s the most non-normal of the green prickly ones.

This guy just looks weird

This guy just looks weird

preeeeety geometric pattern

preeeeety geometric pattern

Called Bunny Ears; I think it's more Mickey

Called Bunny Ears; I think it’s more Mickey

Make up your own joke. . .

Make up your own joke. . .

How is the shoot longer than the trunk?

How is the shoot longer than the trunk?

 

;o)