Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Building At Columbus And Broadway

"We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting laundry."

~E.B. White

This building is in San Francisco, and I look for it every time we are in that particular neighborhood of the city! It sits right on the border of North Beach and Chinatown, at Broadway and Columbus, and it's one of those sights that is unique to a big city, as opposed to the suburbs. No matter what day you see it, it will have rows of laundry drying in the windows! Esthetically speaking, I think it's amazing! To my eyes, it gives the building character, and a feel of being in another era! The building all on it's own is a lovely old San Francisco building, another example of architectural art, but with the splashes of color the laundry provides, it just kind of comes alive for me. It's hard to explain, but I love it. It always makes me smile, and I love photographing it! But I am showing you just one element of the building's personality and beauty. It has an amazing mural painted on it, that tells of San Francisco's rich early history. It's quiet special! So much so that I am saving those photos for a different posting. There is so much beauty and history in this part of town that it's difficult to know where to begin, but the corner of Columbus and Broadway is probably a good place to start!

Stay Tuned!

Mood: Inspired

~Me :)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Keep Calm And Saunter On

San Francisco, California
September 25th, 2013
Late Afternoon


"No matter how you hurry, you will notice at the end of the day that you traveled at the speed of time."

~Robert Brault

I thought time had completely stopped. Nothing was moving. Nothing. I was beginning to believe that my new home was going to be my car, and the traffic in San Francisco seemed to stop and showed NO signs of moving, ever again! The day I am talking about was this past Wednesday, and it was just me being impatient and tired and a little unrealistic. Leaving San Francisco, by way of the Bay Bridge, is challenging no matter what day, but when you have chosen to drive straight through the middle of the Financial district, at any time after 3:00 PM, and there is any sporting event happening in town, you might as well resign yourself to the fact that you will be sitting in heavy traffic! It's just a fact of life! But on this past Wednesday, it seemed far worse than usual! At least that's how I felt! Anyway, the upside to the situation is all the time I had to photograph what was happening around me. I spotted this young man, running down the street, with a huge bouquet of flowers! He wasn't about to sit in traffic, he was going to get to where he was going, and come what may, he was going to run all the way there!

Was it a first date?

Was it a last date?

Did he do something wrong, and the flowers were an "I'm Sorry" gift?

Was someone that he loved in the hospital?

Whatever occasion they were for, he was determined to get there on time!

While pondering those questions, the 59th Street Bridge Song came on the radio...

A very cool coincidence! But then again, if God created everything, then I must give him credit for creating DJs and Program Directors! LOL. Right? He also deserves the credit for the lesson I find myself continually learning about fighting silly situations, like heavy traffic. It's something that once you find yourself in the thick of, you can rarely do much about. It's one of the hardest things to keep a positive perspective on, especially when you are tired, you body is screaming in pain, and a potty break wouldn't be a bad idea! LOL. But fortunately, a little music always makes things better, and so does looking at life in a creative way.

It took Alan and I an hour and 50 minutes to go about 2 miles through the downtown area of San Francisco, and in that time, there was plenty to see. I will show you those sights over the next couple days!

"Fast takes longer when you hurry. Keep calm and saunter on."

~Mike Dooley


Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Comeback... Congratulations Team Oracle USA! 2013 America's Cup Winners!

"When I'm all grown up, come what may, I'll build a boat to carry me away."

~Guy Gavriel, Tigana 

The weather couldn't have been more lovely! Well, it was really windy, but the temperature was perfect for an early autumn day! The timing couldn't have been better! Alan and I drove across the bay at the last minute, on a whim really, and it all came together when we found the perfect place, a dock on the San Francisco Bay, near Chrissy Field, to watch history be made as team Oracle USA came back from trailing behind Emirates Team New Zealand 8-1, to win the 2013 America's Cup regatta race!

Our vacation doesn't begin officially until next Monday, but after the fun of yesterday, it's difficult to not think of it as already here! A beautiful day! A little time, sitting on a dock of the most beautiful bay in the world, and time with Alan... what more can a girl ask for?


"A passage under sail brings out in the course of days whatever there may of the sea love and sea sense in an individual whose soul is not indissolubly wedded to the pedestrian shore."

~Joseph Conrad

2013 America's Cup Race, San Francisco

Mood: Lighthearted!

~Me :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dark-Eyed Junco

Dark-Eyed Junco
Little Farm
Tilden Park, Berkeley California
September 21st, 2013

"In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence."

~Robert Lynde

I love watching these pretty little birds. The Dark-Eyed Junco are tiny little things, but so amazingly beautiful! Of all the birds I have spotted in Tilden Park, these are my very favorite! One day, a couple years ago, I saw a small tree just filled with these birds! I couldn't help but sit quietly, and listen to their strong little chirp. There are worse ways I could have spent that afternoon!


Mood: Happiness

~Me :)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Wars And Rumors Of Wars... On Christmas! And The Real Battle!

"Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves."

~Eric Sevareid

I have been waiting a long time for this rant. Three months from today will be Christmas Eve. I love Christmas Eve, perhaps more than I love Christmas Day! Alan and I have some traditions, all our own, that I look forward to all year! First we get up and have a light breakfast, then he leaves to finish up his last minute holiday shopping. Actually, it's not so much getting that last minute shopping done, so much as Alan Alone Time. LOL. It's fine, he more than deserves it. He works really hard, and he spoils me rotten, so how could I begrudge him some alone time?

I couldn't!

Last year we had presents under the tree. And the decorations looked lovely. But I felt NO spirit at all. I wasn't the least bit interested, even though I tried really hard to pull myself into the joys that surrounded me. Alan wasn't much in the mood either. You see, just about ten days before Christmas last year, the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting happened. In the days that followed, the country could have come together as one, and to a good degree it did, except for the powers that be at the NRA! Why one interest group holds more power then the whole of the American people, I will never understand, but there it was... December 21st... 2012... and Wayne LaPierre vowing to do nothing to change gun policies to make things safer for our children, or for the person next to us. On Christmas Eve, instead of finishing up my own last minute joys, like baking cookies, or phoning friends to wish them a merry holiday, I spent my time crying for those lost children, and worrying about whether Alan was safe out in the world.

I hate being afraid.

It pisses me off.

So, the Sandy Hook shooting took place on December 14th of last year, on December 17th of last year I saw the above item, Old Carbine Tequila, for sale at Costco! Still on the shelf, still prominently displayed! Because nothing says MERRY CHRISTMAS like a shotgun shaped Tequila bottle, with a couple of free shot glasses included! Guns and Alcohol. Don't it go down smooooooooth? Goddammit! I wasn't over grieving for those the little ones, or the brave adults lost at Sandy Hook, before I saw that ridiculous Christmas gift idea in the aisle at Costco, and my tears turned to anger. With grieving, you have anger, it's built in. It's almost to be expected, but I couldn't believe Costco couldn't see how completely tacky that particular items was! Then, a few days later, December 21st came, and along with it, that stupid NRA press conference, vowing to do NOTHING! No, worse, vowing to fight any attempt to make things safer!


Here we sit, almost a year later, and still nothing has been done.

Political JackASS Bill O'Reilly loves to falsely claim there is a "war on Christmas." How dare people wish someone a "Happy Holiday" rather than "MERRY CHRISTMAS!" Year, after year, the same exact bullshit! With nothing to back it up! His ire has nothing to do with God! It has everything to do with firing up his audience, the ones who gave up thinking for themselves a long time ago. The cowards who need a radio program to tell them how to feel. Money. Greed. Ratings is the King. If Bill O'Reilly were genuinely offended by the lack of Christmas, it wouldn't be about a greeting, it would be about making sure that NO child is ever killed 10 days before Christmas... or at any time... ever again... because of the worshiping of a false idol such as the gun.

When a weapon is held in higher regard than human life... it has become a false idol.


So, is there a war on Christmas? You bet there is! To win it, you have to put your weapon down, and think about your fellow man!


Happy Holidays To You And Yours! I kinda dig the Holiday Tree.. don't you? :)

“Nor is it the spirit of those Christians - alas, they are many - whose ambition in life seems limited to building a nice middle-class Christian home, and making nice middle-class Christian friends, and bringing up their children in nice middle-class Christian ways, and who leave the sub-middle-class sections of the community, Christian and non-Christian, to get on by themselves.

The Christmas spirit does not shine out in the Christian snob. For the Christmas spirit is the spirit of those who, like their Master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor - spending and being spent - to enrich their fellowmen, giving time, trouble, care and concern to do good to others - and not just their own friends - in whatever way there seems need.”

~J.I. Packer, Knowing God

Mood: Reflective/Sad

~Me :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

On The Last Full Day Of Summer

"I have an affection for those transitional seasons, the way they take the edge off the intense cold of winter, or the heat of summer."

~Whitney Otto, How To Make An American Quilt

Because of when I do my photography, and do my blog posting, I am usually one day behind things. I eventually get there... lol... so no worries. With our 5 week vacation starting in about a week, I know I will be coming and going much more than usual, so perhaps I will work on changing my posting schedule a bit. We'll see. Anyway, here is what the last day of summer, 2013, looked like for us in the Bay Area.

In my opinion, it was perfect! I love the way to earth looks, and smells, after the rain!

Padre Picnic Area
Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
September 21st, 2013

Little Farm
Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
September 21st, 2013

Lake Anza
Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
September 21st, 2013

I love working with the transitional lighting on rainy days! So pretty!

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

At 4:44 P.M. EDT Autumn Begins

"Rest your eyes well before September because with all it's colors autumn is coming to visit them!"

~Mehmet Murat ildan

By Ernest Dowson, The Poems And Prose Of Ernest Dowson

Pale amber sunlight falls across
The reddening October trees,
That hardly sway before a breeze
As soft as summer: summer's loss
Seems little, dear! On days like these.

Let misty autumn be our part!
The twilight of the year is sweet:
Where shadow and darkness meet
Our love, a twilight of the heart
Eludes a little time's deceit.

Are we not better and at home
In dreamful Autumn, we who deem
No harvest joy is worth a dream?
A little while and night shall come,
A little while, then let us dream.

Beyond the pearled horizons lie
Winter and night: awaiting these
We garner this poor hour of ease,
Until love turn from us and die
Beneath the drear November trees."

12 hours of light. 12 hours of darkness. And then the lovely shorter days of autumn and winter. Oh my, how I love it! Beautiful, earthly colors of leaves. Gold, Crimson, sometimes Purple, but Green is not unheard of, all falling like stars, softly to the ground. When the sun shines through the leaves on a warm autumn afternoon, I feel amazingly happy inside, like I am experiencing a soft warm hug from the very earth itself.

If it's possible to be in love with a season... I am!

Autumn officially begins at 4:44 PM EDT. Go outside and experience it. Don't take it for granted!


~Me :)