Phoneography Challenge: Nature Strikes a Pose


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.


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


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?


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.



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



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

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Blurring The Creative Lines


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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Dinner at Eight




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Phoneography Challenge: Editing and Processing


Editing and processing, or what you got isn’t necessarily what you get when you’ve taken a photo these days in said world of editing and processing. I’ve done a study of one photo this week for the challenge sponsored by Lens and Pens by Sally, visit her site to see some great work for the challenge and her tip of the week. The photo above is edit #1, and following are other adaptations that are simple, but an example of what just a tweak of editing can do to help a photo you might otherwise leave to languish in your files. Clicking on each image to enlarge will give a better view




And what it all came from, the original that has been hanging out in my files for a while




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Sunday Traveler: Orange County California, Huntington Beach


Orange County. One of my favorite places in Southern California. We were lucky enough to live here for five years, and loved every minute of this diverse community that is just south of Los Angeles, and a world unto itself.

For the next couple of Sundays, I’ll take you along the Pacific Coast Highway corridor running through OC (Orange County).


Huntington Beach is just one of the beach cities along the PCH, Highway 1.  It’s a fun place to spend a Sunday walking along the pier, people watching, and of course eating at one of the great restaurants or cafes.

You can sit on the green and watch the ocean if you’d prefer not to get sand between your toes.


This is a laid back town


There’s always a lot going on


or not


There’s more to Orange County than beaches, but that’s a definite highlight



It’s an eclectic place, with great vista’s from its pier

sundaytravelhb9Pedal around town if you like


See you next week for a little shopping farther down the PCH.

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Travel Theme: Statues (in Kauai)


The art of the Hula. A statue seen in Kauai

Thanks to Ailsa  at for this weekly travel challenge

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Rainy Day Happy

rainydaykidswalkKids trooping across the street

like ducks all in a row

happy shouts and splashes

umbrellas twirling all around

raindrops dance on my windshield





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Phoneography Challenge: Light and Shadow



Two recent posts I’ve read in as many days, have asked and discussed why we take photographs.  Since delving and dabbling into this art form of photography I’ve begun to see things differently; subtle hues, shade, shadow and shapes. I cannot resist capturing the beauty that surrounds me in the everyday, a moment in time frozen into forever.  And as I think about why I take photographs, I begin to think that it is a form of gratitude that I offer up to the Universe for the beauty that is here for all of us to see.

Photo taken with a Samsung Galaxy phone camera.


Thanks also to Sally Donatello, who programs each week’s phoneography challenge, the time and work she puts in to this project is phenomenal. The official title of the challenge has just been changed to Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge. You can find her post for today, with her photos and a link to a wonderful photographer, here.


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