Weekly Photo Challenge~Cover Art


If a zen magazine should call and request a cover photo for an issue on finding zen in the garden, I would send them this one.

Photo taken at Nepenthe, Big Sur, California.

The Weekly Photo Challenge has more entries here.


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Wordless Wednesday~Blue Angels Over San Francisco Bay



Official Website can be found here

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Phoneography Challenge~Fountain in Black and White


A Sunday afternoon meditation.

Water cascading

shadows lingering

time escaping


Black and White is the week’s theme for Lens and Pens by Sally‘s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge. Go over and take a look at more.


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The Sunday Traveler~Courtyards of Honolulu Museum of Art

La Grande Penelope, 1912

Walking in to the Honolulu Museum of Art is a bit unusual in that one walks into courtyards in a tropical climate, heavy with humidity the day I visited, and feel transported to other worlds.


Bertram Goodhue, a New York architect, designed the plans for the galleries surrounded by courtyards; he took advantage of the outdoor light, and Hawaii’s climate. The architect used elements of Chinese and Mediterranean features, along with the pitched roof popular in Hawaii. The Chinese Courtyard is surrounded by the Asian art galleries, and the Mediterranean Courtyard is surrounded by the collection of European and American art.  Paving stones made from Chinese granite slabs that were used as ballast in ships transporting Hawaiian sandalwood are used around the koi pond in the Chinese Courtyard. There are flagstones from Molokai, and Chinese green glazed tiles.

I’ve put a gallery together of different perspectives of the courtyards that I took those wonderful few hours that I was there.

It rained, the sun came out, and it rained again. No matter.

The lead photo is a sculpture entitled La Grande Penelope, dated 1912.  The sculptor is Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929).

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Weekly Photo Challenge~Refraction Through a Kaleidoscope


I don’t know what possessed me several weeks ago to hold up my smart phone to the view piece of a kaleidoscope we have had for years, face a door to the outside for light, and snap a photo.  I could not keep the kaleidoscope steady with one hand, so could not keep it centered, thus the off-balance composition. But, for today’s challenge, the refraction amazes me now just as it did when I was a child.


More entries to the challenge on refractions can be found here.

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Wordless Wednesday~Emerald Lady



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Phoneography Challenge; Macro at The Table


A blue-stoppered bottle of water placed on our table at the restaurant. Reflections on the bottle shine on the glass, and the blue stopper, hanging on the side, caught my eye.

Photo taken with my Samsung Galaxy and edited in PicMonkey.

For more on macro, visit Lens and Pens by Sally.

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The Sunday Traveler~Art Deco Hawaii


The art buddha seems to frequently coordinate my travel destinations with great art exhibits in the city I happen to be visiting.  My latest trip to Oahu was no exception. The Honolulu Museum of Art is showcasing Art Deco Hawaii, the first major museum exhibition to present the Hawaiian view on the International Art Deco style; this was at its height in the islands from the 1920s to the 1940s.  You cannot imagine my extreme happiness when I was told that photos were permissible without the use of a flash; no problem, the lighting in the rooms was perfect. I went mid-week and there were two other people there that hurried through, so in essence I had a private viewing. Heaven to linger over each work.

I’ve placed a small number of the photos I took in a gallery format, please click on any photo to enlarge.

I will show you around the lovely museum courtyards in future posts, as well as a few more gallery photos.

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Weekly Photo Challenge~California Dreamy


Here in Northern California, where a severe drought is going on, we can only dream about a winter like this one that we had several years ago. This was a trip up to Lake Tahoe during a dreamy snowstorm.

For more dreamy photos in the WordPress weekly challenge, click here.

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Wordless Wednesday~Lovely Hula Hands



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