5 Day Black and White Challenge Day 1

Center Street Berkely

Center Street parking garage Berkeley

I was trying to orient myself to ordinary reality after traveling The Pacific Crest Trail with Reese Witherspoon in the movie Wild so I decided to take a few shots of wet Berkeley streets. The emotion of these two unrelated people seemed to capture a mood not unlike Sheryl, from the move,, headlong rush toward… well you have to see it, Now I have to read it. Have you seen it?

I have been following  AngelineM’s Blog this week as she posted Black and White images  of San Francisco streets for the last 5 days so I decided to play. The way it works is I pst my own B&W and tap someones to join each day and they do the same. A harmless but creative pyramid scheme.  For my first tap I offer Janet at Sustainability

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity In My Neighborhood

First look at the ocean

First look at the ocean Albany Beach

Pizza Making

Japanese and Taiwanese students  Pizza Making for the first time.

The crossword

The crossword

I haven’t gone to exotic places but my neighborhood offers an interesting glimpse of humanity.

Weekly Photo Challenge

Phoneography: A Black and White Love Story

1 xle heart

1 crystal heart on frosty window

2. The Kiss

2. The Kiss

3. Hiding

3. Don’t shoot!

This week Lens and Pens asked us to consider how phones and tablets are changing  the art form of photography. I have used two typical dinning out photos, that so many of us take. and transformed them into black and whites to see if they can become artful.  I played with the idea of what do you love by starting with the crystal heart.

Today I know ask you, not which you like, but which picture do you spend more time looking at and why? Which I guess might be the same as like.

Sally also had a link to this video of 20th century Black and White Photography for all of us Black and White Lovers

. Happy Monday.

Here are other entries for this week’s challenge:

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white-3/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/iphoneography-black-and-white-2/

http://weliveinaflat.com/blog/panorama-shot-using-galaxy-note-3/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/the-beginning-of-the-end/

http://streetsofsfphotos.com/2014/02/17/paints-in-black-white-and-color/

http://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-challenge-black-white-2/

http://pilotfishblog.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-challenge-a-black-and-white-tale-of-love/

http://fontsandfrosting.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-challenge-black-white/

How Does The Light Get In?

 There Is a Crack in Everything!

Reading about the upcoming powerful evolutionary new moon when the husband cam in and said come look at the moon

This morning I was reading about the upcoming powerful evolutionary New Moon when the husband came in and said come look at the moon. The moon appeared to be a sliver or crack in the morning sky. Venus is the planet leading the moon through that sky today. May their beautiful light reaches you.

Thank you for all the song suggestions of yesterday’s clouds. I hope you read each others comments. I came up with:

Anthem

by Leonard Cohan

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Yeah the wars
they will be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government —
signs for all to see.

I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
While the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
They’re gonna hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring …

You can add up the parts
you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.

– END –

Thank you, Mr. Cohen.

Wonder Wednesday: Did You Experience Diwali Yesterday?

Was it because I asked for a festival of lights, a coincidence,  or maybe little Diwalis were taking place all over the world on this  special day!

My Story of Diwali

Still not to spiffy from a cold, yesterday, I drug myself out of the house and up to Safeway (the grocery store) anyway. It was The Husband’s birthday and there is a dinner to make.  On the way, National Public Radio was doing a special report on the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali, November 13th I was suddenly whisked back to 1985 when I got to experience Diwali first hand in Kathmandu.  The butter lamps, chalk paintings on the streets, and ancient buildings dripping with colored lights, lit up in my memory.  I still can see it all and wonder where my photos are, also I feel a sad longing and I wished I could experience such brilliance again.

Not as it often happens with wish, they are lost or forgotten, this one was granted soon as I left the store.  The clouds aligned and the sky sparkled for a moment then tuned this tree into a brilliant glowing light!  Was it because I asked for a festival of lights, a coincidence,  or maybe little Diwalis were taking place all over the world on this special day?  Did You have an experience of Diwali Yesterday? Any time this week will do 😉 .

Oh yes and we had cake with candle, too.