I purposely tried to explore on the first day without taking photos like a tourist. But at some point I just had to snap some. Here are a few photos I took while wandering around downtown. I went past this doorway a couple of times and the tree shadows make it hard to see clearly, but it was impressive in it's subtlety.
|A secret doorway|
|With intricate wood carving and details.|
|The blue door of my dreams (at The Rainbow Man)|
|Flowers that compliment the stucco and wood stain|
|A rain barrel at our hotel, look closely and you'll see |
pervious paving in the parking (no asphalt)
and vines providing vertical planting along the walk
This place has everything that interests me about landscape. Sustainable practices, practical use of native plants and elements, artistic detail that evokes the vegetation. And it is all so simply done. Since coming home to the northwest I keep comparing how we would do things and wondering why we don't.
Yes, it was a beautiful couple of days away from home, but even now as I look at these photos I can see that what really caught my eye was the way all of the elements were working together. As I said in a previous post, the first thing I noticed there was the use of twigs and branches to screen a garbage dumpster. It was functional, but the screen made it attractive. Simply.