Contrasts 10: Still in Squaw Valley

Still mostly working on photographing the contrast between sunlight and shadow.

Squaw Valley is amazingly beautiful, even without snow.

The Village, Early Morning:  Sunlight and Shadow

The Village, Early Morning: Sunlight and Shadow

From My Balcony

View From the Balcony of Self’s Unit

And now for something completely different:  Self was fascinated by this woman’s hair (and also her striped knit cardigan).  The woman sat directly in front of self during the Tom Barbash/Christine Meldrum/Mark Childress/Amy Tan reading, a few nights ago:

A member of the audience during the Barbash, Meldrum, Childress, Tan Reading the Other Night

A member of the audience during the Barbash, Meldrum, Childress, Tan Reading the Other Night

Loving it here.  Every moment.

Stay tuned.

 

Contrasts 8: Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco

It was an absolutely gorgeous day in the City.  Self was there to have dinner with friends at Roam Artisan Burgers on Fillmore Street.  It just so happened to be the last day of the annual Fillmore Jazz Festival.

Since the theme for this week’s Photo Challenge is the same as last week’s — CONTRASTS — self chose shots where the contrast between light and shadow, or the contrast between two different colors, was most dramatic.

The perfect place to watch the Fillmore Jazz Festival:  Roam Artisan Burgers, 1923 Fillmore Street.

The perfect place to watch the Fillmore Jazz Festival: Roam Artisan Burgers, 1923 Fillmore Street.

Most of Fillmore Street was closed for the annual Fillmore Jazz Festival.

Most of Fillmore Street was closed for the annual Fillmore Jazz Festival.

The colors of this poster are so vibrant -- like the jazz festival itself.

The colors of this poster are so vibrant — like the jazz festival itself.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Contrasts 7: Light and Shadow, Annual Redwood City Fourth of July Parade (2014)

Citi Pub, Broadway Ave., downtown Redwood City:  We always go there for a beer after the Fourth of July Parade is over.

Citi Pub, Broadway Ave., downtown Redwood City: Self and The Man always wind up here after the Fourth of July Parade is over.

There’s more of the light-and-shadow thing going on in the next two shots.  In the one just below, self focused on the feet of the members of the Leland Stanford, Jr. University Marching Band.  They participate in the Redwood City Fourth of July Parade, every year.

The Leland Stanford, Jr. University Marching Band! Self loves that every year, they participate in the Redwood City Parade and play "All Right Now."

Self loves when the Stanford Band plays “All Right Now,”  their signature song.  Compared to the other bands, they sport VERY casual attire.  She once heard someone describe them as “a bunch of hooligans.”

Another parade regular are the horses.  These are city officials, self thinks.

Another parade regular are the horses. These are city officials, self thinks.

Self is having so much fun with “Contrasts.”  Turns out that’s what summer light is all about.  In summer, and particularly in mid-day, the difference between sunlight and shade is very dramatic.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

San Francisco Zoo: Contrasts 6

Self really loves participating in the weekly WordPress Photo Challenges. Especially when it helps her decide what is picture-worthy.

Today, self and The Man dropped by the San Francisco Zoo, for perhaps the first time in 20 years.

The only reason she took a shot of the candy dispenser was because she was looking for subjects to go with this theme’s Photo Challenge:  CONTRASTS.

Candy Dispenser, San Francisco Zoo Gift Shop

Candy Dispenser, San Francisco Zoo Gift Shop

At Penguin Island, self noticed that a few of the penguins wore green arm tags.

One of six Magellanic penguins from South America:  These were rescued from near starvation.  All but six (identified by the green arm tags) were returned to Argentina once they had been nursed back to health.

One of six Magellanic penguins from South America: These were rescued from near starvation. All but six (identified by the green arm tags) were returned to Argentina once they had been nursed back to health.

In another section of the zoo, little birds were flocking around a feeder.

Self decided to take a picture of this bird because of its vivid orange colorations. It was with a group of other birds at a bird feeder:  All the birds were brown except for this one.

Self decided to take a picture of this bird because of its vivid orange colorations. All the birds flocking around the feeder were brown, except for this one.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Between 6: Stonehenge

Self has been fascinated by Stonehenge for a very long time.  Finally, in April this year, she got to make the trek to the site.

From the English Heritage Guidebook in the visitor centre, self learns about the alignment of the stones.

“Stonehenge has an axis — an alignment that runs north-east to south-west.” This axis is closely tied to “the way the sun moves through the sky during the course of the year; the sunset at the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, occurs on exactly the opposite side of the horizon from the midsummer sunrise.”

“So the alignment of Stonehenge works for both the summer solstice and for the one that happens in winter. But there is increasing evidence from other Neolithic sites such as Newgrange in Ireland and Maes Howe in Orkney, as well as closer by at Durrington Wells, that the winter was the more significant.  At Durrington, there is evidence for feasting and celebration at just this time of year.”

Stonehenge, April 2014:  What you see between the stones is of equal importance as the stones themselves.

Stonehenge, April 2014: What you see between the stones is of equal importance as the stones themselves.

Pat Shelley, who led the Stonehenge tour self took, standing between the stones to give a lecture on the significance of the stones and their positions.

Pat Shelley, who led the Stonehenge tour self took, standing between the stones to give a lecture on the significance of the stones and their positions.

Fascinating to think that the stones were positioned to control what one sees BETWEEN them.

Fascinating to think that the stones were positioned to control what one sees BETWEEN them.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Between 4: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s photo challenge is “Between.”

Here are two shots self took today, because she was thinking of the challenge:

Claremont, CA:  Downtown Farmer's Market

Claremont, CA: Downtown Farmer’s Market

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Self loves the apple cider and always gets some every time she visits son.

She’s also bought things from the spice vendor.  And Jennie gets hummus and other salads from a Mediterranean food vendor.

Self decided to throw in a picture from when she was doing a residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, in May.  She was looking for shots of “between” that represented actual spatial demarcations:  between stalls at a farmers market or between walls or between earth and sky.  She looked through a whole lot of her Ireland pictures before settling on this one.  She was going to say it was an example of “between earth and sky.”  But now she thinks, not really.  It’s more of the way sunlight breaks through the clouds on a typical Irish spring day.

From a Farmyard Cottage in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan, Ireland

From a Farmyard Cottage in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan, Ireland

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Between 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

BETWEEN is a very interesting photo challenge.

Thank you, Broken Light Collective, for coming up with the theme.

Below, three takes:

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig:  the hallway leading to the music studio on the top floor of the main house

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig: the hallway leading to the music studio on the top floor of the main house: Narrow Space Between Walls

The Pedestrian Walkway Spanning the Thames Just Behind the Globe Theatre in London's South End

Between Two Riverbanks:  The Pedestrian Walkway Spanning the Thames Just Behind the Globe Theatre in London’s South End

Extreme Close-up of a page of a story about an American Soldier in Iraq in the New Yorker

Between Two People:  Letter to a member of the Armed Forces serving in Iraq (Luke), showing what happens when it is almost 100% redacted (Letter was in a New Yorker short story)

Extra Extra 5: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

All these shots were taken at the Button Factory in Dublin, Tuesday, 10 June 2014:

Jaime Nanci Barron & the Blue Boys at the Button Factory in Dublin's Temple Bar District:  June 10, 2014

Jaime Nanci Barron & the Blue Boys at the Button Factory in Dublin’s Temple Bar District: June 10, 2014.  The “Extra” in the shot is the lone photographer at one side of the stage.

Still Jaime Nanci Barron's set.  The "Extra" that makes the shot interesting -- at least in self's humble opinion --  are the two people standing and speaking casually in front of the stage.

The “Extra” that makes the shot “different” — at least in self’s humble opinion — are the two people standing and speaking casually in front of the stage. Jaime’s band was just starting to do warm-ups.

The "Extra" here is the way the lighting throws individual members of the audience's silhouettes into sharp relief.

The “Extra” here is the way the lighting throws individual members of the audience’s silhouettes into sharp relief.

Self had a blast at the concert last week.  The occasion was the launch of a fund-raising CD, on what would have been screen legend Judy Garland’s 92nd birthday.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

 

Extra Extra 4: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

On the train back to Dublin from Sligo, self’s last full day in Ireland:

The sky, of course:  the sky makes this picture.

The sky, of course: the sky makes this picture.

A painting by Janet Pierce, who self met at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig.  Janet’s paintings are currently on exhibit at the Hamilton Gallery in Sligo, through Aug. 9.

The window, of course: The window is the "something extra."

The window, of course: The window is the “something extra.”

The artist herself:

The "Something Extra":  The hand, the smile, the armful of yellow roses

The “Something Extra”: The hand, the smile, the armful of yellow roses

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Extra, Extra: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The prompt this week:

This week, share a photo that has a little something extra:  an unexpected visitor, or a tranquil landscape with a splash of color.

Here’s self’s first take on the prompt:

What makes the first shot:  the Coke bottle.  The snack lady on this trip was simply delightful.  She asked self more than once if self wanted anything.

The train back to Dublin after catching Janet Pierce's painting exhibit in the Hamilton Gallery in Sligo

The train back to Dublin after catching Janet Pierce’s painting exhibit in the Hamilton Gallery in Sligo

What makes this shot:  the armful of yellow roses someone handed Janet just before self took the shot:

Janet Pierce with her friend, ceramic artist Ann McNulty, at the Hamilton Gallery in Sligo, where Janet's paintings are on exhibit until August 4.

Janet Pierce with her friend, ceramic artist Ann McNulty, at the Hamilton Gallery in Sligo, where Janet’s paintings are on exhibit until August 4.

What makes THIS shot:  the barge?  The reflections on the water?

The view behind the Globe Theatre in London: She stumbled across it only during the intermission for TITUS ANDRONICUS, late April.

The view behind the Globe Theatre in London: Self stumbled across it only during the intermission for TITUS ANDRONICUS, late April.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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