Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #215 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles…and the places they take us

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.

Traveling over the Sierra Nevada Mountains

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.

I liked the quiet, simple feeling this photo gives me. It reminds me of my camp days.
Sunset and whale watching cruise in Maui

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.

Worth the drive up very narrow roads in Maui! Julie’s Best Banana Bread
Took my 10-year-old granddaughter to Disneyland. She now drives her own car
10 years later!
My parent’s first new car was a Gold and white 1957 Plymouth with tail fins. Driving it in Karachi, Pakistan we stood out among all the Chevys.
My current car is Subi Blue – a Subaru Outback 2017

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.

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #204 Doors

 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.

Flaming door expanding!

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,

Fire House Door established in 1853.
Port Richmond, California.
Half Moon Bay Review established in 1898.
Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.
Orange’s First Bank established in 1886
Orange County Fruit Exchange – Sunkist established in 1922. A landmark building in Orange, Ca
Doors, and more doors at the winery.
Niles, California
I wonder what was taking place behind closed doors?
Half Moon Bay decorated in the Halloween spirit!
Sending mixed messages.
Entering a wine celler creates a nice frame.
Looking through a doorway in Bodie, Ca.

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.

What door do you enjoy opening?

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #155 – On the Water

This week John doesn’t, “…want participants to think that this challenge is all about oceans, lakes, and rivers. The theme “On the Water” encompasses whatever manner of water floats your boat (or doesn’t).” 

A Sacramento summer calls out for water. In my case I can choose between a shower or the blue pool I have for my puppy. Or I can sit in front of a fan and look over my photo library. Being from the east coast I am drawn to the beaches found on Long Island, N.Y. Many a 4th of July was spent in traffic on the causeway leading to Jones Beach. I get a calm feeling listening to the waves crashing. My last year of college I had an apartment a block away from Long Beach (New York), and in the spring mornings I would go down to beach, and nap on the sand. Now on the west coast I enjoy the waves found in Pacific Grove, Ca.

The crashing of waves at Laguna Beach in Southern California
Pacific Ocean off of Kawaii

As a photographer water takes a big step forward in my search for subject matter.

I like to look for reflections.

Taken in Yosemite National Park

There is a certain playfulness found when people are around water.

Catching the last frog in the fall before winter hibernation. Taken at Effie Yeaw, a nature center in Carmichael, Ca.
Heading north from Santa Cruz on Highway 1 we stopped to watch wind surfers.

The ripples in the water reminds me of impressionist paintings.

I use shutter speeds to freeze droplets

Frozen droplets
Action stopped by fast shutter speed during a swim meet

Or create a silky flow created by using a slow shutter speed.

Waterfalls in Hilo Hawaii
This fountain dances to music in front of the Bellagio
Playful fountain of water.
More fountain playfulness.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #147 Gardens

This week the Amy challenges us to share the beauty of gardens. I felt drawn to the peace I find while walking through our local gardens. I enjoy looking for the details I find, and thought this would be the perfect time to bring out my macro lens. This is problematic when the forcast for the weekend shows up with the wind icon. So I look back on my library of images.

McKinley Park Rose Garden sure puts on a colorful show.

The Getty Center in Los Angeles is absolutely amazing. The garden as an art form. These images are just a tiny piece of what you can experience. CoVid 19 has closed this from the public, but it looks like there will be a reopening soon.

A fountain, a maze, a focal point, a garden. Wow!
Eating lunch under live bougainvillea sculpture.

Mendecino Coast Botanical Garden located in Fort Bragg. The garden is located right on the coast. Location, location, location.

Robin posing for me!
The website describes this place as, “47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean”.
The coastal waves call to me.

Once again I thank you LAPC for helping me review places I have visited, and once again appreciate the beauty I felt when I took these photographs.