A Photo a Week Challenge: Multiple Shapes

Self loves this challenge. Thank you, Nancy Merrill, for hosting A Photo a Week!

An Airbnb in Carmel

July Birthday Party

Sandy’s Garden

Thursday Trios Challenge: 19 August 2021

Self loves this challenge. It is so much fun to look through her archives for trios.

Thank you to the host, Mama Cormier!

In July, self decided to Airbnb in Carmel for a few days. On all her drives around California, she somehow failed to hit up this place, which was one of the first places her Dear Departed Dad took her to when she was a wee little girl. We were on our first family vacation from the Philippines, and Dad decided to make of it a road trip. Somehow, he had always harbored a secret fantasy of having his entire family engage in that quintessential American family activity: the road trip. So he bundled all five of us kids and Dearest Mum on a plane, and rented a car after we landed in San Francisco, and took us on a road trip that included: Carmel, Las Vegas, and La Jolla. Oh, and Highway 1, which we drove all the way from San Francisco to La Jolla.

Anyhoo, last month, self decided to Airbnb in Carmel, and her host had a most interesting apartment, filled with original artwork, weights, records and turntables, hefty art books, and guitars (in case any of the guests wished to break out in song?). Here’s his guitar collection:

Self’s host was extremely cryptic. She notified him that she was vacating, and leaving the key in the apartment per his instructions, and got this response:

  • I am just down the coast a little, enjoying the vanlife.

She thought and thought about an appropriate response, and finally came up with: Have an excellent vanlife!

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Natural Lighting

What a fun theme! Self looooves Natural Lighting.

Thank you to the host of the Photo a Week Challenge, Nancy Merrill!

Picnic in the Park

Kitchen Window

Carmel Mission

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 160: Your Inspiration

Wow! Self LOVES the quote from Agnes Martin that inspired this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge!

She had a lot of fun going through her archives to identify her sources of inspiration.

Which are MANY. Here are a few:

  • Gardens

Front Yard, May

  • Beaches

Ocean Beach, Carmel

  • History

The Jesuits in the Philippines, by Horacio de la Costa, S. J. (Harvard University Press)

Self is so glad she can share her inspirations with dear blog readers.

One-Word Sunday Challenge: Reflections

This challenge comes via Travel with Intent. Fun!

Carmel Airbnb, July 2021

Redwood City Public Library Seed Giveaway, April 2021

London Eye, November 2019

Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge 2021, Week # 32

Here is another fun challenge, Xingfu Mama’s Pull Up a Seat.

Self was just in Carmel, so she will share a picture she took of a secluded backyard. They have amazing gardens there: tiny, most of them, but full of quirky, unexpected touches:

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 4

Self hasn’t been consistent in posting to this challenge, as she’s been on a road trip. She’s so glad she had time today. It really is one of her favorite Photo Challenges. Thanks so much to Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao for co-hosting this challenge.

For this post, she decided to focus on store window displays.

Store Window # 1: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Store Window # 2: Dublin Ink, Temple Bar, Dublin

Store Window # 3: Claire Garvey Design Studio, Cows Lane, Dublin

July #TreeSquare Challenge # 17: Ocean Beach Again

Self will never tire of looking at these pines overlooking Ocean Beach. You can see the direction of the wind in their branches, even on a perfectly still day.

The #TreeSquare Challenge is the brainchild of Becky at The Life of B. Ever so grateful to her for hosting.

July #TreeSquare Challenge # 16: Ocean Beach, Carmel

Self will try to post every day during the final days of the #TreeSquare Challenge for July: TREES.

Thank you so much, becky, for another fantastic Squares Challenge!

Currently on Road Trip # 3: CARMEL.

Took these shots of Monterey pines yesterday at Ocean Beach. It was a very cold day, but there were people in the water, and families on the beach, all looking like they were having a GREAT time! Kudos to the brave souls swimming without wetsuits! Water must have been freezing.

July #TreeSquare Challenge # 15: Misty Morning

We are in the final days of The life of B’s fabulous #TreeSquare challenge (The next Squares Challenge is in October) Her post today shows EMBROIDERY. Love it!

Since self is currently in the middle of Road Trip # 3 (Carmel and Monterey), her posts are all coastal trees and coastal gardens. It is cool here (refreshing change from the relentless heat of the South Bay) and there is thick morning mist.

She framed her shots this way because of course, she was thinking of the #TreeSquare challenge. She would never have used these angles otherwise. Thank you, Becky, for hosting!

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