The Golden State of California

Green and gold roadside central California
I took this photo from our truck as we travelled to Santa Maria. California is known as the Golden State. In this photo you see a closeup of the golden grasses that cover central California hills, and the Live Oak trees that dot those hillsides, creating the beautiful contrast of green and gold, that I have always loved.

A Photograph of Something Smooth

Today’s photography challenge was to take a photo of something smooth. This sent me to my jewellery box where I found this brooch, given to me by a patient at the dental office where I worked before retiring. I’m sorry to say I can’t remember his name, but I do remember his face very clearly. I also remember that he had the firmest handshake of anyone I’d ever met. I know he’d once been in the navy, because he’d shared a photo of himself, in his naval uniform with me and my co-workers. He was a much older man by that time, and was learning lapidary, the art of cutting, polishing, and engraving stones. I’m taking part in this photography challenge to improve my photo taking skills, but each day I find myself learning something new about the world around me, and being reminded of people and things I haven’t thought about in years. Tomorrow’s topic is A is for. I wonder what will tomorrow bring?

 

Photographs Taken in the Morning

Cloudy sky
I took this photo today during my early morning walk. There is a big storm brewing in Baja California, and we are seeing the effects, with higher than usual humidity and interesting cloud cover.


I’m always amazed at how empty the streets are early in the morning.
Where is everybody?

Once back home, I had a nice bowl of oatmeal, banana, and a few Brazil nuts. So good. Today’s photo challenge topic was morning. I think I covered it. Tomorrow the challenge is to photograph something smooth.