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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Lots of Parking Lots

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week is Alleys, Driveways, Parking Lots, and Dirt Roads. Above  and below, the view from the top of the Kaiser Roseville Medical Center parking structure. Looking east down Folsom Boulevard from another parking structure, this one near Historic Sutter Street and the Light Rail tracks in Folsom. Finally — I spotted this truck in the parking lot […]

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WPC: Half Light

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of March 25, 2016. Share a photograph inspired by a favorite poem, verse, story, or song lyric. Bonus points if you share why the particular text resonates with you. (Though you certainly don’t have to!) If you’re not feeling especially literary or musical this week, see if you can capture the […]

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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: 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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Things That Are Wet

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Things That Are Wet.  Interesting topic for me, living in drought-stricken California!  Here’s what came to mind: This was a few years ago; if you look carefully, you can see the gutters are filled with rushing water (not to mention the wind has blown some branches out of our tree). On this cold, wet day I was walking across the bridge when I looked down and saw someone had dropped some Hershey Kisses.  It made me feel just a little bit sad. 😦 This fair-sized sturgeon lives in the giant tank at Bass Pro Shops store in Rocklin, California.  He’s definitely wet and plans on staying that way. Here are Buster and Pinkie going a little bit crazy and trying to bite the cascade of water shooting out of the sprinkler.  The game was never over until they were both completely drenched. And of course, there’s not too many things wetter than the ocean!  I took this video because I wanted to be able to revisit the Northern California coast and listen to the relaxing sound of the surf any time,  even if I was stuck at home in the hot Sacramento Valley.  The only thing missing is the smell of the salty air.

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Golden Gate: Six Aspects

Back in the mid 1980s I took this picture of San Francisco’s beautiful Golden Gate Bridge.  It’s still one of my favorites, but this week I decided to play around with a couple of different photo-editing programs and see if I could improve the shot. Original: Black and white (Aviary)   San Carmen (Aviary)   High saturation (Aviary)   Cloud effects/Daguerreotype frame (PicMonkey)   Sepia […]

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