Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #229 Perfect Patterns

This week Ann-Christine challenges me to find perfect patterns and tell us why I think they are perfect.

Animals

An answer to an often-asked question, “Are zebras black with white stripes or white with black stripes?” The answer is, “Black with white stripes!” Shave one and you will find black skin beneath. When exploring this fun fact I learned that scientists still have not discovered the reason for their stripes. Not an easy question to solve so it seems. No matter, I still find them perfect.

Zebra stripes
Maine Coon Ca

Giraffe spots are unique. And by the way, their tongues are long so that they can forage on trees that others can’t eat.

Abandoned beehive
Alligator Lizard
Pelican feathers
George’s beautiful Tortoise Shell

Plants

This cactus flower will bloom once at night. In the morning it will be done. I learned this from my neighbors, Bob and Bea. I received an urgent call one night and was told to come over quickly. Worried, we rushed over. The cactus was blooming, and they didn’t want us to miss it. I was relieved since these neighbors were elderly. They gave us a cactus we named, Bob and Bea, and it bloomed after many years. That is until a neighborhood squirrel thought this cactus was tasty.

Cactus flower
This squirrel came each afternoon and ate until there was nothing left. So much for saving for a rainy day.

Found on the coast of California, I love the papery look of these colorful flowers.

Iceland Poppies

Lots of other flower patterns some perfect, and some almost. Which one do you like?

Daisies
Dandelion
Yellow Rose

Natural World

Rocks in the American River
Shell on a lava stone

Taken many years ago on The Big Island. Currently, lava is flowing again.

Lava flow
Sedona rock formation. Inspiring and peaceful

Magnificent!

Mount Rainier National Park

Art inspired patterns

Glasswork of a leaf

Color, reflection, and repetition are all captured in one photo.

Decorating a casino in Las Vegas.
The back of this caned chair creates a comfortable pattern.
Skyscraper hotel patterns. Privacy, view, interest, or lighting? Why?

That is all I can say about seeing the world and discovering all the perfect patterns that surround us. Do you have any perfect patterns around you?

Nature and my camera

My camera and I ventured to the central coast of California last month. There I got away from the noise of life. Our destination town Cambria met all the requirements for peace.

Our cottage across from Moonstone Beach provided a lovely, easy morning walk. Many dogs accompany their owners along the boardwalk.

_MRF1918
JoJo stops to pose for me

_DSF0685
And they continue on their way.

The first day the air was crisp without even a breeze. Dare I take a macro shot. Usually when I think of it the wind starts up.

_MRF1941

_MRF1959
California poppy

_MRF1983

_MRF1921
Sea Gull (my high school mascot) hangs out

_DSF0691
Each finds something to enjoy on this walk

Today I am an observer and enjoyer of nature. My lightweight camera system is perfect for this morning._DSF0700

_MRF1965
Finding faces in the rock formation

_DSF0714
Pride of Madera put on quite a show

_MRF1956
My shutter is so quiet I quickly caught him. He soon hopped out of sight.

_MRF1926
Checking out the tide pool

Spent some time watching this couple. Trying to imagine their conversation.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

_MRF1927

_MRF1962

This first morning in Cambria enjoying Moonstone Beach clears the mind. Where do you go to clear your mind?

The rest of the day was perfect and I will share in the coming weeks. Nice to remember this anniversary vacation.

 

 

Summer is here, looking for chill in Petaluma

Camera Totin’ Tuesday folks are looking to get out of the Sacramento heat. Petaluma is located south west of Sacramento, and less than 2 hours away. The day we visited the weather did not disappoint.

Founded in 1858 Petaluma makes an effort to maintain a mid-19th century charm. Located on the Petaluma River and close to the Bay area, Petaluma provided locally grown food to San Francisco and Oakland starting during the Gold Rush. Today, it can serve as a jumping off spot in Sonoma County. Close to the coast of Point Reyes, 30 minutes outside of the Bay Area, and near Napa and there is plenty to photograph is this town.

The Petaluma River provided easy access to transport goods to the coast. Today, it serves as a focal point for the town’s center.

1606_24_Petaluma_073
Bridge over the Petaluma River

1606_14_Petaluma_2779

1606_14_Petaluma_2770
Decaying pier no longer supports train tracks.

The Free Public Library building is filled with such classic details. This library built in 1904 with money donated by Andrew Carnegie is one of over 1600 library buildings constructed in the United States between 1886-1919. The town had to come up with money for books, salaries, and maintenance. Born poor, Carnegie was denied use of a public library because he couldn’t afford the $2.00 library card. He proclaimed “Free Public Library” on the front of this building to show that all could make use of the facility. Carnegie understood that access to information improves a person’s ability to better oneself.

1606_14_Petaluma_2739
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum

Philanthropist  Andrew Carnegie gave away 90% of his wealth.”The man who dies rich dies in disgrace,” Carnegie said. In bestowing charity the main consideration should be to help those who help themselves,” he wrote.

1606_14_Petaluma_2742

The buildings are impressive. I photographed this one in Eureka, California. Many serve another purpose now such as museums, and community centers. As a retired librarian, I hope that these buildings continue to serve the public need for information.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Eureka Springs Carnegie Library

1606_14_Petaluma_2749
The McNears were part of Petaluma history

1606_14_Petaluma_2748

1606_14_Petaluma_2756
Brick wall with window capture my attention

1606_14_Petaluma_2747
Time out for a tune!

1606_14_Petaluma_2767
Small town main street today

1606_14_Petaluma_1000321
Green Tower Clock

1606_14_Petaluma_2762
Display Window of a music store

Lunch was enjoyed at The New Yorker Pizza & Restaurant.  I’m always on the lookout for “New York Pizza”. Though this time I enjoyed the meatball hero. Afterward we wondered into the Shutterbug Camera Store. Money was safely tucked away. This time.

1606_14_Petaluma_2782
Faded sign on side of building

1606_14_Petaluma_2787
Spider makes a home

1606_14_Petaluma_2797
One of many Victorian Era houses

1606_14_Petaluma_2824
Arch and picket fence detail draws me in

1606_14_Petaluma_2820
Always looking for signs. So polite!

1606_14_Petaluma_2811
Bee sure is enjoying a drink

1606_14_Petaluma_2816
Bee has moved on. What is this flower called? Be Gone!

1606_14_Petaluma_2805
Soft purple frilly flower. Do you know the name?

1606_14_Petaluma_2821
Love the lighting on this pretty coral rose. I do know the general name.

1606_14_Petaluma_2806
He loves me. He loves me not? He loves me!

There are many churches in Petaluma. Taking a walking tour we came across a church on nearly every block.

1606_14_Petaluma_2834
Stain Glass found in St. Vincent de Paul Church

1606_14_Petaluma_2833
Abstract lines

1606_14_Petaluma_2836
A friendly, portable tripod

We ended our walk around town. Taking in the architecture, nature, and friendly spirit of my photo buddies. Good bye Petaluma. May be back again.

 

Life at the Sacramento Historic Cemetery

The Sacramento Historic Cemetery is a great place to visit throughout the year. The changing foliage adds to the visitors experience.

Recently a controversy arose regarding the “historic” title of these grounds. It seems that some want to remove anything that was not in the original design of the cemetery.  Specifically, the City Counsel wants to remove the Historic Rose Garden. I spoke to one person and I was informed that plans to remove roses and trellises was underway. She explained that this would be disappointing to many visitors who travel here to see historic roses. I looked around and imagined the surroundings without the flowers.

Wears a badge, “Support Our Roses!”

 

The first blooms of the season done, and to encourage new ones they were dead-heading the bushes. The morning that my Camera Totin’ Tuesday group arrived I saw many volunteers busy pruning the roses.

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2271
Volunteers are given instruction on how to best prune the roses.

 

This is such a special place. History, nature and architecture combine. Today, nature seemed to be my focus.

 

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2232
Using my Macro Lens to get close-up

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2239
Iceland Poppies

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2250
I like how the blue flower plays off the red and yellow blurs

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2253
Capturing some nectar

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2260
Petals spread out

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2264
Carpenter Bee stopping for a drink

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2273
Pretty, but I’m not sure what this purple flower is called. Do you?

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2282
Wheel Barrows in a Row

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2304
Daylily in such a bright color

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2308
Lots of bees out today

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2298
An Iris in soft purple

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2263
So many textures

 

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2302
Gazanias spread out

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2225
Hornet visits pink flower. Not familiar with this one. Anyone?

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2301
This rose bud is one of my favorite colors.

This place is special and the gravestones are surrounded by beauty. I hope you enjoyed my little tour.