Houses

My entry for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge this week. This week the topic is Houses: big, small, lighthouses, birdhouse, firehouse, toys etc.  This topic is fairly self-explanatory.  Let’s see how creative you can get with this topic.

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WPC: Rounded

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 […]

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Memory Monday, Week 45

From my journal, April 2, 1995: “We got another dog last Tuesday night. She’s a pitbull but doesn’t look like Phoebe. Her coat is very soft and fawn-color. She has a pink nose and yellow eyes. She also has a white blaze on her chest and throat and white on her toes. Buster is so happy to have a dog […]

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Hiking at Beals Point

Lately I’ve been looking to break my routine by finding different places to hike that are still close to home; and since Folsom Lake is nearby, I picked the most convenient access point, Beals Point, for my Thursday morning outing. I’ll admit I was disappointed after I got there, but it’s my own fault, really. I already knew Beals Point […]

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