Header Attribution

The header photo is a wall in the Depot Art District in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Birdhouse


This nifty birdhouse
is nestled in a sprawling oak
that I walk past every day
on my way to work.
I missed it for a long time
because it is somewhat hidden
and camouflaged.
But when I finally spotted it
I could not resist snapping a pic.


Taken with my Samsung Galaxy S4 on 29 July 2016.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Unexpected Face


Spotted this face
looking up at me
from the pavement
as I was walking to my car
in the parking lot of 
California Pizza Kitchen
at
Del Monte Center.
Looks mildly content to me.


Taken with my Samsung Galaxy S4 on 23 July 2016.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mystery Flower


This lovely bloom
that I have seen for several years
here on the California Central Coast
was also growing in the courtyard
of the apartment complex
we just vacated.

Turns out it is
Dietes iridioides,
commonly known as
African iris
or
Fortnight Lily.

I still find it amazing:
pure white petals
with a daub of brilliant yellow
and
the beautiful purple center.

Taken with my Samsung Galaxy S4 on 1 July 2016.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Courtyard Hydrangea



These hydrangea
grow in the courtyard of the
apartment complex
from which
we just moved.
In fact,
I was carrying
boxes out to the car
and decided
to stop on my way back
to snap a few pics
of these striking blooms
with my phone.
The bright pink,
which I think is called
'Amethyst,'
and the lavender,
which may be
'Dooley,'
are growing on the same
bush.
Truly lovely.

This is the courtyard.
The brilliant hydrangea in the first pics
are on a bush that is outside the frame
of this photo.
 

Taken on 1 July 2016 with my Samsung Galaxy S4.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Red Robin, Riverbank, CA

Had lunch at a Red Robin
one day last week.
We do not have one
in our hometown,
so it was a real treat.

They have some great artwork on display.
Here are just a few examples:


 US flag made of baseballs!



Guitar
(non-functional)
made of license plates.
(Not really sure why 'ALCOHOL'
is featured.)


Light fixture.
Dozens of bottles suspended from the ceiling,
with halogen lights above to illuminate.


US map; backlit.
I'd have to do some research,
but I think each state shape
is made from a metal sign
that advertises beer 
brewed in the corresponding state.


Clever, colorful art
that reuses 'disposable' objects.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tragic Fire

On 2 February 2015, my house burned to the ground. 

It is quite a process "starting over."

For the purposes of this blog, the relevant result of the fire is that my entire digital photo collection was destroyed. So, the source material from which I draw for this blog is gone.

I do have hundreds of pictures on my phone - which survived the fire because I had it in my hand calling 911.  But some of those pictures have already been used; and many of them are not actually suitable to this blog; i.e., family photos, event photos, etc.

I will get back to taking pictures for this blog eventually.  My camera was lost in the fire, so I hope to replace it at some point.

Please be patient. In terms of priorities, this blog (and my others, as well) is pretty far down on the list.

Nevertheless, I hope to be back at it as soon as I can.

Stand by!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blooming Ice Plant


Magenta spokes
radiate from a yellow hub;
sparkling strokes of life
to brighten and cheer
the ponderously passing pedestrian.


Perhaps
they will pause
and look more closely;
invest a moment or two
in the brilliant natural splendor
of the ebb and flow of beautiful life.

The beauty of life is all around us.
Daily we can wonder
and smile and
feel it.


Life that rises
from deep within
to remind us,
we are flowers, too;
that bloom with a glorious splash
to brighten and cheer
the passers-by.

Taken 6 December 2011.