Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Light and Shadow

When you see the shadows, you will also see the light.

Rick Ohnsman

More from P. A. Moed about Prompt # 198: Light and Shadow:

  • This week, we’re exploring the interplay of light and shadow–at different times of the day, in different seasons, under natural light, in artificial light. Choose whatever conditions you like. It’s totally up to you. You may also want to process your images in black and white to highlight the light and shadows.

Self is traveling. Her “light and shadow” photos were all taken in Bloomsbury, where she stayed last week:

Self’s Room, The Bloomsbury Hotel

The British Museum

The Coral Room of The Bloomsbury Hotel

Six-Word Saturday: Visiting the Titanic Museum in Belfast

Posting this for Travel with Intent’s Six-Word Saturday challenge.

It was rainy and cold in Belfast today, but — what an experience it was to visit the Titanic Museum on the same dock where the 11-story-high cruise ship was built. Self has visited the Seacity Museum in Southampton, which told the moving story of the large number of Southampton employees who sank with the ship (most of the Titanic staff were from that southern English city). But Belfast was where the Titanic was built, and the shipbuilding process is meticulously described, as is the history of Harlan & Wolff, the company that produced, in total, 1401 great ships (The Titanic was number 403; according to our tour guide, the builders knew their shipbuilding process was sound. The fault did not lie with them or their engineers. In fact, the man who designed her went down with the ship, as did eight of his engineers. In contrast, the man who owned the cruise line cravenly jumped into one of the 20 lifeboats — imagine, only 20 lifeboats for 2800 people! — ahead of the women and children, and survived). What a fascinating story.

The Titanic launched in April 1912. The museum opened in April 2012 (making this month the museum’s 10-year anniversary)

April Colors and Letters Challenge, Brought to You By citysonnet

The April 7 prompt is a color, one that self hasn’t sure she’s ever thought about: DARK VANILLA.


  • A Ruth Asawa, part of a permanent exhibit in the de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
  • Helen Frankenthaler’s oil painting “Approach,” in the Anderson Collection on the Stanford University campus.
  • Kayaks hoisted near the ceiling are the work of the husband-wife duo behind Wood Joint Studio in Fort Bragg

Photographing Public Art # 21: Wangechi Mutu

Self loves the challenge, Photographing Public Art, co-hosted by Marsha Ingrao and Cee Neuner.

The current theme is: WOMEN IN PUBLIC ART.

Last June, there was an exhibit at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor of the work of Wangechi Mutu. Self had never heard of this artist before; the exhibit was a revelation. Here are some of the pieces that were on exhibit:

Wangechi Mutu Exhibit, Legion of Honor, San Francisco, June 2021

Another Wangechi Mutu Piece from last June’s exhibit at the San Francisco Legion of Honor

Cellpic Sunday: Stanford

This is self’s first’ share ever for Journeys with Johnbo’s Cellpic Sunday Challenge.

Today she was back on the Stanford campus. She dropped by the Anderson Collection (which she loves visiting, not least because of its setting, facing a grove of old oak trees).

Hard to believe this is the very heart of the campus.

It was a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. People were out jogging, biking, strolling.

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.

The Weekend Roundup (Letter ‘I’)

Here are the Instructions:

1. Starts with “I.”
2. A Favorite.
3. “I”nsect.
Tom 😀

  1. Starts with ‘I’: IMPROBABLE – In a very wee vintage shop in downtown Fort Bragg, DoOrwaRd, self found this magnificent print by “the foremost mushroom forager on the West Coast,” Billy Sprague.

2. A Favorite ‘I’: The opening sentence to self’s story, which appeared in Western Humanities Review last year: “I didn’t like the blind woman.” Apologies for the shameless plug, but she roamed all over her archives and didn’t find Irises or any other favorite thing beginning with an ‘I’ and was impatient.

3. Finally, Insect: Louise Bourgeois’s giant spiders at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, July 2018

Louise Bourgeois giant spiders at the San Francisco MOMA

SquareOdds #20: “Our Whole, Unruly Selves”

Still playing catch-up with the SquareOdds Challenge!

What a month February has been. Thank you to Becky at Life of B for making it special.

Current exhibit, San Jose Museum of Art:

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:

SquareOdds #15: Pictures from an Exhibition

Becky, host of the Squares Challenge, has a fantastic photo of a fig tree seemingly bursting out of a window!

Self’s SquareOdds today are museum objects.

Can anyone guess what these are?

The first is a bronze from the Crocker Museum in Sacramento.

The second is a relic from Pompeii, seen at the Last Supper in Pompeii exhibit at the Legion of Honor.

Points to anyone who guesses correctly!

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