Saturday, June 13, 2009

Round Robin Challenge: Looking Up!

From For Ellipsis

"When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up."

-Les Brown

RRC: Looking Up.
Suggested by Robinella, of the blog, Robinella's

It's so funny, I live in California, I am out with my camera, if not every single day, then at least several times a week, and I almost never bother to photograph Palm trees. I am not really sure why. It could be because they aren't really my favorite tree, or it might be because they are so common that I don't really pay much attention to them. Who knows? I just don't. However, last week when Alan and I finally got out to the new Star Trek movie, I noticed a Palm tree on my way into the theater that for whatever reason I found particularly lovely, so I decided to take it's picture. For some reason it reminded me of fireworks. My mind works in mysterious ways at times. Shrug. What do you think? Do you like Palm trees?

Here are some other sights I have seen while LOOKING UP...

LOOKING UP at some gorgeous flowers on the side of a hill

The next couple photos were taken at the Aquarium Of The Bay on Pier 39 in San Francisco.

Alan playing with our silly cow kite. I love that kite so much!
I just had to toss in a Halloween picture. I took this one last year. Don't be surprised if I use it in an upcoming Monday Photo Shoot assignment this coming fall!
Well, that's it for me. Did you play this time around? There's still time. Just pop over to the official RR blog to get all the details.

Now, follow the links below to see some very creative photography.


1. Robinella... Robinella's

2. Carly... Ellipsis

3. Betty... A corgi in Southern California

4. Terri... Ways I See The World

5. Karen... Outpost Mavarin

6. Peggy... Holmespun Fun

7. Martha... Menagerie

8. Linda... Mommy's Treasures

9. Suzanne R... SuzyQ421'a Photo Blog

10. Monica... Frame of Mind

11. Vicki... Maraca

12. Steven... (sometimes)photoblog

13. Marina...Visual Chronical

14. Jama... Sweet Memories

15. Linda... Linda's Window

16. Molly Mavis... Visual Dialogues

17. Sherrie... Sherrie's Stuff

18. Salina... Mountain Blossom Photo Blog

19. Irene... Notes From The Lion City

20. Wammy... The Ellis Family Cincinnati

21. Mojo... Why? What Have You Heard?

22. Sandra... A Cappuccino a day

23. Fhaye... Crown Imperial

24. ellen b... The Happy Wonderer

25. Connie... Far Side Of Fifty Photos

26. Lana G. ... Above The Clouds

27. Teena... It's all about me!

28. Rita... Cashjocky and the Old Salt

29. Gattina... Keyhole Pictures

30. Joanna... Up on Haliburton Hill

31. Margaret... Margaret's Maniacal Musings

32. Vicki... Sea Turtle Mom

Thank you Robinella, I enjoyed your theme very much!



a corgi said...

loved all the pictures; I live in So. Calif. I think palm trees are such a part of our landscape we sometimes forget they are there. I think the funniest thing with them is when people put lights around them on Christmas

cute looking up entry :)


Lana G! said...

Beautiful pictures! Those wildflowers are gorgeous!
Have a great weekend!

visualdialogues said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful images.

Two great minds think alike, that palm tree does remind me of fireworks! Love the quote as well.

Do drop by my blog as well, I await your comment.

Have a good weekend...we are expecting thunderstorm in Hong Kong. What a bummer!

Wammy said...

Love all you shots. They are all so cloroful and crips. Must be that wonderful new camera. Thanks for this...the putting together of the challenges and all you to to give me some fun.

ellen b said...

Love the shot of the palm tree. The one looking up through the flowers is beautiful. I enjoyed all of them. It's great to see a new perspective with the usual things around us...
Have a great weekend.

Linda said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for looking up!

Teena in Toronto said...

That would be a cool tree to be under!

I played too :)

Peggy said...

Love the palm tree, because we don't have any here in Atlantic Canada! And I really like that first aquarium one too.

Monica said...

Being a former CA girl myself, I'm with you about the palm trees. They aren't my favorite - least favorite if anything.

However, I have to admit, that photo captured my attention. It's beautiful and yes, it looks like fireworks.

I enjoyed all the photos

Steven said...

I'm completely taken by the backlit pumpkin! It just makes me happy to see it. Third palm I've seen today! I like yours too.

Sherrie said...

Hi Carley,
Great shots looking up! I really like those beautiful wild flowers! Mine is posted. Have a great evening!


Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi Carly, Your palm is wonderful, I surely enjoyed it..we have none in Minnesota! I would like a few to photograph! All your photos are stunning as usual! :)

Suzanne R said...

That's a handsome palm tree, and I really like your other pictures. I am kind of partial to the fish in that it reminds me of the aquarium at the Oregon Coast, where I love to go. Thanks for stopping by!

Marina said...

Great photos, as usual, Carly!
Love that palm tree; I do like palm trees, I can't stop looking at them when I go to visit my daughter in LA. No palm trees here in VA.....

Meg said...

Those were great shots...and you have wonderful pictures all through your blog! Love the sidebar pix!!

Gattina said...

What a beautiful picture of this palm tree, it really invites to lay down and look up ! (and dream)

MyMaracas said...

Where on earth did you find that cow kite? I love it!

All of these are wonderful, as always, but I think my favorites are the aquarium ones.

About that old building in mine -- I had the same thought about bringing home an "uninvited guest" along with the funeral home furniture.

Vicki ~ FL said...

Loved all the pictures and thank you for the welcome to Round Robin. I will be playing along but will have to skip next week, so I'll see you soon.

Irene Toh said...

Hi Carly,
Thanks so much for hosting. Your blog has pretty beautiful pictures (envious!) I hope to participate again.
Have a great week,

Susie said...
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Butch and Angie said...

I loved the palm tree shots and when I first got to your blog, I thought fireworks and then you said that, too. We didn't play this week. Your sidebar pictures are outstanding.

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Me again, playing catch-up. The ray shot is wonderful, and you managed to take a trult interesting shot of that palm tree. I think the reason it reminds you of fireworks is that it's very geometric, like a starburst - or a burst of fireworks. Well done!