The Life in My Years

An anthology of life

“Waves are the voices of tides. Tides are life.”  ~ Tamora Pierce Take me to the beach. Just don’t let it be a crowded one; not a Santa Cruz, where hordes descend for thrill rides and corn dogs on the boardwalk or to build sand castles or play a game of Frisbee. I don’t need …

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February wanes; the Year of the Rat is done. A foul rodent of a year, leering through sharp filthy teeth has passed and given way to the ox. In ordinary healthy times San Francisco’s Chinatown would now be winding down from the February festivities. February is when Chinatown typically dresses up in it’s finest, brightest …

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Is there anything that touches the senses like water? A drench of water cools us on a sultry day and a warm soak takes away the chill or soothes an ache. What tastes better than a cold draft of water at the end of a run? Water in its many forms and shapes provides us …

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Come the beginning of October we’d reached a disheartening anniversary. A year had passed since Cora and I had taken a trip to anywhere besides Home Depot, the grocery store and a couple of al fresco lunches. October 2019, we spent a few days in Reno, Nevada. Reno isn’t exactly the flower in the garden. …

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This week’s Lens Artists Challenge hosted by Biasini is Communication. My first inclination was to pass. How do you photograph communication? Turns out there are countless ways. The faces of children speak to us in their innocent and genuine way. Below my grandchildren Sophia and her cousin Jackson communicate the joy of a pool day.  …

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Featured image: San Francisco’s famous Painted Ladies as seen from Alamo Square.  It’s not a difficult thing to find colorful buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area. A drive down Highway 80 from home brings me to Oakland’s Chinatown where the buildings are alive with murals.  Below the mural on a city owned building is …

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this first week of September is Commercial Buildings and Store Fronts. One of my favorite places in San Francisco is Chinatown. There are two major streets through Chinatown. Grant Ave. which I try to avoid, is where the souvenir shops peddle threadbare t-shirts, postcards and plastic Buddhas. Stockton Street is …

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This week Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is All about buildings: Old buildings, Barns, Sheds, Houses. I like photographing old things; old buildings, old boats, old bridges. Seems like almost everyone with a camera likes to photograph old barns, especially if there are rusty old tools and implements in the scene. Add an old horse and …

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Amy hosts this week’s Len’s Artists Photo Challenge and she has selected the topic Under the Sun, meaning literally, “anything under the sun.” In her post, Amy points out the commonly held rule that shooting under a bright sun or towards the sun is often a photographic no-no that causes high contrast, blown out highlights, …

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This week’s Fun Foto Challenge is anything to do with boats. Happily boats and ships are favorite subjects so I have some archives to fall back on. Thank you to Cee for this week’s topic. To view her gallery and those of other contributors please follow the link  to visit Cee’s site.  Emeryville, California. The …

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