Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #193 Birthdays

Maybe you had a special birthday anniversary, or you have a new birthday in the family. Do you celebrate your pet’s birthday? Maybe it’s a birthday of an organization, or of your blog. For this week’s challenge, John wants me to show you what is special to me about birthdays.

First birthdays are special. This is probably more true for the parents. After all most kids, especially first kids have no idea about what the fuss is all about. I was invited to my friend’s grandchild’s first birthday. You can tell who was blowing out the candle! The Birthday piñata added to the fun.

On another “First” birthday, I photographed my grandson’s Smash Cake! At first tentative, then he really got into the spirit of the Smash!

Delicious First Birthday
Here is another way to look at first birthdays!

Party decorations add to the festivities. But with my children, the reaction was often unexpected. I remember that my son was afraid of balloons.

Birthdays over the years.

Death by Chocolate is the name of this image

Birthdays often bring the family together. In the past couple of months, I helped celebrate two important birthday celebrations. In December, my sister-in-law invited us to Southern California to celebrate my brother’s 70th Birthday.

Celebrating with my brothers.

The next very important birthday celebration brought many relatives together. Ed and Leti joined us in Sacramento to help my Israeli cousin’s grandson celebrate his Bar Mitzvah. I knew I have cousins in Israel, but the family lost touch. I last saw my cousin when I was 17 and visiting Israel. Through Ancestry.com, his son located and called me and let me know that he and his family lived close by for this year only.

A solemn occasion for a young man at 13
Wait for me family!
First Cousins
Together again.
Fun times

Now I do celebrate my pet’s birthdays also!

Found this graffiti at the beach. My first dog was named Liberty “Libby”

Last year I celebrated Charlie’s first birthday. Sadly, this was his only birthday.

Charlie’s first birthday

April 30th will be MOXIE’s first birthday. I am starting to get ready. Picked up some special treats. On the lookout for some interesting toys. Just discovered non-toxic peanut-flavored bubbles for dogs. Might be interesting. Thinking of photo elements for her birthday picture. Bows? Signage? What would a smash cake look like? Or better still, how long would it last? Again, like first birthdays she won’t know why all the fuss, but I will have some fun!

Have fun on your next birthday! Let me know how you celebrate it!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #192 Earth’s Story

This week, Amy’s photo challenge theme is Earth Story. The natural world has many stories to tell. They are written on the ground, in the mountains and rivers, and on rocks and trees. Let’s share their stories through our lenses.

While out walking my dog Moxie I came across this stump. My pareidolia nature.
The lichen creates designs where ever they grow.
Point Lobos on the California coast.

Earth’s Story is vast. Let’s take care of all of its resources.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 191 Curves

Ann-Christine thought we would find more examples of curves: funny, beautiful, unusual – roads, paths, art, architecture, animals, plants – anything that interests you. Because, curves are everywhere around us. And she is correct.

Visiting my brother-in-law’s AMPG factory in Indianapolis, Indiana
I liked the way the curve of a concrete table played upon the dark, rocky background
An amusing look at machinery. Do you see what I mean?
I visit many farms in Yolo county. Rusting equipment always capture my imagination
Here is another curvy image.

Nature presents many opportunities to see curves. One of my favorite curves is the “S” curve.

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Refuge taken during wetter times in 2007.
This abandoned behive shows off some curves.
This spectacular maze is found at The Getty, a place I would like to revisit.

Enjoying the coastline curves at Laguna Beach, the rocky coast of Northern California or on the Island of Kauai

Where ever the road may take you.
A rural pathway
A bannister at the Crocker Art Museum
A close look at a piece of art reveals curves.
And finally, this flamingo at the San Diego Zoo has perfected the “S” curve!

Keep looking for curves. It makes for amazing photography. Curves make the world go round.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #189 Odds & Ends

This week Tina offers me quite a challenge. I need to look into my photographs and display those Odds and Ends that I have collected over the years. My friend Anne likes to say that I shoot unusual things. And I do. But when I import my images I like to place each photo into a category. Sometimes the categories become so large that I then subdivide it even further. And when I am feeling some stress, I will review and make even more changes. Probably fits in with my professonal career as a librarian. I took my catalog quite seriously, and I wanted everyone to be able to find what they needed. So how does this make the challenge more challenging for me? Many of my odd photos have found their way into a larger group, and so they are not so odd after all. But I digress.

In my first digital photography class I was to decide on a subject and take 100 images. Then another 100 images. My subject was Garbage Cans. My professor said that by the time I was finished the subject would always have a special place in my heart. And she was correct. I will always be on the lookout for a new and different garbage can to add to my collection.

This can fulfills a stated purpose. Recycle aluminum cans!

I found design element in some cans.

Definitely upscale design
Looking closer!

Some Garbage Cans served a double purpose by providing the user with location information.

After getting off the plane I am welcomed!

Some creative ways to make the garbage cans fit with its surroundings.I found this garbage can near an airplane ride at Bishop’s Farm in Wheatland, Ca.

Cute and informative.
Village Park in Fair Oaks built by CCC – Civilian Conservation Corp

At Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary I found these garbage cans

A garbage cans found in unusual location.

Really? I wonder what the family thinks of this placement.

My street photography

For the most part Sacramento and its surrounds had pretty clean cans, but sometimes there is one that is neglected.

Just a little too full!
I guess the effort was just too much, but I liked the effect for this odd photo.
I took this photo the day after Valentine’s Day in NYC. Guess somebody was making a statement!

If you look around you will notice a plethora of shapes, sizes and colors.

That is just a small sample of my odd collection of garbage cans. Will you be on the lookout for interesting trash cans?