The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of October 25, 2017. Goodbye, straight lines. Hello, curves. While I pondered my response to this week’s challenge, I happened to be reading a book called The Porcelain Thief by Huan Hsu. I acquired an uncorrected proof of the book purely by accident a few months ago, digging it out of a pile of used books for sale. I wanted to read it partly because China (the country) has always fascinated me; another reason was that some of the shards pictured on the book’s cover reminded me of a few broken pieces of pottery I found years ago near Mormon Island at Folsom Lake, during the winter when the lake level was down. Of course, the shards I found are almost certainly relatively cheap, everyday dinnerware from the early 20th century rather than rare Chinese porcelain. Still, the closer I study them, the more fascinating they become. I may never know what stories these small shards have to tell, but their curved decorations and shapes remain intriguing to me, and I protect them as though they were priceless artifacts. We peered into the pit… The walls were layer upon layer of collapsed kilns and shard beds. The rounded forms of broken teacups looked like clutches of fossilized dinosaur eggs. ‘Those shards two meters down, they’re about a hundred years old,’ he said. That was only halfway to the bottom. ‘And there’s […]
My entry for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week. This topic is fairly self-explanatory. Let’s see how creative you can get with this topic. I’m looking forward to what you all decide to post. I just want you to have some fun with your photography.
Here are a couple of images (taken at the Sacramento History Museum) that I forgot to include with my post on Monday, Exploring Sutter’s Fort, Part 3.
I’ve been amazed at how many bright blooms I’ve been seeing in the last couple of weeks, just wandering around local neighborhood streets. Luckily I’ve been able to capture a few using my small Finepix AX rather than just my mobile phone. But it all depends on how impatient my energetic walking companion happens to be at the moment. As you can see, there are times when I have a tough time keeping him in the frame! I make sure to thank him whenever he pauses long enough for me to snap a non-blurry image.
This week I wanted to share an episode from California’s Golden Parks, another series that Huell Houser created. This is another occasion when Huell gets a chance to go a bit deeper and see things most visitors might never get a chance to see and hear stories that don’t often get told. In fact, as you’ll see in the episode, […]
The theme this week for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Letter J – Needs to contain the Letter J and be at least 6 letters long. Let’s see how creative you can we can be on this challenge. Have fun with this week’s challenge. Majestic: