Monday, August 15, 2016

The final slice...

...of summer

I wanted to post this earlier, like yesterday earlier...really I did. However, it was my last day of summer vacation and with that, my feelings were all over the place. Instead of blogging, I kinda did everything else I could think of to reflect avoid facing what was going on inside my head. I know me and I wouldn't have been able to articulate or make sense out of the jumbled mess in my head.
Today was a pupil free day and it was so wonderful seeing everyone again and
being back at our home school after the relocation.
I had such an enjoyable summer. It was the perfect amount of travel and relaxation. I finished up with a quick trip up to Monterey to visit my aunt, Ms. M.  
San Francisco is as far north as I've ever been and
what a little slice of heaven the Central Coast is.

California has been in a drought for many years now-I lost count how many times my mouth fell open and uttered how amazing this place was. We sat and had a mini breakfast at 
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn. Every cabin is built with milled redwood and named to match its unique personality. The ambiance hasn't changed much in the 70 years the inn has been opened. 
The Library

It's no wonder artists and writers come to Big Sur for inspiration.

Wednesday morning, the Mr and I took a short drive out to the coast to visit the Getty Villa.
The villa is home to some 44,000 antiquities that belong to the J.Paul GettyMuseum.
It was a beautiful day spent with my honey.
I just love this little peek-a-boo shot of the ocean.

I didn't get to check everything off my summer list-but I'm ok with that. I'm ready for another school year and plan on ticking off some of those day-cations through out the year.

What's your favorite part of summer? I'd love to know.

Happy (summer) snapping!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Little Things...


I have a mental prop list for my still life photography.
  I've turned to Etsy a few times only because we just don't have a lot of antique stores in our area for what's on that list...and lets face it, half all the fun is in the hunt.  
Because I never settle, I eventually find my prize.

As was the case this past weekend.
The 4th Sunday of every month, 50-100 venders gather at a local college parking lot to sell their wares at the Topanga Vintage Faire. I go about every other month hoping to check a few things of my list. This past Sunday I decided to go but I needed to get out there when they opened as it was going to be in the triple digits & that happens REALLY quick.
Getting there early paid off and I got to scratch antique coffee grinder from my list!

It's German made from about 1940. I always ask the dealer if they know the story behind the item they sell. This one didn't come with a story but that's ok because it's kinda fun creating one. Judging from the condition, it was well used. 

It's nice having a barista son that can bring home fresh espresso beans.
I love the dovetail joints.

Do you have a mental prop list and/or collect anything? 
Please share, I'd love to hear about it.

Happy (collection) snapping!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Good, Random...


The Good

I've slowly been sifting, deleting, reminiscing and reflecting as I thumb through my USB drives before transferring the photos to an external hard drive. 

There are times I sure miss rearing these beautiful creatures.

The Random

Funny thing about composting...

...seeds will grow... now we shall have red and yellow peppers sometime before summer is over!
I don't really know when, as I've never composted before or  have grown peppers it'll be a surprise.

The Fun

Last week, the museum I wanted to visit was closed the day I chose to go. I wanted to do something- so out of the blue I decided to go to The Getty, but not to shoot what's inside...
...but the architecture of The Getty itself. What do I know about architecture? Absolutely nothing! I went with no pre-conceived ideas except that I wanted to give it a go.

Ohhhh did I ever figure out fast why I loved it.

I had hard start in photography. Being a bit of a perfectionist and all those photography rules I just couldn't relax to shoot the story I wanted to tell. Well, practice, practice, practice till I found my style and then this boom....
All those beautiful straight lines!!!

I spent 3 hours wandering around and I noticed that perception and perspective changed with every foot step. Not to mention that shooting in full sun has always intimidated me but I was killing two birds with one stone that day. I have to say I love when I shoot purposefully and not everything is a "happy accident."

Of all the 1000's of art pieces at The Getty,
 this is my favorite.

Have you been practicing anything that you find challenging?
I hope you'll share.

Happy (trying something new) snapping!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Little Things...


It was a whirlwind weekend with my daughter, Jamie and my grandson, Erik.

Erik is a little bundle of energy and just a kick in the pants to be around. 
Being a grandma is nothing short of pure joy. I never wanted to be the traveling Grandma, but here I the role I didn't want to be in.  I think grandparents are an intricate part of children's upbringing and growing up in the military, I was never around my grandparents until we were state side and on summer breaks. Needless to say, visits were few and far between. 
I cling to every moment spent with these two.

I took them to the Huntington so Erik could explore the children's garden.

Little man could have played here at the blue door all day!

I wish I had Erik's energy. I'd be unstoppable! 

Erik sorta loved my spaghetti and meatballs...and Papa's smoked salmon! 

We discovered a bonsai garden on the grounds.

On another note, is anyone else having issues with e-blogger? My photos are uploading blurred and dulled and I can see them on my desk top clear as a bell. Just curious. 

Anyway, hope you are having a great week.
Happy Snapping!
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Little Things...


Everyday is Saturday... 
...or so it seems when I'm on summer vacation. I've been taking full advantage of my time off. Reading, swimming, getting together with friends, napping when needed, and taking day-cations... a promise to myself.
Last week, I had the pleasure of discovering the Huntington Library with Vicki, Austin's girlfriend's mom. Knowing how long I could spend in this place, and Vicki not a photographer, I enjoyed the day with her but went back the next day. 
There are 120 acres of Botanical Gardens to explore not to mention a Subtropical and Jungle Garden to roam through. So many luscious paths to discover and benches everywhere to just sit and take in the surroundings. You're literally transformed to foreign and exotic locations with every step.

Every turn, every path led to something...

The arbor area leading to the Shakespeare Garden.

Roaming through the Jungle Garden seemed surreal living in So. Cal. So many interesting trees and plants not native here.

I never realized a cactus garden could be so lush. 

I fell in love with these Old Man of the Andes cacti. 

The Huntington also boasts one of the largest research libraries in the country. There is an extensive collection of rare books and art. I never even made it the Children's Garden-but I'm going to leave that to explore with Erik.
 Have you made any surprised discoveries someplace not far from where you live?
Do tell I'd love to hear.

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