Claremontography On Sabbatical

In early 2020 I mentioned that Mr. Claremontography and I were looking forward to a Swiitzerland sabbatical in the fall. Well, you can guess what happened. In early 2021, we decided, again, to wait one more year. Now our patience has paid off, and the time has come. We’ve done all the hard work of preparing for a year abroad – renting our house, and making it ready, finding housing in Z├╝rich, getting visas and all kinds of approvals and tying up loose ends.

Fear not, if you have enjoyed this blog (occasionally, or regularly), you can follow our European adventures at my Glamping in Switzerland blog. I kept that blog in 2014-15 for our first Swiss sabbatical, hoping when we left, that I would have the chance to continue it. I am very lucky that I can.

Zurich as seen from the Lindenhof

See you back here in August 2023!

Eucalyptus Bark

Back in the first summer of Covid, I was looking for anything to entertain myself. I walk by eucalyptus trees every day, and I like looking at the bark as it slowly sheds. It can be quite colorful and artistic. I wondered how long it takes for one of these trees to go through a whole shedding cycle. I am here to say that it takes more than two years.

Here is a shot of a tree I’ve been photographing once a month since August 2020.

Here it is at the end of July 2022.

Barbara Beretich House Revealed

In 2016, I blogged about this house in the 1000 block of Harvard Ave. Since then I found out that it belonged to Claremont artist Barbara Beretich who passed on in 2018.

The house’s new owners (CGU) have removed much of the growth. All of the artwork from the front of the house has been cleared away, revealing some lovely tile work and a fountain (currently dry).

A few months ago, before this clearing, I noticed shadows from the lattice work and snapped this shot. I’m glad I have it, as the trellis has also been removed. Note the stone with the house number and BB for Barbara Beretich. My friend and fellow blogger also noticed the change.

US Bank on Foothill (Former Pomona First Federal Bank)

I’ve been meaning to go into the bank on the corner of Indian Hill and Foothill to look at the Millard Sheets mural. I finally did. I have added this blog post to all of these which feature the Claremont artist’s work. I don’t think I am finished blogging about him, though.

Outside the bank (also designed by Sheets) a palm tree grows through a square opening in the overhang of this Federalist-style building.

I particularly like the detail in the opening.

Meet in the Middle at CMC

At a recent visit to the Benton Museum of Art on Pomona’s campus, I learned that the Yellow Cube sculpture was created by Chris Burden. Burden is probably most well-known for his installation of Urban Light at LACMA. Here in Claremont, we also know that he was a Pomona College alum.

This led me to remember that I wanted to photograph Burden’s Meet Me In the Middle on CMC’s campus, next to the Roberts Pavilion. Because it involves street lights, I went at dusk when the lights were on.

More photos on Claremontography’s Instagram.