Monday, August 29, 2016

Pic Today 8/29/16


It is fitting that
James Preston lives in
Haight Ashbury (San Francisco),
where tie-dye fabrics were
reportedly "invented" over 50+ years ago.

Preston is the acknowledged master
of tie-dye, and still creating masterpieces
at "Positively Haight Street",
a shop he has owned for 30 years.

James was a close friend of Jerry Garcia,
who selected some of his tie-dye work
for the covers of Grateful Dead albums.
Preston's tie-dye flag flew above
San Francisco City Hall
when Jerry Garcia died.
(Signed Preston tapestries are popular
world-wide, and hang in major museums.)

When I lived in San Francisco,
I purchased a huge signed tapestry
from him in 1999 (shown above.)

If you ever visit San Francisco,
be sure to visit "Positively Haight,"
1400 Haight Street,
where Preston resides 40 hours a week.
You'll enjoy the experience.

(If you're interested in purchasing the
above tie-dye tapestry, 60" x 90",
created by Preston in 1999,
please inquire.)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pic Today 8/28/16


  Sometimes I wonder . . . 

how people choose to wear
what they wear.

(Oh dear.)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Pic Today 8/27/16



There was a time
when barn doors were simple,
and made to last,

With slide latches
crude and hand fashioned.
Designed to work.

With front gates
that swung open,
but kept the chickens
in the yard.

When a hook and nail
would keep traffic from entering.

Simple.  Functional.  Still working. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Pic Today 8/26/16

I'm mostly disappointed 
with antique shopping.

Too much junk.

But my recent, accidental visit
to a local shop was 
 full of surprises.

Connections with an earlier age.
Authentic images and art,
from an time long past.
I bought nothing.
But took these few images.
(Fun.  Cheap, too.)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pic Today 8/25/16


Purple Martins
love communal living.

This "speed demon" swallow
has simple requirements
if you want to establish
a purple martin condominium:

o  One or two gourds on a 
ten-foot pole,
with an opening & perch

o  In an open clearing 
  with lots of room 
  to dive and hunt 

All it takes is one pair
to set up house,
raise a family.
And they will return each year,
and attract more purple martins.
(The top photo is a local condo.)