More Shadows: 3rd Street, San Francisco and Mendocino

Whether you’re taking a selfie silhouette on the ground, capturing the lines and patterns on the walls while walking your city’s streets, or recording the subtle ways the light hits your subject’s face as she sits next to a window, these different types of shadows you see can add a complex, unexpected layer to your shot.

— Cheri Lucas Rowlands, The Daily Post

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In Situ, SF Museum of Modern Art, 3rd St.

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Umbrella Passing In Situ

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Mendocino: January 2017

 

 

The Future Is Cold: Excerpt from Self’s “Ice”

A journal accepted this piece two years ago.

It still hasn’t seen print.

In the meantime, self has been working on it, adding a sentence here, a paragraph there.

Here’a an excerpt.

It was true the boy’s eyes were strange, as if icecaps were growing in the irises. He tried to staunch the spread, but hour by hour the ice seemed to grow. Until, he hated to say it, the boy had gone completely blind. But he still pretended to watch the sky.

Halloooo came the cry across the frozen wasteland.

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Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada: April 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Still More Names: San Francisco Cab Ride in Rain

All shots: 3rd Street, South of Market, San Francisco

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Iconic Hearst Building, Market and 3rd

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CPK: Self looked it up, stands for California Pizza Kitchen (She liked it better before she knew what the initials stood for)

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Still More Resilient

More examples of RESILIENT:

The sea is resilient.

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Mendocino Headlands, New Year’s Day 2017

Solitude is for people who are resilient:

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MacCallum House, Mendocino

Capitola Wharf is resilient:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

New Horizons 2: PLACES

“Look ahead! How will you make the most of this beautiful day?” — Krista, The Daily Post

Self is having trouble with this week’s prompt. For some reason self is so oriented to looking BACK (perhaps it’s the time of year?) that she can’t think how to represent (photographically) looking AHEAD. She doesn’t know how to project looking forward. Especially after the elections we just had.

Because she keeps moving around, EVERYTHING, but everything, is a NEW HORIZON. Which then also means (corollary): to someone who moves around constantly, what’s new is a cliché.

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Ferry Building, Saturday Farmers Market, San Francisco

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New York, Central Park, December 2015: Just look at that guy in shorts!

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Mendocino Headlands, Winter 2016

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

#amreading: Lydia Davis, “Five Signs of Disturbance”

She is watching everything very closely: herself, this apartment, what is outside the windows, and the weather.

There is a day of thunderstorms, with dark yellow and green light in the street, and black light in the alley. She looks into the alley and sees foam running over the concrete, washed out from the gutters by the rain. Then there is a day of high wind.

— from “Five Signs of Disturbance” in Davis’s first collection, Break It Down

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Fall 2016

Self often uses Lydia Davis in her teaching. Something about the crispness of her sentences. Her elegance.

Stay tuned.

Karen Joy Fowler: WIT’S END

This novel was published seven years ago, but it’s about a 2006 mid-term election.

That shows you how long self hangs on to reviews of books she’s adding to her reading list. She will go to a bookstore, armed with her file of New York Times Book Review clippings, she will first search the shelves and then end up asking for help from a bookstore staff person, and that person will look at self’s clipping, then his/her eyes will wander down to the date at the bottom of the page, and they will say (which has happened on at least three separate occasions), in a very offended tone: “Ma’am, this review is dated 2010.” Subtext: Are you freaking nuts?

The last novel she inquired about was Sara Gruen’s Ape House.

What can she say? She’s been living la vida loca for a very, very long time. So long that hyperactivity seems to be the norm.

In an incredible stroke of luck, self is reading Fowler’s Wit’s End the week after the elections. It would seem that, in 2009, there was the same kind of zeitgeist roiling around northern California. Because while reading Wit’s End, it could be 2016. She doesn’t even have to change a single word in a few passages, it reads like 2016:

  • Well, Ohio hadn’t delivered the complete Democratic rout that had been predicted.

A few pages later:

  • “How about that election,” the sushi chef said.

It’s been really hot in San Francisco (Ha, ha, ha — she’ll never complain about San Francisco coolness again! It’s sweltering hot. Like Global Warming with a capital G. W.) Self went to the Ferry Building to cool off. And overheard a woman say: “I’m still traumatized over those election results.”

And then, a few steps further, a vendor was calling out “Sea Salt! Sea Salt!” He beckoned to a young couple passing by and said: “Young lovers, this might be your last shot at happiness! Have a taste!”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

‘Chaos’ Photo Challenge: Other Views

These blogs captured self’s attention this morning:

Stay tuned.

Rainbows, Lamps, and Watercolors Transmogrify and Delight

An ordinary day became great because there was this rainbow:

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The lamp below was in a down-home grocery store in Philo, California (Pop. 360 approx.)

The surprise of it being over Aisle # 3 is why self is including it in this post:

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Lemons Grocery, Philo, California

Lastly, self’s friend Mary-Ellen Campbell has been all over the world. She brings watercolors and sketchbooks wherever she goes and makes quick paintings of her surroundings. Look at this simple yet beautiful rendition of Angkor Wat, Cambodia:

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Angkor Wat, Watercolor by Artist/Traveler Mary-Ellen Campbell

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Shine 3: San Francisco Medallion Cab In Rain

All cabs have little TVs in the back seat now.

What does this mean? Does it mean that people are so tethered to their entertainment that they can’t bear missing a) their favorite shows or b) the news?

This evening, it rained. Self quite likes the city when it rains.

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What does this mean?

Sitting in the back of the cab, self suddenly remembered the Daily Post Photo Challenge. So she whipped out her camera and started snapping away.

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Streets of San Francisco

The cab driver heard self clicking away but didn’t utter a word. San Franciscans have this really steadfast devotion to respecting your privacy.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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