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!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Things I Think About While Photographing Ducks...

From For Ellipsis

"I know that I've got big ears and a big forehead and my hair sticks up. But I am happy with myself. I am not necessarily trying to win a beauty pageant here."

-Clay Aiken

1. Carry Prejean (former Miss California) was fired yesterday for failing to honor her contract. BIG SURPRISE! Good riddance.

2. The King Tut exhibit is coming to San Francisco in the fall. I am really looking forward to seeing it. I was 16 the last time it came here, and I enjoyed it immensely.

3. I am looking forward to reading the book, "The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane" by author, Katherine Howe.

4. I have $61.45 in my checking account. Sigh.

5. My rent went up $26.00. Sigh.

6. I have been looking for, and been unable to find, pink peppercorns.

7. I think I will make meatloaf for dinner.

8. But not just any meatloaf, my famous gourmet meatloaf.

9. Keith Olbermann is HOT!

10. Joy Behar is getting her own talk show this fall on HLN. Good luck Joy! :)

11. My favorite daydream is about this wonderful apartment I found on Central Park West.

12. When am I going to hit the lottery?

13. My babies are almost full grown cats. Sigh.

14. It's June 11th, and I am wearing a sweater, and it's not enough.

15. The temperature is 59 degrees, and it might rain tomorrow.

16. David Letterman made a misstep with a joke earlier this week regarding Sarah Palin's daughter... he went too far... he apologized... time to move on.

17. My birthday is coming up in a few weeks. I will be 47. Weird. Wasn't I just celebrating my 24th birthday?

18. I need to pick up some cat food at Walmart. They have the best prices for cat supplies.

19. I got a $2 Subway gift card in the mail the other day. I could really go for a BMT, no lettuce.

20. Hendrix gave me a big kiss this morning, then he bit my toe.

21. I really like the new show Kendra on E! It made me laugh so hard.

22. Yes, I am still hopelessly hooked on Denise Richards: It's Complicated.

23. The sad events yesterday at the Holocaust museum in Washington D.C., made me cry. So much hate.

24. It's cold outside today.

25. Dylan is in the bathroom singing the Dilly song.

26. Hate is growing.

27. Could it be because we dared to vote in America's first black president?

28. I think I will make sugar-free apple turnovers tonight.

29. Just before the election last November, I was in the supermarket one evening and heard a man, who was well dressed, and seemed quite educated, spouting some sad, evil, angry anti-Semitic, and anti-African American sentiments. It made me sad then too.

30. Hendrix is asleep in the bathtub, next to his favorite stuffed toy, a bear named Whitman. He carries that thing everywhere.

31. This weather is making me want to bake goodies.

32. I am in pain because of all this cold. My hands, right shoulder, and both knees are all hurting today. Hurting bad.

33. I think I might ask Alan for the new $99 iPhone for Christmas.

34. Don't forget... There is a Round Robin Challenge this weekend. The topic is "Looking Up." I hope it will help folks find the positive side of things.

35. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Euna Lee and Laura Ling, and those who love them.


Monday, June 08, 2009

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #41: Clouds!

"I may have my head in the clouds, but my feet are planted firmly on the ground."


EMPS #41: Clouds. NOW CLOSED!
Simple... right? Show me CLOUDS. As always, feel free to think outside the box or the CLOUDS. CLOUDS in your coffee. CLOUDS out your airplane window. CLOUDS above you, or CLOUDS below you if you live in the hills. CLOUDS at sunset. CLOUDS in the morning. CLOUDS in the distance. You know... CLOUDS.

Extra Credit: Show me some colored CLOUDS.

You have until next Sunday evening, at 9:00 PM ET to get your photo, upload it to your blog, journal or website, and comeback here with the direct link. Please remember, it must be a direct link to an entry specific to this week's Monday Photo Shoot assignment. Please, NO HYPERLINKS! Also, it would be great if you could also add a link back here so others can find the EMPS and play along!

Linking List for EMPS #40: Rainbows. 06/01/09

Now Closed!

1. Jama

2. Suzanne

3. Martha

4. Greg

5. Karen

6. Terri

7. Mike

8. Liz
(Corrected Link)

See you next week with photo shoot assignment #42! :)