Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Texture, Patina.. Oh, My!






if you adore texture...
like I do, then
St. Augustine
is 
a place you would want to put on your
list.. 







this is one of the oldest cities in
the country..
it was continuously inhabited
from 1565
though not with Brits
so it doesn't count
officially...

but oh, my..
dear readers, it has so much to offer..






the beach was pristine...
and the weather was splendid...







the blue sky
was dreamy...





and we enjoyed our stroll...







collecting shells 
and deciding to go into town...









Old St. Augustine...
and dear reader...
I will apologize for falling in love with a tree...

believe it or not, not the oldest tree...
I saw that Live Oak too...
but this one is spectacular...








and I took a few ...ok... 
many 
photos of the tree...







I admit, that they have stolen my heart...






and the church wasn't bad either...







these trees, 
become ecosystems
where all manner of species thrive..
ferns, Spanish moss, bromeilads, squirrels, air plants, and in this case a rubber plant ..
and of course bugs of all kinds...








we stepped across the street and found the gates to the 
old city...
and as I said, there was so much texture and age...









such patina, that I couldn't keep myself from touching
walls and gates and stones...






the town bounced back and forth in time
with French and Spanish ownership...

imagine waking up one day to find that you are now a subject of 
Spanish Rule and you must convert to 
Catholicism  or loose your home and lands...


so the city looks like both
New Orleans, and Santa Fe...






This great photo was taken by Mr. LDV... I stole it from his phone.. 



there were hidden gardens and courtyards...








and did I mention texture?

this is a wall of a building.. below..






it was a paradise...


Old City Wall, photo Caterina Giglio






for this artist
anyway...


I have so many photos that I will have to split your travelogue
into at least 2 parts...

hoping that if you are freezing
somewhere north of us, that you find warm photos appealing...


C4N!




14 comments:

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Lovely shots. Those oaks really can capture the heart. xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Yes, they can!! Hey how was the blizzard of '15? Hope you stayed dry and warm... bet you did!! xox

Gilda Povolo said...

Beautiful pictures, Cat. And I understand about the tree. I fall in love with specific trees all the time, and have done so since childhood. I hugged one near our Farmers' Market on the Boardman River not too long ago! Again, gorgeous pictures--you really do capture the textures!

Caterina Giglio said...

Thanks Gilda, so glad you liked the tour... I figured you would understand, since we spent so much time climbing and playing around trees when we were young! xo

Valerianna said...

I've heard its an amazing place... thanks for bringing the tales to life for me. And that TREE!! Its like the tree of life, I think, wonderful! Yes, we are buried in snow - 34" where I teach in Worcester - but not so much here at RavenWood. And a relatively warm and sunny day (30's) Glad I love winter or I'd be sad after seeing the sun down there!

Seth said...

You had me at the title Cat. Wonderful shots!

~*~Patty S said...

Beautiful
Beautiful Cat!
Back when I was a young girl our family vacationed in St Augustine... my memories are the wonderful moss on the trees, the scent of orange blossoms at a market we visited and unfortunately the worst sunburn that I ever had in my life (imagine blisters!) lol...
Happy you had such a nice getaway!
oxo

Dorthe said...

Cat, they are incrediple beautiful, my heart would have stumpled and stayed, too !! Just amazing what nature comes up with,..more in certain places than others I must say .
You are a very lucky ,you, to be able visiting those places, without crossing the whole world :-) What a beautiful tour you had my dear.
And I can see you posted a studiotour while I was with my family....have to take that another day, it looks sooooo interesting !!
Hugs from Dorthe

layers said...

Yes, seeing warm sunny photos helps... only I wish I was there too! Your happiness is passed along...

Caterina Giglio said...

Valerianna... so glad you understand my unbridled passion for the tree... it was stunning and now I will have to go back and visit it!! glad you enjoyed the sunny pics...

Caterina Giglio said...

Seth, I expected you would perk up with the post title...LOL... glad you enjoyed it..

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh, Patty, that is tragic, I know about those kind of sunburns, I have such fair skin... did not inherit my fathers olive oil skin... what a thing to associate with such a great place.. no blossoms right now, but lots of moss and texture for sure... xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Dorthe, dear, so happy you enjoyed the tour, yes, I am a very lucky girl, to live so close to paradise on both coasts... hope you like the studio too!! xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Donna, I just stopped by your beautiful blog, what a zenful post, and glad that the sunshine in my enthusiasm and the photos got passed along to you...

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