Phoneography: Portrait of This Magic Moment

Beauty is not in the face, beauty is a light in the heart.-Kahlil Gibran









Antlers? Halo?

I found this image a dancer framed by another dancers arms on a photo I took during a parade last weekend. I became fascinated with it and worked it through a number of apps to see if I could get it to look the way she feels to me.

 Like Fall Equinox
that moment
when everything is in balance
and anything can happen
before we tip into winter.

Mary Oliver says it this way:


Fall Song
Another year gone, leaving everywhere
its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves,
the uneaten fruits crumbling damply
in the shadows,unmattering backfrom the particular island
of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhereexcept underfoot, moldering
in that black subterranean castleof unobservable mysteries – roots and sealed seeds
and the wanderings of water. ThisI try to remember when time’s measure
painfully chafes, for instance when autumn

flares out at the last, boisterous and like us longing
to stay – how everything lives, shifting

from one bright vision to another, forever
in these momentary pastures.

~ Mary Oliver ~
(American Primitive)
Tell me please which image or words speak to you today.
Happy Fall

View other entries to this week’s Challenger’s Choice:



Phoneography Black and White Challenge: Wind surfer

Wind surfer

1-Wind surfer sail

Wind surfer, Mount Tam and dogs with family

2-Wind surfer, Mount Tam and dogs with family

Big air

3-Big air

I almost didn’t walk out to water because it was so windy., but glad I did. We don’t usually see wind surfers at our little local beach.What a nice surprise! There was so much glare I couldn’t see my phone’s screen.  In order to capture the guy in the air, my husband would call out “now” when he went up and I would click on faith.I got one with ‘big air’ shot with this tag team technic.

Big air

4-Big air cropped for detail

Today’s Challenge is Black and White. Sure these would be pretty in color but the dramatic clouds tell a different story in B&W. Sally Donatello of Lens and Pens writes: “Black-and-white photography has an uncanny power to recreate reality”.  

Which photo tell the story you prefer?

Travel Theme: Noise From Morning To Night


Morris Dancer May Day

Morris Dancer Welcome the Sun on May 1st


Back yard band gets down

Back yard band gets down


Samba drummers Solano Stroll

Samba drummers Solano Stroll 2nd Sunday of September

Boom! Boom!

July 4th

Big Bang July 4th

The 40th Annual Solano Stroll is tomorrow, a reminder for all the local Bay Area Folks who want to have fun and get some great photos.  I’m sure I’ll be posting many of my own images in the coming weeks.

What fall festivals do you have in your neck of the woods?

Where’s My Backpack suggested this loud theme.

Nurturing Thursday: Pretend No More


Today will be the day you realize

What you pretend not to know

That you can sail

That  you can fly.

Carol Carlisle

A Thought for this week’s Nurturing Thursday

Frequent Contributors to
Nurturing Thursday:

Inside the Mind of Isadora
Tea and Paper
Jacqueline King
Pocket Perspectives
Meg Evans
Hope* the Happy Hugger
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: East Bay Oddities

Silly Wednesday Wonders 

Turkey's Unclear on use of Handrails

Riding the Rails!

Jackson Street Turkeys make themselves at home. We Have gotten so use to these big birds in our neighborhood I don’t take photos every time they pass but this was one shot I pulled over for!

I-80 Under Berkeley's Pedestrian Bridge

Stange Sculpture Points the Way Over Berkeley’s Pedestrian Bridge with I-80 below

Cee’s Which Way Challenge 2014#11 This challenge subject is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, we move from one place to another on.  You can walk on them, climb them, drive them, ride them, as long as the way is visible.

And I’ll add, find a little silliness along the way :D
Hope I made you smile

Goat Poem

Mondrian Goat

Goat at Sunset


Goat pokes his sharp white face
into the end of day

Sheep and Cow’s evensong chorus
have awaken mild curiosity

But slit eyed wisdom

The Man with the bucket of oats
has already come and gone.

Carol Carlisle

Margo Rody  Asked us to go for a walk and be open to the unexpected. During Saturday’s ramble at the local Little Farm the setting sun hit the hillside and light up a goat single goat face magnificently! It called for a click from my camera and a poem.
Happy Tuesday!





Phoneography: Close up of Elderly Leaves

Oh No Summers Over!

Oh No Summers Over!

Who is that masked...?

Who is that masked…?



They’re All Dressed up for Carnival A Little Early?
Up close these elderly zucchini leaves became otherworldly beings with a little Capture + magic. Maybe I’ve gone over the top with the captions but, after all,  whimsy is one of this blog’s prime directive.

Before they leave
it seemed the right thing to do,
to put on make up
show off maybe dance around
which leafs are apt to do
when the sun
spends less time
showing off his fancy
footwork in the sky.

What do you think, did it work?

The Whole garden

The Whole garden

Great Minds Presented in connection with Lens and Pens Macro Challenge which this week also, looks at autumn leaves.

View other entries for this week’s challenge: Macro



Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

Into the Wild Blue Younder

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

We quietly walk by the Bay
The sun sets
Others take off
Into the Wild blue yonder.

I had heard there were beautiful sunset clouds blown up from a storm down South. I went to Point Isabel to find them but I was a day late. The single vapor trail offered a lovely quiet dramatic moment far away from any storm. Fine with me. Hope you enjoy this simple Adventure submitted as another Weekly Photo Challenge.