Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 199: Mechanical/Industrial Past

Railroads opened up the American west. They were built by cheap labor, imported from China.

For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, hosted by Journeys with Johnbo, self is sharing photos of a memorial to these laborers, at the train station in San Luis Obispo, a small town on California’s central coast. The memorial is by artist Elizabeth MacQueen.

Self knows San Luis Obispo, as son attended Cal Poly there. Last summer, when California opened up again after over a year of lockdown, she drove there to see if it had changed. It hadn’t.

One Word Sunday: DIAGONAL

For this Sunday’s One Word Challenge — Diagonal — self is sharing a picture taken last January, in Mendocino. The day was waning. She was watching the sea from the headlands. There is something so calming about this view.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): Garden Ornaments

Cee Neuner: This week our topic is celebrating Metal of any type.

Since it is such a beautiful day, more like summer, self went around her backyard, taking pictures of metal garden ornaments. Without further ado:

Her newest garden ornament: Tibetan wind chimes, purchased last summer from Growing Grounds in downtown San Luis Obispo, right across from the San Luis Obispo mission.

Her oldest: the pig watering can, which has seen better days.

In her hanging planter, a bird built a nest.

The metal crocodile on the wall of the shed reminds her of Bacolod, Dear Departed Dad’s hometown. Her grandfather opened the first zoo in the Visayas, and one of the zoo animals was a crocodile that lived to a very great age. When it finally died, her cousins had it stuffed. Don’t know which cousin kept the stuffed crocodile. She should find out.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Weekend Street/Reflections, 3rd Friday in March 2022

Self just discovered this challenge, thanks to Travel with Intent.

Here are some pictures she took in the little museum adjoining the Carmel Mission. The words are those of Father Junipero Serra:

citysonnet’s March Colors and Letters: ‘K’

March 12 is a Letter, the Letter K.

Here’s the full list of March Colors and Letters.

Self’s letter K is KRAKEN.

Specifically, KRAKEN COFFEE COMPANY, which has a store on Avila Beach, in Central California.

Avila Beach, which she remembers from when son was in college in San Luis Obispo. She visited again last summer, her first stop when California’s mandatory lockdown ended. (And already, last summer feels sooooo long ago)

Avila Beach was a little more crowded, a little more commercial than she remembered from 15 years ago. But she went early, and found parking right in front of the beach. She entered the coffeeshop and asked the young woman behind the counter, “Is it too early for ice cream?” The young woman responded, “It’s never too early for ice cream.”

Water, Water Everywhere (WWE): Pismo Beach

For this WWE challenge, self went searching through her archives, back to last August. She was on the central coast and happened to visit Pismo Beach early, before the morning fog dissipated and the crowds arrived.

August 2021

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #186: Low Light

Guest-hosting this week, Sofia from Photographias. Read her take on taking pictures in low light, her gallery is gorgeous:

  • I’m still quite proud of my first real low-light photo. It was taken inside Lisbon’s Cathedral, a 12th Century building in a Romanesque style, that is dark and refreshingly cool in a summer’s day. This feels like an intimate portrait of a group of friends. I could have reduced the shadows even further and get more detail, but I think I would be losing more than adding to the shot.

Here are self’s low-light shots, taken December/January in Mendocino on the northern California coast: That second picture is of Mary-Ellen Campbell’s kayak, which is strapped to the top of her car. We were going out to dinner. She flew with it to Mexico last week.

The large photo is of one of self’s favorite bookshops in the entire world: Gallery Bookshop, on Main Street. The other is a picture of Out of this World, corner of Main and Kasten, which sells telescopes, binoculars, cameras and science toys.

SquareOdds # 7: Sacramento, CA

February’s Squares Challenge is ODD.

Thank you to Becky at Life of B for dreaming up the fabulous Squares Challenge. Today, she features a puzzling feature of Portuguese villages in the Algarvian hills.

A year ago, self’s neighbors across the street took off for Seattle, almost as soon as the Governor lifted travel restrictions. Infected by their energy, self undertook a road trip of her own, though hers was much less ambitious. The Crocker Museum in Sacramento was re-opening! Therefore, self determined to be there for the opening.

She found an Airbnb that was in a converted Chinese laundry. In fact, here’s the neon sign hanging outside the structure. The sign is protected by the Sacramento historical association. It has to remain up, forever.

Another thing about the Airbnb: there was only one other guest, and she was Filipina! What are the odds? At night, the owner’s two French pugs would go scrambling around the living room. They are apparently celebrities on Instagram, with upwards of 10k followers.

Dogs on Instagram, Airbnb in Chinese laundry: Sacramento is an interesting place!

It was the perfect place to kick off a year of road trips, all over California.

Stay tuned.

SquareOdds #2

Doing the Squares Challenge this month, hosted by Becky over at her blog, Life of B!

Today’s odds:

On her most recent trip to Mendocino, self stayed in Room #13 of the Mendocino Hotel. The number 13 can sometimes be unlucky, but it can also sometimes be lucky. Guess it would all depend on whether or not you are superstitious.

Self was in Gallery Bookshop a lot. Was tremendously amused by this book!

Stay tuned.

February Squares: The Odd 1

Becky at Life of B has just announced the theme for the February Squares Challenge! YAY!

  • “Oddity, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. What one person rejects as lunacy, another reveres as truth.” — Philip Gulley

Here’s a picture of the Mendocino Hotel. A few steps away, the red-lit Dick’s Place, with a neon martini sign! This is Main Street, Mendocino. The hotel dates from the mid-19th century, and the bar dates from the 1950s. Late at night, these are the only open establishments.

Come to think of it, a bar right next to a hotel isn’t that odd. But she really likes the picture (despite it’s not being as sharp as it could be), and most of all she really likes the neon-lit martini glass (extreme right). She was told that Dick’s had to apply for a special license for the neon sign.

The human skeletons were painted life-size. She found them in a vintage store in Fort Bragg (Doorward, Redwood Ave.).

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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