Welcome to my photography blog.
It was in 2007, several years after Biff and I retired and moved to San Diego to be near family, that I discovered that taking photography seriously was a way to enhance the creativity, fun, and focus of my new lifestyle. In order to develop my artistic vision and technical skills, I've been committed to touching base with photography on a daily basis ever since. Using my camera is of course the most essential way, but other activities are also important to me:
Betty and I went to Ashland (third time) for the annual Shakespeare Festival, and although we saw three excellent plays - Othello & Henry V plus Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility - and did a lot of "unpurposeful" shopping in the wonderful shops, we never did take out our cameras. I did take a few cell phone pics including one that at least captures the vibrant greens so characteristic of Oregon, one of a wall hanging I saw in a store, and one less-than-great selfie of Betty and me. It was a treat to spend a couple of days in Chico at Betty's before and after our Ashland excursion. I really like Chico - terrific access to fun downtown shopping, the beautiful campus of Chico State, a super farmers' market, and even to tourist attractions like the Bidwell Mansion. It's a great place to live!
We celebrated Mothers' Day 2018 at SDYC as usual with a potluck lunch and a wild softball (wiffle ball?) game. I brought my camera and asked kids to go get their mothers/grandmothers if they wanted me to take their photos. I'll post some of them here.
For the 3rd or 4th year in a row, Rita and I wandered around Little Italy yesterday enjoying the annual Art Walk. I snapped cell phone pics of artists, performers, and street scenes. The image above was captured by a photographer during his visit to Chile - Patagonia. He let me snap a picture of it to show Betty because the two of us may well be in that exact location come fall. We've planned a trip to Argentina/Chile/Patagonia/Brazil.
I bought prints from the artist below. I love his concept of paint falling on animals like colorful rain.
The two photos below show an interactive wall mural. People are invited to write names/words/whatever on the scales of the snake.
Years have passed since I've been to the Wild Animal Park in Escondido. The park has an annual butterfly exhibit, and today Rita and I drove out there to see it. All my photos are butterfly pics except a few animal shots, so I'll start with those and then move on to the butterflies.It felt good to get out with my camera, something that doesn't happen that regularly anymore.
Linda & Brad invited us to one final Easter celebration at their Kensington home before it's sold and they move back to Pt. Loma. Linda made a champaign toast to her deceased parents who bought the home when she was a child. Dave and Steve grew up visiting their grandparents there. Nobody is young enough for Easter egg hunts anymore, but we did have a rousing ping pong tournament which Parker won. It was a lovely day.
Parker, who is 16, had his braces removed today after a saga that began eight years ago. What a handsome guy!
Parker is on his high school volleyball team. The games are really fun to watch, so easy to see what's going on. I'm posting a few photos I took of Parker at today's game.
I had no idea such a thing as a Cake Show existed, but Rita asked me to go along, and it was quite a surprise. I took lots of cell phone pics of some pretty impressive cakes. The only disappointment at the event was a complete lack of taste samples.
I agreed to photograph a very small, informal, lovely wedding for Sarah & Joe. The reception is not til March 31.
I know Simona from yoga classes. She's here with her husband from Italy for two years while her husband works with the American military. We hiked up Cowls Mountain last week, first time I've been there in a long time. Really fun. She sent me the selfie below that she took.
Kelly sent me these cell phone pics soon after Thomas turned 18 on February 20th. In the photo above, he is with his debate partner, Jillian, at a Harvard tournament. Below is a photo Rod took when the family toured the University of Chicago in February. That's where Thomas will be going to college in September. Very exciting. We're so proud of him.
Parker turned 16 on January 21, 2018. He passed his driver's test a few days later.
Parker and Davey both went up to Cal Poly with their parents for Emilie's annual sorority charity fundraiser event. Emilie sent me a few cell phone pics.
Betty & I met as college freshmen and we're still having fun together nearly sixty years later. She raised her family on the East coast and I raised mine on the West coast, so for a long time we mostly kept in touch with lots of letters and occasional phone calls. When she and her husband, Jerry, retired in California, we began traveling together - Paris, Turkey, Croatia, India, Mexico, Africa (three times), Italy, Cuba, England, Costa Rica, Australia and many places in the U.S. including Yellowstone, San Fransisco, Oregon, Death Valley, Anzo Borrega, Denver, Sierras, Scottsdale, Arizona and our wonderful road trip from Utah to Santa Fe that included Zion, Bryce, the Grand Canyon and more. This time her visit to San Diego was timed to include seeing Hamilton with me. And what a great show it was!
Christmas was really special for us this year. The four Bensons and the four Clines joined the five Folsoms and us for the first Christmas together ever! It was the first time we've all been together in San Diego since we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in August 2015. The Bensons slept at our house and the Clines rented a place at Mission Bay (where we all spent lots of time). We didn't manage a big family photo shoot like we did in 2015, but I do have lots of cell phone pics to share. We had Christmas Eve dinner at our house and spent Christmas Day at the compound and the beach. There was plenty of action including volleyball, surfing, spike ball, darts, biking, rollerskating, basketball, and bocce ball. One thing none of us will forget is Cedar winning $1,000 on the slot machine in the condo the Clines rented. Escapology was a new experience for the kids and we had a cool fire pit circle one evening. Joining the fun that week were the rest of the compound folks, Monica Heeren, and Rod's sister Brenda and her family who also rented a condo at Mission Bay. The only downside to the week was that lots of us were not 100% healthwise as some kind of bug was definitely being passed around. Biff was especially slowed down.
I've created a 9 minute slide show with music at this link: http://photobooksbypat.com/p594469519#ha1dc158d Click on slideshow and then click on the X in the top right corner for a totally black background. To flip through the pics instead of enjoying the slideshow, click on the first photo and then cycle through via arrows at the right side.
CorePower Yoga provides online tracking of classes taken at their studios, and the first time I looked at it, I was surprised to see I had taken almost 800 classes. That's when I set a goal to reach 1000 before the end of 2017. Yesterday I achieved that goal - which still amazes me.