"One day if I do go to heaven... I'll look around and say, 'It ain't bad, but it ain't San Francisco. "
It's more than just Memorial Day weekend here in the Bay Area, it's the 75th Anniversary of the our dearest symbol of home, the Golden Gate Bridge. I have decided to delve into my archives this weekend, to share with you all the different photographs I have taken of the Golden Gate over the last few years. The Golden Gate Bridge takes my breath away, every time I see it. I have been inspired to photograph the bridge many, many times but, somehow each time I see it, I always feel like it's for the very first time.
If it is possible to be truly in love with a bridge, I know that I am completely, hopelessly, in love with the Golden Gate Bridge.The photos all have a story that goes with them, some special inspiration to photograph the bridge in particular. And as I looked through the archived collection I thought of all the picnic dates Alan and I have had at the bridge, I remembered old friends, and lost friends, and how through it all the Golden Gate was always there to make me smile, or soothe my heartache. It's a special place, I will love forever.
Anyway... enough words... here are today's photos...
Be sure to comeback tomorrow to see the rest of my Golden Gate Bridge photo series!
Now... go see what Kat and JR have posted for today's A Photo A Day series!
“Ghosts have a way of misleading you; they can make your thoughts as heavy as branches after a storm."
~Rebecca Maizel ~ Infinite Days
I am just going to say this upfront... I believe in ghosts. I believe in live hauntings, and ones that involve the not so alive, and with that said, I believe a ghost might just be living next door to me, on the property where I live.
You see, I live in a small cottage, in the East Bay hills, that sits on a fairly large property that is set off the road. There is the main house, my cottage, and a pair of renovated apartments a short walk away from my place.
About a month ago, the new owners of the property rented the top unit to a single male. No one on the property has ever seen him, and he has never approached us. Ordinarily, that would be ideal, as I don't much care for the inevitable drama that can occur from time to time with neighbors, but in this case it is a bit disconcerting.
He seems to only be home 3 1/2 hours a day. He arrives home around 9:00 PM and leaves again around 12:30 AM. He is never home during the day... ever! No one has seen him move in furniture, and he has never brought his garbage can down on garbage day. There isn't a washer and dryer in that unit, and no one has ever seen him take his laundry out to the laundromat. And if that isn't enough...you can't hear him walk up the usually creaky stairs to his apartment. This is the first neighbor in 11 years that hasn't made noise on those creaky stairs. It's like he floats.
Is it me, or is it all kinda spooky?
Alan thinks he might be newly divorced and didn't get the furniture, or the dishes, or the clothes. I kinda think it might be a ghost. I know, I know... Alan's theory seems much more plausible, but I keep thinking about all those movies where the main character tries to tell everyone that there is a ghost in the house, only to be sent off to the funny farm, just before the ghost runs amuck... but of course by then it's too late.
It also doesn't help that the one time I did kinda catch a glimpse of him, all I saw was some ghostly white hair, and a pale face. Then the light in his apartment went out, and I kinda got the feeling he was watching me... or possibly wondering why I was staring at him from the dark corner near the mailboxes.
Is it possible... I am haunting him?
"It's easier to dismiss ghosts in the day."
~Patricia Briggs, Dragon Bones
Now go see what JR came up with for his Photo Of The Day.
"The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on
dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the
harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word
which nature directs towards him."
Another quiet day. I am exhausted actually. Alan and I got out of the house, and took a much needed jaunt across the bay to Golden Gate Park. We walked through the gardens and got a nice workout by doing so. I got to spend a lot of time with my cameras in the park, but some of my favorite shots were taken along the coast between Half Moon Bay and San Francisco. The coastal wildflowers are stunning! I am slowly getting my energy back, and it feels good.
I am challenging myself to post A Photo A Day For 6 Months. If you would like to join me, you are more than welcome to do so. I am on day 15, but you can jump in anywhere you like. Just post your photo, and come back here with the direct link back to it and I will post your link with tomorrow's photo. Hey, you might just pick up some new blog followers!
"Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in it's defense."
Feeling quiet tonight. It's been a low energy kind of day, but I always feel at my best with a camera in my hand, and what way to make use of a camera? Why photographing the roses in my garden of course!
Top Rose: Red/Gold Lower Rose: Apricot Nectar
Now, let's see what my friend, and awesome photographer extraordinaire, JR, has posted for today.
One afternoon, late last year, Alan and I were on our way home from Half Moon Bay when suddenly we saw a strange sight. Two objects were swinging from a helicopter just to the side of the San Mateo Bridge, on the eastbound side. As we got closer, it soon became apparent that the objects were in fact... two bridge workers! O...M...G! How scary would that be? Uggg... I hate heights. I avoid them at all cost. Nope... no penthouse for me. Nope. Their job must come with some extra pay, right? Well, let's hope so anyway.
If you are visiting my blog for the first time today, this is a new project I am trying out. I am trying to post A Photo A Day For 6 Months. You are more than welcome to join me if you like. There is NO subject to follow, just go out with your camera and photograph something you find, post it to your site, then comeback here with the direct link back to it. It's that easy.
"Light, when suddenly let in, dazzles and hurts and
almost blinds us: but this soon passes away, and it seems to become the only
element we can exist in."
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare,
Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
Sunday's Annular eclipse as seen from my yard here in the San Francisco East Bay. It was magical. And to think I did it using my old friend Konica Minolta... you know... the camera that is currently being held together with rubber bands! LOL. I have purchased two new cameras in the last 6 months, one of which arrived Saturday, but I always keep going back to my old friend.
If you would like to join in, please feel free to do so! Upload your photos to the site of your choice, and come back here with the direct link back to it. I will list you with my entry for tomorrow. There is no need to participate each day, just join in as the spirit moves you. There's no subject, just whatever you find that day.
"All colors are the friends of their neighbors
and the lovers of their opposites."
I have been meaning to show off some of the roses from my garden, and I decided to begin with the red rose. What you see here is probably the most unusual of the roses, and believe it or not, it hasn't been retouched. That is exactly how the rose actually looks. It is a deep red on the outside of the petals, and on the inside it is a blood red. When fully opened, it appears to have a black edging to it, and is about 6 1/2 inches in diameter, with a single long stem, with one bud per stem. The scent is a deep rose/wine scent. I am going to do a cutting of this one next month, to begin an all new generation.
See you tomorrow!
Be sure to go see the Photo of the Day posted by my friend JR. He is an AWESOME photographer!