Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: LEAVES

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Paris, May 2017: The Tuileries


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


Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.



Beloved 3: The Garden in Redwood City

Which is to say, the garden at home.

Self has spent much time in it, the past few days. Here are pictures of two of her ‘most-grown.’


Superbowl Sunday 2018: Her First at Home in Three Years


Side Yard: This Viburnum was barely two feet high in 2015. Now, it’s almost as tall as the eaves.

Going to see Hostiles (Christian Bale! Rosamund Pike!) in a few.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Growth: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 3 January 2018

In this first week of the year, many people anticipate beginnings, changes, and opportunities for growth. Share with us an image that evokes this spirit of change and newness — the smile of a new friend, a freshly planted garden, an empty journal waiting to be filled.

— Jen H., The Daily Post

Self is in Manila for the first time in a number of years, and what she loves most about it is the fact that even in the smallest pocket gardens, the plant life is so fecund. Below, three examples:




STRUCTURE: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 30 August 2017

“This week, share with us the structure of something typically overlooked.”

— Jen H., The Daily Post

  • Bench facing a Clyfford Still, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art:

Nice echoing of lines here.

  • Nice Arches! The artists complex at Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park:


  • Finally, a garden in Bath, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Most of the residences are on a slope. To get to the city proper, you must descend.

Stepped Terraces in a Backyard in Bath

Stay tuned dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

James Dickey on Forests: the Foreword to Talvikki Ansel’s Poetry Collection, MY SHINING ARCHIPELAGO (Yale Series of Younger Poets, 1997)

  • Talvikki Ansel grew up in Mystic, Connecticut. She received an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.F.A. from Indiana University. Self met her at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, many years ago.

Without further ado, the opening of James Dickey’s Foreword to My Shining Archipelago:

When Mallarmé, according to Symbolist doctrine, says that the poet should not describe trees but convey “the horror of the forest,” we might also remember that, though poetry has dealt with a great many forests, it has ventured into only a few jungles. Considering the surplus of plant and animal life offered, the sheer exotica, this may at first seem curious, but when considered at more length it is not as odd as it may seem. Though poets, especially romantic poets, like to be overwhelmed by nature, true jungles, such as those through which the Amazon and Orinoco run, are so overwhelming as to dumbfound, or almost. Step from a temperate zone into the endless greenhouse of a rain forest, and consciousness founders, groping to find ways to speak that may be adequate. The horror of the forest is not to be delivered by Symbolist implication but by present and proliferating Fact. All is intensity, as though in such hothouse breathlessness things exist for the express purpose of being intense. All colors are collision colors: a single stripe on the wing of a butterfly is painful; one turns away.


Walking Around the Lake Annaghmakerrig, Morning (Before the Hailstorm)

CORNER: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 23 August 2017

Self finds this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge, CORNER, very interesting. It challenges us to think “about angles and intersections.”

She was watering on her front porch and decided to take pictures of some of the brick ledges. Threw in a picture of the Fox Theatre, a historic Redwood City landmark, right across the street from the San Mateo County Historical Museum:


She found the ceramic turtle in a Salvation Army store, decades ago.


Gardening’s always been her thing.


Downtown Redwood City has this historic theatre (Would you believe, self’s never attended a performance?). Obama spoke here, a few years ago.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

BRIDGE: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 5 July 2017

Think about the things, places, or people that connect us. What’s your take?

— Cheri Lucas Rowlands, The Daily Post

Below, a path through the gardens at Giverney. A path takes a person from one place to another. A path is therefore a bridge. Well, okay it’s more than a bridge. It’s a journey.


Giverney: June 2017

And here is the Eiffel Tower, a tight shot that shows the first level bridge (covered in glass) between the two spans:


The Eiffel Tower: May 2017

Finally, just a plain old bridge. It spans the Seine. On one bank are the Tuileries and the Place de la Concorde. On the other, just visible on the left, the Musée d’Orsay.


Walking from the Tuileries to the Musée d’Orsay: May 2017

The reason self got to Paris this year was all due to her niece (on her Dad’s side), Irene. She planned the trip, and made it fun. More fun than self usually has in her solitary wanderings. Thanks a bunch, Irene!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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:


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:


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:


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.


Giverney: May 2017

The flower is ready for its close-up:


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


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:




Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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