Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Modern Homes

Self is really grateful to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. The prompts are so interesting, and she’s finding photos she never would have thought of sharing.

For instance, for this week’s Fun Foto Challenge (Modern Homes), self found a series of pictures she took in Capitola-by-the-Sea, a beautiful seaside village, way back December 2016.

Capitola-by-the-Sea is your quintessential beach town, not as glitzy as Carmel and Monterey, and the pastel-colored cottages are so pretty! Who wouldn’t want to live in a pink cottage by a beach, even if just for the summer, come on!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Friends, Self Will Be Home Soon!

Missing home and friends and familiar places:

  • The beach at Capitola
  • Highway 101 on the northbound approach to San Francisco
  • The sculpture garden in the de Young Museum
  • More Capitola beaches

Stay tuned.

Ambience: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 13 January 2017

  • Ambience has the power to lift your mood. What have you photographed with exceptional ambience? — Jeff Golenski, The Daily Post Photo Challenge

Self presents two contrasting scenes of ambience:

First, the anonymity of the train, the pre-occupation of the passengers:

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Caltrain, Southbound, 2nd Friday in January, 2017

Next, the expansiveness of a California beach town, extraordinarily peaceful in winter:

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Capitola-by-the-Sea

Self chose to spend Christmas here: she had a hunch that she wouldn’t feel as lonely, even though she was alone. She was right. It was such a beautiful experience:

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There is a little inn with units facing the beach: she last visited 20 years ago. Magical.

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.

More Resilient

“. . . let’s close the year on a strong note and celebrate our individual and collective fortitude: it may have been a rough year for many of us, but we’re a tough bunch.”

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

It’s been almost two decades since self was last in Capitola-by-the-Sea. She decided to spend Christmas there, and nothing had changed. Now, that’s resilience:

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A crab carries its home on its back. It is nothing if not resilient. Self is a Cancer, born on the 14th of July. She is resilient:

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To celebrate Christmas, after the year San Franciscans have just had, shows the city’s resilience. Here’s Union Square’s Christmas Tree, with a sign saying “Believe” on a billboard across the street, on Geary:

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Union Square, December 2016: Despite the trauma of the elections, the city will survive.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Resilience: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 30 December 2016

  • Let’s close the year by celebrating people, places, and objects that endure.

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

Self picked three places that helped her find peace in the midst of a chaotic year:

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The de Young Museum Sculpture Garden, Golden Gate Park: The piece in the foreground is Louise Nevelson’s Ocean’s Gate,

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Capitola-by-the-sea: On the Bluff, a Rainbow (Look Closely)

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The Beach at Capitola-by-the-Sea: Practically deserted in December

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Reflective Monday

From Richard Schnap’s poem, “As The Road Narrows,” in the 13 December 2016 issue of the Eunoia Review:

We attach meaning
To many things
That have no meaning

Read the rest of the poem here.

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The Beach at Capitola

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Relax 2: The Daily Post Photo Challenge

  • Whether through meditation, a quiet walk, a day at the beach, or whatever else, we all need to find a way to unwind, rest, and put ourselves at ease.

— Hakan B., The Daily Post

This morning, self went to a beach. Ocean Beach:

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Waves, Grey Skies, Ocean = Self was so RELAXED.

Last week, self was in Capitola. She was soooo relaxed!

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Capitola, California, week after Thanksgiving 2016

The wharf is adorable:

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Capitola Wharf: It’s Been Too Long

Being near any body of water also has a magical effect on self.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

GROUND 2: Sylvain Landry 2-02

Self already sent in a picture for this theme, but it’s been a while since she posted something for Sylvain Landry so here’s another interpretation of “Ground.”

This is a beach a little south of San Francisco, near Santa Cruz:

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Capitola, CA

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

RELAX: Daily Post Photo Challenge, 2 December 2016

This week’s Photo Challenge — RELAX — is perfect, just perfect!

We all need to relaaaaaax. Especially after the kind of elections we just had.

Three relaxing things self got to enjoy in 2016 (Can you believe it’s almost 2017? Time flies!)

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Relaxed in Capitola, CA

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Relaxed in Ferrycarrig, County Wexford, Ireland

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Old Blind Dogs Performing in Fort Bragg, CA in March 2016

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