Monumental Poetry

On our recent trip to San Diego, we trekked through the resort community of La Jolla via e-bikes to check out Louis Kahn's timeless masterpiece, Salk Institute. A perfect fusion of art and science, the compound is composed of reinforced concrete and travertine structures bisected by a stream of water- with the Pacific Ocean in its vista. Fear and awe-inspiring, we were hushed by its sublimity.

All photos by Susan Work

Solvang

Founded nearly a century ago and nestled in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County lies a quaint Danish village called Solvang. Though now Disneylandified, the town offers a taste of Denmark in California. The most special thing about Solvang is that it is home to one of the California Missions (Santa Inez Mission), and there I found stillness, beauty, and these images (peppered in with other images I shot around town).

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All photos by Susan Work

mexico

According to one source (and I’m sure millions of others), it’s the top city in the entire world. Nestled in the heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende is a charming, colonial, colorful, cobble-stoned and an age old town with a rich history. The resplendent city is brimming with artists, expats, students, and designers- and is worth visiting. I was fortunate enough to take my fifth sojourn recently to visit my mother in law, and capture these images.

Stone, wood, and bouganvillea

Stone, wood, and bouganvillea

Calvario Street, steps from Casa Linda (my MOL’s house)

Calvario Street, steps from Casa Linda (my MOL’s house)

Morandi-colors on the side of a building…

Morandi-colors on the side of a building…

A marigochre facade… (marigold + ochre= my favorite shade of yellow)

A marigochre facade… (marigold + ochre= my favorite shade of yellow)

Three Corners

Three Corners

A beautiful shade of blue

A beautiful shade of blue

Clogging my way through the cobble-stoned streets… Not the wisest choice of footwear, I know!

Clogging my way through the cobble-stoned streets… Not the wisest choice of footwear, I know!

Four corners

Four corners

Aged yet vibrant

Aged yet vibrant

A standout brick-colored house with ornamental windows…

A standout brick-colored house with ornamental windows…

All photos by Susan Work