Friday, June 5, 2015

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2015 MAY

Living in the Bay Area there are so many cities to take in. This month we walked around Oakland and went to a Himalayan Fair in Berkeley.

Here are my favorite five photos for the month of May. Be sure to continue the photo circle by clicking on the next favorite five at the end of this post.

a. There were no April showers but Mother's Day did bring May flowers.
b. Oakland wildlife
c. So much color here. Such good bargains here. Clothes, jewlery, rugs, and the best food. Such a good day.
d. More Oakland wildlife.
e. Looking into a BBQ restaurant while Michael Jackson played on the loudspeakers. I love the colors and the instruments and the Warriors poster. Go Warriors!

It was a great May however summer is just about here! I can't wait to see what June brings.
Take a look at more favorite May photos by visiting Alison's favorite picks >

Monday, May 4, 2015

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2015 APRIL

A month has passed and it's time for another round of our favorite five photos from the previous month. Be sure to travel the blog circle by clicking on Alison's link at the bottom of this post. Her post will then lead to another fave five post and then another and another. Get comfy and enjoy the journey!

My April found us traveling to Texas. In this desert town we saw stars, colors and lots of attitude.

April photos:
1. (above) Taking a walk on the colorful side. 
2. Him taking a moment to enjoy the view.
3. Freeway stars. Always reminding you that you were in the lone star state.
4. His best "don't mess with Texas" face.
5. Downtown mural by El Mac.
6. Wrong way on the desert highway. 

Texas you were so good to us. We'll see you again next year!
Keep it going by visiting Alison's favorite picks >

Saturday, April 4, 2015

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2015 March

It's the fifth which means a blog circle of our favorite five photos from the last month. Be sure to click on Alison's link at the end of this post to follow the circle!

My March shows the colors and signs of spring.

1. (above) Our colorful dinner table for a large family gathering. This was a new restaurant for most of us and it didn't disappoint!
2. Reflection of Me. I love ranunculus especially when I see them outside of a flower shop!
3. Jumping the fire. Celebrating the Persian Chahr-Shanbeh Souri. Welcoming the lightness of Spring!
4. Cherry blossoms fill the neighborhood with pink this time of year.
5. One of the first hot days of the year with blue skies. We found this cactus on our walk.

I'm ready for Spring and April, bring it!

See what Alison's favorite picks were for the month of March.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


How is it already March?!.
February just flew by and here we are. Below are my favorites for the last month.

If you want to see what February held for Alison, Audrey, Jill, Staci and Vanessa click on Alison's link below to start the blog circle and see each of their favorite five photos.

February's Favorites:
  1. (above) Peeking down alleyways. 
  2. Red, Red. Red! I love this parking garage because of all of its colorful floors. Somehow we always find a sweet spot on the 3rd floor. (I also picked this same spot as a favorite back in Nov 2013.)  One day we'll venture up to the other floors and I'll document another color and number.  
  3. I love a checkered floor. If you then throw in a square of hot pink then there is all the more to love.
  4. Yellow. Yellow. Yellow! It's that time of year when the daffodils are in bloom. Luckily I live in a city where they grow wild. Everywhere. That said I will confess that this photo was taken at the local nursery. I know, I know I should have gotten them on the green grassy hill but I was at the garden center and the moment just happened! I love these pops of sunshine, they will always remind me that spring is just around the corner.
  5. Wouldn't you just want to sit here, with a good beer and watch the day go by? This last photo was taken at a San Francisco brewery which also serves BBQ. I loved this space.

The best part about the 5th day of each month is that you get to spend some time looking at the favorite photos from a very talented group of photographers. Trust me.

Come take the visual journey along with me and see what Alison's favorite picks were for the month of February.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2015 JANUARY

After the holidays it was time to wind down. We took a few family late night walks, worked on a puzzle and took in the color of a Sunday morning.

Continue the favorites circle by clicking on Allison's link at the end of this post.

1. (above) I love love it when I come across an interesting sidewalk. This was a nice surprise on our way to dinner.
2. I started playing the Ukulele last year, Sad to say that after my one class it is now currently collecting dust. I've got to get back on it in the new year! This sign was speaking directly to me.
3. A quiet day of puzzle making is a pretty nice day. He was determined to finish it all in one day and he did.
4,5. The colors and light of a Sunday morning.
6. Reading Eleanor and Park. I got to the end and wanted it to go on...I need a follow up!

I can't wait to see what everyone else's picks are for this month. Up next is Alison, take a look at her favorites at Alison Bents Photography > 

Sunday, January 4, 2015


It's the last favorite five of 2014!
Below are my favorite five photos from the last month. Be sure to take a look at everyone else's photos in the circle by clicking on Alison's link at the bottom of this post.

While the month of December was filled with such joy and light the images that I was drawn to this month were those that were more on the "darker" side (maybe the dark helps us see the light?).

1. (Above) The fading sunlight and a red mitten make a good mix.
2. A wreath shadow and Joy Noel Hope Peace Believe.
3. Token blurry tree.
4. A mini weave I gifted to someone super special.
5. A someone who was supposed to be getting ready for bed.

Can't wait to see what 2015 holds for me and all of the other fave fivers!

Take a look at Alison's picks for the end of the year on her blog at Alison Bents Photography > 

Monday, December 29, 2014

THE HOURS - 2014 My Year in Review

December has brought our year long project of The Hours 2014 to an end.
Over the last year I have participated with over 30 other photographers at taking a photo each month at a specific hour. We started in January at 7:00am then moved to February at 8:00am and so forth until we reached our final post of the year which was this month at 6:00pm.

I decided to take a look back at all of my submissions (above) for The Hours to see if there were any common threads. Here is what I found.

 color. nature. words.

Looking back at the collection it does make me smile (which is part of my 8:00am hour). I managed to shoot a "hello" and a "bye". I noticed there were several pops of pink - on flowers, on words, on shirts, in bubbles and pink yarn. I started the 7:00am hour at home and ended the 6:00pm hour back at home.

This project made me really take notice of the light, one of my favorites was the 4:00 o'clock hour while the sun was dipping behind the backyard trees but still shining enough to light the face of a bubble blowing boy.

While we only took one photo a month each of my photos brings back memories of the year. I see vacations, holidays and the start of a new hobby.

My favorite part of the project was waking up every Sunday morning and taking a look at the new photos posted for the week. If you haven't seen The Hours site you should! There are so many amazing images from such talented photographers. It's interesting to see what each of us were looking at during the same hour from around the globe  Viewing the project as a whole we really created something amazing. I'm hoping someone will sponsor us and publish a book! Or better yet, buy us all plane tickets for one big meet up! How fantastic that would be?!

I was honored to take part in this project. Below is a closer look at my 2014 submissions.
To view everyone's submissions go to The Hours website and count down the year by clicking on the clocks.


View ALL The Hours at

Sunday, December 14, 2014

THE HOURS - 2014 6:00PM

6:00pm was magical at The Hours.
Our year long project ended at this 6:00pm hour. Being that this dark hour came in December this led to many sparkly holiday photos, including mine.

6:00pm outtake.

To view all of the magical 6:00 hour submissions visit The Hours at

Friday, December 5, 2014


It's November's favorite five on five and there was so much to be thankful for this month.
At the end of this post there is link, a very special link! After taking a look at MY favorites be sure to continue on to see what everyone else was up to this month starting with a link to Alison (it's a blog circle!).

Thankful for the changing season and the colors of fall.

Thankful for foggy morning drives that take me into work.

Again, thankful for colorful walks.

Thankful that I took an awesome weaving class that taught me how to make this! I love it, if I don't say so myself! Go me!

Most thankful for a new place that we can call our own home sweet home.

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! Now let's find out what the other ladies were up to...
Up next are Alison's picks on her blog at Alison Bents Photography >