Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2016 APRIL

On the fifth day of each month a group of photographers shares their favorite photos from the previous month. It's a blog circle! At the end of this post will be a link to the next person. Read on and enjoy our favorites from April.




This month was filled with signs from the universe.
If you are open to the signs they will speak to you. Maybe I needed extra reminders this month because one theme was really strong.

LOVE
LOVE
LOVE.

A reminder to Choose Love and Love is all you need.

A reminder for patience (I could always use more of that).

And lastly sunshine. A reminder to appreciate the light in people, in places and in situations.








heart iconAnd below proof that I was there, reading the signs.
Join in the love fest this month and continue the blog circle by taking a look at 
Alison's favorite photos  


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2016 MARCH

On the fifth day of each month a group of photographers shares their favorite photos from the previous month. It's a blog circle! At the end of this post will be a link to the next person. Read on and enjoy our favorites from March.


Live. Love. Eat. was pretty much the theme of the month.

If I think back to March it was filled with lots of celebrations big and small (not all pictured here).
We traveled into the city for a birthday. I stayed in town for a wonderful 40th birthday. We celebrated the Persian New Year with friends and family. I also had a yummy cocktail catch up with a good friend. I'm thankful and fortunate to have had these experiences surrounded by people I love and enjoy.
Below are my small reminders of the bits and pieces of last month.









Wonder how March went for the rest of the crew? Find out and keep the circle going by viewing Alison's favorite photos


Saturday, March 5, 2016

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2016 FEBRUARY

On the fifth day of each month a group of photographers shares their favorite photos from the previous month. It's a blog circle! At the end of this post will be a link to the next person. Read on and enjoy our favorites from February.

 Month two and there are hopes of spring blooming. 
 My favorite five shots of February tell a story of color, light and love.




Big things are happening for Alison! Keep this circle going by viewing Alison's favorite photos, then move right on along to see what everyone else was up to in February.





Friday, February 5, 2016

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2016 JANUARY


On the fifth day of each month a group of photographers shares their favorite photos from the previous month. It's a blog circle! At the end of this post will be a link to the next person. Read on and enjoy our favorites from January.



I don't know about you all but it took all of January for me to get over my holiday hangover this year. The Christmas decorations weren't put away for weeks. There were also several days of continual rain. Add to that the passing of David Bowie and the year was not off to a great start. (It was too soon for David Bowie don't you think?)

The promise of a bright new start to the new year was looking dim.


View the rain out my window...



However it wasn't all dim.
- The flowers started to bloom, breaking up our grey days.
- We had goats visit us outside our backyard! The owners of the hill behind our house hired the goats to trim all the brush. They did a great job and ate everything. Hiring goats is common here and also green.
- We went to a San Francisco 49ers football game. Our first visit to the new stadium and the last 49er game before the stadium hosts the upcoming Super Bowl.







January was a mix of feelings, sad and gloomy with spots of light. Looking forward to diving more into this new year, ready for February to begin.

Take a look at Alison's favorite photos for the month of January >



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2015 DECEMBER

On the fifth day of each month a group of photographers shares their favorite photos from the previous month. It's a blog circle! At the end of this post will be a link to the next person. Read on and enjoy our favorites from December.

The last month of 2015 came and went in a blur! Here are my favorite 5 from the last month.

1. Saying YES! to the new year and all that is brings. I am ready.

2. Christmas 2015 was a good one. Lots of wonderful moments shared with family and friends this year.

3. Star Wars! We went to the first showing on Dec 17 and saw it in 3D. Then we saw it again on Dec 19, in non-3D, which is the theater that has this awesome carpet with the lovely lady.

4. Let. It. Be. should maybe be my mantra for 2016.

5. Exploring new places. Walking off all of those Christmas cookies (we're going to need more walking).

That's the wrap up for December. What a year it has been. I'm looking forward to continuing this project for another year especially with the company of these inspiring ladies. Wishing us all an amazing 2016!

Take a look at Alison's favorite photos for the month of December >


Saturday, December 5, 2015

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2015 NOVEMBER

On the fifth day of each month a group of photographers shares their favorite photos from the previous month. It's a blog circle! At the end of this post will be a link to the next person. Read on and enjoy our favorites from November. 

For me November was all about the light, Fall and gratitude.

Every year people spend their Novembers sharing daily gratitudes. I decided to take on this challenge of taking a photo each day with a note about what I was thankful for. While I didn't post every day, it did make me stop and think. It made me look around to find the beauty in my every day life.
Below are a few of those gratitude photos.

There is so much to be thankful for.












Take a look at Alison's favorite photos for the month of November >




Thursday, November 5, 2015

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2015 OCTOBER

On the fifth day of each month a group of photographers shares their favorite photos from the previous month. It's a blog circle! At the end of this post will be a link to the next person. Read on and enjoy our favorites from October. 

Meetups. Photowalks. Community.


Many years ago, before Instagram, I belonged to a photo community on Flickr. People in my community were from all over the world. It wasn't anything formal and we each found each other because of our love of taking photos. We posted daily photos (hello 365 projects) and participated in fun projects (color week, bench mondays, jump shots and flare). We commented on each other's posts and through all of this got to know not only each other's photo styles/likes/dislikes but also got to know each other as people as well. It was a magical time of sharing and learning about photography, while also getting to know some pretty cool people.

Four years ago the opportunity came along when lots of these friends took the journey to Camp Shutter Sisters. It was there that I met many of these photo friends in real life. It was at Camp that I also met other photographers who were actually living very close to me!

Camp was four years ago and the photographers in my area still try to meet at least a few times a year. Last month 4 of us met up again to walk and talk and take a few photos along the way...


Exploring light and dark places.

Some of the gear.

Meet up at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

From where I, we, stand.

The "non-pose pose", this time with a side of apples. A traditional non pose pose requires no smiling, which isn't always easy when you're running from a camera on a timer.

Walking and talking...

People bokeh.

A family of Keith Harings. And a family of tourists.


I'm so thankful for these local photo friends, as well as other photo friends far away. These friends don't judge when you stop to photograph that thing. They support you when you say can we go back to that spot? They play along when you ask them to stand there and look that way.
They just get it and I'm so thankful for that.

I hope to one day meet up with the photographers in this blog circle.
I've met one of them already, so I know it is possible.

Alison is one person I hope to meet, her and her little munchkin.
Take a look at Alison's favorite photos for the month of October >




Monday, October 5, 2015

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2015 SEPTEMBER

I couldn't narrow down my favorite five photos for the month. At the beginning of the month we decided to use the long weekend to go somewhere that we'd never been to before. Our mini road trip took us to the Point Reyes Lighthouse and nearby Drakes Beach. I took so many photos, below are just a few of the highlights.

(Don't forget to visit Alison's site to see what she was up to last month, the link is at the end of this post. It's a blog circle so she'll lead you to the next person and so on and so on.)

Our journey to the lighthouse led us down several windy roads with a surprising amount of cows. We stopped to take in the views and listened to the sea lions below. We were lucky to visit on a weekend when there was no fog and the views were clear.







We finally arrived at the lighthouse parking lot and it was no surprise that the small lot was full during this holiday weekend. No problem. We parked along the street and followed the path to the lighthouse which also had its own amazing vistas. Finally the lighthouse came into view and we took the 300+ narrow stairs down. It wasn't too bad going down, however going back up I really felt the burn!







After the lighthouse we drove to Drakes Beach. I loved how the beach was enclosed by a rock wall. Because of the good weather the beach was full of activity with families and all kinds of sand sculptures. We took the opportunity to sit and end our day here. It was a perfect little get away that I highly recommend to anyone in the area.



This is definitely a destination spot I plan on returning to!

Continue the photo circle for September and visit Alison's site.