Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mosaic Monday: The Gardens of Alcatraz



First of all, in Hurricane Irene news -- we were very lucky here at Little Red House. Although we got over seven inches of rain (some of which came to rest in our cellar) we managed to scrape by without losing power, or losing any trees. Thanks for all your well wishes and prayers! :)

Now, about these photos... you had to know that I couldn't go long without posting a garden, right? There is actually quite a beautiful garden at Alcatraz in San Francisco. The juxtaposition of colorful blooms and forbidding prison buildings makes for a very interesting combination. And of course, since Alcatraz is an island, views of the water are never far away.

Now let's have some mosaic fun! Here are the instructions:
1. Publish your Mosaic Monday post. The post may be about any subject you wish. The only stipulation is that it include a collage, or mosaic of photos.
2. Once it is published, click on the title of the post. This will lead you to the static link for your post. The static link is the page with only that post on it. Copy the url from your browser at the top of the page.
3. Paste the url into the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
4. Type your name in the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
5. Click on "Enter."
6. Please link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics.
That's all there is to it! It's always a good idea to then check and see if your link is working. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: mrcarroll(at)optonline

And a quick reminder: if you would like to join Mosaic Monday but don't know quite where to start, there is a tutorial on mosaic-making on my sidebar. Just scroll down, and click on the small blue mosaic.

55 comments:

  1. I'm so glad to see you here tonight and to know you didn't have any damage! Your photos are wonderful! Definitely a place I've never been...but my hubby has! Take care, my friend! ♥

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  2. Beautiful gardens for a barren island.

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  3. Good to hear you are okay!!

    J and I enjoyed these gorgeous photos!

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  4. Mary, It has always amazed me that this place is so beautiful...considering. You really took some lovely pictures.

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  5. Glad to hear that you got through Irene without any damage! Love the Alcatraz pictures. Would you believe I've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area my whole life and I've never been over to the island. I must put it on my list of things to see...

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  6. Soooooooooooo thankful that you & yours were relatively unscathed!I think I have found the one bad thing about blogging...we bloggers cover the 4 corners of the earth...that's a lot of darn people to worry about...I have been worried sick over my Eastern friends for days! What a relief! ;} So glad you're just a little soggy!

    m ^..^

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  7. I can depend on you to take me gardening!!!!!!! Gorgeous shots. Happy to hear your storm news, too! YeeHaw!!!!!

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  8. Glad to hear you did not have any major damage or a power outage, and hope the water in the basement can be easily dealt with.
    Thanks for sharing your photos - looking forward to seeing more of your trip.
    Thanks for hosting again this week.

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  9. Thank goodness you all are alright. I had prayed for all those along the coastline. This is a beautiful post. The photos are wonderful even though the place is so barren. My daughter was there recently and said it was amazing.
    QMM

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  10. So good to know you came though Irene without major damage, and you still have power! Beautiful flowers in your post today. Alcatraz is not a place you think of when you see such a lovely landscape. Thanks for sharing and glad your ok.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  11. Mary-- so glad you are OK. I've been thinking about you!
    The flowers at Alcatraz are amazing! I love your eye for color and composition. Truly beautiful!

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  12. Left my heart in San Francisco 37 years ago...Gorgeous, vibrant colors!!! Especially the poppies!!! WOW! Cathy

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  13. Glad to know you are all safe. The flowers around Alcatraz makes the place a bit happier to look at. Great photos here and thanks for sharing!

    Shades of yellow

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  14. So glad to know that everything is o.k. What a gorgeous garden. Nice to have something that beautiful in such a sad place. I have been there before, don't remember the gardens. Maybe they weren't in bloom at the time. I'm sure that I would've noticed if they were.

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  15. I was wondering if the gardens were so lovely when there were prisoners on the island. I wonder if the island was looking so lovely then. Good to know the storm wasn't all that bad for you.

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  16. Hi Mary
    So glad your hurricane damage was minimal.
    To visit Alcatraz is on my husband's bucket list and with gardens like you've shown I think it would be a good trip for both of us.
    Judith

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  17. I'm glad you had no damage from Irene, Mary. Luckily my area didn't even flood!

    Wasn't Alcatraz such an interesting place to see? It doesn't look as forlorn with all these beautiful flowers surrounding it.

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  18. What a beautiful garden that is!

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  19. Szépséges fotók, köszönöm, hogy megosztottad
    szeretettel ölellek

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  20. Now, why have I never made the mental leap from Alcatraz to gardens! :)

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  21. Glad to know, you're safe!
    That's a wonderful garden!
    Have a nice week,
    Markus

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  22. I'm glad you are able to post such beautiful scenes today. Electricity is not affected after all...

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  23. What gorgeous photos. It's hard to imagine such beauty juxtaposed with the heartache of Alcatraz.

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  24. Mary you made something so different so very beautiful. Breathtaking.

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  25. Such a contrast - prison and garden. I'm glad to read that you and yours are safe.

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  26. Wow, what a beautiful garden :)

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  27. Pleased to hear you are all ok. Hope the water didn't do much damage in the cellar?

    I have always heard of Alcatraz and it looks a lovely place to visit now, I am sure it wasn't for lots of people years ago!. Thank you for sharing your photographs and for hosting MM after probably a very worrying weekend. Take care, Jackie in Surrey, UK.

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  28. Wonderful impressions from this special place...
    Have a nice day and a nice week !

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  29. Pleased to know you are safe and well after the storm. Beautiful gardens and an interesting place. It looks as if it could easily be somewhere in the Mediterranean.

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  30. Never would have thought to connect Alcatraz with gardens and beauty...

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  31. Glad to hear you and your home are safe, except for the water in the basement!

    Beautiful flowers at Alcatraz! We toured it about 15 years ago with our daughters. I think it was in November during their Thanksgiving vacation and I don't recall seeing anything blooming at the time.

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  32. Glad that Irene didn't do much damage there. The photos you took are marvelous...all the perfect angles you chose ( I particularly like the poppy field).Alcatraz has a new image now.
    Rosie

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  33. Good to hear you escaped the brunt of the storm and are safe and well.
    Very interesting that the gardens thrive in such a desolate place.

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  34. Glad to hear you are safe from the storm!
    I love how vibrant those flowers are. We are heading south next month, we might just have to stop and see what's in bloom that time of year!.

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  35. Thank goodness you have only rain to contend with! The photos of Alcatraz are beautiful. I always love the randomness of poppies as they blow in the wind

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  36. Fantastic pictures! I never imagined that Alcatraz had a garden.

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  37. Mary, The flowers and even the prison structure as well as the island are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. When I think of Alcatraz, I always wonder about those they speculate escaped from Alcatraz...one of life's great mysteries.
    Thanks for hosting Mosaic Monday.
    Beth

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  38. Wonderful photos --they capture such a mood there. Just lovely, thanks for sharing these!

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  39. Glad to hear that you weathered Irene OK other than the basement. May it dry out quickly.

    The photos you have of Alcatraz are outstanding. I have only seen the island from afar and have never taken the tour. Would like to, especially after seeing these beautiful photos.

    Yael

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  40. Beautiful Photographs! Glad to hear you missed any damage with the storm. This is my first time I've linked up for your Mosaic Mondays, hope to be a regular.

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  41. What lovely photos. The Garden Conservancy volunteers do docent tours of the gardens on Fridays and Sundays -- but you have to be on the first boat. Best times are February to September. For more info see www.alcatrazgardens.org. I host media tours there once a month. dawn@pr-dsa.com

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  42. Beautiful shots...I would have never thought about this place having such beautiful grounds. Glad the hurricane was kind to you!!!
    Have a beautiful day!!!

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  43. How beautiful! I have heard Alcatraz mentioned many times, but I have never heard that there are gardens there!

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  44. Hello Mary!
    Glad that you didnt met Irene...
    Lovely colourful photos you are showing!
    best wishes,
    AnnA

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  45. lovely to see these beautiful blooms in a place of so much sadness.
    I am glad to hear that you survived the cyclone.
    have a great week - and thanks again for Mosaic Monday.

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  46. Magnificent!!!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  47. Still no power since Sun AM. No fun typing on the iPhone:)

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  48. Oh Gail, still no power?! I'm so sorry! My husband's office just got power back last night... I hope yours is soon restored, too. xoxo

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  49. You are right. Strange juxtaposition. Nancy

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  50. Thank you for showing the beauty in a place I would have never expected it to be ~

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  51. Hi Mary!

    I'm glad you made it through the storm alright. That is quite a lot of rain though.

    The flowers are gorgeous. If I had to spend time in a prison, I'd want one with views like these.

    I'm hosting an End of the Summer Celebration and Giveaway. Come on over and join in the fun! This post would fit right in.

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  52. All of your San Fran pics are gorgeous Mary! Love the beautiful colors:@)

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  53. Amazing photos!! The doors were so interesting but kind of creepy remembering what probably went on behind them so long ago. Will be a new follower your photos are too pretty to pass up. Also will check out the collage tutorial to see if I can figure it out, a new blogger so much to learn. Laura

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  54. Glad to know all is well and safe for you there! The juxtaposition of the bright colours of the blooms against the austerity of the structure of Alcatraz is quite a striking contrast! Terrific photography Mary!

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  55. flowers...!!! lovely lovely lovely !!!

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