Saturday, March 13, 2010

RRC: Look Up/Look Down

"When I look down, I miss all the good stuff, when I look up I just trip over things."

-Ani DeFranco

RRC: Look Up/Look Down
Suggested by Steven, author of the blog, Sometimes Photoblog

I miss Steven, and I wish he were available to join us, but I am sure he wouldn't mind if we used one of the many suggestions he gave us for a challenge. This one struck a cord with me, because as we transition from winter to spring, I feel myself looking up in relation to my photography, and my attitudes in general. Even on rainy days I feel that sense of hope that a warm spring day can provide. As much as I enjoy the autumn and winter for it's dark, shorter days, I am ready for spring and summer and all it brings... especially the summer fruits and veggies! :)

But most of all... I am ready to be out with the camera, and my quest for color! I am ready to see the flowers in bloom, the colorful kites at the Berkeley Marina, and all the public art I can find! Oh, and let's not forget, I have been on a quest to find the Mission Blue butterfly forever, maybe this will finally be the year! Cross your fingers for me!! It is an amazing butterfly, which due to man, has been on the endangered species list. But now, thanks to some magnificent work by some scientists and butterfly enthusiasts, their numbers have been on the upswing. It's exciting to think they are once again growing in numbers!

Here is my collection of Looking Up/Looking Down photos. Enjoy!

**The first photo was taken on my cell phone. :)

Looking Up At A Lone Gull...

Looking Down 6 Floors!

A Sweet Face Looking Up At Me :)

Looking Down On Point Reyes Lighthouse!

Looking Up at the Tulip Sculpture at Justin Herman Plaza!

Now that you have seen my photographs, why not see what everyone else is up to? Just follow the links below.

Linking List




ellen b.


Quiltworks (Posted Feb 28/10)



Suzanne R










Steven, if you are out there, thank you so much for the great idea. I really liked doing this particular challenge a lot!


Friday, March 12, 2010

Who Wants A Cookie?

From For Ellipsis

"A balanced diet, is a cookie in each hand."


It's pouring rain. It's cold. So, what lifts my spirits? BAKING! Who wants a Banana Snowball cookie? Go ahead... grab one... or two... even three! Rainy days are my favorite time to cook. I am at my most creative in the fall and winter months. Yikes, only a little over a week left of winter. Sigh. I already miss the short, cool days. How about you, will you miss winter? Share your thoughts with me over a cookie!



Thursday, March 11, 2010

Weekend Assignment #310: Create An Urban Legend!

"The power of illustrative anecdotes often lies not in how well they present reality, but in how well they reflect the core beliefs of their audience."

-David P. Mikkelson

Weekend Assignment #310: Create an Urban Legend! NOW CLOSED!
Okay writers, this is your chance to have some fun! Search your imaginations and create a brand new Urban Legend! It doesn't have to be anything too elaborate, just have some fun with the possibilities.

Extra Credit: Show us your Urban legend! Hint: This is where your camera and your photo editing software comes in mighty handy! ;)

If you are new to the Weekend Assignment, please take a moment to read the guidelines for participation...

1. Please post your entry no later than next Wednesday evening at 9:00 PM ET. I will be closing the assignment at that time, and no additional links will be accepted after that time.

2. Please provide a link back to the assignment. Feel free to display the logo below, along with the link, so other folks can find the assignment and participate along with us.

3. Don't forget to comeback here with the link to your entry.

4. If you can, please be sure to visit your fellow participants. Let's encourage each other!

5. Please encourage your readers to join us. The more the merrier... right?

Linking List for Weekend Assignment #309: Get In Line!
(Posted at Outpost Mavarin)

1. Karen (Original Assignment Post)

2. Carly

3. Florinda

4. Mike

I have scheduled this entry to post at midnight, if you joined us late and you don't see your link here, or you posted after the assignment closed, no worries. I will double check the comment thread later this evening for any late participants. If you still don't see your link, send me an email, and we will see about getting you added!

Okie doke. I will be looking forward to reading your responses. :) Don't forget, the Linking List for this week's assignment will be posted at Karen's blog next week, along with Weekend Assignment #311. I will see you back here in two weeks with Weekend Assignment # 312!


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

W.A. #309: Get in Line!

"Remember in elementary school you were told that in case of fire you have to line up quietly in a single file from smallest to tallest? What is the logic in that? What, do tall people burn slower?"

-Warren Hutcherson

Weekend Assignment #309: nobody likes standing in line, generally speaking, but sometimes you have to wait around to get what you want. Are you one of those people who avoid lines as much as humanly possible, even if it means doing without? Or do you accept the need for queues, and simply try to make the wait as painless as you can?

Extra Credit: Do you see the problem of waiting in lines as getting better or worse in recent years?

-Karen, of the blog, Outpost Mavarin

Lines? No problem, well, unless we are talking about the lines at the DMV. That would be my least favorite line to stand in, but you see, I have to twice a year to renew my Disabled Person Placard. I could make an appointment and avoid the lines I suppose, but getting appointments here in California can be difficult, especially since the forced furloughs were put into place by the governor. (Shrug) I don't really mind standing in line, the only time it really bothers me is when it's cold. My arthritis protests loudly when it's cold, but I can usually just work around it with some heat patches strategically placed here and there. It's warm and nice, and gives me a nice minty scent. LOL.

Lines are simply a part of life. I don't really worry too much about them. Besides, if I am in too much pain, Alan usually helps me out. He is such a sweetie! The only time I get bugged about lines, is when I have 4 or 5 items in my cart, and someone in front of me has 500 items, and they don't offer to let me go ahead of them. I ask others with less items then I have if they want to go ahead of me... so it would be nice to get that courtesy in return. (Shrug again). Like lines... it just is what it is. :) But it is nice, to be nice to the person next to you, or behind you as the case may be. Pass it on!



Monday, March 08, 2010

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #80: Animals

"The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way it's animals are treated."

-Mahatma Ghandi

EMPS #80: Animals. NOW CLOSED!
Big ANIMALS. Little ANIMALS. Stuffed ANIMALS. ANIMAL crackers in your soup. This week it is all about ANIMALS.

Extra Credit: Show me your favorite ANIMAL

Please submit your entries for this Monday Photo Shoot assignment by next Sunday evening at 9:00 PM ET. Simply post your photo submission to your site, and comeback here and leave the link back to it in the comment thread below. Please folks, the link you leave must be a link which goes back to an entry specific to this week's photo shoot assignment, a general link to your site will not do, and NO HYPERLINKS ARE ACCEPTED. Also, please include a link back here so your readers will be able to find the assignment and participate along with us.

Linking List for EMPS #79: Numbers 03/01/10


1. Suzanne

2. Jama

3. Freda

4. Carly

5. Mike

6. Karen

Well done everyone! I will see you next week with an all new Monday Photo Shoot assignment! And don't forget to check back here on Thursday, to find out what the topic will be for Weekend Assignment #310!