Earth Day 2017 in Annaghmakerrig

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Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Artists Studio # 1

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Yesterday During Self’s Walk

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Inside Unit # 1: Moonrise

Earth Day, April 2017

Share an image that means ‘earth’ to you — whether it’s a panorama of a landscape that takes your breath away, a close-up revealing a detail in nature, or another scene that honors the outdoors . . .

— Cheri Lucas Rowlands, The Daily Post

Went for a long walk this morning, in honor of Earth Day. It was peaceful and beautiful by the lake. Here are some pictures:

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The first swan she’s seen at the lake this year!

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More flowers popping up all over!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Surprise! It’s Spring

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!

— Wallace Stevens, quoted in The Daily Post

Yesterday was self’s first walk to the lake in over a month. It’s but a five or 10-minute walk at the most. But self has been busy, and the weather’s been unpredictable.

Yesterday, Esther came to change the sheets. So self took advantage of the break to go out of her cottage. And the first thing she noticed was: close by the cottages, there were suddenly so many flowers! (Has it really been that long since she took a walk? Apparently, it has! Surprise!)

Self had a lovely walk. Spring has truly arrived!

Here are some other beautiful spring shots:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

An Irish Spring: Flowers

Walked around the Centre this morning, and saw more things to post for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: DENSE.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

It IS STILL EASY Being Green!

“. . .  a great time to to bask in the color of spring rebirth . . . “

— Michelle W., The Daily Post

More pictures from the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig!

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.”

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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.

Symmetry: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Giving thanks for gardens all over the world.

Backyard: Self used to know the name of this perennial . . .

Since this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is SYMMETRY (Find a picture that is “balanced in its lines and shapes”), self took some pictures in her garden today, to see if she could find anything that fit the theme.

This is the torso of a wood and metal angel that self bought from Roger Reynolds Nursery a long, long time ago. Sadly, Roger Reynolds is no more . . .

This is the torso of a wood and metal angel that self bought from Roger Reynolds Nursery a long, long time ago. Sadly, Roger Reynolds is no more . . .

And here is a picture self took almost a week ago, right after a big storm hit Mendocino:

Old Wooden Bridge on the Navarro Ridge Road, near Mendocino

Old Wooden Bridge on the Navarro Ridge Road, near Mendocino

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Serenity 2: The Garden Last Fall

Self’s garden is her calming, grounding space when she is at home in Redwood City, CA.

Here’s her garden as it looked last October:

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Self’s Garden Last October

The Gate Leading to the Side Yard

The Gate Leading to the Side Yard

This small potted fuschia is on the front porch.

This small potted fuschia is on the front porch.

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.

 

Warmth: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is WARMTH.

Think “indoor pools . . . heated sidewalk cafés . . . spaces dedicated to the preservation and celebration of warmth.”

That said, here are a couple of pictures self took in the fall, when northern California had a month-long string of sunny days.

There is nothing more calming for self than being in her garden on a sunny day:

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The Side Yard (It looks very different now: for one thing, all the trees are bare.

The Apple Tree Last Fall

The Apple Tree

Another image that recalls WARMTH is this picture of sunflowers self took at the Redwood City Farmers Market. The market is held every Saturday from April through November.

Redwood City Farmers Market: Summer 2014

Redwood City Farmers Market: Summer 2014

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

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