WPC: Dance

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of March 18, 2016: There’s rhythm and motion all around us — this week, let’s capture some of it in a photo. Following on from my post on Native Californians yesterday… These photos were taken by my dad back in 1972, in Northern California.

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We Have Comfy Chairs

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week was Indoor Seating. Angel Bob (David Atkins): The Angels are feasting sir. Soon we’ll be able to absorb enough power to consume this vessel, this world and all the stars and worlds beyond. The Doctor: Well, we’ve got comfy chairs, did I mention? Angel Bob: We have no need of comfy chairs. The Doctorto Amy: I made him say “comfy chairs”. Well, the first thing that popped into my mind was the above scene from “Flesh and Stone” (Doctor Who, Series 5). And then I thought about these fairly comfy — and fancy — looking chairs which I saw in the Folsom History Museum on Sutter Street, as part of their Folsom’s Historic Places exhibit.  

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WPC: One Love

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of March 11, 2016: One love refers to the universal love and respect expressed by all people for all people, regardless of race, creed, or color. —The Urban Dictionary This post is late, since for me the past week has been One Of Those Weeks™, but I really wanted to share what’s been on my mind. Recently I’ve been reading Dee Brown‘s classic book, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.  I also went to visit (for the first time) a local park where the remains of a historic Maidu village are preserved, along with an attached museum.  By coincidence, I’ve also been sorting through some of my very old photos, including some taken at the Miwok site called Chaw sé, also known as Indian Grinding Rock State Park.  All this has given me a lot to think about. The Maidu village was perfectly located near a water source, and amid heritage oaks and other trees and plants.  All the resources — water, earth, rocks, acorn, willow, tule — and the abundant animal life meant that the people had everything they needed to live well.  They lived in connection to the earth, without wasting their resources and in full appreciation of all the earth provided to them. In the Miwok tribal roundhouse, they celebrated all the richness of these gifts and carefully passed on to the next generation the stories and traditions […]

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WPC: Weight(less)

The Daily Post weekly photo challenge for the week of January 8, 2016 This enormous granite core is displayed in Folsom’s Pioneer Village just off Sutter Street. Here’s a close-up of the attached information card: And for contrast, here’s a feather I spotted as it seemed to levitate near the edge of one of my favorite portions of the Pioneer Express Trail at Negro Bar State Park.

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WPC: Circles

The Daily Post Photo Challenge for the week of January 1 Most knitters, whether they’ve learned to spin their own fiber into yarn or not, will feel the urge to sit up and take notice whenever they spot one of these: I’ve no interest in learning to be a spinner, but when I saw this old wheel in the Folsom History Museum, I felt duty bound to take some pictures. Because even though, these days, most yarn does not come from such a spinning wheel but rather from big industrial machines, those of us obsessed with the craft feel a firm connection to knitters in the past, who didn’t have the convenience of a quick trip to the local yarn shop or ordering online.  The ones who had to prepare the fleece and spin up their own wool before they could knit a pair of socks or a hat.  

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