Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Getty Villa

This if the view as you walk into the Getty Villa, the trees framing the Pacific Ocean, I had to pause and marvel at nature's beauty. The Getty Villa is intimate, the collection itself is astounding, the gardens wondrous, the experience - unforgettable.

This is the center courtyard of the villa, the fountains fill the air with their musical sound.



I could appreciate the view of this courtyard from every angle, I kept walking around it noticing new details emerge with every pass.



And now the west garden which faces the Pacific Ocean, some of its wonders can be seen below.



Beautiful symmetry was apparent in every garden, patterns forming with every vista. who could not appreciate such balance?



The water's reflection danced upon this statue in a way that was so magical, I wish this photo could have shown this, I had never witnessed this before and it was entrancing.





This bust of a bearded man was a little above waist height, but the photo I took while standing did not reflect his eyes, so I searched for the right angle to do him justice and finally found it, his eyes unlike many of the statues had depth and kindness.





The elegant lines of this antelope(?) was so pure in its form, so real in its beauty.





Even the garden seat was inspired, I wonder how many quilters have taken a photo of the details of this flooring and used this in one of their creations.





Surrounding the garden are walls painted in such fine detail, the beauty of this place will live in my memory, its serenity to be drawn upon when needed. I have more photos to share which will trickle into my blog now and then. I will have to return to this villa in the spring when the garden will be in its full splendor.






9 comments:

Dave said...

Wow, what an absolutely gorgeous and serene place!!

ambermoggie said...

Fabulous place and wonderful pictures Jean. I especially love the statue with the wartm eyes

Kody May said...

Absolutely Gorgeous. You just take such wonderful professional looking pictures!!! You've really found your niche in blogging. I always love seeing the gorgeous photos you post!

Carole Knits said...

It's really beautiful. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Wool Winder said...

What a grand and beautiful place!

Pat said...

Gorgeous Jean!! and your descriptions of each photo were wonderful!

gilraen said...

I once drove past this place!! What a shame I hadn't seen your gorgeous photographs first. I would never have missed it then......

Good luck for tomorrow. I really hope that you get the best result possible! :)

smariek said...

WOW! It's just gorgeous. I'm looking forward to seeing more photos.

Deborah (aka Mt. Mom) said...

Lovely, Jean!
I thoroughly enjoyed your guided tour commentary, along with the photos. I wanted to reach out and touch the smooth lines of the little antelope . . . and stroll leisurely around the courtyards, just breathing and being there. Thanks.