Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: HAPPY

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is HAPPY. Self started looking through her archives and decided on a set of pictures she took during the most recent AWP conference, a month ago, in Tampa.

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2018 AWP Bookfair, Tampa, FL

She mostly hung out at the Bookfair. One of the highlights of her trip was getting to meet the editors of the Bellingham Review! They published her (dystopian fantasy) story “Ice” in their annual on-line issue, up now. It stays up till November.

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SO HAPPY to meet the Editors of the Bellingham Review at the AWP 2018 Bookfair!

Thank you for making self so HAPPY, Bellingham Review!

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Flower of the Day, 1 April 2018: Clematis Montana Rubens

Self is taking inspiration from Cee Neuner, who posts a Flower of the Day.

On the front porch, her clematis montana rubens just started blooming. Most of the year, it looks like a dead twig. But, suddenly, a few days ago, self saw flowers!

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Clematis montana rubens: Started blooming a few days ago

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HAPPY EASTER!

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More Irises! 31 March 2018

More irises began blooming in the side yard today:

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Blooming Today: Saturday, 31 March 2018

Which photo do you prefer, the blurry or the sharp?

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For more gorgeous flowers, here’s a link to Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Flower of the Day – 30 March 2018

It has been much too hectic a year, even though it’s only March.

Today self drove home to Redwood City from Mendocino and it took her five hours.

She was feeling very tetchy — until she stepped into her backyard and saw that a few iris had started blooming.

There is no pattern to self’s gardening. She just plants bulbs here and there, wherever she feels like it.

Today, she saw that half a dozen spectacular (huge) iris are just unfurling by her kitchen door. In the side yard (where she took this picture), these three blooming iris are the first, but there’s almost a dozen more getting ready, close by.

Cee Neuner’s photography blog is an endless source of inspiration. Not only does she have the Fun Foto Challenge, she also has “Flower of the Day”

She tried getting close-ups of the irises, but the background was off.

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Side Yard, Friday, 30 March 2018

Here are the side yard irises from another angle, farther away.

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The backyard looks a little wild, but she likes it that way. She planted so many different things, without much forethought, just squeezing everything together. There’s actually a mature rose bush tucked right in the middle of those big bushes, but you can’t see it because it hasn’t started blooming yet.

HAPPY EASTER, ALL!

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Alone, Part 2

Self took these pictures from around the Mendocino Art Center, where she’s currently a writer-in-residence. She was inspired by Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenge: ALONE. She focused on the art that was either standing alone or, like the giant tomato, the only bright thing.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: ALONE

This oven mitt in the kitchen of my apartment in the Mendocino Art Center looks LONELY!

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Thank you to Cee Neuner for the wonderful prompt!

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sunset to Sunrise

Cee’s current Fun Foto Challenge is: Sunset to Sunrise (including any nighttime photography)

Here’s a picture I took at sunset on Main Street, Mendocino, California, February 2018:

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Twilight, Mendocino: February 2018

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: LEAVES

Love Cee’s Fun Foto Challenges!

Paris, May 2017: The Tuileries

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Same day in May 2017, somewhere near L’Orangerie:

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: BIRDS

Self loves participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenges. This week’s challenge is BIRDS.

Since self is a writer, she has a lot of books. When she travels, there are more books in her suitcase than clothes.

Two years ago, in London, self was trying to heft a suitcase onto a double decker. The bus driver actually left the wheel to help her (This would never happen in San Francisco. Or Redwood City, that’s for sure!). Self tried to warn him. He took one tug at self’s bag, gave her a sharp look, and said: “I tell you, it must make you feel really good leaving home, knowing you’ve brought all your books along with you.”

When she’s in London, she always stays in Bloomsbury. Which means, of course, frequent trips to the London Review Bookshop. She was so good, this last trip. She only bought four books. One of them was a book of Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery, by David Attenborough and Susan Owens.

Here’s one of the illustrations: Frigate Pelican, by John James Audubon, from his groundbreaking collection The Birds of America (published 1822):

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: ‘Z’ Anywhere in the Word

Self’s word is AMAZING.

Here’s a picture of something son left behind in his room. He attended college in Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. His freshman dorm was Muir, the Math and Sciences dorm. He moved to shared housing for his sophomore year, but his third and fourth years at Cal Poly, he was back in Muir — as an RA, or Resident Assistant.

When he graduated, the crowd that attended commencement included a group of students who had all gone through Muir and had the good fortune (they said) to have son as an RA.

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Excavating Son’s Room: Amazing Discovery

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