Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Nature in Northern California

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I drove out onto the back roads in the hills around me yesterday for a little peace and contemplation. The hills never fail to provide me with a sense of serenity. As per my usual routine, I get in the car and just drive, letting my muse lead me to find the location I need to be in to find that peace and beauty.

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There are pockets of green in the little valleys, and bits of water that remain from the last rain we had. Those bits of green are quickly disappearing.

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ On The Way

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Watching a plane come in at a small regional airport on a rainy tarmac, as I wait to get on my way to my destination.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ The Birds and the Beach

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It is with an exultant heart that I begin anew with mobile photography using a new iPhone.  I am re-familiarizing myself with settings, etc., and spent the day yesterday at Bodega Bay on the Sonoma Coast here in Northern California. It was a dream day with the iPhone that I just purchased last Wednesday. The photo above was taken in Camera+ with the only edit being the addition of a tonal filter. It was a foggy day for the most part, and the next two photos I will show have no edits at all; also taken with Camera+

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There was much joy with these little girls playing on the beach

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I am beside myself with excitement with this new camera, and all that it can do. I already told my husband I would be useless for the next several weeks as I run amok taking photos and putting new apps and edits to the test.

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Broken

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To the side of a house I walked by, the broken fence didn’t serve in keeping anyone out; maybe it was to keep the boat in, but no matter, there’s not much water in Northern California anyway.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Black and White in Child’s Play

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Mobile Photography, having that camera at the ready for moments to freeze in time. Moments to look back on in years to come to keep the moment alive.

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Celebrating my passion for photography through use of the camera that is always at hand, that I hesitate to say is play, but it’s a way to have fun too.

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Enveloped in the Heart

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stamen enveloped in the heart of the Peony

resting comfortably within the seat of their being

enveloping my eyes in their beauty

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Phoneography Challenge ~ Macro in Pink

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As promised last week, here is another look at a different flower, a bud, from the same tree as last week’s tulip-magnolia mystery flower. I’ve chosen to show you this edited photo that I cropped substantially, and of course increased color a bit to brighten it up.

I started out with the photo below

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The Sunday Traveler ~ Time By The Pool

pvearlymorningpoolview An early morning looking out at The Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A little time to reflect on where the road takes me. I struggle with seeming to juggle a little some days and a lot on others, and not quite getting anything accomplished on any of those days. The Sunday Traveler will be pulling up stakes for a little while, and cutting back a  little bit on my other postings to once or twice a week to concentrate on working on photography projects, and do more reading.  I might even find time to have a little umbrella drink down by the pool.

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Forces of Nature in San Francisco

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Brie Anne Demkiw, in the Weekly Photo Challenge, has asked us to show the forces of nature from our corner of the world; she does make mention of the fast-moving fog in San Francisco,  so I thought I’d show an example of that. I’ll warn potential visitors that the day can start with fog, bloom into a warm sunny day, but when the evening fog starts to roll in you’d better have a jacket or sweater at the ready.

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Not So Wordless Wednesday, Post Script ~ Not Really

I  was wondering when someone would question this large creature, or read my tags that included (trompe l’oeil). Amy had an inkling I think. But I won’t be able to sleep until I say the large bird in my previous post is a statue, the tree is covering the base; you can see it better in this photo

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I did no cropping on the previous blog’s photo, but used a photo that I took from a different vantage point. A lesson I’ve learned since taking up photography…move around your subject for possible different perspectives. Maybe I should have done this one on April Fool’s Day.

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