The Life in My Years

An anthology of life

Get outside. Watch the sunrise. Watch the sunset. How does that make you feel? ~ Amy Grant There aren’t many subjects that move a photographer like dogs, kids and sunsets and I don’t mean to impose any particular order on this distinguished trio of subjects. Sunrise though doesn’t rate so highly. That’s not to rob …

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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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In keeping with the current architectural theme, this week Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge focuses on modern homes and apartments. This colorful apartment building sits just on the fringe of Chinatown in San Francisco. Maaaaay-be there’s an apartment in there somewhere.  The most prominent building in the photo below is the Salesforce Tower.  I’d be willing …

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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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This week’s CFFC photo challenge is a special request topic Wilting, dead or aging flowers and leaves. This is a great topic because not having a whole lot in the archives I was inspired to take camera in hand and go on a search.  To view Cee’s photos and to find links to other contributors …

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This week’s challenge from Cee is Anything to do With Trains and Railroads. While I had a few images in my archives I decided to do some trainspotting to come up with a few more. In nearby Martinez, California there’s a display of a steam locomotive and a short string of cars . Above and …

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for the week is Anything to do With Jets and Planes. The photos in this post were taken at Travis Air Force Base and feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The precision drill both preflight and post flight is impressive and stirring. The flying is amazing and heartstopping as the F-16’s …

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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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This week Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is: Anything to do with cars and trucks. Most of the images in this submission were taken at the Rodeo, California, Chili Cook-Off and Car Show last autumn.  For a different take I concentrated on one of the features that’s a hallmark of vintage American cars – chrome.  Above …

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