Saturday, September 5, 2015

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2015 AUGUST

Oh August. I have such strange feelings about you. In August we say goodbye to summer. I'm sad to see it go but at the same time I am also looking forward to the colorful fall just up ahead.
For our last weekend of summer, before school started, we chose to travel to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Below are 5 photos from that day.

You can also see what others were up to in the month of August by travelling our photo circle by clicking on Alison's link at the end of this post.

Let's begin!

On the way to the Monterey Bay Aquarium we saw rows and rows of green.

We saw signs that we were getting closer.

We walked the waves.

Then finally we were there at one of our most favorite spots. It's a magical world.

Inside and out we love the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Thank you summer you were a good one. Fall, you're up next and I have high hopes for you so don't let me down!

I bet Alison has photographed lots of magic this summer. Continue the photo circle for August and go take a look and her amazing work!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2015 JULY

When I think of July I think of adventure and I want to wander and see and experience new things. Luckily July was very good to us. Here are just a few of the moments I've collected from this month. 

See what other memories were captured by visiting each of the ladies in the blog circle. A link to the next person is at the end of this post.

1. Pacific Pinball Museum. Pay one price and you can play as much pinball as you want ALL day! We might have touched every machine. One of my favorite machines was the pacman pinball machine which was half pinball and half video game. Not very old school but so fun to play. I highly recommend visiting this place, just give yourself enough time to visit all of the pinball rooms.

2. This floor might be at the top of my list of favorite tiles. I had no idea this was here until I wandered out a back door. I might have even gone back the next day and taken a few more photos.

3. On this day we took a trip to the local nursery. I loved this little cactus and wanted to take it home. What I took home instead was an electric pink cordyline. I'm hoping the hot pink plant grows big and strong. Crossing fingers.

4. This might have been the hottest day of the summer with temperatures in the 100s. I was actually cooling off outside (since it felt twice as hot inside) when I came across these berries. I was so happy to find these ready to be picked. It took my mind off the heat and was a nice way to end the day.

5. Took a trip to the water's edge. This was not one of the hottest days but instead was a bit windy and overcast. We made the best of it and he and his cousin built a lovely sandcastle complete with a bridge and flags.

That wraps up my favorite 5 photos of the month.

Continue with favorite photos from July by visiting Alison's favorite picks >

Sunday, July 5, 2015

FAVE 5 ON 5 - 2015 JUNE

See my August 5 on 5 >
See my July 5 on 5 >

This month it's double the images! Instead of 5 I'm choosing my favorite 10 images of the month.
Be sure to visit the other photographers who are also sharing their favorites by clicking on the link at the end of this post.

Lands End

Why have I not been here before?!
We recently took a trip to Lands End which is at the northwestern corner of San Francisco. I had been to the Sutro Baths, which is a part of Lands End, but had never traveled farther than that. If you start at the Sutro Baths there is an amazing trail, the Coastal Trail, which has breathtaking views around every corner.  Karl the fog mostly cooperated, it was a pretty clear day, however he did decide to hide the tippity top of the Golden Gate bridge.

Below you'll see Mile Rock Beach, Seal Rock and my absolute favorite the Labyrinth.
Imaging hiking to the top of a cliff overlooking the ocean, wind in your hair, with the Golden Gate Bridge to your right, and looking down and seeing a labyrinth. What a wonderful surprise!

If you are visiting or even living in San Francisco I highly recommend spending an afternoon walking the Coastal Trail, you will not be disappointed.
Take a look at more favorite June photos by visiting Alison's favorite picks >

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 >