September Colors and Letters Challenge: Gray Orange

Self does not know whether she’s interpreting the challenge correctly: Find a picture that contains both GRAY and ORANGE.

She didn’t think she could find any pictures that fit, but — will wonders never cease? She found two pictures from a visit to the de Young Museum, a few weeks ago: Ruth Asawa art!

Without further ado:

Ruth Asawa: Permanent Installation, Education Tower, de Young Museum, San Francisco

Ruth Asawa: Permanent Installation, Education Tower, de Young Museum, San Francisco

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Six-Word Saturday Challenge: Golden Gate Park, Viewed from Above

This was from yesterday. Self went with a friend to see the Judy Chicago Retrospective at the de Young Museum.

It was a beautiful day, so we went up to the Observation Tower.

The Challenge Host is Travel with Intent.

Directly across the way is the California Academy of Sciences. Renzo Piano did the design. The living roof is her favorite thing. Six inches of soil were transported up there. The result: meadow. The Academy offers a naturalist-led tour that self highly recommends.

Here’s a view that shows more of the foreground:

Thursday Trios (on the Last Friday in August 2021)

Summer is over. Over over over.

But thank you to Mama Cormier for hosting this challenge. Her gallery today has roses and garbage bags and a trio lawn bowling. Fun!

Without further ado, self’s trios:

Triangular Table, Observation Deck, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Geraniums on Front Porch

Sally Loo’s Café, San Luis Obispo

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.

July #TreeSquare Challenge #3: Sunday in Golden Gate Park

Learn about this challenge, hosted by Life of B.

Yesterday a friend and I went to Golden Gate Park. We parked up by Stowe Lake, and wandered around quite lost. Her cell said to go right, mine said to go left. I said I wanted to see the de Young (I have a membership card and I needed to go to the bathroom) My friend wanted to know why, whenever I’d ask for directions, I’d ask for the Japanese Tea Garden. I said, The de Young and the Japanese garden are right beside each other; if you find one, you find the other.

Originally, we were supposed to hunt up the Conservatory of Flowers, but it seemed a long way, and I hadn’t brought a sweater (It was cold and windy. Lucky she had a grey hoodie; I only had a thin cotton top. Anyhoo, I’m kinda glad we never found the conservatory, because when I got home I looked it up on the map, and we’ve had had to cross the entire park, lengthwise.

The park was lush and green, and it felt good just to be alive. The eucalyptus trees (not native, I was told by a naturalist on a tour last month) smelled heavenly.

Here are a couple of trees I saw in the Park.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Water Water Everywhere (WWE) Challenge: California Academy of Science

Thought self had come to the end of her California Academy of Sciences archive? NOT!

For the Water Water Everywhere (WWE) Challenge by Jez, here are some shots she took from her visit a month ago:

The Aquarium, on the lower level, was fabulous.

Self was also fascinated by the tide pool that wraps around the Rain Forest exhibit.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

One Word Sunday Challenge: MOBILE/MOBIL

The theme for this week’s One Word Sunday Challenge is MOBILE/MOBIL.

Without further ado, her mobile/mobil pictures:

(1) Bird in flight

(2) Alexander Calder mobiles in the recent Calder/Picasso exhibit at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

A Photo a Week Challenge: CIRCLES ON CIRCLES

Today’s challenge is from Nancy Merrill: A Photo a Week.

This week’s challenge is Circles on Circles.

Here’s a standing lamp in her living room.

Here’s the roof of the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. The gorgeous building was by Renzo Piano. Self took this picture from the Rainforest. She remembers there were so many butterflies (not one of which was captured by her camera, boo).

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Lens-Artists Challenge # 149: Cool Colors (Blue and Green)

The host of this challenge is Tina, of Travels and Trifles. Here is how she introduces the challenge:

  • This week we are returning to the color wheel and its cooler members, which include blue (primary) green (secondary) and blue-green or blue-violet aka purple (tertiary). A visit to the web on the subject will take you deep into the emotions said to result from exposure to these and other colors. For this week’s purposes, let’s simply explore the many ways the cooler colors appear in our world.`

Here is a copy of Thomas Farber’s latest book. Dive in, people. It is just so beguiling. It is Farber’s 28th. He teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley:

The next two pictures are from her recent visit to the California Academy of Sciences. She got there the minute it opened, at 9:30, and stayed till about 3. She took the pictures below in the Aquarium, on the lower level:

Hope it’s nice weather where you are. It’s awfully hot over here, in northern California.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Life in Colour, 17 May: PURPLE

Purple is not violet. Interesting!

Self loves purple flowers, and you can find a gallery of them on the Travel with Intent blog, which hosts Life in Colour.

Here is her own gallery of purple:

  • Lavatera (in front yard). It’s never looked this bushy before.

A few more:

  • Displays at yesterday’s Palo Alto Farmers Market
  • Exhibit catalogue for the recent Frida Kahlo exhibit at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park (which self saw in April, just before it closed for good)

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