A Good Match–Art & Bottle Caps

This week we are challenged to “…share a photo of a satisfying pairing from your own life. You should by no means limit yourself to edible stuff — You can mix and match places, people, objects, and activities that represent your idea of a harmonious, pleasing combination.

In response I offer images of a mosaic art work recently created in Petaluma’s American Alley–A mix of a back alley wall and mosaic art—MADE FROM BOTTLE CAPS…a recycling mix, if you will…

American Alley Bottle Cap Mosaic

American Alley Bottle Cap Mosaic

American Alley Bottle Cap Mosaic

American Alley Bottle Cap Mosaic

American Alley Bottle Cap Mosaic

American Alley Bottle Cap Mosaic

For other submissions to this week’s challenge go to A Good Match

Against The Odds–Weekly Photo Challenge

This week we are asked to “…share a photo that says against the odds.”

“Maybe it’s a photo of an unlikely occurrence. Maybe it’s the photo itself that goes against the odds — a shot you never thought you’d get. Maybe it’s a photo of something you’re not sure you’ll be able to do.”

The image below meets two of the criteria–a photo that was very difficult to take without getting trampled down by people doing something that I could never do.

The hardworking volunteers carrying bridge beams at the recent Martin Luther King Day of Service for Walker Creek Ranch (Marin County) were glad that I rolled out of the way just in time…

Kaiser Permanente Volunteers MLK Day of Service 2017

Kaiser Permanente Volunteers MLK Day of Service 2017

 

For other submissions to this  challenge, go to Against The Odds

Power Cord Shadow

The Photo Challenge this week is to “… hunt for shadows and incorporate them into your shot. The shadow can be the focal point of the image, or simply a detail that adds texture and makes the scene a bit more dynamic.

So I offer an image from somewhere in Petaluma.  Aside from the power cord shadow, it also answers the question of where the power company gets its power 🙂

PGE & E POWER CORD

PGE & E POWER CORD

PG&E Power Cord

PG&E Power Cord

For other submissions to the photo challenge go to Shadow

 

Solitude On The 101

This week we are asked to “…show…what being alone means to you. If you’re finding yourself surrounded by too many people, or too many sensations, or too many obligations, take a quiet moment for yourself. Seek solitude, and reset. Or, perhaps you find yourself isolated too often, and solitude evokes negative emotions that photography can help you work through.”

In response I submit this “image definition” of solitude on the road, specifically on The 101 at night.  Photo with pocket camera shot through the windshield…

Night On The 101

Night On The 101

For additional submissions to this week’s challenge, go to Solitude

Repurposed Waste & Reflections

The challenge this week is to show an image of “…something that you’ve recycled or repurposed, or an object for which you’ve discovered a clever new use.”

Each week we fill up the Blue Recycle Can but it just too boring to show a pix of a can…or its contents.

Instead I opt for an image of the Recycle Truck headed up The 101!

Note the reflections of the Sonoma County Hills on the back of the Recycle Truck…

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For other submissions, go to Repurpose

 

A Graceful Night Heron

For this week we are invited to submit an image to “…show us something that exists harmoniously with its surroundings.”

In response, I submit a composite image of a Night Heron—that now hangs on my wall as a metal print.

Night Heron B St & Petaluma River

Night Heron B St & Petaluma River

For other submissions, go to Graceful.

The atmosphere of one’s surrounding environment–Ambience

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is to present images reflecting the Ambience of our surrounding environment.

Ambience, like beauty, may be in the eye of the beholder…Photographer.

Of late I have been occupied with small or macro ambience scenes in my environment…such as a leaf mysteriously suspended in mid air on the façade of a building on Petaluma’s 4th St…held in place by the smallest strand of a cobweb.

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For other entries to this challenge go to Ambience

We Are Not Open–Word Press Photo “Resilient” Challenge

We Are Not Open–Word Press Photo “Resilient” Challenge

I still have not decided how to approach my photo activities in 2017

I will, however respond to this year end challenge for 2016 with the hope that the pingback feature will work!

Resilient means to me, having a sense of humor no matter what. Therefore I offer this store window sign from 4th St in Petaluma

Not Open

Not Open

 

For additional submissions go to Resilient

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Path

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Path

For this year-end challenge we are asked to…”show us what path means to you. Consider the journey you’ve taken this year (or where you hope to go in 2017) and share a snapshot of this personal path, whether figurative or literal…”

Such a challenge almost inspires a 10,000 word essay.

But I resist!

Instead I offer a photo of a book in a local bookstore window that best illustrates my path after 72 years of searching.

I am still on the path looking for an answer to the question posed below…

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For additional submissions to this challenge, go to Path

Note–this will be my last submission to the Photo Challenge.  It has been fun and I will continue to follow the work of others.  But for some reason the Word Press Folk can’t seem to include my pingbacks to the original challenge and it no longer seems worth the effort on my part.

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Anticipation

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Anticipation

This week we are asked to “…share a photo that says anticipation.”

For this I offer photos of part of the crowd in San Francisco last Sunday…dscf7500webdscf7503aweb

Awaiting opening of the gates to see Cirque Du Soleil’s “Luzia”

For other submissions to this challenge go to– Anticipation

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–New Horizon

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–New Horizon

 This week we are asked about…”New Year’s resolutions, give them some thought a few weeks early. If resolutions aren’t your style, show us something that you want to achieve.”

For me, I would like to capture an image of a Blue Heron or a Night Heron taking off.  I seem to capture them as they are standing in place and even a rare shot of a Night Heron during the daytime such is these from two days ago…

Night Heron Petaluma River

Night Heron Petaluma River

Night Heron Petaluma River

Night Heron Petaluma River

Night Heron Petaluma River

Night Heron Petaluma River

Perhaps 2017 will be the year when I capture it as it launches!!

For other submissions to this challenge, go to New Horizon

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

This week we are asked to “Show…the one thing without which your holiday season could never be complete.”

For our household…we must have Santas…Lots of Santas…

Santa & Friends

Santa & Friends

For other submissions to this challenge, go to It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Magic

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Magic

The background for this challenge is as follows: “As adults, we become dulled to the magic inherent to life, and perhaps we stop seeking it altogether. However, as photographers, we have an opportunity to reclaim it. Magic and beauty can be conjured in the simplest of photographs…For this week’s challenge, find some magic, and charm us with it.”

In response, I offer an image of a simple garden spider and web…soaking up some sunshine…

Garden Spider

Garden Spider

For additional submissions to the challenge, go to>> Magic

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Tiny

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Tiny

This week we are asked to “… show us tiny. Capture something at a smaller scale.”

In response, I offer a Tiny Message to a very large place…posted on a door handle on Fourth St in Petaluma

Portal To Narnia

Portal To Narnia

For additional submissions to the challenge this week, go to>> Tiny

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Chaos

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Chaos

This week we are asked to show images embracing…”disorder and its creative power.” Not sure that all disorder is “creative” or even positive.

For example…our national election.  I offer my “CHAOS” post from my other blog site for this week’s challenge– Ah…November! Holidays & Voting For Measure Y

For other submissions to the challenge, go to–Chaos

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Transmogrify

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Transmogrify

This week we are asked to submit an image that demonstrates ” Transmogrify…. Transform…Morph…. Change. Show us something already transformed, on the cusp of transformation, or that you wish you could transform.”

As we are finally getting some decent rain in our parched land, I offer an image from Sonoma County where the landscape in the vineyards is turning a Winter Green…

Sonoma County

Sonoma County

For other submissions to this week’s challenge, go to–Transmogrify

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Shine

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Shine

This week we are asked: “Has the sunshine or any other light source caused you to stop because it’s highlighting something you didn’t notice before?”

So I offer images of the dining table lighting inside Brannan’s in Calistoga, CA.  This is happened to me before in many  establishments.  Now make it a practice to take a few images from time to time…and to place a wine glass in front of the light!

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For additional submissions to this week’s photo challenge go to Shine

 

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RTP…Locals Helping Locals

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge asked us to “…share what “local” means to you, and show us where your heart is.”

And so I offer some additional images from yesterday of Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) Volunteers helping to improve the safety of homes for qualifying people…images of Locals Helping Locals

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(Click on any image to open Gallery)

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Local

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Local

This week we are challenged to “…share what “local” means to you, and show us where your heart is.”

As I have just returned home from photographing our local Rebuilding Together Petaluma efforts to help improve the quality and safety of homes for qualifying people, I offer a few images of Locals Helping Locals

And Yes! They even work in the rain!!

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For other submissions to this challenge, go to–Local

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–H2O

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–H2O

This week we are asked to “…share a photo that features H2O; the element of water. Water comes in many different states and guises. From a foggy morning to your favorite watercolor painting, how will you show H2O in a photograph?”

As a resident of California, water or H2O  is defined by the lack thereof…as in a multiyear drought…

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For additional responses to this challenge, go to H2O

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Nostalgia

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Nostalgia

This week we are asked to “…show us what nostalgia means to you — perhaps a moment or scene that makes you feel wistful, happy, sad, or somehow longing for the past.

Having recently scanned old family photos to digital storage…I offer these photos of my parents in October 1929…a reminder that we were all young…Once

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For additional submissions to this challenge, go to>> Nostalgia

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Quest

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Quest

This week we are asked: “What are you in search of? Capture a quest with your camera.”

In response I offer photos of a Traveler (one of many that pass through our fair city) on his Quest…

Putnam Plaza, Petaluma CA

Putnam Plaza, Petaluma CA

Putnam Plaza, Petaluma CA

Putnam Plaza, Petaluma CA

            For additional submissions to this challenge, GO TO>> Quest