Saturday, April 24, 2010

RRC: Anything In Threes

"I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost... that is important."

-Jacques Henri Lartigue

RRC: Anything In Threes
Suggested by Marie, of the blog, Photograph & Memories

Above you see a photograph I took way back in 2005. It is one of my favorites, because I was aiming to do a Monet themed photograph. I think it came out well. When I read what this challenge was all about, I knew I could go to the archives and come up with some special photographs that I didn't have a chance to do much with. So up first...

3 Water Lilies

My second favorite subject is the Golden Gate Bridge.

3 Bridge Views

And finally... Jelly Fish!

This was so much fun, and it brought back some wonderful memories! Trips to my favorite bridge, and the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, and lastly, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Beautiful.

Now that you have seen my photographs, be sure to visit everyone else. We have some magnificent photographers among us!

Linking List, as of midnight Saturday, April 24th, 2010
**Welcome New Members!

Carly... Ellipsis

Karen... Outpost Mavarin

Jama... Sweet Memories

Linda... Mommy's Treasures

Freda... Day One

Sandy... From The Heart Of Texas

Nancy... Nancy Luvs Pics

Carolyn... Ford Family Photos

Monica... Shutterly Happy

Wammy... The Ellis Family Cincinnati

Suzanne R... SuzyQ421's Photo Blog

Sherrie... Sherrie's Stuff

Ruth... Scrabble Queen

**Dawn Elliot... Dawn Elliot Photography

Kat... In My Dreams I Can Fly
Posted! (Welcome Back!)

Gattina... Keyhole Pictures

Manang Kim... My Life's Journey In Focus

**Janice... Jabblog


Friday, April 23, 2010

WA #315: The Thief Of Time

"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back."

-Harvey MacKay

Weekend Assignment #315: It seems that we're all too busy these days to get around to everything we'd like to do, even if we had the money and means to do them. Is there a particular activity that takes up far too much of your time, and thus prevents you from getting around to other things?

Extra Credit: What is the #1 activity you wish you had more time for?


I almost didn't do this week's assignment, because it doesn't really apply to me personally. I am okay with how I time manage things, and for the most part I manage to do all I would like to do, but there is an exception... time with Alan.

If you go back a few years, everything was flowing relatively smoothly, then came the forced furloughs by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The money we have lost has created a time loss as well. First of all, Alan doesn't get a day off without pay as other state workers do... that would create more time for us...because of his job, he still works the same amount of time, the state simply pays him less. Sigh. That creates the need for him to accept all the overtime he can find, and because of the of the original pay differential, it doesn't even make up for what we have lost. The fact is, we spend a lot less time together because of the forced furlough situations.

We make up for it the best we can, but it has been a long time since we could just get up and go on photo jaunts like we used to. We haven't been over to San Francisco since late December. There was a time, just a few years ago, when we went there every week and walked along the Marina Green, or biked in Golden Gate Park, or just window shopped in Union Square. We love San Francisco, it's beautiful, and there is always something to see or photograph. Hopefully, we will be getting over there soon, now that summer is soon approaching. I hope so. I miss it so. We also enjoy going to comedy clubs in different parts of the Bay Area, because lets face it, who doesn't enjoy laughing? Anyway, you see, it's not my time that's being stolen, it's Alan's, but then again, when you are married, what affects one, affects the other. That's just marriage.


Extra Credit: As I said, we love to laugh. I wish we had more time to go to the comedy clubs. We have a good friend who is a performer and he gets us tickets, it's just difficult to find the time.


PS... We had a wonderful turnout last week, I want to personally thank everybody who made our first week on the new blog a success! I hope you will continue to join us. It's easy, just click on the link above to be redirected to the Weekend Assignment blog!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #86: Stairs

"Never look backwards, or you'll fall down the stairs."

-Rudyard Kipling

EMPS #86: Stairs. NOW CLOSED!
Going up? Coming down? Either direction is fine. This week, I simply want to see some stairs! Archived photos are fine, but as always, new photos are encouraged. If you do decide to go with an archived photo, please try to make it one we haven't seen before, or at least in the last 6 months. :)

Extra Credit: Show me some stairs of historical or cultural interest.

This Monday Photo Shoot assignment closes next Sunday evening at 9:00 PM ET. Please submit your entry by that time, by leaving the full link to it in the comment thread for this Monday Photo Shoot assignment. The link you leave, must go back to an entry which is specific to this week's assignment. Also, please include a link back here, so other folks can find the assignment and participate along with us. NO HYPERLINKS ACCEPTED!

Linking List for EMPS #85: Strange or Unusual Sights 04/12/10


1. Jama

2. Carolyn

3. Sherrie

4. Freda

5. Sandy

6. Karen (via email)

7. Duane (via email)

Ok, that's all there is to it. I will see you next Monday with an all new assignment!