Queen Califa’s Magical Circle Garden:Heaven on Earth in Escondido,CA

Two Snakes at Queen Califa's Garden Image copyright Laura Alisanne

Two Snakes at Queen Califa’s Magical Circle Garden

I am a HUGE Niki de Saint Phalle fan,and my love of her work goes all the way back to the days,as a culturally voracious art student living in Paris,and seeing the fountain sculpture outside the Centre Pompidou.
Over the years I discovered more of her work and made plans to set out on a pilgrimage to her Tarot Sculpture garden in Tuscany. I haven’t made it there yet,so was sublimely surprised to discover a magnificent garden de Saint Phalle created in Escondido,California,not far from San Diego. de Saint Phalle lived the last ten years of her life in Sand Diego,and gave to the city and surrounding area,some of her most magnificent work.
I spent the better part of an afternoon in early March at Queen Califa’s Magical Circle,much of the time having the place entirely to myself.
The light was beautiful,the shadows long,and the magic palpable.

Fading Poppies

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screen shot of custom avatars

Your graduated choices for a custom avatar

I’ve never been a fan of the default avatars available for WordPress from Gravatar. You’d think Gravatar would offer you an option in your account to point to a custom default for those leaving a comment on your blog. Since that isn’t the case I went looking for a WP plugin,and found this nifty option to install in your wp-content/plugins directory. Now I can create custom avatars,and give those leaving a comment the option of choosing one. Granted it’s all my artwork,but it sure beats the bland quilt square,boring mystery man or (not scary) monster avatars. For the moment,my custom avatar choices are limited,but size matters,so comment away. The name of the plugin is Custom Avatars forĀ  Comments created by Nicolas Kuttler.



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