Children playing in swimming pool

The Wonders of the Public Pool

I have managed to combine three photo challenges into this one photograph. Summer in July finds children counting the minutes until their neighborhood public swimming pool opens for the day. Although I no longer oversee the daily operations of these pools, I do appreciate the lengths leisure professionals must go to to ensure clean, safe …

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Summer Zinneas

Still Looking for Photo Challenges?

Since the WordPress weekly photo challenge ended a few weeks ago, many bloggers are still searching for photo challenges in which to showcase their photographic talents and images. The word "challenge" is a bit of a misnomer, as everyone is not necessarily in a photography competition, but rather, a showcase of our hobbies and talents. …

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Dragonfly nymph sheds into adulthood

WPC: Thanks for the Photographic Memories

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has been a staple on my blog since January 2015, when I began submitting to its new theme each week.  This is the last week that the weekly photo challenge will prompt bloggers like myself to stretch our imaginations and take a photograph that depicts the theme. The last theme, appropriately is All-Time …

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Joys of an urban forest

No Willing Exit in an Autumn Forest

A serene walk last October in the urban forest of Dishman Hills, Spokane, Washington. An autumn forest is such a place that once entered, you never look for the exit. Mehmet Murat Ildan I just love a photo challenge trifecta, don't you? Submitting the sublime Glow of the Dogwood trees for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. Join Becca …

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Reflections of a Summer Day at the Sacramento State Aquatics Center

Photo Challenge: Reflections of a Summer Day

As I sit here enjoying the fall colors that finally made it to Sacramento, I am now reflecting on the summer….but only because I am combining two photo challenges for today's blog post. I live close to the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and am delighted to go there often, whether I am stand-up paddling, visiting …

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Cold December in Lake Tahoe

One Word Photo Challenge: Winter

Although winter seems like a distant season away, Winter is the theme for the One Word Photo Challenge. November is here and brought some rain to Northern California and we can look forward to cooler days and (finally!) cold nights. In this photo taken in South Lake Tahoe in early December 2009 near the Heavenly …

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Smoky-Sun Smoke from nearby wildfire obscures the sun and filters an eerie orange glow.

Coffee and Smoke from a Distant Fire

Today I am combining two of my favorite blogging events into one post. Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Part-Time Monster and One Word Photo Challenge: Wildfire, hosted by Jennifer Nichole Wells. If we were having coffee today, we would be sitting indoors, because it is hot outside, and because it is smoky from a huge …

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Dry-Marigolds

One Word Photo Challenge: Drought

Yeah, I know, another post about the California drought, yada yada. But, appropriately, drought is the subject of this week's One Word Photo Challenge hosted by the talented Jennifer Nichole Wells. My poor marigolds didn't quite make it. I even replanted their seeds, but no. Too hot, too dry. Here is our official watering schedule. …

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Foggy-Sunrise-at-Malibu-Pier

Foggy Sunrise

Foggy is the theme for Jennifer Nichole Wells' One Word Photo Challenge. The fog rises slowly in Malibu in August, creating an ethereal quality in the air. Off camera were lines of morning surfers eagerly awaiting the waves. In a similar photo taken a couple of years later in December, a foggy winter sunrise brings …

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Broken-clouds

Broken Clouds Equal Humidity

Living in Northern California, I do not pretend to know much about humidity. Having lived in San Diego where humidity can be a factor in late summer, I was more than pleasantly surprised when I realized Nor Cal has low humidity as a rule. My curly hair frizzes when exposed to humidity, so it loves …

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Windsurf-Collage

Got Wind? One Word Photo Challenge

For this week's One Word Photo Challenge, the theme is WIND! No self-respecting windsurfer would be without a plethora of photos of the sport!  I am going to dial it back and give you this one shot... in a collage. I went out earlier when the wind was blowing about 30 mph. First time on …

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delta-sunset

Clouds of a Lenticular Sort

At the Sacramento Delta, we rarely get rain during August, but when we do, this is the stunning cloud show we get! These clouds are known as "lenticular" clouds, due to their lens shape, caused by windy conditions. Read about these clouds here. Truth be told, this was the first time I had ever seen these …

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One Lucky Blogger: How To Get 500+ Followers on Your Blog (Part One)

I have been diligently blogging for eight months, although my blog has been around for three years. On May 5, I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming the 500th follower to my blog! When I started blogging about my one-subject wonder—the Four Generations, I never imagined my blog, renamed and retooled in September 2014, would …

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