Water, Water Everywhere (WWE) Challenge: Pismo Beach, August 2021

The host of the Water, Water Everywhere Challenge is Jez.

Pismo Beach was the emptiest she’d ever seen it, one day in mid-August.

Pismo Beach is important to self’s emotional life, not just because son attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and was here a lot: because Carlos Bulosan wrote a harrowing story about being a migrant worker here (in the 1940s) and feeling cold and isolated and weary.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

citysonnet colors and letters photo challenge: 28 November 2021

The color for 28 November is ORCHID.

Self does not have an orchid (or anything blooming that’s close to the color that’s on citysonnet’s November Challenge page.

Nevertheless, she does have a cousin who wore an orchid-colored top on a drive to Big Sur two weeks ago! Her shades even match her top!

Monday Window – 22 November 2021

There is a photo challenge to match every mood. And today, Monday, self is in the mood for WINDOWS!

The front doors of the cottages in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig have this half-moon window. Fascinating.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 15: Window Displays, London

Catching up, slowly but surely, in the Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao!

Display Windows: Harrod’s, Teatulia, Jenny Kate

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Shapes and Designs 2

This is self’s second post on the same Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Shapes and Designs. Today, she is focusing on architecture.

The London skyline is endlessly fascinating. She took these pictures the last time she was in London, November 2019:

Self has a friend who lives in Manchester. In November 2019, self went to see her, and her friend drove to nearby Liverpool. What fun to walk along the docks! The Museum of Liverpool had a very unusual design.

Sea of Images 2021

Water, Water Everywhere: Courthouse Square, RWC

This is only self’s second time posting to the WWE Challenge (The first one she had to make PRIVATE because she noticed it was getting a lot of hits from some dodgy sites, and you can never be too careful)

Anyhoo, self took the picture below in July 2019, which was the last normal summer. Courthouse Square was full of life, there were events and concerts every weekend. It was fun to just hang out. Will we ever get back to that? She sincerely hopes so.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

November Black or Grey: Ruth Asawa

Self was looking for more Black and Grey for Life in Colour’s November Challenge. Looking through her archive, she came across a set of photos she took when she was at the de Young last summer, to see the Judy Chicago exhibit.

She was with the artist Mary-Ellen Campbell, who makes gorgeous travel watercolors and collages, and discovered the Ruth Asawa pieces in the de Young’s permanent collection.

A Photo a Week Challenge: BOKEH

Self learns something new every day! She’d never heard the term ‘bokeh’ before. According to Nancy Merrill, host of A Photo a Week Challenge:

  • bokeh is the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens. In other words, it’s the quality of the intentionally blurry part of your image, or the background.

For this challenge, self thinks this photo fits the bill. She took it in Carmel Mission, last July. She didn’t notice the woman about to walk in front of her until she had taken the picture. The woman appears in the picture, but she is blurred. Is this bokeh?

Past Squares 23: Liverpool, November 2019

The Past Squares Challenge ends tomorrow. Becky, who hosts the challenge from Life of B, announced that the next Challenge will be in February.

The very best Chinese food in Liverpool is directly across from the Liverpool Cathedral. Self has a friend who moved to Manchester, and this friend knows all the BEST Chinese restaurants in Manchester and Liverpool.

The Museum of Liverpool, on Albert Dock, is one of those must-sees. And here is self! Who rarely appears in pictures! She’s wearing a hat given to her by a friend in Philadelphia, who told her this would be the only way to survive an English winter! Thanks much, Anne-Adele!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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