April 8 BRIGHT SQUARES

Today’s Bright Squares are two pictures self took from her porch a few minutes ago: both of her clematis montana (“white surprise” and “rubens”) are profusely blooming!

Join the Bright Squares challenge hosted by The Life of B here.

Spring is truly the season for clematis montana!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

April 5, BRIGHT SQUARES

Every day in April, self will post a pair of squares. She usually looks for something “squar-ish” within the photograph, as well as bright colors.

The host of The Squares Challenge is The Life of B. See her gallery here.

Today, self chose these two photos:

  • a living wall at the Apple Store in Union Square, downtown San Francisco
  • a tulip bed in the Gamble Garden, Palo Alto. If you live anywhere within driving distance of Gamble Garden, this is a great time to visit: the tulips and daffodils are simply spectacular! If you happen to miss them at peak bloom, a lot of the roses looked ready to burst!

Spring has definitely sprung!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

ELEMENTAL: Challenge Your Camera # 12

The host for this challenge is Buddha Walks Into a Wine Bar:

Today, another guest theme from Marie at Hops Skips and Jumps, a challenge with some choices. Marie’s theme Elemental is based on the 4 classical elements from Ancient Greece in which it was believed that the universe was made up of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

So, make your choice, choose one element and post any number of photos, or decide on all elements and post one photo of each. Try to be creative with your camera, close up or distant, creative with the image the element alone or combined with other elements.

Self’s gallery is made up of pictures taken in: her backyard; one in Filoli Garden in Woodside; one in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland; and one in New Mexico. They contain all the four elements, even fire. The picture of a murky sun was taken on the day the San Mateo Complex Fires came close, close enough for smoky ash to fill the air, and for self to smell burning. The firefighters saved us, again, as they do every year.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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 Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge: Oxalis

To learn more about the Flower of the Day Challenge, go here.

To see Cee’s latest FOTD post, go here.

Self’s backyard is a sea of oxalis. They grow right through her garden furniture. She took these pictures just before dark.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): PAIL OR PALE

Cee has the most creative photo challenges!

  • This week’s CFFC topic is Pail or Pale. For pail, you may include, pails, buckets, or any container with a handle. Pale can include any pastel coloring or desaturated coloring.

Early this morning, self went hunting around her backyard and garage. Because she decided to go for a PAIL.

The closest to a pail she could find was this rusted metal watering can (in the shape of a pig), abandoned for who-knows-how-long.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Flower of the Day Challenge: Orchid

Saw this in Wegman’s and couldn’t resist. It was a little parched, so this afternoon, self gave it a good dousing in the kitchen sink. She was just coming in from the backyard when her eyes fell on the way the flower seemed to bask in late afternoon window light.

To follow along, here is Cee Neuner’s FOTD challenge: my gratitude to her, for running these challenges and for keeping self’s day bright with her pictures!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Flower of the Day (FOTD) 13 March 2021: Clematis montana

Self is following another Cee Neuner Photo Challenge, Flower of the Day. Fun!

She was lucky to find a wee Clematis montana ‘White Surprise’ in Wegman’s last week. To tell you the truth, she is a bit obsessed with clematis. Ever since her aunt in Montauk sent her, through the mail, a sprig of white clematis henryii. It was so beautiful, with big white, dinner-plate size flowers that eventually covered one entire fence. Then our neighbor decided to replace the fence. He cut all the clematis twigs, and it never grew back. Self mourns the loss even now, 20 years later.

Last year, self decided to experiment with a mail-order service. She ordered a ‘native’ variety called Saucy Alice from a nursery on the east coast. Never grew, eventually died.

This year, self was in her local nursery when she saw a white clematis montana, which reminded her of the clematis montana rubens that every spring bursts into glorious flower on her front porch trellis. It was in a wee pot, and she snagged it.

The clematis montana don’t have flowers as big as henryii, but self doesn’t care. It will be lovely.

Since arriving on self’s porch, it’s been behaving really well:

The white blooms should be ready for another close-up in a few days!

Here’s what my clematis montana rubens looked like, March 2020:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

The A. V. Club: The One Great Thing Abt Tonight’s Presidential Debate (Other than the Mute Button)

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Allison Shoemaker, What’s On Tonight, The A.V. Club

. . . there is one certainty which brings us joy, and which may do the same for you: Unless something really wild happens, this will be, win or lose, Donald Trump’s final presidential debate, ever.

Stay hydrated, maybe pour yourself a nice bourbon or pop an edible, and just imagine never having to see that motherfucker behind a presidential seal ever again.

Can you binge it? We’re all bingeing it, all the time. We cannot avoid it. It is our existence.

wowowowowowowowowowowow

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Citizenship and Its Discontents

Anomaly is an international journal of literature and the arts that provides a platform for works of art that challenge conventions of form and format, of voice and genre.

Deadline for the special issue on Citizenship and Its Discontents:

30 September 2020

Guest Editor: Grace Loh Prasad

Email: citizenshipfolio@gmail.com

Twitter: @GraceLP

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