Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Texture

Trying to find some texture for our theme this week. The headbangers are all looking for texture in their photos. You can see what they found by following their links in my sidebar.


We have lambs and kids down the road. Usually my neighbor and I are commenting on the number of lambs in late January. This year we were wondering that there were no new offspring. But that changed over the last few weeks as the tiny babes appeared. A good close-up of one of the lambs would be a great texture picture.


But alas, I had to do my close-up in my own yard and here again I am featuring that great harbinger of spring:

 Indoors, some baskets gave a good texture image.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Our Theme this week is Spanish Design

Actually, after checking the other headbangers' blogs, I discovered that our theme for NEXT week is Spanish Design.  Alas, I am stuck posting late as it is and without something handy for looking down. If I had my camera with me I would look down on the messy desk at my office. But I don't. So there it is. At least I am well prepared for next week.




So I searched back to a visit to one of the missions of California which we visited a couple of years ago. It is not one of the original 21 missions founded by Fr. Junipero Serra, but one which came later and is not on the El Camino Real--the King's Highway--but off from it a ways nearby.


The sign tells its story.




The tower is my header.
Oh, I thought I brought the sign with the story of the cactus. If you notice, at the top of the bell tower near the cross a cactus grows. It was planted there by Fr. Peyri to mark the completion of the construction of the mission.


Other headbangers will have already posted their interpretation of Spanish Design. Look for their blogs through the links in my sidebar.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Signs of Spring

What could be more of a sign of spring than the dandelions which adorn my front step?
 

The rose bush nearby has new growth.


And so does the mountain ash.


Other signs of spring are the workers in the fields, vineyards and hopyards.


Check out the other signs of spring found by the other headbangers linked in my sidebar.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Sepia

These are some of my favorite photos from my Dad's albums. They really look sepia in the originals although some of the scans look more black and white.
He enjoyed traveling around the area. He did some research in the desert.

The boy on the trike is my cousin Melvin, who will be ninety this year. Not sure who the little guy about to fall off the wagon is.

Before the "Keep Wildlife Wild" campaigns. I believe that is my granddad facing the camera, and the critters.

another of Dad's cars. Quite a fascination.

That is my Dad. (I inherited my fear of heights from my Mother.)



This may be my favorite picture. And I am not sure with his head buried under the hood if it is one my his friend Hall took of my Dad and one of his cars, or if my Dad took it of his friend Hal.
Cropped for the header.





Headbangers. We have fun each week with a new theme. Other members are linked in my sidebar.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Birds

My theme for my headbanger friends.

Some of my birds.

A disclosure. I am not getting out to take pictures lately--hardly at all. The pictures I post are collected from my files over several years. I drastically need a road trip.

Except for the geese, these pictures were taken in Arizona, and parks near Mesa and Chandler. The geese were in a lake in Oakland California.
Blue Heron

Cormorants cooling off



Cactus Wren--love this one, I call it "What you lookin' at?"

Are these cormorants, too? Not sure


Not sure about these guys either.

On my way to meet some friends.

Oh, there they are. I don't know what these guys are but they sure have long skinny legs.


Geese.

Birds have gone now.

Links to the blogs of  Mac, Tom, Lew, and Christine are in my sidebar. Follow them to go birdwatching today.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

New blog.

I have created a new blog to share the trials and triumphs of living with Dementia with Lewy Bodies.

No posts yet, but a description of my purpose.

I will find some links to add to help anyone interested to understand this mystifying condition.

Adventures with Lewy

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Snow or Winter

Aren't they synonymous? Well, no. In order to show some winter pictures that include snow I have had to go back to my files. We have had some great snow this winter, but it comes, goes, comes again, then goes and at the moment it is gone. A trip to the mountains would find us some, but we haven't been.

I had thought that the theme was winter or frost. Consequently I had this image ready to go, which certainly is illustrative.



Some snowshoeing pictures from past years definitely show snow and winter.


My header will come from this common sight in the rural Northwest. Irrigation lines resting till the season. These were taken in Eastern Oregon.
Check out the winter views from the other headbanger challengees. Their links are in my sidebar.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

In the Kitchen

My own kitchen is not currently fit to be photographed--unless you want to see the disaster that it sometimes is. Let's just say we are not House Beautiful ready. We flit in, cook, heat, eat, and clean up (or sometimes don't) and are gone again.

My favorite kitchen is this one:
Cooking pizza at Cousin Camp     



This past weekend, however, I did cook lunch for a group of about sixty in our church kitchen.

My header is the taco soup at a simmer.
 Here are some of the goodies that are served along with...


Beverages of choice

And such is to the day that there was about an inch of soup left in the pot when we went back to our studies.
 
The recipe:
Brown together:
2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
1 large onion chopped

Add undrained canned vegetables:
2 14½ oz. cans diced tomatoes
1  14½ oz can Mexican style tomatoes
1 4 oz can chopped green chilies
1 15 oz pinto beans
1 15 oz can kidney beans
1 15 oz can black beans
1 15 oz can hominy
1 14½ oz can whole kernel corn
1½ can water
1 1¼ oz package taco seasoning mix
1 ½ oz package ranch dressing 

I also add a can of drained olives and for this group used jalapeño chilies.

Bring to a boil - reduce heat - cover and simmer 30-45 minutes or till lunch.

Serve with sour cream, chopped green onions, grated cheese, and tortilla chips.

This is supposed to be 16-20 servings. That depends on appetites.

Of course, for the large group at the retreat I doubled this recipe and also served a big pot of potato soup


Check out the kitchens of my colleagues in the weekly header challenge. Their links are in my sidebar.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Shadows

Shadow of the protective railing looking down at Box Canyon.
 I have used these shadow pictures fairly recently, but good things can be repeated.

Mantis              





IIf I had realized that the theme this week would be shadows, I might have saved this one. At that, I will reuse it and use it for the header. It is my best shadow picture--at least the best I could find.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Black and White

I did edit these images from my archives to be totally black and white, but they could almost have been true B&W straight from the camera.

Birds flock against a gray November sky.

 Putting our heads together in Death Valley. Are there three of us or four? There were four of us on the trip.
 Even without the color, the Golden Gate Bridge is golden.
 My header is cropped from this one in November of a different election cycle. I am sure we will be seeing similar sights as this year advances.


The Headbangers are doing Black and White this week. My headbanger friends are lined in my sidebar.