San Francisco CA – March 2018

I WENT HOME! Well, my short, temporary home anyway. My parents lived east of the city for a couple of years while I was in college and I only spent a couple of Christmases and summers there. It was a short trip, but gotta say, Monterey is in my top three dream retirement cities (after Sedona and Carlsbad).

When I was in college, I took a black and white photography lab class. We had to produce a portfolio by the end of it, and there is SO much in San Francisco to see so I had no lack of inspiration. But that means a lot of my photographs are in black and white. Like…the Golden Gate Bridge, was gray! Needless to say I was super excited to get the opportunity to shoot in color!

We started the trip at the Palace of Fine Arts.

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We accidentally drove over the bridge. I was trying to make it to one of the viewing areas, but the GPS was slow and told me to turn after I had already passed it. No biggie, the bridge is beautiful!

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Next stop was Pier 39.

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View from the hotel room!

View from the hotel bar on the top floor.

Sunset over the City, Bridge, and Pacific Ocean!

This was all from the same sunset!

Sunrise the next morning! The windows were filthy, but I still got to see it.

Turns out I did take a couple of pictures in color.

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Pictures don’t do gooseberries justice, so I had to take a video.

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Can you see the fish in the very middle? An eye and slightly parted mouth…

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I have never seen an active octopus. This one didn’t stop moving long enough to get a good shot!

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After the aquarium, we did the 17-Mile Drive around Pebble Beach.

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The last time we were in Monterey (16 years ago!)…

The hills in the city are SUPER steep!

Fisherman’s Wharf and real sourdough bread!

The last day was spent driving to our old home and seeing how the town had changed.

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I say it all the time, but I HEART California!

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Virginia Orchid Society Annual Orchid Show – 2018

Strange’s Florist hosted the 12th annual Virginia Orchid Society Orchid Show. I went last year (after going to Longwood), thinking it was just going to be a few orchids. I didn’t take my camera (I know, gasp!!), and I was completely wrong about show! There were so many orchids! And so many species I had never seen before, or even knew could exist!

So when I saw it on the calendar again this year, I made sure to take my camera! It did seem a little smaller this year, but it still had so many pretty orchids!!

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I found this one at the show and it was so different than the others, I just had to add it to my office windowsill :)

And this is the whole collection!

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You can see a post of my first orchid here.

I love orchids!!

 

Photo shoot – Diascund Creek

The whole point of my posts are to prove that anyone can take a picture. It is not difficult, especially now that phones have really good cameras on them. They are instantaneous. They have filters. And Photoshop exists.

I am not special. Back when cameras required film, and knowledge of light, aperture, and ISO where paramount to photography, there was definitely skill involved. But now, not so much.

However, some people appreciate my “eye” and ask me to take pictures for them, mostly friends. But my boss invited me to her “lake house” (which is her permanent 24/7 home) last month to take pictures of the “Docks of the Diascund.” This is a sampling of that shoot.

Getting to know Virginia – Westmoreland Park take II

Because I missed a trip to Fossil Beach the last time I went to this park, I had to make another trip! I took a Friday off from work to hopefully avoid the crowds and there was hardly anyone there.

The trail was very nicely kept up through a forest of lots of different trees.

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Looks like this one was struck by lightning.

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A ghostly tree!

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Finally made it to the beach!

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But some of it was closed because of erosion. I have no doubt that is where all of the cool fossilized sharks teeth are, but I obeyed the law and kept my distance.

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I knew that the trail was going to be about 1.5 miles round trip, but what I didn’t know was that there was a really steep hill. The way down wasn’t so bad, but the way up was a little tough. You can’t really tell from this angle, but that is a hill. I should have taken it from the bottom looking up, but this is the top, looking down.

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I didn’t go in the visitors center, but there is a huge field behind it where you can view the Potomac River.

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Went back to the other beach to look for more sea glass, and it looked like a whole different park. There were maybe two people there, as opposed to the 200+ the last time I was there!

While I did find one small piece of sea glass, but no fossils, it was still a very nice day!