California Science Center

The first time I ever went to a science center was in the 1970’s in Toronto. It was fun and enlightening and we have made a habit of going to Science Centers as we travel around the world. We have been to centers in New Jersey,San Francisco, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Milan and others.

This year we went to The California Science Center in Los Angeles for the first time. It is a beautifully designed facility and the special exhibit was the Magic of Pixar. It was a fun peak behind the science of animation. They also limited the amount of people in the special exhibit through reservations so it was never too crowded and it made the exhibit more accessible

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California Science Center

California Science Center

Thousand Columns

The Thousand Columns of Chichen Itza isn’t because there are exactly thousand columns but merely a large number of columns that supported the roof of what is believed to be the ancient market place. The roof may have been made of mortar, wood or thatch. It is believed that these were great meeting halls adjacent to the market.

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1000 Columns

1000 Columns

Jungle Temple

In addition to the famous temple “El Castillo”, there are over 50 others at Chichen Itsa. Some were actually private for the upper classes only. You can almost see Indiana Jones running away from this one carrying an ancient artifact.

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Jungle Temple

Jungle Temple

El Castillo

Chichen Itsa is a large ancient Mayan city state in the Yucatan province of Mexico. This building is El Castillo and is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It is fascinating that archeologists recently discovered another temple like this one built underneath El Castillo. They believe that periodically temples were routinely built on top of other temples and therefore the Mayan culture is older than believed.

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El Castillo in Chichen Itza

El Castillo in Chichen Itza

Cube Floating In Space

I took this image when I worked on the space shuttle of a glass cube floating in space. Just kidding I was never on the space shuttle. The image had to be manipulated to eliminate the background and string holding the glass cube. It was shot in a studio and the print was manipulated in the dark room with film masks and multiple exposures. Ah, the good old days.

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Museo Nazionale Della Scienza e Della Tecnologia Leonardo Da Vinci

I am sure many people that visit Milan in Italy are there for the fashion, the churches and the history of an old Italian imperial city. Many people say that Milan is the “New York” of Italy and like New York has some interesting museums. When we first entered the Da Vinci museum I was a little pissed off. It seemed like all the hands on exhibits on the first floor were closed. However, as we moved through the other floors my mood changed from crappy to elated. The exhibits were wonderfully presented and the light and design of the interior was spectacular and even though everything was in Italian, it was easy for a foreigner to comprehend.

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The Da Vinci Museum

The Da Vinci Museum

Leonardo’s Wonderful Museum

Milan is the wonderful bustling commercial center of Italy. Some call it the New York City of Italy and as you would expect from any business center it has wonderful hotels, restaurants and a rich history. It was also the home of Leonardo Da Vinci and in the center of the city is a large plain building honoring the man and his inventions. The inside is as spectacular as the outside is plain. You can see all his inventions and how the man lived in the renaissance city of Milan. This image is one small slice of the second floor housing two magnificent globes that he made and are lighted from within. You can buy a print of this image and see others at my commercial gallery.

Leonardo Da Vinci Museum

Leonardo Da Vinci Museum