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Sunday Stills: The Legacy of Favorite #Places

Friday was the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of the official state legal lockdown here in California. It was a beautiful sunny day with mild temperatures. My neighbor and I walked our dogs, of course keeping the appropriate 6-feet of social distance. I was struck by how many …

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Snow in May creates a fleeting moment.

Evanescent Spring Snow

The weekly photo challenge suggests sharing our fleeting moments, those memories that will soon disappear and pass out of sight. "It's a moment that I am after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment!" Andrew Wyeth When spring and summer descent upon Northern California, you know it! But when winter descends onto a perfectly …

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April Flowers Link-Up Showered Petals Online!

During the month of April, I offered a link-up to celebrate Spring and all the beautiful flowers it had to offer. With the abundance of rain here in Northern California, flowers were everywhere! Now the orange tree blossoms are scenting the air with delicate fragrances, even though we are experiencing a few HOT days (yes, …

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“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” Luther Burbank

MacArthur’s Park is Melting…

After a long, gray winter, I finally clawed my way out of the seasonal depression I experienced. With it, came anxiety like I have never experienced before. The sun came out, the flowers bloomed and my mood lifted. I also shed the three pounds I gained because of carb cravings. Almost every day I take …

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Macro Moments Challenge: Week 34–Papery Poppy

My new camera and I are getting along just fine! Still have a lot to learn, but the macro close-ups are FUN!! I couldn't resist submitting another #April Flower for my Seasonal Sensations link-up, still going on! If you tried to link Friday, Inlinkz was having issues with my account. Everything is working perfectly, so …

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A photographic study in blue densely packed flowers.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Densely Blue

The month of April is a great time to photograph flowers, with the vast array of beautiful colors and floral types from which to choose. I discovered these densely-packed blue flowers in my neighbor's yard and couldn't resist stealing a shot (with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone). This is submitted for the WordPress weekly photo …

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Seasonal Sensations Link-Up: April Flowers

The Seasonal Sensations Link-Up is back! For the entire month of April, we will celebrate the beauty of spring with our photos of flowers, blooms, blossoms, floral landscapes, Easter and Passover floral decorations, even photos of clothing or crafts featuring flowers. Be creative! Let's fill up cyberspace with virtual blossoms! I have already seen and …

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Freshly opened California poppy droops with recent raindrops.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Spring Poppies

I dearly love photography challenges and just discovered a "new" one (to me!) hosted by blogger Dutch Goes the Photo! Frank posts a new challenge every Tuesday. I just made it under the wire with my submission of California Poppies, wet and dry, for the "spring" theme! This freshly opened poppy enjoyed a spring shower …

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Hurry up Spring!

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 26

Fellow Northern Californian and photographer/blogger Susan is still taking your macro photos for this week's challenge. Here is mine, titled, "Hurry Up, Spring!" This is last year's yellow crocus, fresh after a light rain! Shot with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone. Watch out though, I'm upping my game with a "real" camera! The Macro Moments Challenge …

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Step carefully, spring green beneath my feet, but watch out for the ladybug!

Seasons Beneath My Feet

“I think that to one in sympathy with nature, each season, in turn, seems the loveliest.” ― Mark Twain For the weekly photo challenge, my photos show the Seasons  beneath my feet. “Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations “Winter brings …

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Monthly Photo Challenge: May Flowers

"April showers bring May flowers"...at least that's what the old adage promises. Despite the lack of April showers here in Northern California, we managed to get some pretty flowers and full foliage in the trees. I have heard that pansies are like a monkey flower--they mimic the monkey that's looking at it! I wish you …

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Weekend Coffee Share: The End of Days

Are you available for a coffee chat today? Did you find that April ended too quickly and was altogether too busy? Before we start, how would you like your coffee today? It’s hot outside, so I’m going with an iced mocha—nonfat and light ice, please. For many of my fellow bloggers, April was busy with …

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