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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February Flowers

In honor of Leap Year 2016, I’m sharing some of the amazing flowers I’ve been seeing around my neighborhood this month. Since this is the first time in my life I’ve started paying much attention to flowers, I had to do quite a bit of internet research, trying to ID each one.  Thanks to Google and the awesome Wildflower Identification Guide, I think I’ve […]

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Clear Lake, Sunny Days

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Things That Are Hot. It’s late May, and we are staying in a small cabin on the shores of beautiful Clear Lake — one of the oldest lakes in North America — during our annual fishing trip with family and close friends. Yesterday I spent a couple of hours on the deck of an […]

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A Snail’s-Eye View, Part 1

Two of my very favorite books growing up, and even to this day, have been Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Alice was always shrinking and growing and being forced to examine her world in completely new ways. I liked to play at being Alice:  peering toward the edges of mirrors and pretending that backward […]

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Blue or Purple Flowers

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week, three wildflowers and a cultivated garden beauty. Wild iris   Geraniums (thanks to Mom, when Google failed me!)   Purple wildflowers.  These are everywhere in the spring; but Google as I might, I couldn’t come up with a proper name.  Everybody seems to just call them California wildflowers…   Sweet peas (thank you, […]

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Yellow/Orange Flowers

Garden flowers: It took me a fair bit of Googling but I believe these are Canna Lilies. Although the flowers look a bit droopy, their bright orange hue caught my eye as I was walking through my neighborhood, and I had to go back for a photo. The colors here a more subtle but still glorious.  I’m lucky to have neighbors who enjoy tending to roses, and just walking past the colorful blooms brightens my day. Wildflowers: Indian paintbrush along the base of the cliffs at Negro Bar State Park. I had to try several times before finally getting some good shots of these flowers; they lie at the base of a cliff that gets heavy sunlight most of the day, and that tends to make accurate photo coloring tough.  If it’s not too sunny, it’s usually too breezy — these beautiful buds do a lot of swaying in the wind!

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White Flowers

Hollyhock flower seen in my neighborhood.  These flowers originated in Asia and Europe and are now widely popular with gardeners.  Kyoto, Japan, holds an annual Hollyhock Festival every May. For white flowers, I need look no farther than the camellias in my driveway.  We have two plants; one produces white petals and the other produces pink/red flowers.  Now is the […]

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Red Flowers

Well, now that my somewhat crazy December is finally over, I hope to return to the habit of posting on a regular basis.  I definitely have a lot of new photos to share, and maybe even a few interesting things to write about. First, I want to jump back into some photo challenges!  Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Red Flowers.  I’m very lucky that in my neighborhood there are always a few bright and colorful gardens I can’t resist pointing my camera at. This heart-shaped crape myrtle always reminds me of Valentine’s Day. For this beautiful red rose I played with some of the photo effects available on Flickr. Here’s a bright accent at the edge of this corner lot. I’m not sure what this flower is, but it’s a real beauty.

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