Early Bird 2: Calgary

The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week, provided by Brie Anne Demkiw, is EARLY BIRD.

“I love sunsets as much as the next photographer, but I began to recognize a pattern: many of my best photos were taken early.”

Mike V's House

In Cousin’s House, in a Suburb of Calgary

Roses are best when plucked early in the morning.

Roses are best when plucked early in the morning.

Early Morning in a Garden: Happiness!

Early Morning in a Garden: Happiness!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Early Bird: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is EARLY BIRD.

Part of the prompt on The Daily Post website:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a morning person. From early childhood I was up with the sun, and it always came naturally to me . . . when I began taking photography more seriously . . . I realized the benefits that waking early had on my photos.

Gondola Stop, Venice: Before the Crowds Appear

Gondola Stop, Venice: Before the Crowds Appear

In scanning through her photographs, self found a set of pictures she took on a very early morning in Venice. She’d signed up for a tour of the Doge’s Palace, and to make sure she got there in plenty of time (It was a morning tour), she left the apartment she was sharing with Margarita Donnelly in Ca’ San Toma several hours early. And was rewarded with the thrill of seeing San Marco Square practically devoid of people (i.e. tourists)

Can You Believe This is Venice in Late April? Where Are the People?

Can You Believe This is Venice in Late April? Somewhere near the Hotel Danieli

Anyhoo, the Doge’s Palace was all right. But the real thrill, self realized later, was having San Marco Square and environs almost entirely to herself.

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The photographs are time-stamped. With CALIFORNIA TIME. Pardon the confusion.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Blur 3: Memories, Spring 2015

Easter Tulips

Easter Tulips

New Bedford, Massachusetts, March 2015

New Bedford, Massachusetts, March 2015

Seen From the Train, Heading to Providence, Rhode Island: March 2015

Seen From the Train Heading to Providence, Rhode Island from New York: March 2015

Self is contemplating past, present, and future. To help her along, this from Henry David Thoreau:

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Ephemera 5: Mendocino Good Times

It was an absolutely knock-your-socks-off (Where did that expression originate, self wonders) gorgeous day in Mendocino.

It’s very bucolic and peaceful here. Nary a sour mood in any of the people she’s encountered.

Self still sticking to the Photo Challenge Theme: EPHEMERAL.

Flowers are ephemeral:

Iberis Sempervirens

Iberis Sempervirens (These also grow in self’s backyard)

Fields are full of flowers:

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Nona Smith dropped by Gallery Bookshop last Sunday, when self was doing her Meet-and-Greet, and invited self over for dinner last night:

Sean Minor Pinot Noir to Go With Thai Noodles!

Sean Minor Pinot Noir to Go With Thai Noodles!

A good time was had by all.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Ephemera 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Today is the day of the Author Meet-and-Greet at Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino. The weather is gorgeous.

Everything changes. The theme of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is EPHEMERA.

“Consider and appreciate now, before now evaporates and becomes then.

In the spirit of the theme, self’s post will comprise a series of moments.

Flowers in the Garden of the Mendocino Café: Self has these growing in her backyard, as well.

Flowers in the Garden of the Mendocino Café: Self has these growing in her backyard, as well.

Early morning or early evening, one of the two: March 2015, Mendocino

Early morning or early evening, one of the two: March 2015, Mendocino

To think, only a week ago, self was in New Bedford, MA, occupying the room of a friend’s child, one with a serious attachment to Harry Potter.

The Bedroom of a Harry Potter Fan

The Bedroom of a Serious Harry Potter Fan, in New Bedford, MA

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Fresh 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Spring is beginning slowly to appear . . .

The WordPress Daily Post

Spring means the opening of the farmers markets. Redwood City’s is right across the railway tracks from Peet’s. Self took these pictures last year:

Redwood City Farmers Market: Saturdays throughout spring and summer

Redwood City Farmers Market: Saturdays throughout spring and summer

The fresh flowers are gorgeous:

More flowers at the Redwood City Farmers Market

More flowers at the Redwood City Farmers Market

Self loves sunflowers:

Self can never have enough sunflowers.

Self can never have enough sunflowers.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Fresh: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

It has been snowing all day in New York City.

Nevertheless, self finds that she is still more than up to the challenge of posting about this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge:

FRESH

Share with us a photo that expresses something fresh.

Fresh strawberries on waffles: Nothing beats like.

Fresh Strawberries, Fresh Flowers, and Fresh Coffee:  Queenie's Road House, Elk, California

Fresh Strawberries, Fresh Flowers, and Fresh Coffee: Queenie’s Road House, Elk, California

Next: Christmas isn’t Christmas without a fresh-cut tree.

Fresh-Cut from Wegman's: December 2014

Fresh-Cut from Wegman’s: December 2014

Finally: Fresh means flowers! This picture was taken in the Huntington Botanical Gardens on Sept. 11, 2014:

Huntington Botanical Gardens: September 2014

Huntington Botanical Gardens: September 11, 2014

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Surrounding Oneself with Positive Images Is Very Rewarding

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is: REWARD.

Here’s a reward: being able to smell the flowers!

Beautiful Arrangement! Saw this today.

Beautiful Arrangement! Saw this today.

Wider-Angle View of Same

Wider-Angle View of Same

Self was able to cross off one of the items on her list of things to do before she leaves Mendocino: She finally experienced the excellence of breakfast at Queenie’s Road House in Elk (It closes every winter but re-opened a few weeks ago). She had strawberry waffles.

Queenie’s is definitely where the locals hang out: it was crowded. Thankfully, there was room for a solitary diner.

If your destination isn't on this signpost, change it for one of these (Seen on the side of the road in Elk, CA)

If your destination isn’t on this signpost, change it for one of these (Seen on the side of the road in Elk, CA)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Symmetry: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Giving thanks for gardens all over the world.

Backyard: Self used to know the name of this perennial . . .

Since this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is SYMMETRY (Find a picture that is “balanced in its lines and shapes”), self took some pictures in her garden today, to see if she could find anything that fit the theme.

This is the torso of a wood and metal angel that self bought from Roger Reynolds Nursery a long, long time ago. Sadly, Roger Reynolds is no more . . .

This is the torso of a wood and metal angel that self bought from Roger Reynolds Nursery a long, long time ago. Sadly, Roger Reynolds is no more . . .

And here is a picture self took almost a week ago, right after a big storm hit Mendocino:

Old Wooden Bridge on the Navarro Ridge Road, near Mendocino

Old Wooden Bridge on the Navarro Ridge Road, near Mendocino

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Scale 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

WordPress Daily Post Photo ChallengeSCALE

“This week, play with scale. Insert something into a scene to highlight size: your two-year-old in a field of flowers. A dime next to a huge cinnamon roll you picked up at the bakery.”

First, Mendocino houses, the sky at sunset:

Sunset, Little Lake Street, Mendocino

Sunset, Little Lake Street, Mendocino

Flowers in the Redwood City Farmers Market:

Flower Stand, Redwood City Farmers Market (The vendor's stall is that white tent behind the flowers)

Flower Stand, Redwood City Farmers Market (The vendor’s stall is that white tent behind the flowers)

Ahmanson Building, Los Angeles County Museum of Art:

"Smoke" by Tony Smith, in the lobby of the Ahmanson Building, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

“Smoke” by Tony Smith, in the lobby of the Ahmanson Building, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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