The Color Purple

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week is Purples.

This week the color is purples.  Any shade of purple is allowed in this challenge.  So show me your new photos of purple or some of your old favorite photos which are purple.  Have tons of fun with this challenge this week.

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Neighborhood color

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Botanical Garden, San Francisco

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Wild grapes
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Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco

Mexico Monday, Week 10

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My dad is on the left in this image, dated 1973
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Axochiapan, 1970
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Axochiapan, 1970 — that’s our VW pop-top camper in the background
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The sign in the back window reads, “Team #7, sharing good news.”

 

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Tlatlaya, 1970
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Grain storage in Tlatlaya
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Feeding the pigs, Ttlatlaya
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Very warm and welcoming people

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In the Garden of Fragrance

 

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Hollyhocks — one of the few flowers I can actually identify

I had already spent most of afternoon wandering through the San Francisco Botanical Garden, taking pictures of nearly everything I saw.  When I noticed the sign saying ‘Garden of Fragrance,’ I was tempted to pass it by — “Oh, it’s just a bunch of flowers.”

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Don’t get me wrong!  I like flowers, and I can even tell you the names of a few of them.  It’s only been within the last year that I discovered how much fun it is to photograph the really colorful blooms I encounter on my hikes around my neighborhood.

But on this day I was warm, my feet were pretty tired and sore — I’d already spent the morning exploring the Japanese Tea Garden and the California Academy of Sciences — and it was almost time for me to call for a Lyft back to my hotel.

Then again, when would I get another chance to visit this amazing place?  I turned and retraced my steps and entered the Garden of Fragrance.  And it really was beautiful!

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I spy with my little Eye

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Eyes.

This week’s topic is Eyes. Eyes have such an expression in animals and humans.  Have fun with this challenge this week.  Use your imagination if you want for this theme.  The thing is to have a lot of fun with this challenge.

I was sitting at my desk one morning when I suddenly had the very strange feeling I was being watched!

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There are usually squirrels in our trees and I sometimes enjoy watching their antics outside my window — but this time it was the squirrel checking me out!

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Hey — whatcha doing in there??

Mexico Monday, Week 9

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The Angel de la Independencia statue, on the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, 1970
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Balloon vendor, Mexico City, 1970
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Colonia Romero Rubio, Mexico City, 1970
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Singing coritos (‘little choruses’), 1970
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Presbyterian Church, Romero Rubio, 1970; I’m standing in the front on the right, and my mom is behind me in the white dress
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Sharing a meal with Esther and Roberto, Romero Rubio, 1970

WPC: Edge

Update:  Below I referred to the bridge as the ‘Moon Bridge’; but according to San Francisco Parks, it’s actually called the Drum Bridge.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of September 9, 2016.

This week, share your own interpretation of “edge.” Take a photo from an actual edge, like a balcony, a window, or a seaside bluff (wherever you are, stay safe!). Focus on a sharp angle or object, or show us the outer margins of a building, a face, or a book.

This was my first visit to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park since sometime in the early 1970s, and I chose the Japanese Tea Garden as my first stop.

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The iconic Moon Bridge

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I remembered struggling as a child to climb up over this bridge, and now I’d finally returned for another chance!  Still, I hesitated — I felt a little silly climbing it all on my own, surrounded by small kids and giggling young couples.

But once the crowd drifted away, I knew I might never have this opportunity again… so up I climbed!

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Proof that I climbed the Moon Bridge

It wasn’t much easier as an adult than it had been all those years ago — but the view was well worth the effort!

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