This textile pattern looks like it could have come from one of the museums I’ve visited on my trip.
But it’s actually from the side of my travel bag. This bag is smaller than most backpacks, but big enough to hold passports, a water bottle, my journal and pen, various chargers, band-aids, anti-itch cream, a nail clipper, and has pockets so I don’t lose my subway card and hotel key card.
I bought the bag in Turkey about 8 years ago. I don’t know the origin of the pattern or if it’s “authentic.” I just liked the patterns and the colors. Like me, it’s pretty far from home.
For the Mundane Monday Challenge #117.
There is nothing like a deadline to focus your mind. It’s true of teenagers, it’s true of adults.
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I don’t think I would have ever expected to call rainbows mundane. But they are getting that way during this rainy CA winter. Last week alone 3 out of 5 mornings had rainbows.
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Prisma is an app, available for iphone and android, that enables you to convert photos into artwork. It is almost scary how easy it is to use and transform ordinary phone photographs into pictures that look like paintings or prints. I first tried it on our trip to Santa Barbara over Thanksgiving, and was pleased with what it did with a gnarled tree.
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The Mundane Monday challenge for this week hasn’t been published yet, but it’s still Monday, and I have a picture that fits the spirit of the challenge: to find beauty in the mundane and take a picture of it.
Continue reading Mundane Monday: Patterns of Creativity
We rounded the corner coming home from a Christmas party, getting ready to look for a geocache, and we saw a deer across the street, near the site of the cache.
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Advent is supposed to be a time of preparation and waiting. Contrary to popular belief and advertising, the Twelve Days of Christmas take place after Christmas, not before: from December 25 through Twelfth Night on January 5th, ending with Epiphany on January 6th.
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On Saturday night, I played the viola in a concert called Holiday Magic with the Nova Vista Symphony and the Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose. The performance, of holiday music both religious and secular was in a large domed church sanctuary.
The orchestra and choir assembled in the center, and behind us was a large cross and semi-transparent curtain blocking the view of the backstage area from the audience. Just before we went onstage, I took this picture, which looks a little like the snow we don’t get in the SF Bay area, and captured the mystery and wonder of the music we were about to experience.
For the Mundane Monday challenge #87: find beauty in everyday mundane things and frame it beautifully and upload the photographs.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday we drove to southern California and looked at some college campuses with our 17-yo daughter. We also had Thanksgiving dinner at a nice buffet in the hotel where we were staying. The food was good and there was no cooking, cleanup, or leftovers –that’s my kind of holiday!
Continue reading Mundane Monday: Tree at Sunset
I loved the publicity surrounding the supermoon this week. (A supermoon is a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.) And I actually saw it on Sunday night, big, bright and close to the horizon. I don’t, however, have a good camera or the patience to take pictures.
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