Life in Colour Photo Challenge, September 2021: GOLD

Self did not think she would find anything on this. TBH, gold is not a color she gravitates to.

But, this evening, she was looking through her archives, and she landed on a series of pictures she took in Paris, December 2017. There’s definitely gold in those monuments!

So here you go, a post for Travel Words’ Life in Colour Challenge for September 2021:

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #165: GOING WIDE

LOOOOVE this prompt. Simply love.

Thank you, P.A. Moed.

Yesterday, self was at Cal Shakes’ only production for 2021: The Winter’s Tale. Last year they were forced to cancel their entire season. Wanted to weep.

But whoa, what a way to make a comeback: The Winter’s Tale is ace.

Picnic Grove Next to Bruns Amphitheatre in Orinda

Cal Shakes’s Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly leading the post-play discussion.

The Thrill of Anticipation! Audience files into Bruns Amphitheatre to see Cal Shakes’s first production in two years!

World’s Fair, Chicago, 1893

In the wee hours, self finished reading The End of Men. Her heart broke for one particular character. There is no real sense of closure (She’s been seeing that more and more in fiction, recently). Four stars out of five!

Her current read is Miracles and Madness: Insanity, Modernism, and Hitler’s War on Art, by Charlie English. Goody, self does love to read about World War II, insanity, etc.

On pp. 6 – 7, the Chicago World Fair of 1893 is described:

A seven-hundred acre site was filled with the fruits of humanity’s most technologically advanced era. Twenty-seven million people would visit, the equivalent of almost half the U.S. population at the time. In Paris four years earlier, fairgoers had been astonished by Gustave Eiffel’s tower, an ironwork lattice that pierced the sky to the height of a thousand feet. The American riposte, the first ferris wheel, was also vast — as high as the tallest of the new skyscrapers — but this construction moved. Powered by thousand-horsepower steam engines, it could lift up thirty-eight thousand visitors each day for a view few had ever seen that of the human world had ever seen: that of the human world from above.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge (CBWC): WEATHER

Very happy that I found a photo for the CBWC this week.

Algodones, New Mexico (December 2019)

September Colors and Letters Challenge: Gray Orange

Self does not know whether she’s interpreting the challenge correctly: Find a picture that contains both GRAY and ORANGE.

She didn’t think she could find any pictures that fit, but — will wonders never cease? She found two pictures from a visit to the de Young Museum, a few weeks ago: Ruth Asawa art!

Without further ado:

Ruth Asawa: Permanent Installation, Education Tower, de Young Museum, San Francisco

Ruth Asawa: Permanent Installation, Education Tower, de Young Museum, San Francisco

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 9: Three Sides of a Kiosk

Yet another great Photo Challenge, co-hosted by the fabulous Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao.

Self still playing catch-up (The Challenge is now up to Week 12).

Today, self is focusing on the kiosk just outside the Redwood City Public Library. Each side depicts a different scene. This is also an appreciation post for public libraries — books kept her sane during the pandemic. And they will carry her through the coming fall and winter’s uncertainties.

  • Side 1:
  • The Front:
  • The Other Side:

One Word Sunday Challenge: OPPOSING

Self is late again! It’s Monday and she’s posting for Travel with Intent’s One Word Sunday Challenge.

The word is OPPOSING.

Think this’ll suit: at the Judy Chicago Retrospective at the De Young, there’s a display of female figures (the show itself is amazing; if you’re anywhere within driving distance, do yourself a favor and see it). Self kept trying to take pictures, but the reflection on the glass was interfering. She finally decided to snap whatever, and after she came home and looked at what she’d taken, she discovered there was a woman on the other side of the glass from self, looking rather quizzically at her. So, here we are, on two opposing sides of the display.

Life in Colour Challenge, August 2021: RED

Self reacts emotionally to colors. Red is a definite trigger.

The host of the Life in Colour Challenge is Travel Words.

  • Found in the de Young Museum Gift Shop, yesterday: Candles by Marfa Tymchenko and Circus by Alexander Calder.
  • At the free Wednesday night concerts near self’s house.
  • Self made this yummy salad:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Six-Word Saturday Challenge: Golden Gate Park, Viewed from Above

This was from yesterday. Self went with a friend to see the Judy Chicago Retrospective at the de Young Museum.

It was a beautiful day, so we went up to the Observation Tower.

The Challenge Host is Travel with Intent.

Directly across the way is the California Academy of Sciences. Renzo Piano did the design. The living roof is her favorite thing. Six inches of soil were transported up there. The result: meadow. The Academy offers a naturalist-led tour that self highly recommends.

Here’s a view that shows more of the foreground:

Thursday Trios (on the Last Friday in August 2021)

Summer is over. Over over over.

But thank you to Mama Cormier for hosting this challenge. Her gallery today has roses and garbage bags and a trio lawn bowling. Fun!

Without further ado, self’s trios:

Triangular Table, Observation Deck, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Geraniums on Front Porch

Sally Loo’s Café, San Luis Obispo

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