July #TreeSquare Challenge #14: An Orchard in Monterey

I couldn’t post every day in July, but I’m making up for it in the final week.

More trees!

Beautiful, beautiful trees!

Thanks so much to becky of The life of b for hosting the Squares Challenges. She has a beautiful gallery of photographs. Go check them out!

Today’s trees are from the orchard behind Alta Bakery, 502 Munras St., Monterey, California. I’m including a photograph of the sign that tells the history of the orchard.

July #TreeSquare Challenge # 13: Carmel Mission

The Carmel Mission, which self hasn’t seen in over 20 years, has the most amazing garden. Mostly succulents, but in such an array of colors! She took pictures of the trees just for the life of B’s #TreeSquare Challenge this month.

The Carmel Mission was founded by Father Junipero Serra, a Franciscan, in 1771 (It’s called a “basilica” now). The little museum next to the mission has an exhibit on California missions. So many, the vast majority, were founded in 1771! The missions stretched from San Diego to San Francisco Bay: all in all, Father Junipero Serra founded eighteen missions.

July #TreeSquare Challenge #12

I adore life of B’s Squares Photo Challenge for July: TREES.

The tree behind the metal dancing figures is in Filoli, in Woodside.

The tree with the dangling glass icicles is in East Menlo Park (between El Camino Real and the 101). A homeowner just decided to festoon a front yard tree with glass ornaments and name it The Tree of Hope.

July #TreeSquare Challenge #6: Filoli

The host of the #TreeSquare challenge is Becky over at The Life of B. For July, the theme is TREES.

Self is sharing photos from Filoli, a beautiful estate less than 10 minutes drive from self’s house, which she visited in July 2020

The estate belonged to the owner of the Empire Gold Mine, William Bourn. Mansion and gardens together comprise 18 acres. The name ‘Filoli’ is an acronym for: “Fight for a just cause, Love your fellow man, Live a good life.”

The big tree is a Camperdown Elm:

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): Week of 22 June

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is:

Ground: sand, dirt, paths, walks, trails, roads

Self woke up this morning in beautiful, calming Paso Robles and decided to explore the paths winding around the gardens of her Inn. It’s in a great location: right in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. Across the street is a public park. This morning, there was a wee farmers market and even though self was not in the least bit hungry, she couldn’t resist buying a few cookies after she found out they were mango-oatmeal cookies.

The footbridge crosses a narrow stream filled with some fat carp.

There is a short “reflexology path.” She would love to walk barefoot along the stones!

A sign explains what a reflexology path is:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Pull Up a Seat Challenge, Last Week of May 2021

Self joined this Challenge once before. It’s pretty fun.

This one asks us to: Take a load off and share a favorite perch.

This bench is in her friend Sandy’s garden:

And here’s a picture of a seat in her own garden. She should re-fill the bird bath:

And yet another picture of her garden (very brown in recent weeks):

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC): April Color

Not just any Green! Cee Neuner wants

LIGHT GREEN LIGHT GREEN LIGHT GREEN

April 10 BRIGHT SQUARES

For today’s BRIGHT SQUARES (See more about this photo challenge, hosted by Becky on her blog, The Life of B), self went to her local library and took pictures of the murals painted on the kiosk next to the main entrance (where there are/were vending machines). They’re giving out lettuce and basil seeds — you pick!. There’s a reflection of me on the glass, taking pictures, LOL!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Poetry Friday: Melanie Almeder

Self likes to quote this poem every now and then. She used to think Almeder was Irish (because she first encountered this poem at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig), but she isn’t. She’s American.

MOCK ORANGE, An Excerpt

Everything on the tongue goes stunned bird.
Long past the hissy-fit thralls of April,
rashes of phlox, purple-thistle snowing a little.
And then, like too much love,
there was altogether too much gardenia
in the huddled yards. The heat in a flick of wind
picked itself up and dragged off,
old dog, into the damp cane fields, bee drone,
sighing, sighing of highway, hawks’ cries.

April 5, BRIGHT SQUARES

Every day in April, self will post a pair of squares. She usually looks for something “squar-ish” within the photograph, as well as bright colors.

The host of The Squares Challenge is The Life of B. See her gallery here.

Today, self chose these two photos:

  • a living wall at the Apple Store in Union Square, downtown San Francisco
  • a tulip bed in the Gamble Garden, Palo Alto. If you live anywhere within driving distance of Gamble Garden, this is a great time to visit: the tulips and daffodils are simply spectacular! If you happen to miss them at peak bloom, a lot of the roses looked ready to burst!

Spring has definitely sprung!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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