Flower of the Day: Wild Iris, Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, escaped the heat on the Peninsula by driving to Golden Gate Park. Found wild iris and a silvery bush (a type of lamb’s ear? The leaves are different) flowering by Stow Lake. Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC): Letter J Anywhere in the Word

Ooh! What a fun challenge!

Today, self went with a friend to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Saw a FANTASTIC exhibit of painter Alice Neel (closes early July: to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, HURRY). It was a beautiful day in the City — a much-needed respite from the searing heat on the Peninsula.

She took a couple of “J anywhere in the word” pictures: a gigantic jar, just outside the de Young, on the main concourse; the entrance to the Japanese Tea Garden; and a Japanese garden sculpture:

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 20: Walls and Gates

Self is so far behind with this challenge, co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao. They’re actually on #38, so you can see how far behind self is.

Nevertheless, self has some pictures to share today, all of places in the San Francisco Bay Area:

  • The LOVE sign is at the Apple Store, Union Square, downtown San Francisco.
  • 2nd floor, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
  • Horn Barbecue in Oakland, an eatery that began just before the pandemic and, improbably, survived.

Final SquareOdds! All Manner of Trees

February has gone by so fast. How many of us had “Russia invades Ukraine” on their 2022 bingo cards? Or ZELENSKY?

Thanks so much, Becky, for hosting another fun Squares Challenge.

Here is self’s last collection of Odds. She chose to focus on trees.

  • trees next to Annaghmakerrig Lake in Ireland. She took this picture at dawn, her last morning in Annaghmakerrig.
  • the great Camperdown Elm in the Filoli Gardens in Woodside, California.
  • a “bearded” tree in Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park.

SquareOdds #16: California Academy of Sciences

Self has fallen behind the SquareOdds Challenge! She will do her best to catch up.

Today, she’s sharing her photos from a visit last April to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. The Academy and other museums were just beginning to open to the public again. Self rushed over as soon as she could.

The building is fabulous. Designed by Renzo Piano, it is powered entirely by solar energy. It has a living roof — six inches of soil were carted in, and then the designers decided to see what would grow. Now, years later, a meadow has sprung up. It is lovely.

Here are two views of the living roof, from above and below:

Lens-Artists Challenge # 180: Favorite Images of 2021

Thank you to Tina Schell of Travels and Trifles, host of this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge, Favorite Images of 2021.

  • First and foremost, let me begin by wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. As always, the turn of the calendar page to January 1st brings with it an opportunity to begin anew – having learned lessons, accomplished some of our goals, or perhaps having simply survived to start a new day. Whatever our thoughts about the year just passed, we once again have a chance to make the new one even better. — Tina Schell

Without further ado, here are self’s favorite images of 2021:

Despite the pandemic, self managed to do quite a lot of things in 2021.

HUH. Who would have thought?

Seems the vaccines do work!

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 12: Gardens & Art

Self is waaaaay behind but she’s still manfully posting. Someday she will catch up.

For this PPAC Challenge, self wanted to focus on outdoor art.

Stanford campus is full of outdoor art, but this one, in a grove of oak trees near the entrance to the Anderson Collection, really spoke to her.

Reaching Toward Warmer Suns by Kiyan Williams

This one’s just outside the de Young Museum café, in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. She doesn’t know who the artists are. An interview with the designer of the sculpture garden talks about the concept of the design, but not the individual artists whose works are pictured, which is a crying shame.

Finally, a little garden shed in a very wee garden store in Woodside. Self will just keep the name of the store to herself for now, but it’s been featured in Architectural Digest, and ever since then, it’s been impossible to find parking, unless you go right at store opening.

Sea of Images 2021

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!)

July #TreeSquare Challenge #4: Sunday in Golden Gate Park, Part II

For this July #TreeSquare challenge, self is sharing more pictures she took in Golden Gate Park last Sunday, the Fourth of July. It was a beautiful day: cool! What a nice respite from the heat down on the Peninsula.

The statue is a memorial to Marie Bonner. The log cabin was something self stumbled open while wandering around the picnic area:

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

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