Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Carnival Color


The season of Lent approaches; but first, lets have a carnival, living life in color.

Photo taken with iPhone 6Plus, edited with Enlight in their artistic filters.

The last Monday of each month in Sally D’s mobile photography challenge is a free pass to the photographer’s photo of choice (the other Mondays are for nature, macro, black and white). Visit Sally’s blog here.


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The Sunday Traveler ~ Snapshot from Oahu’s West Shore


The Sunday Traveler had been on the island of Molokai in late September when, incredibly, an invitation came to join friends on Oahu in mid December. Who am I to refuse an invitation like that?

While having been on Oahu many times, I had never been over to the west shore.  The Sunday Traveler will be back next Sunday with photos and stories from Ko’Olina, Yokohama Bay, and Oahu’s west shore.


Until then, aloha.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Black and White Thoughts


Our flag. Seen on a walk out on the back roads. Hung up in tree branches. Ripped and torn by the storms. My mind whirls at the meanings, at the sadness that our country has endured. But I note that part of the fabric remains intact, though with a few twists and folds. I smooth out the parts I can reach.

I walk on. Thinking. Noting that there is still beauty out here on the back roads. With creeks that rise from drought to full again.


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The Sunday Traveler ~ San Antonio Goodbye Gift


Three weeks seemed to have spun by in a flash. Friendship, fun, memories in this city I grew up in.


No trip to San Antonio is complete without a visit to the iconic Mexican Restaurant downtown, Mi Tierra. If you visit San Antonio, this is a high priority place to have a meal at…and maybe a Margarita


sanantoniomercado2The famous San Antonio Mercado (Market Place) is right across the way, within the same little complex where Mi Tierra is found; and here, one can get a good taste of Mexico’s art and souvenirs.



A little aside…The main objective for this trip was quite a sentimental one, I’ve begun work on a little book of family recipes for my kids, and one of those recipes started with my grandmother who lived in San Antonio. Oddly enough, this Mexican grandmother handed down the most incredible turkey stuffing recipe that is a family favorite, a fried oyster stuffing. The stories vary a bit on how my grandmother came by this recipe, but it wasn’t from Mexico. And the story only adds intrigue. My grandmother owned and ran a little hamburger joint across the street from one of San Antonio’s oldest city parks, San Pedro Park. But I digress; I ran across an old photo of the hamburger place, and I decided to go and see what was now in the spot it used to be in.


And San Antonio’s goodbye to me was also finding that my grandmother’s home a few blocks away is still intact, a bit updated on the outside from when I had last seen it. Stopping to take a photo of the outside of the home, the owner happened to be going outside, and I  told her who I was and how this house had been my grandmother’s.  I was invited inside! To walk through the rooms in this house, where I spent so much time with my grandmother when I was a child, was more than I could have imagined. It was the kitchen, where I sat and shared so many meals and stories with my grandmother, that grabbed my heart. So, the Sunday Traveler recommends travel, always; but travel home if you can. One never knows what gifts you will find; and not necessarily in a market place.



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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Macro On The Wall



Art made abstract in macro portions.

iPhone 6Plus used in Camera+, with edits in camera.

Challenge lead can be found at Lens and Pens by Sally.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ The Texas Hill Country


The Sunday Traveler spent an afternoon with friends renewing memories of home, driving into the Hill Country with the intention of seeing a few wineries that have become so popular in what has become The Texas Hill Country Wine Trail. As it turned out quite a few wineries are closed on Tuesdays, but we hit one, and had a lovely tasting of the wines of William Chris Winery.

But first things first. We started our afternoon by fortifying ourselves with lunch at what couldn’t have been a better place, the Hill Country Cupboard in Johnson City. A fabulous old Texas kind of place. A friend and I shared a chicken fried steak…oh, yeah! I was fortified; and the ambiance couldn’t have been better


Fortification obtained. Wine tasted, and it was actually more about the surrounding beauty that filled me up that day.



The Hill Country encompasses a 25 county region; I’m not sure what that is in square miles, but it’s wonderful to envision this stretching all over such a big area.



The day was warm, sunny, and the afternoon light was made for being out taking photos


The last winery we briefly visited, because it was closing time, was where we learned, after a lifetime of growing up in San Antonio, that the name of a most famous river in central Texas, the Pedernales (it flows across the Texas Hill Country west of Austin), is indeed spelled Pedernales, not Perdenales. Wow! Really? We questioned the person at the bar in the tasting room, then checked Google just for good measure. We always had that r in there and pronounced it that way. Wine tasting can be educational about things other than wine.

sanantoniohill8sanantoniohill3It was time to wrap up the day; the icing on the cake for the day was presented to us on the drive home


Until next time my friends. Keep your eyes on the cork.






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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Nature in Flux


Storm clouds gathering late yesterday afternoon. Another group of storms are lined up out in the Pacific that are going to bring us yet more rain, and snow up in the higher elevations. It is official that our drought is now over.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ Remember The Alamo


Before the actual Battle of the Alamo (2/23-3/6/1836), the Texians had driven out all Mexican troops from Mexican Texas. Those were getting to be confusing days of who owned what, or maybe I should say it was confusing days of who thought who owned what. It was Mexico, but it was becoming Texas. By skirmishes and battles.

The Mexican president, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna launched a once and for all battle to get things settled. He won the Alamo, but then ultimately lost at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. And there you have a cut and dried synopsis of a testy time in Tex-Mex history. And now, every April, San Antonio has one big party called Fiesta Week that commemorates more the Battle of San Jacinto, of course, and everyone just has a good time together. Together!

Possible aha moment:

The Sunday Traveler, being a born and raised San Antonian, grew up with the history, but in going to Wikipedia to get dates correct, found a fact not remembered, that one of the women who took refuge in the Alamo during that battle, Susanna Dickinson, was there with her infant daughter, Angelina. No one in my family had any knowledge of why my grandmother named one of her daughters, Angeline(a), and who I was in turn named after. I now have to wonder if my grandmother had the history of the Alamo women in mind. My grandmother, Mercedes, was a strong woman who I truly believe would be out there in marches today if she were here now.

The Sunday Traveler was on a quick trip in to downtown San Antonio when getting these couple of outdoor photos, with good intentions to go back to get some inside photos, but that never happened. Next trip, which should be in the not too distant future.

The following photo is of a garden on one side of an Alamo wall.


See y’all next week.


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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Editing and Processing


The week’s photo challenge is in editing and processing our mobile photographs. I’ve used my iPhone 6Plus, in Camera+, and processed using the Enlight app.

Out walking on a late winter afternoon here in Northern California gave much time for reflection and absorbing beauty to soothe a frayed soul in the midst of our country’s chaos.

“All religions, arts, and sciences, are branches of the same tree” ~Albert Einstein

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The Sunday Traveler ~ On The San Antonio River Walk


The San Antonio River begins its flow southward in the Midtown San Antonio area, and ends  up feeding into the Guadalupe River. Winding along for 240 miles. The main event is at the actual River Walk in San Antonio; the river is bordered on two sides by shops and restaurants.


Nights on the River Walk, especially at the Christmas season, are colorful and filled with lights, music, and people. And some good food.


Barges cruise down the river, providing an easy way to see the sights and to get some history from these Texas gondoliers.



The River Walk area wasn’t always a tourist attraction; back in 1921, after a flood, the river walk, as it existed then (nothing of interest), was slated to be paved over for a storm sewer. Enter the Conservation Society, and the dream of architect Robert Hugman, and vamanos (lets’ go) a flood gate on the north of the river, and a small dam on the south end, and some kind of flow gate along the middle, and the transformation began.


The River Walk is one level down from the street level.



sanantonioriver7In the last several years the River Walk was extended leading out to the Pearl, a wonderful old restored brewery area, also a tourist attraction unto itself, with restaurants, shops and a fantastic hotel housed in part of the old brewery.


See y’all next time.



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