Focus 2: London, Giverney and Versailles

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is FOCUS.

David W. asks:

Are you a stickler for getting in close to your subjects and capturing every detail, or do you prefer a more ethereal look that illustrates the sensations of the moment? Or both?

Self definitely falls into the latter group.

Much has happened in the world in the four months self traveled through England, Ireland, and France. She took this picture standing on the steps of London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields, where she’d gone to listen to a candlelight Pachelbel Canon concert:

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Iconic Double-Decker: London, Early June 2017

Before London, self was in Paris. She spent one day at Monet’s Garden in Giverney, which was awash in blooms:

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Blooming in Monet’s Garden in Giverney, Early June 2017

Finally, Versailles. The lines were incredible. It took all of her niece Irene’s ingenuity to get us both inside. Self took this picture staring through the gilt iron gates at the front entrance, on a very hot afternoon in late May:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

ORDER: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 7 June 2017

ORDER: “Neat, tidy objects and spaces.”

Monet’s garden at Giverny has a profusion of flowers but it’s the individual blossoms that really show you nature’s genius for order.

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Giverney: May 2017

The flower is ready for its close-up:

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Finally, I. M. Pei’s magnificent pyramid at the Louvre:

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Fabulous: I. M. Pei’s audacity

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Friends 2: Monet’s Garden at Giverney

Two days ago, self had the opportunity to visit Giverney for the first time. She got so lost in the gardens, she didn’t even bother going inside Monet’s house. Go figure! She’s always loved flowers. They are her friends, always. Which is perfect, since this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is FRIENDS:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Early Bird 2: Calgary

The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week, provided by Brie Anne Demkiw, is EARLY BIRD.

“I love sunsets as much as the next photographer, but I began to recognize a pattern: many of my best photos were taken early.”

Mike V's House

In Cousin’s House, in a Suburb of Calgary

Roses are best when plucked early in the morning.

Roses are best when plucked early in the morning.

Early Morning in a Garden: Happiness!

Early Morning in a Garden: Happiness!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

New 3 for the New Year (2015): BRING ON THE AWESOME

It is such a bee-yoo-ti-ful day! This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is NEW.

As the prompt on The Daily Post puts it:  Let’s celebrate the new!

Tomorrow self will drive up to Mendocino and inspect her new digs. She’s packed almost everything, including Sumatra coffee, a coffee bean grinder, and Krups.

Today, self walked all over her garden.

Here are the first daffodils of the year:

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And here is a picture emblematic of the mind frame with which self greeted 2015!

You can see this in AMC, Ontario Mills.

You can see this figure busting out of a wall in Ontario Mills Shopping Center (near Claremont)

She tweeted that 2014 was her BEST YEAR EVER.

She has the feeling 2015 might be equally good.

Because, you know, she is starting it off with her residency in the Mendocino Art Center! High Fives! Plus there’s lots of artists up there who self is just dying to meet.

Followers of self’s fan fiction also know that she is up to 17 chapters, 288 hits, and 14 kudos.

YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!

Although nephew Chris Blackett asked for her fan fiction pen name, IXNAY to that because, you know, fluff!  Too much fluff!

Here’s another picture that’s emblematic of NEW MINDSET:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

Gone, But Not Forgotten: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

Since it’s been raining steadily for most of the week, self casts her mind back to a sunnier season: summer, when all her flowers were gloriously in bloom:

Ordered these bulbs from Dutch Gardens, Fall 2013. Summer 2014, they just kept going and going and going, for weeks and weeks.

Ordered these bulbs from Dutch Gardens, Fall 2013. Summer 2014, they just kept going and going and going, for weeks and weeks.

Farmhouse Cottage # 4, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig: Where I wrote a blue streak in May 2014

Farmhouse Cottage # 4, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig: Where self wrote a blue streak in May 2014

Self's Kitchen Table, Farmhouse Cottage # 4, Tyrone Guthrie Centre: The most concentrated writing self has ever done was this past spring and summer.

Self’s Kitchen Table, Farmhouse Cottage # 4, Tyrone Guthrie Centre: The most concentrated writing self has ever done was this past spring and summer.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Endless Summer Lovin’

Backyard, Summer

Backyard, Summer

Backyard:  Clematis "Niobe"

Backyard: Clematis “Niobe”

"Polka," one of self's oldest roses. It blooms only once a year, early spring.

“Polka,” one of self’s oldest roses. It blooms only once a year, early spring.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Still More Summer Lovin’

Plants blooming now in self’s garden:

Amaryllis belladonna, otherwise known as "Naked Lady" for its complete absence of foliage. These usually only get going in August.

Amaryllis belladonna, otherwise known as “Naked Lady” for its complete absence of foliage. These usually only get going in August.

Paid $10 for this wee plum tree from Whole Foods.  I didn't expect it to bear fruit so soon.

Paid $10 for this wee plum tree from Whole Foods. I didn’t expect it to bear fruit so soon.

The white lilies popped up unexpectedly a few days ago:  Self forgot she even planted them.

The white lilies popped up unexpectedly a few days ago: Self forgot she even planted them.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Twist: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is TWIST.

Which is a deliciously challenging theme, obvio.u.s.ly !

The first one is a different kind of twist:  a serendipitous discovery in Culver City, California.

The next two are of actual twists: one in a piece of art, another found in nature.

Tara's Himalayan Restaurant, Culver City. Thanks much to Jennie and Andrew for taking her here! It was her first taste of Himalayan cuisine: funny she should find it in southern California, of all places!

Tara’s Himalayan Restaurant, Culver City. Thanks much to Jennie and Andrew for taking her here! It was her first taste of Himalayan cuisine: funny she should find it in southern California, of all places!

Tapestry by Filipino artist Ugu Bigyan. Self brought it home from the Philippines over 20 years ago. U.S. Customs asked her what it was, she answered "A hammock." They let it go.

Tapestry by Filipino artist Ugu Bigyan. Self brought it home from the Philippines over 20 years ago. U.S. Customs asked her what it was, she answered “A hammock.” They let it go.

This is what's left after the clematis petals have fallen off. SO beautiful.

This is what’s left after the clematis petals have fallen off. SO beautiful.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

 

Spring 3: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Irises, Venice, April 2013

Irises, Venice, April 2013

Sidewalk Café, Venice, April 2013

Sidewalk Café, Venice, April 2013

Feast of St. Mark's, Venice, April 2013

Feast of St. Mark’s, Venice, April 2013

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