Wordless Wednesday in San Francisco

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Phoneography Challenge; Macro Under Water

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Macro phoneography, getting up close and personal, getting an eyeful in your view finder. I sometimes feel like Sherlock Holmes when out in search of a photo in macro, phone held up close to my eye, and narrowing in on my subject. These stems in a clear glass vase seemed mysterious and beckoned me in for a closer view. So colorful and bright up top, but under water, only the shadow knows.

More macro photos can be found on the blog challenge Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge by Lens and Pens by Sally. 

 

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Sunday Traveler: Orange County; Laguna Beach

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Sunday travel continues on down the highway. The Pacific Coast Highway, to sunny, sumptuous Laguna Beach. You’d think you were in Hawaii. It’s lovely and is one of the more expensive places to live in Orange County given its location, but it also has beaches for everyone. And all the locals from OC come here often to play. Laguna Beach is known also for its artist community, and hosts several large art events yearly.  You just can’t beat this little town for charm.

This is where the highway ends for this series. Let’s see what next week brings. I hope you’ve enjoyed the little trip down the PCH.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

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The Transamerica Pyramid, a monument that has become one of the symbols of San Francisco; photo taken from Chinatown, another monument to San Francisco.

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Wednesday’s Meeting

 

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out of her stall at a wild gallop

circles around the field

pulling up at the fence

for a morning meeting greeting

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The Project: A Preview

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I’ve been taking an eight week online photography workshop with Otto Von Munchow, of In Flow; our most challenging assignment has been a photo essay project to create and develop.  We have one more week of “class” and then we will unleash our project. I’ve taken on a subject matter that has weighed upon my heart for several months now, and it is has been so good to use photography as a healing process.

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Phoneography Challenge: Nature Strikes a Pose

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This was on a registration table at an art show I was at Saturday. A simple spring arrangement of flowers; the Snapdragon was just showing off.

Nature can be such a show-offy kind of gal. That famous Altamont Pass I’ve shown photos of before is also in full spring regalia; with the recent rain blessings we’ve received, the Altamont is stunning right now. It’s hard to drive over this pass and not be absolutely in awe of the beauty.

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More on nature can be found today at Lens and Pens by Sally and her Phoneography and Non-SLR Devices Photo Challenge.

My photos today taken with a Samsung Galaxy Express phone.

 

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Sunday Traveler: Orange County California, Fashion Island

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Continuing travels down the Pacific Coast Highway, through Orange County, we come to Newport Beach, and Fashion Island.  An outdoor mall of shops and restaurants across the street from the Pacific Ocean…what could be better than that?

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In last week’s post I mentioned that beautiful beaches are an attraction in Orange County, but not all that there is. Here is a case in point, and I’ll focus on the fashion in this post to give you a light and fun little virtual shopping experience.

It was always great to spend a sunny Saturday or Sunday here window shopping, having lunch, and looking up to see that expanse of ocean right across the way.

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We’ll keep moving down the coast next week. See you then for more from the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: (Gated) Thresholds

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One in Puerto Vallarta, one in San Francisco. Can you tell which is where?

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Blurring The Creative Lines

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So where does creativity begin? Where does it end? It’s all in our mind, within our power. We have it. I’m just finding that out, and beginning to have fun coloring outside the lines.

I like Abraham Maslow’s thoughts on creativity: “The key question isn’t ‘what fosters creativity?’ But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.”

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