Boundaries 5: Mendocino and Elk

Self has always been fascinated by windows. She thinks it is because windows impose a kind of order on a landscape, reducing it to manageable chunks (what is viewed within the window frame).

Early this year, self was in Mendocino. She was teaching a travel writing workshop for the Mendocino Art Center. Self took this shot from the window of the laundry room at the Center:

View From the Laundry Room of the Mendocino Art Center

View From the Laundry Room of the Mendocino Art Center

Here’s another example of BOUNDARY, the railing around the deck of a B & B in Elk, CA (about 17 miles down the coast from Mendocino):

Thanks to Joel Tan, who told self about the spectacular views from the back of the cottages in -- blanking on the name of the inn but she thinks it might be the Greenwood Inn.

Thanks to Joel Tan, who told self about the spectacular views from the back of the cottages in — blanking on the name of the inn but she thinks it might be the Greenwood Inn.

The cottage is very WEE. Therefore, when you step through the cottage door, it feels like you're being pitched straight into the ocean (with only a bed in between).

The cottage is very WEE. Therefore, when you step through the cottage door, it feels like you’re being pitched straight into the ocean (with only a bed in between).

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Boundaries 4: Cliffs, Harbors, Bridges

Mendocino Cliffs, on the Way to Elk, CA

Mendocino Cliffs, on the Way to Elk, CA

Benicia Harbor, CA

Benicia Harbor, CA

Heading West Across San Francisco Bay in Stormy Weather

Heading West Across San Francisco Bay in Stormy Weather

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Boundaries 3: Dublin, Annaghmakerrig, Mendocino

Boundaries define shape.

Here’s an example of a square boundary:

Dublin Street Art

Dublin Street Art

And here’s a more run-of-the-mill boundary: a fence. The fence in question is in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig:

The Main Drive, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig

The Main Drive, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig

And yet another fence, this one at the border of a field in the village of Mendocino, California:

Village of Mendocino, Early Spring 2015

Village of Mendocino, Early Spring 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Monochromatic 4: Moody Landscapes

Half Moon Bay, June 2015

Half Moon Bay, June 2015

On the way to Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada: May 2015

On the way to Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada: May 2015

The Trans-Canada Highway, April 2015 (Can you imagine weather like this in April, self can't even)

The Trans-Canada Highway, April 2015 (Can you imagine weather like this in April, self can’t even)

Doors 3: Dublin, Culver City, Golden Gate Park

DOORS is still the theme this week.

Here, a set of doors from various:

B & B, Dublin

B & B, Dublin

Tara’s Himalayan Restaurant in Culver City:

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Finally, the doors leading OUT of the Butterfly Habitat inside the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco:

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: Butterfly Habitat

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: Butterfly Habitat

Self is just musing about how interesting it is that she got to appreciate these shots, especially the last two, which she’d never have posted at all if not for The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Intricate 2: Balboa Park, San Diego

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is INTRICATE.

Krista explains:

Visiting the Alhambra is something I’ll never forget. To this day, when I think of the beauty and majesty of that massive palace, I wonder about the people who inhabited this stone fortress high on a hill above Granada, so many centuries ago. I think of the craftsmen who worked magic in stone, in metal, and in tile, in intricate color and texture.

So far, self has been posting mostly about buildings. The San Diego Museum of Man, self thinks, is very rococco. She visited last year, with one of her former classmates from Assumption Convent in Manila. The museum and the California Tower next to it are in Balboa Park.

The California Tower is Next to the San Diego Museum of Man.

The California Tower is Next to the San Diego Museum of Man.

Here’s another view of the California Tower. It is open for public tours.

The tower can be reached through a climb of seven floors. It is open to public tours.

The tower can be reached through a climb of seven floors.

The California Tower's Spanish Colonial Facade was the design of Bertram Goodhue, who was inspired by Spanish churches in Mexico. It was built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

The California Tower’s Spanish Colonial Facade was the design of Bertram Goodhue, who was inspired by Spanish churches in Mexico. It was built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

Dear blog readers can find out more about artchitect Bertram Goodhue here.

“Art pre-existing in Nature, and Nature Is Reproduced in Art.”

(Written above a dormer in Goodhue’s attic room)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.”

Blur: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme is BLUR.

  • Share a photo that’s a blur.

Self has LOTS of those kinds of pictures!

For some reason, her blurred pictures are some of her most emotional. She thinks it’s because they project a sense of evanescence.

Poems Upon Request: IRT-Lexington Subway Line, Uptown on 51st

Poems Upon Request: This enterprising man charged $10 per poem. Encountered on the IRT-Lexington Subway Line Headed Uptown, 51st Street & Lexington Station

San Francisco, Viewed From Point Richmond: February 2015

San Francisco, Viewed From Point Richmond: February 2015

Captured on my Cell Phone: The Pacific Ocean Viewed From Elk, CA

Captured with Self’s Cell Phone: The Pacific Ocean Viewed From Elk, CA: January 2015. Just looking at this picture makes self dizzy.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

2015 Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, Open for Registration

The Mendocino Coast Writers Conference takes place August 6 – 8, 2015 in the beautiful coastal village of Mendocino.

You’ll work closely with top authors, agents and editors to bring your work closer to fruition. Find expertise, encouragement, and inspiration to bring your story, poem, book, or memoir to the next level.

A few of the teaching faculty this year:

Lisa Locascio * Indigo Moor * Sheila Bender * David Corbett * Catherine Ryan Hyde * Albert Flynn DeSilver

Back by popular demand, James Maxwell will coach writers to “Make Your Mark on Stage” followed by open mic night.

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.

Wall 5: Walls of a Different Kind

Sometimes walls are just that: walls. Or sometimes they call your attention to something, like the two kinds posted here.

Yesterday, self spent most of her time in mid-town Manhattan, at the New York MoMA (The Bjork exhibit was fabulous!) She stumbled upon this quaint scene on her way to take the # 6 Uptown.

Man doing "Poetry Upon Request" near the IRT-Lexington Subway in New York City

Man doing “Poetry Upon Request” near the IRT-Lexington Subway in New York City. His poetry was pretty good!

Poetry Upon Request, What a Fabulous Idea!

Poetry Upon Request, What a Fabulous Idea!

And now for something completely different: Redwood Forest, off CA-128, on the way to Mendocino. This is the scenery for almost 60 miles before you hit 1.

Heading to 1 (and the California Coast) on CA-128: Giant Redwoods

Heading to 1 (and the California Coast) on CA-128: Giant Redwoods

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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