DOORS 4: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, Redwood City CA, Negros Museum Bacolod

This week’s Photo Challenge is proving quite tricky, for some reason. Self has to search a long time before she finds pictures of DOORS.

Well, here’s the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers Main Entrance:

Front Entrance, San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park

Front Entrance, San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park

Redwood City, California:

The Humble Abode, Redwood City, California

The Humble Abode, Redwood City, California

Front Entrance of the museum of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Negros Museum, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Negros Museum, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Doors 3: Dublin, Culver City, Golden Gate Park

DOORS is still the theme this week.

Here, a set of doors from various:

B & B, Dublin

B & B, Dublin

Tara’s Himalayan Restaurant in Culver City:

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Finally, the doors leading OUT of the Butterfly Habitat inside the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco:

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: Butterfly Habitat

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: Butterfly Habitat

Self is just musing about how interesting it is that she got to appreciate these shots, especially the last two, which she’d never have posted at all if not for The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Vivid 2: 28 Chinese Artists at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is VIVID.

To self, “vivid” is all about color. Or warmth. Or illumination.

Self spent yesterday afternoon at the Asian Art Museum (The traffic heading into San Francisco is just horrible, UGH) and saw many vivid pieces of art from the current show, “28 Chinese Artists From the Ruddell Family Collection” :

Tattoo 11, 1994 by Qiu Zhije (b. 1969, Fujian China)

Tattoo 11, 1994 by Qiu Zhijie (b. 1969, Fujian China)

“Darkness Illuminates Me” by Qiu Zhijie, 2009

The artist Zhang Huan covered his body with honey and oil and sat in a public toilet (Size: 12 square meters) and waited for the flies to land, then had someone take his picture:

“12 Square Meters” by Zhang Huan (b. 1965, Henan, China)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

On the Way 2

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is ON THE WAY.

Share a shot of something you saw, did or experienced on the way: a photo not of your destination, but of an interesting thing along the way.

Bay Bridge Underbelly

Bay Bridge Underbelly, Heading West

Descending from self's unit in the Mendocino Art Center

Descending from self’s unit in the Mendocino Art Center

Through the Window of the Train to Chicago from Glenview

Through the (Tinted) Window of the Train to Chicago from Glenview, ILL

Stay tuned.

Motion 3: Calgary Olympic Park, Great China in Berkeley, Fillmore Street in San Francisco

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to share photos of things and people in motion.

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Afloat 6: Butterflies and Birds

One day last year, self trekked to Golden Gate Park to see an exhibit at the de Young, then stopped by the Conservatory of Flowers to look at the Butterfly habitat:

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Golden Gate Park, Strybing Arboretum, and the Conservatory of Flowers are some of her favorite places to visit.

Not sure what this is. Could be a moth, could be a butterfly.

Not sure what this is. Could be a moth, could be a butterfly.

About a year ago, self went to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum and strolled about the grounds. She was entranced by the flocks of birds on the bird feeders.

On the Grounds of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum

On the Grounds of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Blur: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme is BLUR.

  • Share a photo that’s a blur.

Self has LOTS of those kinds of pictures!

For some reason, her blurred pictures are some of her most emotional. She thinks it’s because they project a sense of evanescence.

Poems Upon Request: IRT-Lexington Subway Line, Uptown on 51st

Poems Upon Request: This enterprising man charged $10 per poem. Encountered on the IRT-Lexington Subway Line Headed Uptown, 51st Street & Lexington Station

San Francisco, Viewed From Point Richmond: February 2015

San Francisco, Viewed From Point Richmond: February 2015

Captured on my Cell Phone: The Pacific Ocean Viewed From Elk, CA

Captured with Self’s Cell Phone: The Pacific Ocean Viewed From Elk, CA: January 2015. Just looking at this picture makes self dizzy.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Yellow 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The theme this week on The Daily Post Photo Challenge is the color YELLOW.

Self stumbled across this beauty parlor, right across the street from Mitchell’s Ice Cream in San Francisco. They specialize in cutting children’s hair.

Interior, Barber Shop, San Francisco

Interior, Barber Shop, San Francisco

Way to re-cycle old window shutters: paint yellow, fill spaces with cactus. This was the idea of self’s friend, Sandy, who has a number of these lining one wall of her fence.

Sandy Pachaud's creativity knows no bounds.

Sandy Pachaud’s creativity knows no bounds!

And, finally, the classic summer combo: chips and hot dog with mustard.

They sell these at the summer concerts in Stafford Park, just a block and a half from self's home.

They sell these at the summer concerts in Stafford Park, just a block and a half from self’s home.

Who would have thought the prompt this week would be so much fun?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Gone But Not Forgotten 2: This Week’s WordPress Photo Challenge

For this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, we’re asked to commemorate what’s “gone but not forgotten.”

Straw Angels: They were a present from Ying, who passed away Sept. 11, 2008.

Straw Angels: They were a present from Ying, who passed away Sept. 11, 2008.

Self has a lot of doggie tree ornaments. Once upon a time, she had two beagles.

Self has a lot of doggie tree ornaments. That’s because, once upon a time, she had two beagles.

This last photo shows a bench next to Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. Self has passed that particular bench so many times. She only noticed the sign on the bench a month or so ago.

Memorial Bench, Stowe Lake, Golden Gate Park

Memorial Bench, Stowe Lake, Golden Gate Park

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Quote of the Day: From The Happiness Project’s One-Sentence Journal (A Five-Year Record)

Boy oh boy, the toll of staying up to watch Fallon and SNL has certainly taken its toll.  It’s 8:36 p.m. and self is ready for bed.

She drove to the City to meet up with her writers group at Jay’s house. Jay, Lillian, Grace, Caroline, Brian: self adores you. Each meeting makes self soooo happy.

Jay shared the December issue of Wired. The cover story is an article about “Interstellar” director Christopher Nolan.

She drove back home and The Man took her to dinner at Thaibodia on Woodside Road.

Today, Nov. 16, 2014, self listed the following things in her One-Sentence Journal:

  • Submitted “The Red Door” to FRiGG, Gigantic, and PANK.
  • Workshopped six short shorts from Lillian.

The One-Sentence Journal Quote of the Day is:

Because money permits a constant stream of luxuries and indulgences, it can take away their savor; by permitting instant gratification, it shortcuts the happiness of anticipation.

The next writers group meeting is Jan. 18.  By which time self will already be in Mendocino, boo. It’s about a three or four-hour drive each way.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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