Past Squares 20: Santa Fe to Albuquerque

Though self has not been able to join every day, she has so enjoyed participating in Past Squares. Much thanks to Becky at Life of B for this delightful challenge!

Here are pictures from practically the last trip she took before the pandemic: to New Mexico, in late December 2019. She flew into El Paso (hoping against hope to catch sight of Beto), stayed for a few days in Las Cruces, then headed to Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The drives were much shorter than she expected. The weather was wild.

Lens-Artists Challenge #171: WEIRD AND WONDERFUL

Lens-Artists Challenge this week asks us to focus on the “weird and wonderful.” There are some great examples on Leya’s blog. My personal favorite is the gigantic cone in the middle of the forest.

Well, since it is almost Halloween, she just had to include some Halloween Scary Stuff for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 171.

And one more, an epiphytes display in one of my favorite stops whenever I’m in San Luis Obispo, Growing Grounds. The store specializes in succulents and epiphytes — great for our water-challenged California landscapes! Purchases go to the support of mental health programs in the area.

Growing Grounds, Downtown San Luis Obispo, CA

Past Squares 17: Road Trip, San Luis Obispo, June 2021

The minute California started coming out of lockdown, self threw a few clothes into her car and drove south, listening to The Bangles and Wilson Phillips on her car radio. (“Someday somebody’s going to make you want to turn around and say goodbyeeeee!”). She passed all the old, familiar sights: Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Miguel, San Luis Obispo!

Posting this for the Past Squares challenge, hosted by Becky at Life of B.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 7: Central Coast

Self still playing catch-up on the Photographing Public Art Challenge, co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao, which she adores.

She just completed a road trip to the Central Coast. She loves doing road trips because it’s a break from the unrelenting heat in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Robin’s, 4095 Burton Drive, Cambria: Each Table Top is a unique patchwork of tiles. Mine had a plane.

Cambria Nursery, 2801 Eaton Road, Cambria

Fence as Art: Cambria Nursery, 2801 Eaton Road, Cambria

Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge, 20 August 2021: Cambria Plant Nursery

The nursery is just off the main road to Cambria. Self visited for the first time a few days ago. Highly recommend to anyone who’s in that neck of the woods. The nursery is large! And filled with plants of every type.

Decided to make this, rather than a specific flower, the Flower of the Day, Aug. 20.

As always, thank you to Cee Neuner for hosting the FOTD challenge.

Cambria Plant Nursery, 2801 Eton Road, Cambria, CA

Thursday Trios Challenge: 19 August 2021

Self loves this challenge. It is so much fun to look through her archives for trios.

Thank you to the host, Mama Cormier!

In July, self decided to Airbnb in Carmel for a few days. On all her drives around California, she somehow failed to hit up this place, which was one of the first places her Dear Departed Dad took her to when she was a wee little girl. We were on our first family vacation from the Philippines, and Dad decided to make of it a road trip. Somehow, he had always harbored a secret fantasy of having his entire family engage in that quintessential American family activity: the road trip. So he bundled all five of us kids and Dearest Mum on a plane, and rented a car after we landed in San Francisco, and took us on a road trip that included: Carmel, Las Vegas, and La Jolla. Oh, and Highway 1, which we drove all the way from San Francisco to La Jolla.

Anyhoo, last month, self decided to Airbnb in Carmel, and her host had a most interesting apartment, filled with original artwork, weights, records and turntables, hefty art books, and guitars (in case any of the guests wished to break out in song?). Here’s his guitar collection:

Self’s host was extremely cryptic. She notified him that she was vacating, and leaving the key in the apartment per his instructions, and got this response:

  • I am just down the coast a little, enjoying the vanlife.

She thought and thought about an appropriate response, and finally came up with: Have an excellent vanlife!

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Life in Colour: August Photo Challenge

The color this month is RED.

There are some intense reds in host Travel Words’ gallery.

Since self is currently on a road trip to the Central Coast, she decided to take pictures from the places she visited today:

Thai-rrific, 208 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo

Outdoor Mural, Pismo Beach

‘Twas foggy this morning, on Pismo Beach.

None of these reds are truly eye-popping. She took all these pictures today. She’s happy she decided to go to Pismo Beach early, before the crowds.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Natural Lighting

What a fun theme! Self looooves Natural Lighting.

Thank you to the host of the Photo a Week Challenge, Nancy Merrill!

Picnic in the Park

Kitchen Window

Carmel Mission

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 160: Your Inspiration

Wow! Self LOVES the quote from Agnes Martin that inspired this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge!

She had a lot of fun going through her archives to identify her sources of inspiration.

Which are MANY. Here are a few:

  • Gardens

Front Yard, May

  • Beaches

Ocean Beach, Carmel

  • History

The Jesuits in the Philippines, by Horacio de la Costa, S. J. (Harvard University Press)

Self is so glad she can share her inspirations with dear blog readers.

One-Word Sunday Challenge: Reflections

This challenge comes via Travel with Intent. Fun!

Carmel Airbnb, July 2021

Redwood City Public Library Seed Giveaway, April 2021

London Eye, November 2019

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