This is a bouquet that keeps on giving. This pretty little red plant is growing from a bouquet my love gave me. When I have cut flowers, I let them linger on past what some would call pretty and hope for seeds or sprouts. I change the water just as if they looked alive (because they are). I got really lucky with this species that I haven’t been able to identify. Hopefully I’ll get more from the bouquet in the background too.
Can anyone tell me what kind of plant this is?
Our hike this morning took us through the Presidio and down to Baker beach. I snapped a few pictures as we made our way down the trail to the beach at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. Here’s how long it took for the fog to roll in.
Looks to be a bright sunny day, right?
10:10 am – There she is! We had to get pretty close to see it.
It took 18 minutes for Karl the Fog to swallow the bridge. Well, there it is. Now we see how 20 minutes can change your whole day in San Francisco. What? That’s not fog? Happy 4.20 =)
Come join us for our walk! I didn’t have my Nikon, but I did my best with my iPhone6Plus to get some pretty views to share. Here they are:
We took our walk down 1,000 Steps, including The Sand Ladder, to Baker Beach after the rain.
We ran into so many interesting characters along the way. But we didn’t visit this lizard too long as he still seems peeved about that whole tail thing.
There were flowers blooming EVERYWHERE!
So many colors
Bright and cheerful
Make sure you fall in love with someone who doodles your initials.
Sand art inspired by the view
It was low tides and we got to see so many little squirts
Close up of close together
They gathered in the cracks
Some where big
Some where bigger
Interesting angles exposed by low tide
And on the way back, more amazing flowers
Dramatic in shapes
Dramatic in colors
If you love flowers and views this walk might be for you
Unless you aren’t a fan of stairs. That’s why we took pictures for you!
So many beautiful things to look at
Tiny dew drops sticking to flowers
More water drops caught in a web
Drop on by 1,000 Steps
And say ‘hi’ to one of the bigger friends on the path.
Just be careful not to step on this little buddy
Is this my good side?
Or this side? Thanks for joining us on our walk. See you next time!
I moved a few little seedlings and clippings into their new neighborhoods today. These little babies are tiny; they’re currently living in sauce cups. But they will grow and I will help them move on then too. They are rather like hermit crabs moving from home to home. Meanwhile, they’ll decorate this antique dresser quite nicely.
The plants are: Kalanchoe, Echeveria, Dietes grandiflora (fairy iris), and Asplenium bulbiferum (mother fern)
I was lucky enough to receive an antique side table. This beautiful little table came to my workshop in pieces.
The price tag was still on it. It was $0.89 new!
Just a little glue,
olive oil, vinegar, and love
brought her back to life.
Yesterday Morning Looked Like This
Now It Looks Like This
There you have it. See what you’re missing Arizona? 😉
I made it down to the Women’s March in San Francisco just in time to take a few pictures with my iPhone6Plus. The energy was positive and the rain only made it more beautiful!
We ran into some very curious coyotes in the Marin Headlands today. What a beautiful holiday gift from Mother Earth.
These pictures were taken with an iPhone 6 Plus. Click to see larger. Thanks for looking!
Look hard; there’s a whale in this shot
We saw plenty of whales from the beach, here at Gray Whale Cove. I didn’t have the right lens to catch any good shots of them on film, but if you look carefully you can see a puff from a blow hole and what looks like a rectangle log…that’s a whale. Really. I promise. Anyway, the views are amazing.
This beautiful little moth was on my back steps. Best viewed full size; click to see.
Taken while hiking along Devil’s Slide Trail in Pacifica, CA.
Well, summer is officially over. Here are some pictures to reflect on until next year. We took this walk on September 19th. As usual, click to see them at their best – full sized. Enjoy!
As we head into autumn, here are some flowers to remind you of how vibrant summers in San Francisco are. Click on any flower to see it full size.
These brilliant flowers were all blooming in Golden Gate Park during the first week of August.
Many thanks to my sister, for sharing this picture of us in front of the Twin Towers back in the 1970’s. She is the pretty one. I’m the blonde kid with short hair. My two brothers are also there. My little sister was still in the belly. She missed out. Actually we missed out. The picture would be better with her in it.
I was passing through The Conservatory of Flowers, hunting Pokémon, when I came upon these beautiful August blooms. Sadly, I only had my iPhone6Plus with me. So this is the best I could do. Enjoy, and I hope it inspires you to visit your nearest garden, or grow your own! Of course, click to see full size.
Did you know there are bison at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA? Often times they’re mistaken for buffalo, but they are bison. Aren’t they cute?
Be sure to visit them next time you come to the park.
Here’s some. Click on any to see them bigger. I hope you enjoy. Feel free to like your favorites. Thanks for looking! =)
So, I couldn’t actually get in to Outside Lands. But, there was plenty to see from where I was. Just not any bands or anything…
Great things are happening in the sky! =)
Some foggy morning beach shots at Baker Beach.
I’m so proud of my little orchid. She’s been with me for about a year now, and this is her second bloom.
And, two of her buddies are not far behind!! This darling just bloomed today (her second time).
And this little one is growing a new spike too! I can’t wait to see what her flowers look like. I don’t know because she was a rescue. I found her abandoned on the corner a few blocks from my house. =( But she’s doing great now! =) Won’t be long until we get to see what she looks like in all her glory.
Don’t throw out your orchids when their blooms die. They are still alive. And if you love them just right, they’ll bloom for you again, and again. If you don’t know how to take care of them, BeautifulOrchids.com can help. So can the American Orchid Society. Good luck! Don’t forget pictures – share your blooms!
As the spring flowers are winding down, I put together a few tulip pictures for you to remember them until next spring. Enjoy!
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Have a favorite? Which one is it?
It’s OK. Sometimes sandy bottoms are not all bad.
Click to see full sized. Enjoy =)
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How lucky am I? A parrot just came to my window! My curious friend was very interested in the sound of the shutter. What a great day for an impromptu photo shoot. Keep you windows open, you never know who might stop by!
Here are a few street shots of an adorable dancer busting moves during the Pride Celebration last year.
Click on any one to see them full size. Then just for fun, once the photos have loaded, you can click on the right arrow super fast to see her in action. Click real fast on the left arrow to see her dance backwards. Although, there are no hidden messages when you play her backwards.
These are a few of my favorite pictures from the Sunday afternoon celebrations at the San Francisco Pride 2015. I hope you enjoy. As usual click to see them larger.
If you’d like to see more pictures from Pride 2015, I got that covered. 😉 Want to get involved in next year’s Pride? Check out the SF Pride official web site.
It was low tide at Baker Beach. Here’s some of the sea life we saw.
This is where the balloons end up =(
This spontaneous photo shoot happened on a rainy day drive on May 21, 2015. From the passenger seat, I caught a glimpse of something moving in the meadow. Like any good co-pilot, I gave a full second and a half notice as I cried, “PULL OVER!!”
What is that in the meadow?
Yup. Just as I thought. Something was scurrying in the growth. I grabbed my camera and, with no thought for my safety, gave chase. Here is the fruit of my labor (click to enlarge them).
PS. I made it back safely.
It’s Mother’s Day, so I made this for you, Mom. And you can share with your friends so they can enjoy it too!
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Thanks For Everything, Mom! Happy Mother’s Day
Have A Beautiful Day! I love you, Mom!
Because You Stand Out In A Crowd.
Because You Took Your Own Path. And Taught Me I Can Too.
Because You Are Special! Happy Mother’s Day!
May your day be filled with wonderful things like this, all day….
My Eyes Adore You, Mom!
Happy Mother’s Day, To My Mom, And All Moms!
You may be the mother of a child, cat, dog, horse, flower, friend, community. To all women who nurture everywhere…
Happy Mother’s Day!
Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms, across every culture. Humans are hardwired for story.
My earliest memories are of my mother reading to me. She loved reading. She was fast. She was versatile. She could read and cook, eat dinner, virtually anything she could do with a book in her hand. She got it from her mother. My Nana. Nana always had a book in her hand. Sometimes it was really hard to shake Nana from her stories. She liked biographies, historical fiction, and trashy romance novels. She liked everything really. She just read.
But my mother read to me. She read to all three of her children, which meant we all got to share in much reading together time. I think she enjoyed the children’s stories as much as we did. At least she made it look good for us. She was animated and read in characters. It was fun. We didn’t need TV. We caught on to reading, each of us in turn, very quickly. I don’t remember any of us actually learning to read. We just started; I don’t know. I don’t remember. We all just read.
Mom would take us to the two consignment stores in town to buy used books for a nickel. We could buy as many as we wanted. We donated them back when we were done with them. We went to the library every other Wednesday, because books were due back in two weeks back then. I always got as many as I could carry. I preferred the nickel books at the second hand stores because there was no pressure if I lost one, or bent a page. Reading was a family pastime.
Tell me the one about…
Then one day my mother did a strange and wonderful thing. She brought home an electric typewriter. She, being a curious cat herself, encouraged curiosity in her three kids. She showed us all about it. And then she opened a window into a new world. She showed us how to load a page and just started typing. She started a story about a mamma bear. It was good. And she did it right off the cuff. She knew how; and her fingers were really fast. Imagine! I had witnessed the birth of a story, for the first time. Amazing! What a beautiful event for a child to witness.
She spoke her story out loud as she typed for a while. It was nice. She was good. Mom never finished that story. She bought the typewriter for work, and she did that mostly. But she encouraged us to ‘play’ with the typewriter when she wasn’t using it. She always said she dreamt of being an author of children’s books. She would write on a beach in the Florida Keys. She loved the Keys and spoke of them often. She moved to North Hollywood when I was born, so I’ve never been. I’d like to go. That is, if I could go with my mom and write stories on the beach.
Fashion interacts so purposefully with it’s subject
It’s the only art where the client gets to participate in the artistic expression with each wear. Imagine if you could wear your favorite painting to work – and accessorize?!? No matter how beautiful, it’s going to get uncomfortable very quickly. Don’t try it. Don’t try making it into those iron on decals either because they make you sweat terribly. Or so I’ve heard…
Fashion Is The Highest Form of Functional Art
Consider fine art, like the painting we agree is unwearable, – all it has to do is sit on the wall. Nothing is demanded of it. It’s utterly pampered. The very fancy ones have guards and velvet ropes protecting them. But fashion, art you wear, has to move with you, go where you go, wear comfortably(ish), wash and dry (or dry clean) repeatedly, and still stay jaw dropping fabulous. Fashion interacts so purposefully with it’s subject. It can protect, reveal, …anything you need it to be, or make you anyone you need to be. 😉 Fashion is the highest level of art. It rises to the occasion daily, meeting practicality with glamour and functionality with fantasy. Fashion is functional art gone oh-so-friggin-fabulous! So take time to appreciate the art walking all around you today. Don’t be afraid to let people know you like it. 😉
If you are coming to town to visit this June, you might want to check out Dolores Park. They just upgraded their bathrooms, and it’s always beautiful. See for your self:
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There are friendly folks all around
Epic Views From Afar
Beautiful Things Up Close
And I’d say the best playground around! Yeah! I claim that!
Welcome to San Francisco; I hope you enjoy it here! =)
These are best viewed full sized.
Soothing roads to mend the spirit and inspire creative outpourings! 😉
Colors of the Coast
Colors of the Coast
I saw a really cool profile picture on Twitter. I did a Google image search, and found it on the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP-UNEP) Facebook page. Unfortunately, it did not say who the photographer was, but the watermark read “OVG.” It must have been an incredible moment catching this on camera. I mean it’s awesome isn’t it? It was fun to draw too. Here’s how it went:
I did a quick sketch from a photo of this model, Sophia Jackson, as it appears on Scout Model & Talent Agency in the link below (I didn’t take the amazing black & white photo so I can only offer the link):
This is how it went…
FallingFruit.org is a website that maps edible trees planted around the world. Search by your zip code to find where there is food growing nearby. For example, did you know there is an olive tree on the corner of Arguello & Lake St. in San Francisco? Here’s what fallingfruit.org says about it:
Olive Olea europaea
[1x] Olive (Olea europaea). Owned by Bureau of Urban Forestry. This source is on public land.
Or, in Kingman, AZ, where the HWY 93 meets the 40, there is an pecan tree. Fallingfruit.org says:
Pecan Carya illinoinensis
Quality Very Good (1) Yield Very Good (1) This source is on public land.
Wonder what free produce is around your neighborhood? Have a fruit tree with more fruit than you can handle? Give and receive at fallingfruit.org!
The trail connecting the west end of the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge is finally finished. Here is a sneak peak of the view. Enjoy!