This week Ann-Christine (Leya – To see a world in a grain of sand) hopes I will bring some colorful joy to us all. She would like a story to go with them. I have plenty of flowers in my photo library. I have a garden, but between lack of time, heat, and a puppy I don’t have many flowers. I love to visit and appreciate the efforts put in by others.
Following the annual cycle of blooms, I visited Daffodil Hill in the spring. Over the years it’s popularity grew and overwhelmed this rural setting, and the privately owned ranch closed.
Years ago I went with a friend on a cloudy, misty weekday. Few visitors that day.
With friends we go out searching, and come across many beautiful flowers as a bonus!
Finding pollinators among the flowers is always a fun photograph.
Going to the California coast I love the different flowers I find.
Botanical Garden and local nurseries display flowers of the area.
As you can see I love love being out finding flowers. My macro lens often brings a breeze, so not many macro shots. My gear now is Fuji xt4. I used my Nikon D7100 for my earlier shots. Now even my iPhone 13 pro gets some use. i hope these flowers brought some beauty into your day, Any particular flower or image caught your attention?
Oh I forgot to say what flower is my favorite! I don’t have one. I am just not a real fan of cut flowers. I don’t like when they fade.
Johnbo (Journeys with Johnbo) asks me to share images that focus on my journeys. It’s all about the journey for this week’s challenge.
During my high school years, I experienced a lot of travel. At fifteen my family moved from New York to Karachi, Pakistan. That was the first time flying above the clouds. I caught the travel bug, but it did not stick. I have been in California for the past 44 years. New York, Florida, Indiana, Hawaii, and Washington have been my destinations. About six years ago my husband and I got passports but still have now used them. Recently, I reconnected with my Israeli relatives, and we are talking about making it our first destination next year.
Let’s start with planes. Family trips to Florida and Indiana and southern California, travel to New York City and upstate New York, vacations in Seattle, Washington, and many of Hawaii’s Islands. That’s about the extent of my air travel.
Looking at water transportation. Only one sunset cruise that had my husband bowing to the porcelain god. Not much fun for him. So I don’t think a cruise is in my future.
Now the automobile is the way we travel. My son recently bought an electric car, and I am seriously thinking that may be in our future.
Not a lot of stories, but I hope you enjoyed the photos. It is very hot here and so I will sign off quickly to save electricity. Rolling power outages are possible.
Anne-Christine is the host this week. She challenges me to find something surprising in my archive of photographs. She is sure I have something hidden in my archives that once surprised me or filled me with awe… I hope you enjoy my finds this week! And, perhaps the story that goes with it.
This is not an easy challenge, and with all that is going on around me, I need to make some quick decisions. Shall I go with the natural world? Shall I look to look to my collection that tells a story (ie: street photography and candids)? Shall I look at my many photos of household items? Public art? Hmmm?
Decision made. I will combine my collection that tells a story with public art. The 32nd Annual Chalk It Up! Chalk Art & Music Festival this Labor Day Weekend! I have attended this event and these images of the people and their art were taken then. I’m hoping to get down to Fremont Park this very hot weekend.
Then there are the artists creating art for sale. I found these artists in Old Sac, the Las Vegas strip, and on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.
This week Sylvia would love for me to share a few appealing or distinctive doorways I have discovered. Do you feel some have more character than others or evoke a particular feeling or mood? Hope you have fun viewing this challenge!
Old Sacramento has many historic doors, While I was enrolled in a Color Photography class at Cosumnes River College my professor gave us an unusual assignment. I was given an adjective., a noun, and a verb. My three words were Flaming door expanding. So off to Old Sacramento in search of a good door.
I have always looked for unusual doors. Some tell a historical story, some make a statement, some are inviting, some provide a different message, and some provide a frame for a photo,
This is just a small sample of doors and doorways that I come across when I am out with my camera. But the best door I enjoy opening up is the one I call home. My dog Moxie (14 months) agrees! Here she is after her spa day at Sunflower Pet Salon.