The weather on my trip to the Huntington Library also made me feel like this trip took place over a series of days as opposed to a 5 hour span of time. One second it was bright and sunny and the next it was cool and cloudy. The weather truly couldn't make up its mind and you'll see a little of that in the photos below. Speaking of photos, I used this as an opportunity to go on a photographic safari and the grounds of the Huntington provided some excellent subjects to work with. I took over 200 photos because, let's face it, I'm not very good at editing myself. So, without further ado, I will let the photos do most of the talking.
Above is Henry Huntington's house, or, rather, mansion, built by Myron Hunt in 1910. Hunt was the architect responsible for many of the gorgeous buildings located throughout the Pasadena area, including the campus of my Alma Mater, Occidental College, and its sister school, Cal Tech. I don't know if it was the familiar style of architecture, the opulence, or the decor inspired by Versailles found within the mansion, but I definitely felt at home. I would be ready to move in if only they would let me!
Inside of the mansion curators tried to spice things up a little bit by showcasing an exhibit of contemporary works by Alex Israel. It was a little jarring to see contemporary art mixed in with 18th and 19th century British and French art, but it was an interesting idea. The Alex Israel exhibit also included this pastel paint job by the grand staircase of the Huntington Mansion. Since I've been on a pastel kick lately, it suited me perfectly.
Next are my travels through the gardens of the Huntington. There are 12 different gardens on the grounds that span regions from around the globe. (It's a cheap way to feel like you've done a lot of traveling and you could probably trick your friends on Instagram with the pictures!) The gardens you will see in the photos include, in order: the camellia garden, rose garden (sans roses because it's not the right time of year), The Japanese garden, the desert garden, and the new Chinese garden. It's hard for me to pick a favorite, so I'll just let you take a look at the photos and decide for yourself.