Life in Colour, April Challenge: PINK

Since today is the last day of the Life in Colour April Photo Challenge, and lots of self’s flowers are starting to bloom, these are all from her backyard, today. The rose is a Winsome.

Host of this challenge is Jude’s Travel Word Blog.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

BRIGHT SQUARES: The End

All good things must end. Self went through April, all the time looking for Bright Squares. Thank you for hosting the challenge, Becky/The Life of B!

Below, pictures of her picker-uppers: a book (of course); flowers; and more flowers.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Thursday Door Challenge!

Self loves photo challenges. She also loves doors! No Facilities hosts the Thursday Door Challenge. He has some lovely doors in his gallery.

Since self is always short of time, she’ll just quickly post a picture of her front door, which she had re-painted last year. Yes, red is a favorite color:

And here is the door to self’s shed, which also happens to be painted red! She took the below picture during the California wildfires. The air quality was the poorest it’s ever been, as you can tell just from this picture. Fingers crossed that this year’s fire season won’t be as bad.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #145: Getting to Know You

scillagrace is the host for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

The theme is GETTING TO KNOW YOU.

Here’s how scillagrace explains it:

  • To look carefully, curiously, enthusiastically, enduringly, and lovingly at something changes me. I begin to feel connected to that subject. I develop an affection that fuels further and deeper observation and understanding.

There are so many wonderful examples of Getting to Know You on her blog.

Here are self’s. (Coming clean: These pictures were actually taken, not by self, but by her Airbnb host in Sacramento. Self tried, but her photos were blurry, as these two were in constant motion. Her host very kindly took self’s cell and took these really GREAT pictures. The pets are Coco and Pi. On Instagram, they have close to 9000 followers!)

Coco and Pi were such a delight. It’s been a long time since self’s had a pet. For about 15 years, she had two beagles, Bella and Gracie. They passed ages ago. And now self travels a lot more, so she worries that she can’t give any pets the attention/love they deserve.

Anyhoo, Coco and Pi are the best of friends, as you can see:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): Natural Light vs Man Made Light

Here’s the link to this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

Self loves natural light. She will never not use natural light, even at night. Which means, since she has very shaky fingers, that night shots present quite a challenge.

Last night, there was the most unusual moon. Round as round, but with all kinds of silvery light behind it. Self tried to take a picture from her yard, but her neighbor heard and came out, too. Then she was no longer alone, and she hates being in the backyard at night, crouching under a bush, wondering if someone’s listening to her every move.

So, here were her shots. The last one was from the kitchen window, which has very dirty window panes. Plus a dirty window screen.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Introducing Meas Gilbryn

Hanging from the straps were knives, small crossbows and a twisting shining jingling assortment of good-luck trinkets that spoke of a lifetime of service and violence. Around her shoulders hung a precious feathered cloak, and where the fishskin scattered the sunlight the feather cloak hoarded it, twinkling and sparkling, passing motes of light from plume to plume so each and every colour shone and shouted out its hue.

I am going to die, he thought.

— p. 6, The Bone Ships

Love adventure, love fantasy.

Thursday Trios

This challenge is hosted by Mama Cormier. Every Thursday, you post a picture of a trio.

Self knows, it is Monday today. Nevertheless.

  • Bath, England 2017
  • Self’s three contributor copies of The Cost of Paper, published by 1888 Center in Orange, CA
  • A trio of Mike Byrne ceramics, at an exhibit in Dublin Castle, May 2019
  • Alan Meredith’s ebonised wood triptych, at the same exhibit in Dublin Castle, May 2019

Searching for trios can be quite addictive!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Celebration, COVID-Style

From Nancy Merrill, host of the Photo a Week Challenge:

Last year, when Covid-19 first struck the United States, my friend’s daughter got married. It wasn’t the wedding she had started planning when she got engaged in November, but it was a beautiful celebration of love and joy. I was one of twenty-five people who were able to attend the sweet backyard ceremony. It was fun to not only take photos but to help with the decorations and food and just overall doing what we could to make the bride and groom happy.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE…) OF HOW YOU HAVE CELEBRATED DURING THE PANDEMIC.

Along with the rest of America, self watched the inauguration of #46, Joseph R. Biden, on live TV.

The marchers (except for one) are wearing masks! Funny, she never stopped to think about that until she started looking at pictures for this week’s Photo a Week Challenge.

Also a first: that she watched the events unfold on Fox News!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

In the Restless Night

“. . . his sleep had been troubled by thoughts of his father and thoughts of another life, not a better one, not an easier one, but a sober one, one without shame. One in which he did not feel the pull of the Sea Hag’s slimy hands trying to drag him down to his end. One of long days at the wing of a flukeboat, singing of the sea and pulling on the ropes as his father glowed with pride at how well his little fisher boy worked the winds. Of long days before his father’s strong and powerful body was broken as easily as a thin varisk vine, ground to meat between the side of his boat and the pitiless hull of a boneship.”

— pp. 4 – 5, The Bone Ships, by R. J. Barker

April 26 BRIGHT SQUARES (in which there are actually SQUARES)

April is almost over! Every day, when self thinks she’s used up all the Bright Squares subjects she can think of, she goes to The Life of B, host of the Squares Challenge, and finds new inspiration.

These are from her recent trip to Sacramento (FABULOUS city)

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