The Sunday Traveler~ Quick Shot In A Winery


A quick shot of Wente Winery in Livermore, California. Grapes that are grown in this incredible valley of Northern California rival any of those in Napa, Sonoma, or the surrounding wine country area. A  forty minute drive across the San Francisco Bay Bridge, into the East Bay and you’re here. Wente has a wonderful restaurant with exquisite offerings of fresh, locally grown foods, and outdoor seating under shady oaks; there is also an onsite golf course that has a lovely café with outdoor seating to enjoy a casual meal and glass of wine, with vineyards at your feet.  There are about forty wineries in the Livermore area, so make a weekend of it if you have the time.

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Getting My Spring Back On


Northern California has decided to celebrate spring; why wait. The hills and canyons around me are a resplendent green, and the trees? Just look at what they’re doing!

As a side note today, I would like to thank all of the new followers I have had in the last several weeks, and I will be paying visits to your blogs soon. I would also like to let everyone know that my visits to your blogs have been few and far between of late due to ongoing health issues with my daughter. Things are on the upswing and slowly improving, so I’ll be back again soon.

The blossoms pictured above are in my son and daughter’s back yard. I may not be posting a lot, but my eyes are always on the search for beauty.

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The Sunday Traveler~Chinatown Markets In Living Color


To see the real action, just migrate up a couple of blocks from the tourist area of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Weekends seem especially busy with people buying produce for the week, or maybe just that evening’s meal.


I spent an afternoon wandering up and down just about two square blocks of Chinatown, entranced by the street stands with fresh vegetables and fruit. And the people. It was a busy place!


I think this could be any place in the world. This just happens to be my little corner of said world.

I know Chinatown is in the tourist book, but venture further than the few streets mentioned in the book. It’s just a matter of blocks.


I’ll post a few more photos here and there throughout the weeks to come.

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B&W Challenge~Final, Day 5~The Woman in Ross Alley


Five days of the B&W Challenge have gone by quickly. Today I would like to ask Roshan at Roshan Clicks to join in the challenge for five days, and link to one of his blog followers each day in addition to his photo. Roshan asked yesterday if he could sign up for this challenge, and I like having people come forward on their own; Roshan is an incredible photographer.

Black and white. When I started getting interested in photography just a few years ago, I didn’t like monochrome. I think possibly that I didn’t understand it. There is just something about it. And now with the last five days, the deal is sealed. Thanks to Meg at Move the Chair for approaching me to participate in this challenge.

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B&W Challenge~Day 4~ Street Dancer


A long day for this street performer I spotted at noon by the rapid transit station. On my way home at 4:00, he was still dancing.

Day 4 of a 5 day challenge in black and white. As part of the challenge one fellow blogger is asked to participate if they so wish, and do the same. Today I would like to ask Sylvia at anotherdayinparadise to participate. No pressure, Sylvia; totally voluntary, if you’re up for it.

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B&W Challenge ~ Day 3~ 21


San Francisco, California. Market and Powell Streets.

The B&W Challenge is a five-day series of all black and white photos, asking one fellow blogger each day to participate if they wish to. Today I would like to ask David Pasillas at iPhone Photographer to join those of us who have taken on this challenge. David, no pressure, but I would love to see some of your work in black and white, or apps that you might use for that purpose.

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B&W Challenge ~ Day 2 ~ Walk


Stockton and Washington Streets, San Francisco, with view of Bay Bridge.

As part of the B&W Challenge, I will ask Allan G. Smorra at Ohm Sweet Ohm to participate if he so chooses. Allan, just post one B&W photo per day for 5 days, and in turn ask one blogger each day to also participate.

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B&W Challenge~Day 1


Shadows of Paperwhites on window blinds.

Thanks to Meg at Move the Chair for asking me to participate in this 5 days of posting a black and white photo, and in turn asking one person each day to join. Today I would like to ask Janet at This, That and The Other Thing if she would like to jump in to 5 days of posting a B&W photo and then asking one person each day to also join. No pressure to participate, Janet.

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Phoneography Challenge~Nature’s Confusion


A dried leaf found on a walk just last week; a leaf amidst a pile of brothers fallen and swirling around the street. Northern California weather has truly confused the trees. Many still with leaves fallen, and branches bared as if it was November; yet others bursting into bloom.  We’ve had daytime temperatures in the high 70’s, and spring is definitely on our minds. Yet the sun falls, and the nights become quite chilly. Nature has also deigned to withhold rain from us again, with not one drop falling in the entire month of January. The magnificent rains we had in December are but a memory, and we’re back on drought status.

I made the photo of two different leaves shown here using a Samsung Galaxy, and edited with Snapseed and Pixlr Express.



The Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge is brought to us by Lens and Pens by Sally.

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The Sunday Traveler’s Rainbow Treasures


The eagerly awaited fortunes, hidden inside the cookies made it without being broken open on the train ride home. Anticipation is everything after a trek into San Francisco’s Chinatown, a hunt and successful search for the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. My future looks pretty good.


I had read about the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory in a magazine a couple of years ago, and made a mental note of it for a future outing. The mental note got a bit fuzzy over the years and finding the factory required a few stops in local shops in Chinatown asking for its location. (Note to self: create a notebook to jot down ideas and places with addresses for future outings). The alley where the cookie factory is located, Ross Alley, is extremely more interesting than the  factory itself it turns out, but the next time I crack open a fortune cookie in a restaurant in the Bay Area,  I will know how it is made and probably where.

The factory is basically a large narrow room, and is a two cookie maker operation. I also discerned that a lot of eggs are used. The workers in the shop spoke little English, so getting details on the actual recipe, or process for the dough, was not possible.




The woman in the previous photo is sitting right behind this woman, and are the only two making the cookies. The cookie is taken off the disc in the right of this photo, fortune installed, and cookie bent and given its classic shape over the wire sticking out by the woman’s hands. Voila! I had to suppress a giggle as I thought of that I Love Lucy show of Lucy and Ethel in the candy factory eating what they couldn’t get off the conveyor belt fast enough.


I have no idea where the slips of papers with the fortunes came from, but I can almost visualize a man sitting in a back room with a typewriter thinking up fortunes and typing them out. Hope he doesn’t have any spells of writer’s block.


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