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

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.
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  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

Final SquareOdds! All Manner of Trees

February has gone by so fast. How many of us had “Russia invades Ukraine” on their 2022 bingo cards? Or ZELENSKY?

Thanks so much, Becky, for hosting another fun Squares Challenge.

Here is self’s last collection of Odds. She chose to focus on trees.

  • trees next to Annaghmakerrig Lake in Ireland. She took this picture at dawn, her last morning in Annaghmakerrig.
  • the great Camperdown Elm in the Filoli Gardens in Woodside, California.
  • a “bearded” tree in Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park.

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!

Water, Water Everywhere: California Academy of Sciences

This challenge hosted by Jez.

  • Feel free to join in whenever you have a water picture to post (any type of water, in any state, will do).

California Academy of Sciences Aquarium, Golden Gate Park

The California Academy of Sciences is one of self’s faaaavorite places.

Stay tuned.

Lens-Artists Challenge # 180: Favorite Images of 2021

Thank you to Tina Schell of Travels and Trifles, host of this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge, Favorite Images of 2021.

  • First and foremost, let me begin by wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. As always, the turn of the calendar page to January 1st brings with it an opportunity to begin anew ā€“ having learned lessons, accomplished some of our goals, or perhaps having simply survived to start a new day. Whatever our thoughts about the year just passed, we once again have a chance to make the new one even better. — Tina Schell

Without further ado, here are self’s favorite images of 2021:

Despite the pandemic, self managed to do quite a lot of things in 2021.

HUH. Who would have thought?

Seems the vaccines do work!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): Colors of Your Flag

Cee Neuner explains:

  • This week the topic is Colors of Your Flag. Your flag can include: Country, State, or Providence colors. If you feel comfortable, please say which flag you are showing,

Self’s flag is red, white, and blue. She is a dual citizen of America and the Philippines.

Joan Mitchell at SFMOMA, October 2021

Below: red and blue parasols, white walls, and yellow napkins — red, white, blue and yellow are the colors of the Philippine flag.

Luna Red, Chorro St., San Luis Obispo

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