Friday, November 5, 2010

Thanks, Merisi!

I was in Asheville yesterday, attending a luncheon for Muddy Sneakers (of which I shall post more tomorrow) and of course I took my camera.
It's ironic -- Muddy Sneakers is all about getting city kids out into Nature and helping them to understand what they see there.

I, on the other hand, am only now beginning to appreciate what I see in a city -- and that's thanks to Merisi's blog. Without Merisi, I wouldn't have stopped to notice the delicate pastel tiles surrounding this simple but elegant carving...
And thanks to Merisi, I'm always looking up at roof lines  and enjoying the geometry of architecture. . .

 Here are some more things I saw in Asheville yesterday.
 
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17 comments:

Ann said...

So true... there are too many things to be thankful for, for having a blog.

Nice architecture and nice shots:)

Marilyn said...

Wonderful photos every one of them and what a gift it is to have eyes that that really see.

Margaret Bednar said...

We went on a trolley tour of Asheville and the brick building (round one w/ steeple...a city bldg?) is designed to pay homage to the Indians of the area ... see "feathers" along he edge?

Martin H. said...

Merisi has been an inspiration to me, too. In fact, I'm beginning to lean towards city-scapes more and more now.

Your photographs of Asheville are super. I particularly like the carved work with tiled surround.

Pat in east TN said...

Asheville is an interesting city with such variations in architecture. It's a fun city to take your time and look closely around you.

Elora said...

First, Vicki...thank you! I've subscribed to Merisi's blog. Now, I will hate myself if I wax cynical, here, but making architecture beautifully visible, used to be a hallmark of our society, didn't it. Beauty, back in 1925, was something city fathers would strive to attain. There WAS a hidden agenda...it was important to make buildings a beautiful component of the community...now, we're "efficient" Were it only that we are "energy" efficient, I could perhaps accept that. But, as of now, we're only cutting corners... all the way around. I can't remember the last time I saw a truly beautiful municipal building in the process of being built. Sorry for sounding grumpy!

Elora

My Carolina Kitchen said...

You've really captured the architecture of Asheville Vicki. Mersi is a fabulous inspiration. Thanks for taking us on a tour we normally would not have noticed.

The Muddy Sneakers sounds very worthwhile for kids.
Sam

Brian Miller said...

having lived in both i think i can appreciate them both...and each for their own uniqueness...i do retreat to the mountains though...

willow said...

Merisi is such a wonderful inspiration. Well done, Vicki. I do believe Asheville can give Vienna a run for its money!

Bouncin' Barb said...

Vicki..great pics yet again. I absolutely love old architecture. There's something so special about and yet I don't really know what it is. Maybe it's just trying to get a glimpse of what beauty there is from a time when automation and cookie cutter styles were not even thought of yet. Such talent and done with sweat and two hands.

Friko said...

Blogging has done that for me too, I LOOK so much more than I used to do. I also pay a lot more attention to the little things, I watch people more and always have an ear and eye open for 'material'.

Those Asheville scenes are very good indeed.

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks, Margaret -- I didn't know that about that building(City Hall.) It's a really nifty place -- worth a whole post someday.

Asheville DOES have lots of terrific architecture -- I'm usually there with a mission and not much time for photos. Maybe I need to dedicate a morning now and then to some of the terrific photo ops in the city.

Merisi said...

Thank you, Vicki,
from the bottom of my heart,
I feel incredibly moved by your words!

I truly enjoy your forays into town, beautiful photographs!

I passed by Asheville, imagine, preferring to enjoy the beautiful countryside, back when I would have had the opportunity to visit. I dream of returning to the area one fall, and then I will make sure not to miss out on Asheville.

Coursework is quite heavy, one of the reasons I hardly manage to blog and visit my blog friends.

Joan said...

An interesting walk around Ashville Vicki. After thirty years living on a farm in the country I am enjoying living in our small city of Hamilton. I used to walk down the main street just to look and feel the buzz. That's an unusual round building. Margaret's comment is intersting too and Merisi's blog is wonderful.

NCmountainwoman said...

The Muddy Sneakers program is just wonderful.

My husband was born in Asheville and grew up there. We love going there. Your photographs are lovely.

Star said...

I think you need to see one to appreciate the other, don't you? I love the pictures with the writing on the wall. There is so much history in those kinds of things for us to discover.
You are a busy beaver at the moment.
Just about to start Arts Blood tonight.
Blessings, Star

jennyfreckles said...

Having a blog certainly keeps my eyes open.. I like these urban scenes of yours. The detail in the bricks is lovely.