Lens-Artists Challenge # 95: ALL WET

  • Maybe you’ve just given your pet a bath, or perhaps the dewdrops on your garden have given you a smile.Tina R. Schell

Here are a couple of images from self’s archives:

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Cistus (Rock Rose) on front porch after rain

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Also After Rain: Clematis Montana Rubens

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Backyard Watering

Stay safe. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: SEEING

Self loves joining these foto challenges. Since Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is SEEING, self took her camera to the backyard to check on how her flowers are doing:

Exciting: Her Winsome Rose is finally blooming!

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More blooms are opening on her Fourth of July Rose:

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Stay tuned.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge — ANIMALS

The Tuesday Photo Challenge is ANIMALS!

Self doesn’t have a pet, her beloved beagles died long ago and she forgot to re-fill the bird feeder, so all the animals for this post are gardening “ornaments” — mostly whimsical little things she picked up in garage sales.

 

What a fun prompt!

Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic Week 5 (ROUND)

Cee Neuner came up with a fascinating series of challenges: She’d post a picture, and it was up to us to riff on it.

Here’s the link to the picture for this week.

Self’s topic: ROUND.

Self is sheltering in place in California, so everything in this post are pictures she took of  her backyard and her house.

Stay tuned.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 93

MORNING

What a lovely, lovely challenge from Lens-Artists. Mornings are the favorite parts of self’s day.

  • When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.  – Marcus Aurelius

In the early morning, self loves walking around her yard, seeing which plants have started blooming. Her first rose to bloom is her Fourth of July:

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Fourth of July Rose started blooming a few days ago.

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Here’s a Fourth of July, Side View

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Rock Rose (Cistus) on Front Porch

Stay tuned.

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!

Poetry Sunday: Alfredo Navarra Salanga (1948-1988)

Anniversary

from the collection One Hundred Love Poems: Love Poetry Since 1905, edited by Gemino H. Abad and Alfred A. Yuson (The University of the Philippines Press)

Why celebrate the day we married
With a poem about your hair?
Perhaps because I’ve always wondered
how it would have been if left uncut:
after ten long years it could have grown
maybe long enough to brush the floor.
But life is very much like hair.
(or should that be the other way around?):
the cutting of it marks beginnings.
We have been blessed, the two of us,
with the resiliency of your hair —
we have always been capable of growth
and of not losing our way

1985

Spring Arrives: I Capture the Castle

c. 1948: Rose and Cassandra are daughters of an impoverished father (he’s a writer, what do you expect) and he has moved them and their stepmother, Topaz, to a dilapidated castle in the country.

The author, Dodie Smith, is English but wrote this novel in Malibu (She’s long gone, in case you were wondering)

Self started this book six days ago and is only up to pp. 43 – 44. There’s hardly any drama yet.

“There’s quite a bit of spring in the air to-night,” I told her. “You go out and smell it.”

Rose never gets emotional about the seasons so she took no notice, but Topaz went to the door at once and flung it open. Then she threw her head back, opened her arms wide and took a giant breath.

“It’s only a whiff of spring, not whole lungs full,” I said, but she was too rapt to listen. I quite expected her to plunge into the night, but after some more deep breathing she went upstairs to try on her tea-gown.

“It beats me,” said Rose. “After all this time, I still don’t know if she goes on that way because she really feels like it, if she’s acting to impress us, or just acting to impress herself.”

“All three,” I said. “And as it helps her to enjoy life, I don’t blame her.”

The novel’s been inspiring her to spend more time in her backyard. The gorgeous weather helps. The scrawny lemon tree has five fat lemons.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50: TREES

Self is joining a new Photo Challenge: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50 : TREES.

Thanks to viveka of My Guilty Pleasures for making self aware of this photo challenge.

The pictures below are from a trip to Prague that she took in late May with her niece, Irene.

1.  Trees, Prague, May 2019 (next to the Spanish Synagogue)

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2.  Last Sunday in May 2019: Walking by the National Theatre, Prague

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3. Afternoon Cruise Along the Vltava River

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

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