Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer Solstice

"Do you ever wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it!" — Daisy (The Great Gatsby)






I answered the call from Huntington to aid in traffic control. They expected some huge crowds. Turned out, I was a bit de trop. Back, stay back.











Please form a single line. Schnell.






Much as I like to crack the whip, I wanted to see Anna. Henry and Arabella may have been the great collectors of the past century, but Archer (son/step-son) trumped them. He collected an artist.







Archer married Anna Hyatt. From what I can gather & see via my den chair, Anna sculpted huge dramatic scenes, generally involving fierce and passionate and predatory animals.
The Huntington (I think this is so, I don’t know for certain) has only two, and uncharacteristic, Anna pieces, but they are two of my favorites.





Why do I love these guys? They're proud, obedient, and with all this restrained power resting – but almost quivering -- beneath their collars.




And then, you can’t go back here you know, but I can. Here is the property, unrefined, unclipped, unbridled. There are 120 acres of manicured loveliness at the Huntington, which currently leaves another 120 acres of untouched loveliness. Touched and untouched are breathtaking, of course. But when you see them side by side, well, I’m sure there’s a word for it, but it’s probably French.

PS: Possible Anna?

44 comments:

  1. Was that line from The Indecent Docent?

    Nice post, K.

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  3. I want to see the tangled side...do you take food bribes?

    Lovely photos.

    No wonder today felt like it went on and on.

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  4. Nice to see! I've actually made two trips to the Huntington this week -- Thurs. to take the kiddies to see la Fleur Morte, and Saturday for early father's day -- just me, w/o kids, to listen to Christopher Parkening on the iPod and revel in the art and gardens. Sigh. You make me want to go back again.

    (And no disrespect at all to the lovely Hiker, but I've met plenty of docents I didn't want to boff -- that guy at the Hollyhock House, for example ...)

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  5. Can you post pics of the wild side? Or take a friend for a walk on it?

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  6. You're just teasing the Bloggers Walk on the Wild Side, right?

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  7. No, I'm warming up to that idea. I could try to arrange something -- pitch it as a mass blog on the Huntington for a day. We get in early, and I take you to the X areas. Let me know if you're in. Shoot me an email. Maybe mid-July, or something.

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  8. Please excuse that 1st comment. MG/MH is really quite a lovely conservative madame & means well. Yet, she can be a bit wild & untamed at times, even for this dog.
    With due respect to the sacrificial work of docents, I'll see if she can edit "docent" out & replace it with blogger. This would make it much less offensive to many.

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  9. oops, I forgot all about this. AH, these great Dane sculptures (early 1900's) are not totally uncharacteristic of Anna's early work. Anna started her career as a sculptor studying animals. Early on, her father, a zoologist and paleontologist at MIT encouraged her work in a big way.

    I know I said I'd fill you in on Anna, but there is so much more about her on the web then what I could possibly ever begin to tell you. It's also an easy Google search.

    I also think there's one other later piece of Anna's sculpture at the Huntington, which I believe is either Diana the Huntress or Diana of the Chase.

    Enjoy the second longest day of the year.

    WV: twing (betwixt spring and summer?)

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  10. CO: Or she could replace it with doctor.

    MTG: Yes, I've been doing a bit of google research on Anna. I didn't know about Diana -- there's another piece at the Huntington I thought might be hers -- it's wolves bringing down an elk. (Imagine having to be in that tableu for eternity.)

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  11. Your description of the watch dogs is perfection...I think I know where they are (probably near the stink bloom).
    Next time I'm at the Big H, I'll stop and give the pups more reflection and maybe a pet

    I've been in the back 40 myself pre 9-11. Jumped the barrier on a rainy weekday. I eventually got caught. I did manage to stay behind the velvet rope for a good amount of time. I hope it's never developed...just left as a wooded oak land.

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  12. I love these photos and story, especially the little fuzzy creatures you kept in line, carrying out your duties on crowd control.

    Anna Hyatt Huntington was quite an artist. Her sculptures are fascinating.

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  13. Did you get to wear one of those orange safety vests? Do you get to carry a walkie talkie? Wow, that would be soooo cool.

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  14. Did you get to wear one of those orange safety vests? Do you get to carry a walkie talkie? Wow, that would be soooo cool.

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  15. Well Missy, you can just hush up about being a fledling photographer now! You took some great shots here. I would give anything to be on the BLog Walk with you. I'll do it virtually I guess. And BTW, I don't know the French word for wild/tame. I do know this: "Le stylo is sur la table"! So there.

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  16. So you can get all your ducks in a row!

    So if you bribe you (tub of home made cookies?) can you sneak me into the unmanicured loveliness?

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  17. to those who emailed, I'll work out an approach w/powers that be and aim for third week in July.

    Funny, isn't it? One of the most famous botanical gardens in the world, and our greatest fascination is with the part that hasn't been handled. Partly because it's off limits, I imagine.

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  18. Those stone dogs are two of my favorite things at the Huntington -- I'm so glad you told me about them. I love them for the same reasons you point out.

    Count me in for the Huntington backcountry taboo hike...

    WV: mange Not OUR doggies!

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  19. We like to be in on secrets. It makes us feel privileged.

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  20. A+ for quoting The Great Gatsby. One of my favorites! I did my research paper on it my junior year! :P

    Loved the pictures! Good post!

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  21. Well, I'm still waiting 4 de day, KB, but it's been a long wait. Think I'll just skip it this year.

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  22. Excusez moi, perhaps if I had the necessary sleep, I could spell "fledgling". Where' s Kevin when I need an editor?????????

    The tour sounds fantastique! I'd like to know who is in charge of photos when a blog gathers??? That should be interesting.
    V

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  23. I feel left out that K has never edited me!

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  24. Gosh, summer snuck up on me, and here I was talking up spring, yet.
    Someone asked how many seasons, with all their subtleties, would you notice in a lifetime?
    Looks like a great place to just stand back and observe.
    By the way, did Terry choose to stay?

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  25. Oh please Laurie, you never needed it. And really, it was only twice. Who thought schilling was actually shilling? Didn't he know I was speaking in Austrian currancy? Besides, Jennifer gave me an A plus.

    So, I'll work on the proposal. I'm sure I can say we'll all give some sort of pitch at the end of each of our blogs for Huntington?

    virg, spell it any way you like. I'm glad you're home (for a week or two).

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  26. Bandit, I know, I'm behind in stuff too. Terry went home. He lives two blocks away. Phoebe misses him; albert doesn't.

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  27. Why, hello. Thanks for the comment! :) Is the original story good?

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  28. Virg of Southern France: the loco blogger in charge of phototaking, "when a blog gathers", is Margaret Beginagain. She's simply the logical choice.

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  29. Oh god, tell them how much I've pitched them already! Tell them I pitch them every chance I get, are you kidding me? We'll pitch them arready! We lurff them!

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  30. I have a shot from the Huntington up on my overflow blog right now!

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  31. My boss was there to see the Chinese gardens and show it to our visitors at work from Dayton. (He is Chinese - my boss - and if you were there on Saturday, he probably talked to you.)
    Love, love, love the ducks.
    You go girl & take a walk on the Huntington wild side.

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  32. PS - Never noticed the dogs. I must get distracted by other sights - http://mostlylacounty.blogspot.com

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  33. Hiker, this one?

    Anna signs her work in obscure places, look for the not so obvious.

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  34. Virginia, welcome home, I've been lurking in Paris through you lens, I'm jealous.

    While your home, how about another trip, it looks like it's about 3 hours from you.

    It's your Huntington

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  36. Midtown,
    Well thank you very much. All lurkers are more than welcome!! I see from the link that the gardens are in Pawley's Island. Small world. My friend Bill who subbed for me, had a Pawley's shot the other day on my B'ham blog. I think it's farther than 3 hours so I probably won't get there, but he and his wife go every year and I'll put him on it. Thanks for the tip!!!
    V

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  37. MTG, I've added a picture of the possible Anna to the bottom of the blog. What do you think.

    I love the one on your link -- that's not at the Huntington, is it?

    speaking of links, anyone care to follow Tash's link, it's quite worth it.

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  38. Poor Albert, I hope he doesn't feel his stature was diminished.
    The male ego is a fragile thing.
    He is still employed by the county?
    Might I remind him that is a prestigious position?

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  39. This is so a fantastic location !! Great statues and amazing captures..Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

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  40. Great photos - what a nice way to spend the solstice. Been wanting to check out the children's garden.

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  41. 41 responses. What more can I possibly say.

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  42. Great pics! I love going to the Huntington Gardens, which reminds me... I need to go back for another visit!

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  43. Thank you, last five. Hughes, if you go back in the near future, check out that elk/wolf sculpture and let me know if you can find a signature. I can't.

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