Living in an urban area, it's not easy to find quiet. Yet every now and then, you come across a green and cool spot that's tucked away and sheltered from the noise and chaos. That's when your soul sighs and you experience a brief moment of grace.
Photo-a-Day - February 2013 - Day 25: Silly - Not really, but definitely FUN!!!!
It is certain that those who know me, know I don't do silly. It was never encouraged in our house growing up. However, what I do is fun, creative, unique, lively and artistic. As soon as I saw this car--poor woman was looking for a parking space--I had to flag the driver as ask whether I might photograph her wonderful car. I know she's probably asked that all the time, but did appreciate how gracious she was. Sadly, what doesn't show is that it sparkled and shown with jewels. I loved it!
As a child growing up in the Mid-West, watching clouds was both fascinating and important. It's something I enjoy doing still.
It's not all that often, however, I see an Altocumulus Lenticularis, commonly known as a lenticular cloud, such as the cloud in the middle. This being at a fairly low altitude, it's actually a Stratocumulus Standing Lenticularis. Amazing, isn't it?
Photo-a-Day - February 2013 - Day 22: Makes Me Smile
Receiving an order of yarn, particularly yarn bought on sale, always makes me smile. I see several baby blankets being made for Stitches from the Heart, a charity where we ship baby items to over 1,400 NICU centers and hospitals across the US.
In 1975, when I decided to move from Boston to San Francisco, I also knew how much I'd particularly miss weekends on Clark's Island. It became important that I bring a bit of it with me. My friend Deb Simmons came to the Island with Christopher and me that final time. There were took a bucket, went down to the beach and the rocks and gathered periwinkles. I washed them, sanitized them in bleach, put them in a bottle and carefully packed it for it's cross-country journey.
Now, 38 years later, that little bit of New England, periwinkles and Clark's Island beach sand, still resides on display here in California.
From the instant I saw the prompt, the only thing of which I could think was the old advertising tag line of 1929 for Coca-Cola "The pause the refreshes". Every day, I look forward to my one can of Coke with lunch. It was only natural that I put the two elements together.
I have many different collections and some are of "smalls"; items which fit in one's hand. Among my collection are the Harmony Kingdom Celestial Angels. Of those, this--Amour-- may be my favorite as it portrays the love between an angel and her cat. That is something with which I can certainly identify.
Photo-a-Day - February 2013 - Day 15: Something I've Learned
There is a technique, both in knitting and crochet, known as "entralac". You start with a series of 1-xx center squares made on the diagonal, and build around that. It's something I'd always wanted to learn, but never did. Until....
One of the members of my Facebook group "SASsy Stitchers" posted the link to an on-line tutorial. One other member also wanted to learn, so we gave ourselves 4 hours and agreed we'd each post photos of our progress at the end of that time. This is as much as I was able to do.
It's not that difficult a technique; the most difficult thing is remembering which direction to work when. I'd like to make an entralac lapgham, but would probably need to go back and view the tutorials again.
The other thing I learned with this prompt, is that both "learned" and "learnt" are acceptable forms of the verb. The only difference is that "learned" is more commonly American, whereas "learnt" is more commonly British English. Ah, the things we learn.
Entrance to the Tower of London through the Middle Tower. It was nearly closing time, but one of the Tower staff was generous enough to spend a half hour talking with me and giving me a general history, telling me stories, referring to me as "love"--so delightfully English--and allowing me to take photos at a tome where there were no other tourists around. It was truly a memorable experience.
This magnificent door stands guard for one of the many mausoleums found within Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland California. One can't help but wonder, when viewing this beautiful, yet very rusty door, whether any family still visit here. It's just one of the many reason why I'd prefer cremation and the scattering of my ashes.
Photo-a-Day - February 2013 - Day 9: Guilty Pleasure
I do love a cold, sweet treat. Usually, I have sorbet as it's non-fat, low in calories and comes in many wonderful flavours, strawberry or peach being my favorites. However, a "friend" posted a photo of Ben & Jerry's "Imagine Whirled Peace" and I had to try it.
Caramel and Sweet Cream Ice Cream Swirled with Fudge Peace Signs and Toffee Cookie Pieces. I bought one pint to try, and went back for two more. It has everything I love. In fact, the little angel holding the heart rather says it all.
Whilst strolling in Oakland's Mountain View Cemetery, a flash of bright orange attracted my attention. Upon further investigation, I realized, looking through the iron door of a mausoleum, I was seeing a beautiful stained glass window depicting glorious California Poppies--or, perhaps, nasturtiums. Either way, they are beautiful and will always remain alive.
Perhaps in my next life, I'll love school and be good at math so I can satisfy my desire to be an engineer/architect. Bridges have always fascinated me; their designs, their variety and seeing how they're built.
I just happened to see this little railway bridge in Sun City, Arizona. What's remarkable is the length of some of the trains which pass through this little bridge.
There are two Blackfriar's bridges; one for cars and pedestrians, one for trains and both are beautifully decorated and painted.
Living in the San Francisco/Bay area, we are blessed with a plethora of wonderful bridges and gorgeous views. Crossing the Richmond/San Raphael Bridge I was able to capture the San Francisco/Bay Bridge and skyline of San Francisco against the backdrop of our wonderful fog.
A brilliant sky always lifts my heart, makes my soul sing and gives me HOPE. I don't care that it is caused by pollution--no thanks to Fred who, years ago, had to provide me the scientific explanation for beautiful sunsets.
Spending yesterday afternoon driving and wandering around both the Mountain View and St. Mary's Cemeteries in Oakland, was good for me on many levels. I've not been getting out very often. Being outside on a sunny day of perfect temperature lifted my spirits. Having a purpose, kept me involved and having fun. Being on my own allowed me to wander at my own pace, without worry about boring someone else or slowing them down.
There were so many wonderful images I captured--many of which will show up for later prompts. Interestingly, this was one of the last photos I took.
I absolutely love this piece. From the casual way in which he sits, with one foot crossed over the other knee, to the shape and position of his toes and hands, to the contemplative expression on his face, to, most of all, the beautiful draping of the fabric, everything about it appealed to me. I only wish I knew the meaning of the stars yoking his collar.
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