Water, Water Everywhere: California Academy of Sciences

This challenge hosted by Jez.

  • Feel free to join in whenever you have a water picture to post (any type of water, in any state, will do).

California Academy of Sciences Aquarium, Golden Gate Park

The California Academy of Sciences is one of self’s faaaavorite places.

Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): Colors of Your Flag

Cee Neuner explains:

  • This week the topic is Colors of Your Flag. Your flag can include: Country, State, or Providence colors. If you feel comfortable, please say which flag you are showing,

Self’s flag is red, white, and blue. She is a dual citizen of America and the Philippines.

Joan Mitchell at SFMOMA, October 2021

Below: red and blue parasols, white walls, and yellow napkins — red, white, blue and yellow are the colors of the Philippine flag.

Luna Red, Chorro St., San Luis Obispo

Cee’s Black and White Photo (CBWC) Challenge: Matching Things

Cee Neuner: This week our topic is Matching Things. You can enter a single photo that has matching things in it or have a theme with matching things.

Self found this neat portrait of the writer Aldous Huxley in the National Portrait Gallery in London. His glasses/spectacles are pretty fab! Oh, and the lens match.

Is it just self or does anyone else find the author of Brave New World smoking hot? Like Benedict Cumberbatch, only with glasses?

Aldous Huxley, 1894 – 1963

Sea of Images 2021

November Black or Grey: Ruth Asawa

Self was looking for more Black and Grey for Life in Colour’s November Challenge. Looking through her archive, she came across a set of photos she took when she was at the de Young last summer, to see the Judy Chicago exhibit.

She was with the artist Mary-Ellen Campbell, who makes gorgeous travel watercolors and collages, and discovered the Ruth Asawa pieces in the de Young’s permanent collection.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Photo Challenge (CMMC) — Pick a Topic from Cee’s Photo

Here’s the link to Cee’s photo. Possible topics: mother, bigger than life, purple, cups, halloween, club, bricks, red, child, scarecrow, autumn, table, door, sign, brown, mask, water bottle, outdoors, etc.

Self’s photo is of a woman made out of coffee cans, riding on an exercise bicycle.

Isadore Weber’s “Can-Can”, at Baltimore’s Visionary Art Museum

Past Squares 9: CROWDS

In the first months of the pandemic, self looked through her archives, a lot. What she found most striking were her photos of CROWDS. Looking at these pictures from a post-pandemic mindset, it’s hard to imagine being comfortable in crowds this big, ever again.

(Loving the theme of Past Squares. Thank you, Becky at Life of B, for this fascinating challenge!)

The interior shot was taken at the Louvre. Look at that crowd of people trying to get in front of the Mona Lisa! Self didn’t think she’d ever make it, but a Spanish tourist grabbed self’s hand. It is much easier to push when there are two of you. Somehow, we managed to get close enough for each of us to take a picture.

The second picture was taken on the steps of Sacre Couer. Again, what a crowd. Wonder what it’s like in front of Sacre Couer today.

Past Squares 4: When Museums Re-Opened

For today’s Past Squares challenge, she’s posting a couple of photos from two big exhibits she saw this year: the Frida Kahlo and Judy Chicago exhibits, both in the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

Self had tickets to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit last year, but the week she was supposed to go, the whole city abruptly went into pandemic lockdown mode and stayed locked down into 2021. As soon as the de Young re-opened to the public, just this past spring, self rushed over. YAY!

The Frida Kahlo exhibit was followed by the Judy Chicago retrospective (which is still on; everyone within driving distance should go: it is FANTASTIC!)

Last on the Card, September 2021

Thanks, bushboys world, for hosting the Last Photo on the Card photo challenge.

I’ve been taking more pics with my cell these days. The last pic I took with my Nikon coolpix on September 23, 2021:

“Pink Over Red”: Mark Rothko, American, born Latvia (1903 – 1970), Stanford’s Anderson Collection

Stanford’s Anderson Collection had re-opened to the public, the day before. It so happened that Sept. 22 was also Dear Departed Mum’s birthday; she would have been 86. So, I was full of FEELZ when I stumbled across this Rothko.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Life in Colour Challenge: August Red

Oh, self had fun this morning, searching through her garden for any red blooms. There were a few choices, but the ones that photographed best were geraniums. In her archives, there was this sweet little mini-Cooper parked in front of Horn Barbecue in Oakland.

Self is throwing in a Calder from last spring’s Calder/Picasso at the de Young Museum.

Thanks so much to Life in Colour for hosting this challenge.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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