Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #165: GOING WIDE

LOOOOVE this prompt. Simply love.

Thank you, P.A. Moed.

Yesterday, self was at Cal Shakes’ only production for 2021: The Winter’s Tale. Last year they were forced to cancel their entire season. Wanted to weep.

But whoa, what a way to make a comeback: The Winter’s Tale is ace.

Picnic Grove Next to Bruns Amphitheatre in Orinda

Cal Shakes’s Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly leading the post-play discussion.

The Thrill of Anticipation! Audience files into Bruns Amphitheatre to see Cal Shakes’s first production in two years!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 161: FEET AND SHOES

Wow, this is such an interesting challenge. FEET AND SHOES! Self hasn’t taken any pictures of feet and shoes lately, has she?

Nevertheless, she obligingly starts going through her archives and here is what she found:

Wednesday Music Concert, Stafford Park, Redwood City

Instead of a Picnic Blanket, Banig (Woven Mat from the Philippines)!

One of her Favorite Reads, So Far 2021

Lens-Artists Challenge # 154: One Photo, Two Ways

Love the quote on the Travels and Trifles blog:

“A photographer’s eye is perpetually evaluating.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

My One Shot, Two Ways is of Avila Beach, on the Central Coast.

I liked the wide angle shot of the beach, but the rescue station had such an interesting mural. I just had to zoom in. It seems to portray a rescue craft, heading away from a ship? I tried to find out the name of the artist, but so far I haven’t been able to find any information. I’ll keep looking.

It was my first post-pandemic beach trip. And it was a gorgeous day.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Lens-Artists Challenge # 149, Part 2: Cool Colors – BLUE and GREEN

The host of this challenge is Tina at Travels and Trifles:

  • Leaving behind “just for fun”, we move on to the blues and greens found in nature. Complimenting each other perfectly, this was the area where I found the greatest frequency of the two colors together. My image above presents it in an abstract way via a vertical pan of the spring marsh grasses. Below, we see it in a more classic landscape of sky, trees and water.

Self turned out to have a lot of blue and green colors in her garden!

Today she will share pictures from her front porch.

Featured today: hydrangea, garden ornament (lugged home from San Luis Obispo, years ago, when son was at Cal Poly), armeria

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.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 148: SPOTS AND DOTS

Yayoi Kusama is queen!

But Renzo Piano is king. Here is the living roof of the building he designed to house the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. They laid sod six inches thick on the roof in 2008. 13 years later, this is the result:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #145: Getting to Know You

scillagrace is the host for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

The theme is GETTING TO KNOW YOU.

Here’s how scillagrace explains it:

  • To look carefully, curiously, enthusiastically, enduringly, and lovingly at something changes me. I begin to feel connected to that subject. I develop an affection that fuels further and deeper observation and understanding.

There are so many wonderful examples of Getting to Know You on her blog.

Here are self’s. (Coming clean: These pictures were actually taken, not by self, but by her Airbnb host in Sacramento. Self tried, but her photos were blurry, as these two were in constant motion. Her host very kindly took self’s cell and took these really GREAT pictures. The pets are Coco and Pi. On Instagram, they have close to 9000 followers!)

Coco and Pi were such a delight. It’s been a long time since self’s had a pet. For about 15 years, she had two beagles, Bella and Gracie. They passed ages ago. And now self travels a lot more, so she worries that she can’t give any pets the attention/love they deserve.

Anyhoo, Coco and Pi are the best of friends, as you can see:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 111: EVERYDAY OBJECTS

Patti Moed: Take “a fresh look at ordinary, everyday objects — things that you see and use in your everyday life . . . “

For this challenge, self decided to go outside and see what she could see. Fires are raging in her county, but three things stand between them and her neighborhood: the I-280 freeway, foothills (at this time, dry as dry) and of course FIREFIGHTERS. The fires are at this moment 10% contained; it took firefighters almost a whole week to get there.

Since it is summer, her backyard is in fruit. She has three fig trees, one plum tree, one lemon tree, and two cherry trees. Busy, busy time. Because of this photo challenge, she decided to take pictures of homely garden furniture which she’s had for probably decades:

Here are a few peeks at the Everyday Objects of others:

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