Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC), 2 June: Macro or Close-Up

Love Cee Neuner’s Photo Challenges.

Here’s another: Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

  • just get as close to the subject as your camera lens allows.

My close-up of the day: my hydrangea ‘Nikko blue,’ just starting to bloom.

When my hydrangeas start blooming, I know summer is officially here.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Flower of the Day (FOTD), May 7: Fourth of July, Blown

The Fourth of July is past its peak. It’s still laden with flowers, but the petals are starting to fall. Thought that in-between phase was worthy of documenting for the Flower of the Day Photo Challenge:

Wait for next year. Amazing to think self will have to wait that long to enjoy blooms whose peak will last two weeks, at the most.

Makes you think of ache, impermanence, waiting.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Poetry Friday: Melanie Almeder

Self likes to quote this poem every now and then. She used to think Almeder was Irish (because she first encountered this poem at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig), but she isn’t. She’s American.

MOCK ORANGE, An Excerpt

Everything on the tongue goes stunned bird.
Long past the hissy-fit thralls of April,
rashes of phlox, purple-thistle snowing a little.
And then, like too much love,
there was altogether too much gardenia
in the huddled yards. The heat in a flick of wind
picked itself up and dragged off,
old dog, into the damp cane fields, bee drone,
sighing, sighing of highway, hawks’ cries.

Sunday Stills Monthly Color Challenge: Spring #Green

This is yet another new monthly Photo Challenge, this one focusing just on COLORS.

YES!

The current color is GREEN. More about the challenge, here:

  • Just in time to celebrate the spring equinox and last week’s “wearin’ o’ the green” for St. Patrick’s Day, this week’s Sunday Stills theme is all about the color green. Not just any green but “spring” green as seen below. Think of fresh, lively greens as dormant plants and trees open their sleepy blooms to the sky (northern hemisphere).

Self is always taking pictures. Of her garden. In the spring, her garden is at its best. The plum tree has leafed out, the oxalis are knee-high (LOL). There is vegetation!

Hope these pictures soothe.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves and Trees

Self’s garden is a little bare these days. For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves and Trees, she found these pictures of the garden in November:

Now, the plum tree has lost all its leaves, the Iceberg rose has stopped flowering, the backyard is littered with fallen leaves, but the blue flowers are still going strong.

Feast your eyes on these leaf galleries:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 116: SYMMETRY

P. A. Moed explains the reasoning behind this week’s Challenge:

  • Architects in ancient lands, like Greece, Rome, China, and Egypt, experimented with form and balance.  They discovered that the human eye likes patterns and architectural features that are symmetrical.  That’s why a row of pillars or arches is pleasing to the eye.

In January, self canvassed South San Francisco and Millbrae for Elizabeth Warren. This was the canvassers’ meeting place, in South San Francisco. She chose this picture because of the enthusiasm for Warren, and the two armchairs.

Stumbled on this sculpture on London’s Canary Wharf, last November. Very “Handmaid’s Tale”!!!

Finally, trees of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. It was October.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 105: SPRING

It’s summer, but the Lens-Artists Challenge this week is Spring.

So, nostalgia?

In spring, it’s all about the flowers. Her roses were blooming! Everything was blooming!

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New Planter Basket, from Whole Foods

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Front Yard: mid-May

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Backyard: mid-May

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

 

In Another Country

Food in this story: chestnuts. In Milan. In the fall. The war is just over (Which war? Self had to google: World War I)

Also, the Café Cova, “next door to the Scala” which “was rich and warm and not too brightly lighted, and noisy and smoky at certain hours” (a tourist trap now, according to Yelp)

We were all at the hospital every afternoon, and there were different ways of walking across the town through the dusk to the hospital. Two of the ways were alongside canals, but they were long. Always, though, you crossed a bridge across a canal to enter the hospital. There was a choice of three bridges. On one of them, a woman sold roasted chestnuts. It was warm, standing in front of her charcoal fire, and the chestnuts were warm afterward in your pocket.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: PICK A TOPIC FROM THE PHOTO

Self’s topic is WHITE.

There are many white flowers in her Redwood City garden, blooming now. Such as:

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Tuesday Photo Challenge: HOPE

  • As we continue to connect around the globe, and Spring has started in the Northern hemisphere, I thought it might be time for a fresh outlook. That’s why I thought it might be good to set this week’s them to that of Hope! With the new season and lengthening daylight, each of us can feel a bit more hopeful about what lies ahead. Your challenge is to capture Hope in a manner that speaks to you in your posts and to spread as much hope as possible across this globe of ours! — Tuesday Photo Challenge, 31 March 2020

This, too, shall pass.

Self knows.

Just look at all the plants in her garden, starting to come back, starting to put out blooms. The maples, the roses, and the clematis looked like sticks all winter.

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Japanese Maples are leafing out.

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Clematis montana rubens is starting to bloom.

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This cistus (rock rose) was the first of her plants to bloom.

Stay tuned, stay safe, and stay hopeful!

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