Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: PICK A TOPIC FROM THE PHOTO

Self’s topic is WHITE.

There are many white flowers in her Redwood City garden, blooming now. Such as:

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Tuesday Photo Challenge: HOPE

  • As we continue to connect around the globe, and Spring has started in the Northern hemisphere, I thought it might be time for a fresh outlook. That’s why I thought it might be good to set this week’s them to that of Hope! With the new season and lengthening daylight, each of us can feel a bit more hopeful about what lies ahead. Your challenge is to capture Hope in a manner that speaks to you in your posts and to spread as much hope as possible across this globe of ours! — Tuesday Photo Challenge, 31 March 2020

This, too, shall pass.

Self knows.

Just look at all the plants in her garden, starting to come back, starting to put out blooms. The maples, the roses, and the clematis looked like sticks all winter.

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Japanese Maples are leafing out.

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Clematis montana rubens is starting to bloom.

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This cistus (rock rose) was the first of her plants to bloom.

Stay tuned, stay safe, and stay hopeful!

Tuesday Photo Challenge: YARD

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge, YARD, is a great one, practically tailor-made for self. When the weather is good, self spends much time in her yard. She’s extra-inspired now, as the trellis has been painted.

This was the day the painters arrived:

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And this is what her front yard looked like when the plumbers arrived (She decided to take her son’s advice and have the decades-old galvanized iron pipes replaced with copper).

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Meanwhile, in the backyard, her plum tree is starting to bloom.

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Spring is a gorgeous time of year in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: ‘K’ Anywhere in the Word

What a fun prompt! Thank you much, Cee Neuner!

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Tuesday Photo Challenge: REST

Self loves the idea of REST.

REST is crucial to her creativity.

Recently, she had an opportunity to see an amazing exhibit at the Bakersfield Museum of Art:

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Night. Rest. Nocturnes. What a beautiful theme.

Not to mention: The paintings she saw were otherworldy, powerful in their depictions of this special and mysterious time of day.

For instance, Jessica Dunne’s, which showed a San Francisco street in fog:

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Just after she drove down to Bakersfield, the Bay Area had a brief string of sunny days. Gorgeous! Self went to the backyard, for the first time in weeks, and saw an eight-foot-high bush completely covered in bright, yellow flowers. So many flowers, she could barely see the green.

What is the reason for such a ridiculous display, flowers? She never fertilizes and barely waters. This is a common euryops, which is the landscape plant of choice for new subdivisions. But she’s never seen them throw out flowers in a display so in-your-face! That’s the ony way she can think to describe it. It is so overpoweringly extra. She took this picture early in the morning:

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Euryops, February 2020

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: WHITE

This week, Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is WHITE.

Self loves having an excuse to go back through her photo archives. Here are her selections:

  • Greek antiquities, British Museum
  • Self’s Iceberg roses, last summer
  • a shell from the Philippines, in a wooden bowl from the Philippines

Love the prompt. Self doesn’t often think of white as a color.

Stay tuned.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #67: LAYERED

Layered landscape.

“You can include images of buildings, landscapes, seascapes, clouds . . . ”

The prompt was so interesting!

Here are self’s takes on LAYERED.

  • Worktable in her writing studio at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre: layered in books and papers

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  • Layered plantings at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre:

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  • Layers of purple, her daughter-in-law’s favorite color. Bought her this bouquet on her birthday in September.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 176: FALL

To self, FALL means changing weather and fading summer flowers.

It is rainy season in Manila, which means grey skies:

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Self loves the light:

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As the weather turns, the hydrangeas on self’s front porch are starting to fade:

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Hydrangeas on Front Porch, September 2019

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Poetry Tuesday: C. L. Odell

Self loves C. L. Odell’s poem in the 24 June 2019 New Yorker.

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Geraniums, Front Porch, August 2019

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An excerpt

So let me have this now
before the blossoms
take my absence
from the yard

and I am again only one-sided,
a living thing responsible
to live, finding myself in tall grass,
whispering back.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE: YELLOW

The theme for the week is YELLOW.

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Self was cleaning out son’s room when she came upon a box of legos. Was fascinated by the little people and their yellow heads.

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The box contains all of son’s Matchbox car collection. There’s a yellow car at the very top.

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My Life of the Party Rose has two colors of blooms: pink and yellow

Stay tuned, dear blog reader. Stay tuned.

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