Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge: Bought These at Menlo Park Flowers Market

Self thinks these are dahlias. She’s never had any luck growing them in her yard. She bought them yesterday from the Menlo Park Farmers Market.

Thank you to host of the Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge Cee Neuner!

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

July #TreeSquares Challenge #11: Last Year, During the Fires of September

Self was looking over the pictures in her archives. She was shocked to come upon the pictures of the backyard in September 2020. There were wildfires raging up and down the state. The Lightning Complex Fires in Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, and San Mataeo County began in August and raged through the first half of September. The air quality was so bad, and there were days she could distinctly smell smoke.

For today’s #TreeSquares Challenge, she’s posting these pictures as a reminder. She heard on the news that the fires raging now in California (there are quite a few) have burned four times as much acreage as the fires this time last year. Can you imagine if we get to September with worse air quality than what’s in these pictures. The heat so far this summer is so intense. Cross your fingers and pray.

July #TreeSquare Challenge # 10: Annaghmakerrig Again

I did a post last week about Annaghmakerrig Lake. These are from the same visit (March 2017), but taken of the trees outside my cottege at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig.

For a blissful month each year, I journeyed to this beautiful corner of Ireland, with one purpose only: to write. I was supposed to go in 2020, but of course COVID. My hope is to return, perhaps in 2023?

Thank you to Becky of The Life of B. If not for her #TreeSquare Challenge, I would not have thought to post these pictures.

July #TreeSquare Challenge #8: The Backyard (Again)

Two new views of self’s backyard — with trees!

Thanks to Becky at The Life of B, host of this and other creative Squares Challenges (The previous Squares Challenge was #BrightSquares in April)

July #TreeSquare Challenge #3: Sunday in Golden Gate Park

Learn about this challenge, hosted by Life of B.

Yesterday a friend and I went to Golden Gate Park. We parked up by Stowe Lake, and wandered around quite lost. Her cell said to go right, mine said to go left. I said I wanted to see the de Young (I have a membership card and I needed to go to the bathroom) My friend wanted to know why, whenever I’d ask for directions, I’d ask for the Japanese Tea Garden. I said, The de Young and the Japanese garden are right beside each other; if you find one, you find the other.

Originally, we were supposed to hunt up the Conservatory of Flowers, but it seemed a long way, and I hadn’t brought a sweater (It was cold and windy. Lucky she had a grey hoodie; I only had a thin cotton top. Anyhoo, I’m kinda glad we never found the conservatory, because when I got home I looked it up on the map, and we’ve had had to cross the entire park, lengthwise.

The park was lush and green, and it felt good just to be alive. The eucalyptus trees (not native, I was told by a naturalist on a tour last month) smelled heavenly.

Here are a couple of trees I saw in the Park.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

July #TreeSquare Challenge #3: Still the Backyard

Self urges everyone to look at the gallery of trees on The Life of B, host of the #TreeSquare challenge. There are many beautiful trees there!

Here are two more from self’s backyard: an olive and a plum tree.

July #TreeSquare Challenge #1: Land’s End, San Francisco

Thanks to The Life of B for the #TreeSquare Challenge!

Self’s first post for the challenge are the trees of Land’s End, San Francisco, just outside the Legion of Honor. She visited the museum in June. (The trees are in the background, not the focal point, sorry)

These coastal California cypresses have endured wind and fog for many years — even, centuries. Hopefully, they will endure for centuries more!

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

New Challenge: Photographing Public Art

Thanks to Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao for co-hosting a new challenge, Photographing Public Art (PPAC).

How it works:

  • We will take turns, one of us hosting every week exploring art in public places. We invite you to join in the fun of exposing public art where you find it ā€“ at home or in your travels.

For self’s first post for this challenge, self is happy to share this sculpture, standing right next to the San Luis Obispo Train Station, which she stumbled on last week:

Artist: Elizabeth MacQueen

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Last on the Card Challenge: June 2021

Thanks to bushboys world for this challenge!

Self took a bunch of photos yesterday. There were two more shots after this, separated by seconds. So mebbe she cheated a bit?

’twas a very good day.

Flower of the Day (FOTD) Photo Challenge: Seen at Growing Grounds, San Luis Obispo

Growing Grounds is a wee little plant nursery, right across the street from the San Luis Obispo Mission. It’s so wee, it would be easy to miss. But San Luis Obispo used to be self’s stomping grounds. Because son went to Cal Poly. So, she was so happy today to see that it is still there.

The flowers are so pretty (linking to Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Photo Challenge. She asked the saleswoman what the flower was — it looks like a petunia, but it belongs to a succulent (“Easy care,” the woman said. “Just fertilize every two weeks.”)

She’s thinking of going back to the store tomorrow and getting it.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

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