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Guillermo del Toro – At Home with Monsters

Creation (of Frankenstein's Monster) 2009 by Mike Hill (England, b. 1969). It's Boris Karloff in the makeup chair and Jack Pierce the makeup artist for "Frankenstein". On wall - Boris Karloff as the Monster in Son of Frankenstein by Basil Gogos 1993, acrylic. Guillermo del Toro exhibit, LACMA.

Creation (of Frankenstein’s Monster), a sculpture by Mike Hill 2009. It’s Boris Karloff in the makeup chair and Jack Pierce the makeup artist. On wall – Boris Karloff as the Monster in Son of Frankenstein by Basil Gogos 1993.

 

Set of glass eyes of varying colors contained in a mahogany box. Made by Herman Snellen (1834-1908) c. 1860. Louise M Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA Library, Special Collections 1517263BX. Guillermo del Toro exhibit, LACMA.

Set of glass eyes of varying colors contained in a mahogany box c. 1860. Louise M Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA Library, Special Collections.

 

Detail of Ray 2014 a sculpture by Mike Hill (England, b. 1969). It's Ray Harryhausen playing with his stop motion skeletons. Guillermo del Toro exhibit, LACMA.

Detail of Ray, a sculpture by Mike Hill 2014. It’s Ray Harryhausen playing with his stop motion skeletons.

My son’s all time favorite movie is Pan’s Labyrinth written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. A museum exhibition of items from del Toro’s monster collection is currently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As this is the closest confirmed venue to our house, we went to LA to see it. It was a great exhibition with lots to see. We spent nearly 3 hours there. So, with Halloween just around the corner, I thought I’d post a few pictures from the exhibition for you.

Hummingbirds in Costa Rica

We only have one hummingbird, Anna’s hummingbird, where I live and it’s a rather dull gray-green except for the throat patch. On my recent trip to Costa Rica, there were five different species of hummingbirds in one location. All more colorful than the little Anna’s I typically see. And they are use to people and cameras so you could get within inches of them!

Purple-throated mountain gem hummingbird, Lampornis calolaemus, on Stachytarpheta species. Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Purple-throated mountain gem hummingbird, Lampornis calolaemus, on Stachytarpheta species. Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

 

Front view of male coppery-headed emerald hummingbird, Elvira cupreiceps. Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Front view of male coppery-headed emerald hummingbird, Elvira cupreiceps. Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

 

Female green-crowned brilliant hummingbird, Heliodoxa jacula, feeding. Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Female green-crowned brilliant hummingbird, Heliodoxa jacula, feeding. Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

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black and white

Handmade round corn brooms.

Handmade round corn brooms.

My stock photography agency recently put out a request for black and white photos. I don’t usually work in black and white but took the opportunity to try it. This is one of my favorites.

Carsland neon at Disneyland

 

Radiator Springs Racer neon in Carsland at Disneyland

Radiator Springs Racers neon

 

Flo's V8 Cafe neon in Carsland in Disneyland.

Flo’s V8 Cafe neon

 

Luigis Casa Della Tires neon in Carsland at Disneyland

Luigis Casa Della Tires neon

 

Cosy Cone Motel neon in Carsland at Disneyland.

Cosy Cone Motel neon

One of my favorite things that I did on a recent trip to Disneyland was walk through Carsland at night and look at the neon signs. Many of the signs are sophisticated designs with lights that regularly vary in brightness or turn on or off. You have to watch each sign for a couple of minutes to decide when is the best time to take a photo.

Happy New Year

Party cat wiht star crown, red bead necklace and noise maker on blue background.

Happy New Year!