WPC: (Back to the) Future

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of April 8, 2016. The past and the present might be open to interpretation, but are still constrained by the reality of what was and is. The future? It’s tremendously intangible, brimming with possibility. No, it’s not a Delorean, but it’s still a sort of time machine. In our modern age, when so many […]

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WPC: Landscapes

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of April 1st 2016 is Landscape. This week, it’s all about landscape photography. Show us your best establishing shot, out in nature or in an urban setting. Landscape is a word with a number of definitions.  The American Heritage dictionary defines landscape as either a noun, i.e., “A view or vista […]

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Scenic Seating

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week is Outdoor Seating. I thought it would be fun to share some of my most memorable benches and chairs — including a trip to The Brick, which featured in the TV show Northern Exposure, and a flashback to 1974, when I visited Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm for the first time. Enjoy!     […]

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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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