Fun Foto Challenge Abandoned Boat with Sea Lions

Sea Lions on Abandon Boat

Sea Lions on Abandon Boat

Sorry to disturb you

Ahhh! Sorry to disturb you

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge asked for Abandoned Buildings and Barns the only abandoned image was this boat from a visit to Baja Mexico. We could hear the sea lions, but it wasn’t until the camera flashed that we saw these charming creatures.

Abandoning an Abandoned boat

Abandoning an Abandoned boat

When have you come upon interesting animals by surprise?



Tuesday Poetry and Photography: Let’s Go Down to the Sea Again


Come with me
bring your dog
your warm sweater
your bare feet
if you dare
bring your willingness
to sit still
to set sail
as life’s unfolding
takes your breath away.

Carol Carlisle


As a kid in the 6th grade
in dry, land locked Oklahoma
I had to stand up in class and recite
John Masefield’s Sea Fever
it had little meaning for me but terror.
After more than fifty some years
I live within the sound of beckoning waves
so now the winds song and flying clouds
belong to me.

Sea Fever
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

Is there a poem you had to memorize as a kid that comes back to you from time to time?

For Margo Rody Tuesday Tryouts Come with Me

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


Phoneorgaphy: The Challenging Chalk Art Photography

Admiring the swimmer

1-Admiring the bathing beauty. Photo toaster.

Sunday I visited an outdoor chalk painting exhibit in San Rafael Ca. The Challenge for the photographer was: how to make art out of other folks making art, out of mostly 1949’s poster art. I noticed the shadow of my hat and another woman’s hat and got her stand with me to capture this rather voyeuristic image. Which images do you like?

At the Movies

2-At the Movies Photo toaster again

3 Oh My Stars! Edited with percolator,

3 Oh My Stars! Edited with percolator,


4-Aquacade  scanned in Scan Pro

These four photos are for Editing and Processing with Apps Challenge from Monday’s Lens and Pens. The next two are to give you an Idea of the scope of the show.

The whole  chalk painting

The whole chalk painting

Here I handed my phone to a tall guy to take this picture so I could have an image of the whole image for you to see. Thanks tall guy.

Another look at 40's woman

4-Another look at 40’s woman and a hard-working modern artist.

So many images, so little time! It was very hot on the asphalt so I give a lot of credit to the artist sitting in the sun doing work that is already gone.

Happy Monday!

View others from this week’s challenge:




Works of Fabric Art With Meaning

Wearable Poetry

Wearable Poetry

Quilt of Tee Shirts From Berkeley Family Camp

Quilt of Tee Shirts From Berkeley Family Camp

Much love and many tears went into this quilt because the camp burned to the ground only a few weeks before in deviating wild fire near Yosemite.

As I write friends and family are preparing to evacuate because of wild fires in San Diego County.

Art is a powerful tool for voicing deep heartfelt desires and giving meaning to the unthinkable. What ways have you seen such expressions?

Photo Challenge Works of Art