Monday, December 5, 2022

Sunday December 4th at 2022 at 3:00 pm the Pomona College Choir


The Pomona College Choir

Donna M. Di Grazia


Daniel Rigall, Soprano, Haesung Park, Organ,
Allison Bjorkedal, Harp, Bill Schillt, Percussion

I. Ain-a that Good News (arr. 1937), William Levi Dawson 

    Ave Maria, R. Nathanial Dett

Mathew Cook, baritone

Let us Cheer the Weary Traveler (1926), R. N. Dett

II. Palm 117: O Praise the Lord (from a New Song), Ulysses Kay

    Soon Ah Will Be Done (arr. 1934), arr. W. L. Dawson

    Listen to the Lambs, R. N. Dett

Rosy Falzon, soprano

    My Heart Be Brave (2019), Marques L. A. Garret 

III. Chichester Psalms, Leonard Bernstein

1.   Maestroso ma energetico

2.   Adante con moto, ma tranquillo - Allegro feroce 

Daniel Rigali, soprano  

3.   Prelude (Sostenuto moto) - Peacefully flowing 




Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Our Visit to Pomona

We went to Pomona Arts Colony for "Day of the Dead" celebrations! Delicious food, performances, arts, crafts, and a car show all greeted us there.

We were even lucky enough to run into our yoga instructor, getting ready for the circus arts performance later that eve!

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Sunday Brunch Treats

We had TWO treats on Sunday the 23rd.

First, my daughter came into town to celebrate her 30th year Webb class reunion, which coincided with Webb's 100 year anniversary.

Second, she met us for Sunday brunch, and arranged a little bday freebie for me! My partner and I are getting ready to dive into some chocolate goodness.


We see meteors! October 21-22 in Wrightwood

We headed to Wrightwood to catch the peak night of the Orionid meteor shower on my birthday weekend.

We saw many small "flashes" meteors zip by overhead. No rip roaring, sky- cleaving ones. But a wonderful time stargazing, all bundled up in cozy layers and a big blanket. 

Love and thank you's to my partner for a truly amazing packing job and all the thoughtful touches to the weekend!

This is an Orion constellation screenshot from Star Walk 2.

Birthday weekend, continued: California Photography Museum, Riverside

 CPM featured many exhibit spaces, a tri-level experience!

One exhibit spanned several rooms, with works from four female LatinX artists. 

One artist explored image "replacements." The two images here show multiple views of the same face.

Another series employed canvas overlays in various environments.  In each photo, she taken a live background, and hung a canvas image in it. 

For example, one background was a run-down alleyway.  She strung a colorful canvas image of a child's party scene across the back of the alleyway, bringing it to life.

I remember "Persona" by Ingmar Bergmann from the 60's! Two women "merged." The resulting image was discontinuous and counter-intuitive!

I found this artist's result equally impressive.

Another level of the museum chronicled the evolution of land cameras, from the first days of the camera boom.  

The incredible collection of cameras and manuals came from a SINGLE donor. What an amazing gift to us all.

 Here you're looking at a stereo camera from 1890!

A "wet-plate" camera, from the earliest days. The glass plate had to be wetted to activate the chemicals, before inserting it into the camera.  Then the image could be captured.

This made for a soggy experience- the wet chemicals would drip onto the bottom of the camera frame. It had to be made of very durable wood!

Eventually the "wet plate" method of image was replaced with a "dry plate." Less to lug along on photo expeditions!

 This is one of the best (and cheapest) cameras.  Note the glass plate and the sturdy frame the assembly is attached to!

The next challenges ahead: To capture images that wouldn't be limited to the size of the glass plate.

And to make cameras smaller and more portable!

And finally, continue to improve image quality.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Devil's Punchbowl (Vayermo)

 A friendly ranger met us at the Punchbowl. It's just a short drive from Wrightwood- a perfect outing! He was the lone keeper that weekend.  

The Visitor Center perished in the fire, but he gave us directions, a map, and lots of information about the fire recovery progress. 

This trail loop is about an hour. There was a devastating fire here, but there are species re-sprouting.  Looks like my partner spotted one!









This is really our first slide, where we enter the park... Note the fascinating rock formations, these are signature features at the Punchbowl!

Silhouetted against the rocks are two of many blackened trees from the Bottom Fire.







This tree didn't make it.  But it will become a home for insects that will feed lizards and birds.  And it will still be used as a perch!

Some species will take longer to recover than others.










The fire really blackened everything, but some species are equipped to sprout back from their base.  Others were only partially burned.  

This manzanita is making a comeback!










The landscape looks stark from here.

But once you reach the canyon bottom, you discover fresh young Sycamore trees, re-growing in the streambed. 

The trail winds around clockwise, going down deeper into the "Punchbowl!"
The formations are varied...the many outcrops are also used by rock climbers honing their craft. They have to be careful to avoid damaging the rocks.
The fire revealed the amazing rock formations more clearly. Thousands of years of folding and uplifting...
So many shapes carved by wind and weather!
These peaks looked "ghostly" to me. Also notice the plant life they are sheltering in their shade and crannies!
















Sunday December 4th at 2022 at 3:00 pm the Pomona College Choir

  The Pomona College Choir Donna M. Di Grazia with Daniel Rigall, Soprano, Haesung Park, Organ, Allison Bjorkedal, Harp, Bill Schillt, Perc...