Wordless Wednesday; Summertime Memory



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Phoneography Challenge: Editing Dragon Fruit


The challenge today, as posed by Sally at Lens and Pens, is using editing apps for our mobile device photos.  I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the dragon fruit I saw at the grocer’s today, and have edited with three different apps.  The photo above was edited in Pixlr Express.


Photo above edited in Snapseed


Photo edited in PicMonkey

I’ve used my Samsung Galaxy Express phone. My favorite? I can’t decide.


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The Sunday Traveler; Quick Shot in Sayulita, Mexico


Vendors taking a break on the beach in Sayulita, Mexico. Sayulita is a wonderful little village about 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. It’s a wonderful place for a laid back Mexican getaway. Great food, and great surfing.

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Walk the Line


I keep a close watch on this heart of mine


I keep my eyes wide open all the time


I keep the ends out for the tie that binds


Because you’re mine, I walk the line….

Water, it’s ours to save, but we have to walk the line. The drought continues to intensify here in Northern California.


Lyrics: Hal David, Johnny R. Cash, Lillie Mcalpin, Rodney Crowell, Jenny Lou Carson, Fred Wise, Burt Bacharach, Benjamin Weisman, Kay Twomey



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Wordless Wednesday; Hanging Out in Playa del Carmen



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Phoneography Challenge: San Francisco Street Demonstrations



More often than not lately when I’m able to spend a day in San Francisco, I’ve found myself in the midst of a street demonstration or protest of  some kind. I never read about what’s going on in the City before I go in, I just show up and seem to find the action.


My husband and I were walking down Market Street to get to the Ferry Building and heard the crowd before we saw it. A very large demonstration of the Sikh community was forming for a march.  I’ll turn this over to a gallery format for the rest of the photos I took using my Samsung Galaxy (I wasn’t about to miss any photos while I took out my DSLR, and just used the phone). Click on any photo to open the gallery.

It’s always a fascinating city, diverse and active.

For more posts on today’s mobile devices challenge, visit Lens and Pens by Sally here, who has also been in San Francisco recently.

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The Sunday Traveler Celebrates Summer Solstice


Today marks Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and to celebrate, I thought I’d post a few photos taken during a ride across the San Francisco Bay on a ferry. The photos were taken a couple of weeks ago, but it was an extremely warm day for the Bay Area, and felt like summer had arrived.


Yachts racing across the water, blurred by the movement of the racing ferry, trying to make up time to keep on schedule, rewarded me with a few surreal looking photos. The afternoon was a bit surreal anyway in its simple perfection of being there surrounded by that beauty of the bay. It was all good to the last drop as water sloshed and sprayed the windows of the ferry.


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Finding a Bit of Sudan in San Francisco


San Francisco always seems to have a surprise waiting for me if I’m patient.  I sat on a ledge in a little green space in Union Square across from Macy’s, and it didn’t take long for a wonderful few moments of time to take place.


Three women came and sat at a table to one side, and in front of me; a few moments of prayer seemed to be taking place as they bowed, sat, stood again and bowed.


I felt a little guilty taking surreptitious photos, and got caught in the process. There was nothing left to do but walk around, apologize, and ask them if I had permission to take a few more photos. They laughed, and agreed it was fine. They laughed, I think, because I first assumed they did not speak English, did the stupid pointing to my camera and then to them indicating if it was ok to take their photo…they spoke English….and I continue to learn when taking photos of people on the street.


I made some friends who were visiting from Sudan



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Introducing a New Business Partner


Introducing Evan M, my ten-year old grandson. He sent me a text photo of this flower today and said I should post it on my blog. Well, alrighty then, Mr. M. Here it is, with a touch of editing on my part. I may have found a partner for the business.  We’ll have to go out on a photo shoot together soon.

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Phoneography Challenge, Black and White: On The Ferry


On the ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito. A moment stolen as the woman looked away, and the little girl looked at me. And what the little boy was looking at…



Guiding us on this weekly Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge is Sally Donatello at Lens and Pens by Sally. Sally is taking a trip by train in her post today; shuttle on over there for her post, and that of other phoneographers.


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