Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Final Linky for 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt!

Welcome to the final linky for the 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt! And welcome to Half Moon Bay, my home town. Today, I'm going to show all my finds for you, in one place, but you should feel free to create whatever type of post you want . . . feature your favorite post or your most recent or create something new.
A bunch of creepy garden gnomes. . . the creep factor surprised me.
Birds on a wire . . . filtered in instagram. This was harder to photograph than I would have thought. 
A group of tired tourists. . . I think all the tourists posts made me giggle.
A rack of post cards . . . most of these looked the same around the globe.
An urban street scene . . . city life at its best.
A rural landscape . . . found while moving Henry back to University of Oregon
A tattoo on a person . . . taken outside the baseball stadium
A bakery in Oakland Chinatown
Photo-bombed by an elephant, while photographing flamingos
A horn . . . in a pub (of course)
A mascot . . . Smokey the Bear
A sunrise . . . outside Idyllwild, CA
A parade . . . 4th of July in downtown Half Moon Bay
A Juggler  A Birdhouse (alternative B) . . . sigh (I really wanted a juggler)
A sign in a language other than English . . . election day
A lamp post . . . Chamarita Festival
Waterfall . . . Cal Poly, Pomona
A public garden . . . Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
A bus with a picture on the side. . . Ocean Beach, San Francisco
A seasonal selfie . . . me at the Ballpark
So there you have it! My 21 finds for this summer. I really enjoyed hosting the scavenger hunt and loved seeing everyone's finds.  Please add a link to one of your posts (either a new one created to celebrate the end of the Hunt or one of your old favorites). Also, if you participated, please leave me a comment telling me how many of the items you found and leaving any feedback you have to help make next year's hunt even better!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt: The End is Near!

Item #7: A Rural Landscape
Hey Everyone!
I know I've been a bit missing in action, but I've been lurking in the background and watching everyone finish up the scavenger hunt. And I've been working on my last few as well. I may not get the juggler, but I've got an alternative.
The Scavenger Hunt officially ends on September 23, and I'll put up a final round-up post to go live on the 25th. I hope everyone who has participated stops by this weekend to link up a post about the Hunt and to let me know how many of the items you've found.
See you then!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Scavenger Hunt August Linky: Those Last Few Pesky Items . . .

Welcome to the August Link for the 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt! As we turn the page on the calendar and head into the last few weeks of summer and look towards the end of the Hunt (on September 23, 2014), my thoughts turn to the last few pesky items to be found. 
I had taken a serviceable photo of my car horn but hadn't shared it yet because I wanted to find a better one. And I did! I love the big horn sheep I found mounted in the local ale house. So that's #11 A Horn. And that leaves me with just two more items to be found: a rural landscape and a juggler.  I have faith in my ability to take the landscape. I just need to grab my camera and go for a drive - maybe this weekend. 
But the juggler will be much harder.  Am I worried? No. Because I know the Scavenger Hunt always has a little magic waiting for me. If you have any doubt, check out this story which goes with this photo from 2011
And, if all else fails, I found this wonderful bird house (alternate B) while hiking in Idyllwild:
So, now it's your turn. Show us what you've found by linking up a recent post below. And do try to visit a few of the other participants to see what they've found. There will be one more linky at the end of Summer (Sept. 23), which is a great opportunity to do a summary summery post!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Quick Hello and Scavenger Hunt Linky Reminder

Hi all!!!
I've been super busy here with the end of our summer break and beginning of the school year for me and for my daughter Clara. I wanted to pop in to remind everyone, though, that I will be hosting the end of the August linky for the 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt this weekend (I'll put it up to start Friday night, August 29, California time). Please check in with your latest finds. I've really enjoyed seeing what everyone has been up to on instagram and facebook. I apologize for not getting around to my feedly reader to catch up on blog posts, but, as I said, I've been super busy!
Doing what?
Well, helping Clara finish her summer reading for school:
Taking her shopping and then sending her off for her first day of her junior year. She looks very grown up for 16, doesn't she?
We've also been spending time volunteering at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafeal.  It will be our regular Sunday volunteer gig this year.
We're working in the boarding/neo natal kennels. That's Clara doing health checks, which includes cleaning ears and brushing teeth. We also give baths, clean kennels and feed the dogs. We don't work with the puppies, but do get to see them occasionally:
And that's your dose of cute for today!
Hope to see you back this weekend for the linky.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Special Bakery Trip

My home town has several wonderful, traditional bakeries.  As the summer winds down, I thought about just heading downtown to find item #9 for the 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt - a bakery.
But in the spirit of the Scavenger Hunt - using it as an excuse good reason to take a day trip - I decided to seek out a Chinese bakery near my son's workplace. It's called Napoleon Super Bakery. Isn't that a great name! 
There are all kinds of wonderful rolls and buns.
Customers select what they want and place them on to trays with tongs.
The bakery is best known for its egg tarts, which it keeps in the back and in a display case by the cash register.
I bought one of the wonderful egg tarts and a BBQ pork bun. Both for less than $2.00 total!
Now, I only have three items left to find - a rural landscape (easy to find; I just need to make the time for a camera date); a horn (I have a boring one, but want to find a better one); and a juggler. I do have one of the alternatives, but I'm still hoping to find the juggler. 
How are you coming on the Hunt? Are you getting near the end?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Two Variations on Urban Street Scenes

Yesterday I posted a variety of urban street scenes which to me were pretty traditional. Today I'm posting two variations. Both were taken in urban areas (the first in Oakland and the second in San Francisco), but neither is technically on a street. 
This first one was taken in an urban park/playground. I didn't intend to take a photograph of a child because I thought that was a bit invasive. I was really just trying to capture the mural. But I love how this turned out with the child.
And then there's this:
This was taken on the edge of Golden Gate Park. This wonderful, sweet, caring woman walks her dog and tends this patch of garden every day. She lives just up the block and always has a big smile on her face. It's a kinder, gentler urban street scene. But I do love it.
What about you? How do you think these compare to the ones I posted yesterday? What type of street scene are you capturing for the 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Searching Chinatown for an Urban Street Scene

Yesterday I headed over to the Chinatown district in Oakland, California. I took my camera along, in the hopes of finding Item #6 for the 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt - an urban street scene. I found myself drawn to shots which included people. I like how the folks above all seem to be marching along.
It's a little hard to see the details in these two unless you click on them and enlarge them. But I really like how they capture so much of what's going on in the city. And I took a couple without people.
I like the juxtaposition of the buildings, cars and umbrellas, as well as the variation in the graffiti and fonts on the signs.
This one's a little clever - it's a mural of an urban street scene. I almost included this mural from yesterday in today's post because it is an interesting urban street scene. 
Finally, I snapped this one on my way into the subway. I love it, but I'm not sure it's a street scene.
All in all, it was a fun day, and I'm so glad I brought my camera along. Just before posting, this article about creating urban landscapes and street images popped up in my feedly reader. It made me rethink my image selection a little bit, but I'm going with these anyway. I'd be interested to hear which of these images is your favorite and why. I'm also going to post two more images tomorrow which are kindof nontraditional takes on the idea of an urban street scene. I hope you come back and check them out.