John Ringling evidently was a man of such few words that when I googled him I came up with only these words associated with him
” John Ringling, Master of the Big Top!”
Follow your Destiny
Running away to the Circus deserves a long dissertation, but really, this is one of those experiences where words just fail to accurately describe feelings. How can I convey the colors, the smell, or the weirdness the Circus embodied for me.
The Big Show
Close up at the bead work
The Elephant Throws
Vintage Circus Equestrian
Fancy hats, plums, and beads
Master of Ceremonies
It was never my favorite place.
Band leader’s Drums
Plenty an Elephants foot has stood here, and maybe a lion, or tiger, or two
Oh yes, the Clowns . . .
Other than the food, and a few cool rides, I really always felt it was dirty, dingy and filled with weird anomalies that never appealed to me. Animals in cages, and the such, just seemed unnatural, it still does.
Gorgeous Antiques on Display
1st moving picture show
scantily dressed little girl beckons you in ….
and then, oh yes, more clowns . . .
Great embroidery detail
Love the sequence
All about the costumes ,. ,. ,
Nonetheless, a visit to the Ringling Museum and Ca’ D’Zan proves plenty of people differ from me in their feelings about the Circus. Especially the Circus Vehicles . .
Tom and I recently escaped South and along our travels we stopped in on Ca’ D’Zan and the other Circus museums.
I love Ca’ D’Zan for the photographic opportunities it offers, and if you’ve never been there it is worth the admission to check out this collection of Circus memorabilia. The Ringling Mansion with it’s ornate furnishings and art collection, great views, rose gardens, and the breathtaking terrace at the back of the house that looks out onto the open sea, is sure to leave a lasting impression.
The Rose Gardens
Here are some of the images I captured on my visit.
Tiled artwork on ceilings
Fabulous collections of antiques
Pastel tinted windows
Unbelievably gorgeous lighting
Great detail in everthing
Curtains and tassels . . .love, love!
picturesques objets de’ art strategically placed to catch the light, and your eye.
Stain glass sky lights
Ooh’ la la lights
A piano from the inside out it’s a piece of art
and more of those lights . . .
The Terrace as seen from inside the house through a small windowpane
John Ringling himself
and yet another lovely light
Hmmmm, what a kitchen
yep, eat in . .
Appliances of the day
another escape nook
The lounge . . .
Ceilings were not overlooked in this house
yet another nook for entertaining and feeding guests
warmth of wood, contrasts with the black and white marble tile, and the gold leafed mirror