Photo Challenge: Broken

Broken Still Life

Broken Still Life

Snapped off by the wind or lost through planned obsolescence, the flower petal and pine tree branch seem at home in a bowl. Broken off from their place of origin, they make a new home.

Joe

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Wild Markets

Check out the latest craziness in Bay Area Median Home prices for March 2015 here.

And pix from a drive thru San Francisco here (as in below).

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Photo Challenge: Enveloped

Wrapped in a layer of green, Robin felt comfortable while keeping an eye on me. I was in the open. Exposed without any means of cover, I could not hide my fear.

Joe

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American Robin

American Robin Enveloped in Green

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Light and Lighthouses

Weekends are too short… don’t you think? Just a brief trip actually… down to the Coastside. That stretch of California coast from Pacifica down to the Santa Cruz county border centered around Half Moon Bay. The light was so so because we’re having an early summer weather pattern. Overcast and cool along the coast. Hope your Mother’s day was as lovely as mine.

Joe

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Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

Here I am, four miles to the Pacific Ocean and three miles to the San Francisco Bay. It’s Northern California. It’s sunny, it’s foggy, it’s windy, it’s cool in the summer and wet in the winter (usually). It’s bay flats and coastal hills and sandy and rocky and a peninsula that runs from San Francisco to San Jose. Lots and lots of forces of nature. None, however, compare to the one I hope remains unforced for many years to come.

That testy old San Andreas Fault runs just 400 or so yards from where I’m sitting. It’s one force of nature that you can be standing on and not know it’s at work. Relentlessly slipping and grinding away mostly unseen and unheard and unfelt. Most quakes are rocking or jolting or swaying affairs. Many go unnoticed. Most would say they never felt a little minor 2.0 tremor unless they were on top of it. That happened to me about a year ago. The whole place was buzzing like a giant industrial vacuum cleaner was at work on the floor above except it wasn’t. I stopped and looked around and had to wonder, “what the?” Then reason set in and I checked the USGS quake website. Sure enough, less than a mile away just on the west side of the fault. A reminder that the San Andreas doesn’t rest. A ceaseless yet silent force of nature.

Joe

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Photo Challenge: Intricate

Once while playing golf, a friend who faced a shot challenged by foliage said, “Trees are 90% air.” Of course, his next shot clanked off a sturdy oak and landed behind where he had just swung. Oaks full of leaves seem sturdy. Oaks bereft of leaves seem delicate. An intricate web of twigs spread out in search of the sun.

Joe

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Naked Oak. Novato, CA.

Naked Oak. Novato, CA.

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Photo Challenge: Motion

The weather forecast was interesting: clear and sunny with big waves on the coast. It was a Saturday so off I went to Pacifica. Only four miles away if you could only drive straight over the coastal range, but, alas, you can’t. Twenty minutes up Skyline to Sharp Park and down to the fishing pier. The weather guessers were right for a change. Sunny, clear and big waves.

The surf was pounding the sea wall and the crabbers on the pier were getting quite a sight as the waves reached near eye level. Even the seagulls were enjoying the show. The waves were blowing spray all over and booming and crashing and shaking everything in sight. Just another lovely day in paradise as a friend who lives in town likes to say.

The one thing that did catch my eye was the surfers… not the human ones… too rough for them. Some of the seagulls apparently enjoy gliding along the edge of the big waves and coasting on the updraft. They’d go around and around catching the big waves just for fun.

Good shooting!

Joe

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