WPC: Weight(less)

The Daily Post weekly photo challenge for the week of January 8, 2016 This enormous granite core is displayed in Folsom’s Pioneer Village just off Sutter Street. Here’s a close-up of the attached information card: And for contrast, here’s a feather I spotted as it seemed to levitate near the edge of one of my favorite portions of the Pioneer Express Trail at Negro Bar State Park.

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WPC: Circles

The Daily Post Photo Challenge for the week of January 1 Most knitters, whether they’ve learned to spin their own fiber into yarn or not, will feel the urge to sit up and take notice whenever they spot one of these: I’ve no interest in learning to be a spinner, but when I saw this old wheel in the Folsom History Museum, I felt duty bound to take some pictures. Because even though, these days, most yarn does not come from such a spinning wheel but rather from big industrial machines, those of us obsessed with the craft feel a firm connection to knitters in the past, who didn’t have the convenience of a quick trip to the local yarn shop or ordering online.  The ones who had to prepare the fleece and spin up their own wool before they could knit a pair of socks or a hat.  

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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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Painting on glass

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge:  Anything painted There were so many possibilities with this week’s challenge!  It was all a bit daunting… until I remembered a museum exhibit I saw very recently.  I was visiting the Folsom History Museum (for the first time, I’m slightly embarrassed to admit), and among all the wonderful items I saw there, these leapt out at me in the small Chinese history display. I didn’t see an information card, and I was unfortunately pressed for time and so I wasn’t able to ask the volunteer if she could tell me about them.  I’m so happy I got a good photo.  I could gaze at these all day long. By the way, I am planning on going back to the museum to see their special exhibit called Folsom’s Historic Places:  An Insider’s Look (November 21- January 17).  Can’t wait!

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Clouds

No matter how beautiful a clear blue sunny sky may be, it’s nowhere near as inspiring as a sky filled with clouds. Whenever I see gorgeous cloud formations like these, it reminds me of something a co-worker once shared with me. Back in the days before digital cameras, her husband took their 12- or 13-year old son on a plane trip from California to Atlanta, Georgia, to see a special car show there.  The boy was intensely excited about the trip and the chance to see some rare and expensive cars; and once they arrived back home from their trip, he was impatient to send in his film for developing and get back all the pictures he’d taken. As soon as he had the stack of photos in hand he very proudly began to show them off to his mother.  But she was a little confused — there were one or two pictures of cars, but most of the photos were ones he’d taken on the airplane.  Out the window.  Of the clouds. I can’t really say that I blame him!

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