This building is called “The Cube” and is home to the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa. The windows with the pictures show well outside as well as inside, especially at night. The cubist geometry is a pattern followed throughout the structure, with the exception of the round window seen on the left. The museum is on an upper floor and the cafe area on the ground floor was deserted on the Saturday we visited. I was struck by the precision with which the chairs and tables were arranged and the deep red colors contrasted with the off-white tables. Even the Coke machine blends well.
I took this photograph (artistic filter applied) of a Northern Cardinal in Palm Harbor Florida while walking in John Chesnut Sr Park. They typically inhabit dense shrubby areas, which was the case here – this one was spotted in the forest understory along a boardwalk path. Cardinals don’t migrate and can be found throughout the eastern US and Mexico. The male’s brilliant red plumage is certainly eye-catching.
MIT Stata Center
These two photographs, enhanced with artistic filters, capture the famous Ray and Maria Stata Center on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge. Designed by Frank Gehry, a Canadian architect who now lives in Los Angeles, the building has his signature curvy form constructed from aluminum, with more conventional masonry as counterpoint. Completed in 2004, the building houses key MIT Computer Sciences laboratories as well as Linguistics and Philosophy.
These condominiums are quite recognizable to those who walk or bike the paths along the Charles River in Massachusetts. These dwellings are located in Cambridge near the Museum of Science – they have a wonderful view of the Boston skyline across the river. The structure itself is quite interesting with the individual units overlapped as steps, with gardens and patio furniture in the balcony provided by the units below. I used an artistic filter to simplify the details, providing a painterly look to the image. Check out the Google map below which shows a satellite view of the structure.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard at Night
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is one of only four remaining military shipyards in the country. It was established in 1800 and is the oldest continuously operating naval shipyard. Its primary focus now is building and maintaining submarines. The yard encompasses all of Seavey Island, located in Kittery, Maine across the harbor from Portsmouth. I took the photograph above from Prescott Park in Portsmouth at twilight and used an artistic filter to give it a painterly look. Note the reflection of the pier streetlight and outlines of the shipyard cranes as well as the deep orange lights of the shipyard.
The massive cranes shown in the above photograph are a very visible feature of the shipyard. Upwards of 150 feet high, these machines can lift over 50 tons. There are almost a dozen of these cranes situated around 3 separate drydocks in the yard. I used an artistic filter in this photograph to simplify the outlines of these massive structures.
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