Phoneography Nature Challenge: What the Tide Brought In

Tide snake

Tide snake

Kelp Creature

Kelp Creature

I have about 100 shots from the recent hight tide. These 2 are the most  abstract…

Tell me what you thinK?


Tasty Treats on My Street for Which Way Challenge

Better Run!!!!

Better Run!!!!  Thanksgivin’ is a comin’

This is just a taste of my turkey (photos). Next Wednesday I’ll post a whole flock of them.
Here’s something else that could be on your Thanksgiving dinner table from my street.

Artichoke on our street

Late Fall Artichoke on our street

Artichokes are ornamental in our neighborhood. This one’s on the parking strip across the street from me. A dad planted it with his kids last Spring. I’ve enjoyed watching it and them thrive.

What treats thrive in your neighborhood? They don’t have to be edible.

Cee’s Which Way Challenge #20

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Nurturing Thursday: Soak in the Sunsets


 Can there be too many pink fluffy cloud sunsets? 

All this week people have been asking each other “Did you see the sky last Friday?”  This is not just happening here in Northern California I saw a post from Colline in Canada with images of a similar sunset. Seems to be Mother Nature’s way of saying to all of us there is an even bigger picture then the ones we see on the small screens. Nurturing beauty is all around when we take time to notice.
What uplifting gift have you received this week?

Nurturing Thursday

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let’s Talk About the End of Summer

Alvarado Park

Alvarado Park


Berkeley Pedestrian Bridge

Berkeley Pedestrian Bridge over I-80

How fast did Summer speed by?
What will you carry with you as you speed into fall?
Hope it is fond memories of lazy days.

Weekly Photo Challenge Dialog


Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag The Sharp Way of Snake

Gourd Bowl

Gourd Bowl with Mayan Snake Design

Mud flats

Mud flats river



Sutter Buttes

Sutter Buttes

the sharp
way of snake
the tender
cloud dreams
of the People.

Carol Carlisle

Weekly Photo Challenge asked for a story told through zigzag I offer a poem to go with the photos. What other zigzags might you add?

Happy Poetry Month April Fools

The Poet-tree

Ode To A Berkeley Telephone Pole

Out of the sidewalk in front of The Apple store

grows the poet-tree

leaflets flutter suggesting we

be not fools

for ’tis time to

celebrate, protest, write


it is the first of April.

 Leave offerings

of ripe fruit and

wrinkled first drafts,

enough to start a bonfire perhaps,

Place them on the sidewalk

in front of the Apple store

and see what else might grow

from the Poet-tree!

April Fools

April Fools!

Carol Carlisle

Happy National Poetry Month!

Let’s begin it with inspration from Hafiz:

A wine bottle fell from a wagon and
broke open in a field.That night one hundred beetles and all their cousins
Gatheredand did some serious binge drinking.They even found some seed husks nearby
and began to play them like drums and whirl.
This made God very happy.Then the “night candle” rose into the sky
and one drunk creature, laying down his instrument,
said to his friend ~ for no apparent
Reason,”What should we do about that moon?”Seems to Hafiz
Most everyone has laid aside the music

Tackling such profoundly useless

~ Hafiz ~
Who else among you is participating outrageous fools errand?
Part of NAPOWriMo




Statues from Mexico City and Berkeley

One of the biggest surprises for me about Mexico City was that everywhere you looked there are statues, monuments, fountains and garden art; sacred and profane.This is just a sample. I am not a fan of big cities, since I am at heart a country girl, but after visiting Mexico City I understand the fascination.

Truth be told I like living at the edge of a city so I can get out into wilderness quick but visit the city for fun once in a while. I doubt if I would do well as and an Alaskan homesteader.

After yesterday’s post of street people of Berkeley I’m include a photo of beautiful statues from a yard in Berkeley.

Happy Street people of Berkeley

Happy Street people of Berkeley

Which do you prefer city or country life?

Where’s my Backpack/Statues

Phoneography: Tracking Animals in The Setting Sun

1.Bear Paw

1.Bear Paw in the evening sunlight

I thought you might enjoy these foot prints because, for the first day of spring I posted Mary Oliver’s Spring about a bear coming out of her cave, It begins…

a black bear
has just risen from sleep
and is staring…
and continues:
I think of her,
her four black fists
flicking the gravel,
2. Bear paws

2. Bear paws

Some clever person enhanced the sidewalk with animal tracks on a new bridge over newly restored Strawberry Creek. It is on UC Berkeley property home of the Golden Bears!  How they made the bird tracks is a mystery. Any thoughts on what process they used. Now why, I answer with why not?

3. Bird tracks

3. Bird tracks

4. Bird tracks

4. Bird tracks iPhone 4s

I had been here before but never noticed the tracks. It took seeing them in the setting which created enough contrast to make them show up. The dramatic shadows are an added bonus of shooting photos at the “Golden Hour”. It’s almost like the critters are trying to hide behind the railings. I looked around to see where they might be…

Which photo tells the story best?

Created by Sally Donatello go to her site Lens and Pens if you want to participate or learn more about photography with non traditional devises.

All photos shot on my iPhone 4s in native camera and no app enhancements. Again I say time of day makes a big difference!


Nurturing Thursday: Blessings Abound!

Receive The Blessing  

December 12 is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe


A woven Guadalupe Hanging in my living room.

“Our Lady seems to often come to those of us who are in some way,

 frayed little ropes,

tiny leaves blown about.

Thus, she is known too, as Reweaver of the Unraveled.

Calm Center of the Storm.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estés

December 12 is the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, also known as Tonantzin.  Her story begins long before the colonizers went to Mexico.  She was honored on the he hill of Tepeyac where Tonatzin’s temple had been burnt by the Spanish priests. When she performed the three miracles for Juan Diego, (now a Catholic saint and possibly one of the first indigenous converts to Catholicism) the indigenous people accepted Our Lady of Guadalupe as Tonatzin.  I like to think that she wanted to make sure that we wouldn’t forget her during the trying times of the last 500+ years, and now many of us are remembering who she really is”.

Penny Opal Plant

My Visit With Our Lady of Guadalupe

When I went to Mexico  City I expected to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe only to be too tired to get on the bus to go so I spent a quit day with my family wandering the City, eating at my daughter’s favorite restaurant, and sitting on ancient stone steps in the sun.  Because I thought I was missing out on something  special I paid close attention to everything that happened that day and it became special. That is how the memories from July 4,2011 became my a blessing, from Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Pay attention there are many blessings awaiting you around every corner!

Thanks for the many blessing from Becca Givens the curator of Nurturing Thursday,

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