Photo Challenge: Reward

This week Krista gave us a photo challenge to provide a graphic representation of Reward.

This story starts one summer in the mid-1960s. I was a kid living in a small town in South Jersey. I was about to cross a two-lane highway (eleven-year-olds did that by themselves a generation ago) and had to wait for a motorcycle to go by. It was a big “boxer” a horizontally opposed BMW twin-cylinder touring motorcycle. It seemed to float by effortlessly. I said to myself (remember I was alone crossing that two-lane highway), someday I’m going to have one of those! And, now I do.

Last summer I took a trip over the Sonora and Tioga Passes in the Eastern Sierras with a group of 16 other motorcyclists. We spent one night at Mono Lake (Lee Vining), which is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I have to admit that the Eastern Sierras are much different than the Tahoe Basin where I’ve spent much more time. Different but no less spectacular. If you’ve worked hard and want to reward yourself, take a trip to the Eastern Sierras, Mono Lake and, oh yeah, stop by that place called Yosemite Valley, too!

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Will Housing Prices Wither?

The real estate markets have become fickle beasts. Capital markets bubble and burst taking it out on the little guy. January is a fickle month, too. We saw very few home sales in January in the San Francisco Bay Area relative to the long-term average. Median prices drooped along with sales volume. It’s not possible to predict what the balance of 2015 will be like but it sure got off to a rocky start. Median prices in eight of the nine counties were lower in January than the average of the prior six months. See the median price trends for the nine Bay Area Counties here.

Urban Living, Columbia Park, San Francisco, CA

Urban Living, Columbia Park, San Francisco, CA

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Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

Oh, yes, rules ARE meant to be broken! But they do work. This week Jen Hooks has challenged us to recompose relying on the Rule of Thirds. It’s good to be a little off center. ;-)

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Photo Challenge: Symmetry

This week we’ve been challenged to show an image with symmetry by Cheri Lucas Rowlands. Appropriate for Friday the 13th of February. 2+13=15. It appears Cheri likes balance in her life ;-).

From a graphics standpoint… symmetry is about balance and balance is relaxed and calm. Diagonals and offset points of focus are dynamic… they add tension. So let’s find balance on Friday the 13th. Who knows what challenges the day may bring?

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Job Growth Stalls

Employment in the San Francisco Bay Area has stalled at just over 3.7 million over the past four months. There is general optimism for 2015 but housing prices and rents have also slowed. Should be an interesting spring!

See the latest summary here.

Los Gatos High School

Los Gatos High School

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Photo Challenge: Scale

This week we’ve been challenged to visualize scale by Michelle W. Let’s ponder size relationships. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions about what that means!

I first asked my Grandkitty Otis to assist. I can say that all those stories about herding cats are true. Have you ever seen “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” and if you haven’t, well, just do it.

Attack of the 50 Foot Cat

Attack of the 50 Foot Cat

Next a recent spate of big waves over in Pacifica was brought to mind. The power of the ocean has always been a mystery to me. Nothing really compares with a day spent on a warm beach.

Sharp Park, Pacifica, CA

Sharp Park, Pacifica, CA

Waves got me to remember an afternoon snapping some pix over at Lands End in San Francisco. Check out the little box at the lower right of the photo to appreciate scale.

Lands End, San Francisco, CA

Lands End, San Francisco, CA

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Photo Challenge: Depth

This week we’ve been challenged to explore depth by Ben Huberman. Whether we relate to the word in a visual or emotional way it all seems relative.

To an ant, a pebble may seem a mountain. 20131213-2sf_03_DSC8424v2

Standing on Glacier Point 3200 feet above the valley floor of Yosemite can be unnerving especially when you realize the ocean is 7200 feet down below your toes.

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Does a beautiful vista add to the depth of your love?

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When a friend turned 60 last year I thought deeply. (Something I try to avoid) Nanc60v2-20131117-DSC8103v2

This may just scratch the surface. I will have to try thinking deeply more often.

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