A Photo a Week Challenge: Opening

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Are you familiar with Egyptian Walking Onions? They are otherworldly!
The “babies” grow from clusters of bulbs (they look like garlic bulbs) at the top of sturdy stems. I imported mine from Patucci in Providence a few years ago and they’ve been going strong ever since.
I use them instead of Green Onions or Chives.

Joining in with
Nancy Merrill Photography’s weekly challenge. Check out her post here.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting

I was going to write about the California Poppies, but I posted about them three weeks ago for this same Challenge series on another blog (so I wouldn’t interrupt the Truck Alphabet).
Spring itself is very elusive here in Southern California. One day it’s rainy and “cold” (50F), the next the sun is blazing and it’s 90F. Which is perhaps why locals go so crazy for the poppies — they are such an overt display.

Instead, here are this year’s Spring weeds in my back yard as they look now:lawn_5-8
How they looked a month ago:lawn_4-7
Every year a different weed reigns supreme (and gets mowed by the gardeners every two weeks). This was the year of that yellow flower, which I haven’t yet identified. (A member of the dandelion family? Edible?)
I came across a post about making a Pressed Floral Journal Quarantine Herbarium, which I’d like to do with my backyard weeds. (I’m calling them weeds because they’re not grass. I’m NOT complaining! Grass lawns are stupid for my climate). I may have missed my window of opportunity this year, though there are still a few growing in the shady spots.

Joining in with
Nancy Merrill Photography’s weekly challenge. Check out her post here.

Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

I’m setting the intention that I WILL return to Seattle in August to take part in the Superfine Art Fair! I’m in the fair, I’m super ready for a fine road trip.
Will the fair happen? Will gatherings of “more than X” be allowed? Fingers crossed!
Photos from a Seattle road trip in 2017:
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1_weedIMG_3257See more of the trip here.

This is my response to Nancy Merrill Photography’s weekly Photo a Week Challenge. This week’s theme Summer Vacation 2020

Early Truck Butt

I started working in Irwindale in June 2005. I had been a while since I had commuted and it took some getting used to. I coped by taking photos.

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Self portrait! See my blue van?

This is not the first truck butt I ever shot (unintentionally bagged plenty of truck butts during many road trips), but the one of the first taken during #myshittycommute on the 605.

Focus

Have you ever run out of storage space while taking pictures with your iPhone?
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Dreamy Rothko-like images appear and freeze the camera.

Is it possible to deliberately take a photo like that on a smart phone?
Or are the devices too smart, assuming we always want things in focus.

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photo by Severo

This post inspired by The Daily Post’s weekly Photo Challenge.
This week’s theme is Focus