Friday began with songs for the people in the dining room following their morning exercise class at Golden Umbrella.
The moon Friday night
Friday concluded with me taking moon pictures from the Treehouse parking lot. That’s convenient because my car is there and the big tripod is in the car.
Lasagna with fresh tomatoes. (iPhone 5c camera)
I almost forgot. I took a picture of Friday’s dinner with the iPhone 5c. I have been using the iPhone for food pictures lately. It is a lot simpler than the Lumix with post production on RW2 images. When it comes to a quick pic of pie or pasta, the iPhone pictures look good.
Sunglow in new rose Saturday
Saturday morning included a trip to the Farmers Market behind the Civic Center. Margaret Miller joined me in the search for fresh local produce. I got some Troxell’s Big Red Orchard apples from their booth to make a pie.
Pretty pink rose along the sidewalk
Margaret got tomatoes and eggplants at one of the many produce stalls. We located the sauerkraut stand that belongs to the son of a Treehouse neighbor. If I ever want to eat something that requires sauerkraut, I know where to get a jar of hand crafted gourmet quality kraut.
Rosebud lit by afternoon sun
I watched some of the Pope’s many activities while visiting the United States. It is really convenient that on the internet we can see the Holy See, (live and recorded on video), with a click, keystroke or touch of a finger..
It’s the Pope Francis website where you can follow the Pope. I assure you, you will enjoy the website no matter how you feel about the Pontiff.
Beautiful red rose hiding in the bush
Tomorrow we have the Redding Rubber Ducky Derby in the afternoon, and in the evening, just after sunset, a total eclipse of the moon. Later, you may see some disappointed “Enders” who will notice after the eclipse that they didn’t float up to Heaven. Be kind to them.
Gently tell them; “Do not be discouraged”. “There will be plenty more End Of The World rapture predictions for years and years to come”.
We already had the equinox, (terrific scrabble word), on Wednesday, but somehow I didn’t post the pictures I took that day. It must have been something I read that diverted my attention.
Always fun to take pictures of Lassen
Playing at Golden Umbrella. For 5 years my neighbor Doris kept telling me they need me to play there and wake them up. I am a little late in going there. Doris has gone to the dancing/bingo/comedy/party in the sky.
This morning I felt her spirit was with me enjoying the dancing, smiling, people there while I played. It was fun and I will return on October 13.
Closer look at triple word score moon
This Sunday afternoon is the 26th annual Redding Rubber Ducky Derby. I have a duck in the race. Come on, 02731, I know you can do it.
Regular readers know that I am fortunate enough to have 3 George Bleich paintings. My favorite is the Balloon Trip he painted for Chrissy’s birthday one year. It hangs prominently in my living room. Like most all of George’s paintings, it changes with the light.
One recent morning I looked up and I noticed the shadow of the balloon was glowing in the atmosphere. I tried to capture it without changing the lighting, but his paintings are alive with ambient light and color and don’t wait around for me to get the camera, set it for the conditions, and finally snap a few shots. But, the pic above is close.
New rose this week
When I was watching PopeFrancis speak at the White House, I couldn’t help thinking about George. He is a devout Catholic who walks the path of peace, love and understanding. And while seeing the Pontiff on TV, I noticed that in some ways George actually looks like the Pope.
Apple pie from Jackie
The eclipse of the moon will be after sunset this Sunday. It will be nice to get some images that incorporate the feeling of momentary stillness during the time of totality. If I do, you will likely see them here.
Dignity, Sanity and Humanity; These three things have been missing in our government ever since corporate infiltrators propelled Ronald Reagan into the Whitehouse.
He was hired to play the part of president. The right wing industrial, military, financial neoliberal cadre wrote the script. The best publicists and advertising agencies money could buy were hired to make people believe Reagan was a good president.
Reagan hit his marks, recited his lines and introduced bills and policies that allowed our national treasury to be pillaged while our military and industries ravaged and dismantled countries around the world. This theater of misdirection was conceived so a couple hundred rich men could rake in enormous profits.
They first tested Reagan as an anti-union, anti-education, anti-government governor in California and looted America’s largest state treasury beyond their wildest expectations. (We have finally begun recovering some of our losses thanks to Jerry Brown and California Democrats.)
Large bee covered in pollen
The fallout from these treasonous warmongering, privatizing, criminals In the nation’s capital has turned the republican party into a bunch of greedy oafs, hootin’ and a hollerin’ in the hallowed halls of congress. They insult our president, insult world leaders, and insult the intelligence of learned people everywhere.
In Dottie’s garden
We have a chance at the end of next year to get enough respectable and honorable Democrats into the house and senate to bring dignity, sanity and humanity back to America. We have 2 effective, experienced and hugely popular presidential candidates to head us into a future of promise: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
In case you missed social studies or government classes in school, let me explain briefly how the political parties select their candidates; Delegates from both parties will be going to national conventions next year; Democrats July 25–28 and Republicans July 18–21, 2016.
That is where and when the parties decide who the candidates will be for the upcoming general election in November 2016.
A poppy, I think
The candidates you may or may not be voting for will not be selected by how the public reacts to TV game show style debates. Fox news and CNN do not represent reality. Perhaps the weirdly skewed republican reality, but not the reality of the American electorate.
One ripe tomato
Who Ya Gonna Bomb?
Some news stories recently revealed that the leaders of IS, Al Qaeda, (and the leaders in “Terrorist” groups throughout the world), were trained and equipped by U. S. special forces.
I seriously doubt that cable news or most of the media are making that their big story.
Glory’s on high
This information has been available since shortly after we invaded Iraq, but not front page news. Still, if you read the papers, (not just the Record Searchlight), you would have found THIS STORY last year in the Washington Post. Or THIS STORY from last Thursday’s Russian Insider.
Butterfly takes a sip
Searching for the truth.
Speaking out against injustice.
Embracing more than one point of view.
Respecting all that is living or dead.
This is how I choose to live this life I have been given.
Just a day after a bit of rain the clouds parted and wandered away leaving blue skies and sunshine over Redding. It was cool enough, (75 - 80), that I even got to open the sunroof on the Hyundai.
Do You Remember Valentina Tereshkova?
The first woman to fly in space
There is a great story with pictures and everything, on bbc.com you should READ THIS intersting and informative look at history.
View of the Sacramento river on Wednesday
I took the time yesterday to find color and stories to photograph on a dreary day.
Conditions were just ducky for these two
My travels took me to some of my favorite Redding photo hot spots. Like the Sundial Bridge, (although it wasn’t telling time due to inclement weather).
Wet and glistening
When I zoomed in to the gnomon, I saw that many birds had taken refuge there.
Hanging out on the gnomon
While at the library, I noticed one bejeweled blooming fortnight lily. It was a spot of color and beauty that demanded to be photographed. So…
With the sunroof open and beautiful weather, running errands today (Thursday) was a breeze. It was so delightful that it didn’t occur to me that a picture or two of this glorious day might be in order.
Besides, yesterday’s rainy day images were all blog sized and waiting to be seen here.
That is my secret to enjoying “The Game” on TV. The mute button.
If I think there is something I see that needs an explanation, I turn the sound on. But, to enjoy the game?...I prefer not to have announcers talking about memorable moments and what kind of pie they ate on Thanksgiving while the game is going on.
I remember filming a 49er game at Candlestick when Jerry Rice was playing. (How I got the security guy and gal to let me film and for them to use my camera to show Chrissy and me watching the game is another story.)
When I wanted to watch football in the off season or get ready for opening day, I would watch that game I filmed (with some extra camera people) to remind me of how exciting and fun it really is to be there at the game.
Most of the colorful stuff with fans, players, and cheerleaders isn’t shown with TV coverage anymore. I suppose there’s no money being made by just showing all the fun people are having at the game.
All of which is why I turn off the annoying TV noise and listen to the cheers and sounds of the game with the most awesome realistic audio system ever made; My mind.
Cleats pounding, tearing turf, crunching dirt. The huff of hard breathing, shoulder pad rattling, thundering of powerful players running down the field. The roar of the crowd that sounds like what you would hear in the Roman Coliseum. The collective groan when a wide receiver drops a wide open touchdown pass.
Yeah, that’s what I like to hear. So, that is why I mute the announcers and turn on the sounds in my mind when I want to experience the excitement and thrill of professional Football.
If you have good memories of live games, try turning off the sound of announcers chatting while the game is on TV. The sounds you play in your head are far superior to the drone of TV sound and once you have learned to do that, you can imagine cheerleader routines during the commercial breaks, too.
Alright then, I will get back to watching the Raiders lose to the Bengals.