Thursday, October 29, 2009

Friday "My Town" Shootout--Park landscapes!

This week's Friday Shootout theme is from JarieLyn in Las Vegas, Nevada--Park landscapes!

Head here to see the other participants' fantastic photos!

That's one thing I love about these shootouts... even though I've visited this park many times before, I always get to see it in a new perspective since I'm always photographing a different subject.

And now, Stagecoach Park in Dublin:

There are so many of these wonderful mosaics here!

These installments are all a part of our "Art in Public Places".

And some other landscapes:

In California, this is OUR version of the fall leaves... yeah.

Hmm... something doesn't fit here...

A lonely grill looking for some love...

The start of a beautiful sunset with the moon starting to peek out...

And lastly, that beautiful sunset...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday "My Town" Shootout--Classics of Childhood!

(I tried posting these last night but it seems Blogger was down!)

This week's theme for the shootout was chosen by Ellisa in Michigan--Classics of Childhood!

Head here to see the other participants' great photos!

I was musing, trying to figure out what to use... what did I miss about my childhood? Then some subjects presented themselves!

A trip to the park with Gramma and Grandpa was a thing I rarely got to experience...

A mom takes her kids to the park on a sunny California afternoon...

Many of us miss our youthful physique... (not to mention the confidence to walk around sans clothing in park!)

The lazy afternoons with nothing to do...

Running around after local wildlife... we used to CHASE wild turkeys, not drink it! ;)

And lastly, I miss the childhood sense of humor we all had. So...

Guess what?


(I couldn't resist that one!)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday "My Town" Shootout--Sunrise, Sunset!

Okay, raise your hand if you started singing "Fiddler on the Roof" when reading the title. ;) [raises hand]

This week's shootout theme was chosen by Sherri in Florida--Sunrise/sunset!

Be sure to head here to meet the gang and see some more of their fabulous photos!

I only have a few to share this week; I leave for work before the sun is even up, and you probably heard about the remnants of Typhoon Melor that slammed us earlier this week (giving us almost 3" of rain in 24 hours, when we normally get about 15" total per year!), so there weren't that many opportunities!

This is about all I have for "current" photos... this was taken on my morning commute with my camera phone while at a stoplight.... (I fooled with the contrast on this one)

And then two from the good 'ol archive (both photos are untouched... it's just Mother Nature's work!):

This first one was taken when I was on vacation in Hawaii (Oahu, to be precise) in 2005. The usual afternoon rain had been particularly stormy, resulting in this:

And my all-time favorite... this was taken on the North Shore of Oahu when I was vacationing there again in 2007 (pic taken in the town of Hale'iwa to be exact--home of the famous Matsumoto's Shave Ice!). My feet were in the sand, the birds and waves were providing an awesome soundrtrack, and I had just had a fabulous seafood dinner at a local restaurant. I could look at this one forever. :D [peaceful sigh]

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Friday "My Town" Shootout--SILHOUETTES

This week's Friday Shootout theme was chosen by Carrie in Westport, Washington--Silhouettes! (click on the link to see a wonderful description for the shootout from her!)

For this week, I headed to a local park at twilight...

The edge of the park is on the top of a little hill, and what should I see? The Dublin High School Gaels frosh football taking on the Miramonte Matadors!
(taken from quite a distance)


Dublin won, 35-0. :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Friday "My Town" Shootout--photo study of a building

This week's theme was chosen by the blogger team at Friday "My Town" Shootout--a photo study of a building. Click on the link to head over and see some of the other participants' photos!

I headed over to Dublin's Old St. Raymond's Church that was built circa 1859. I've never done a photo study before, so I just tried to take some interesting shots!

Be sure to click on the photos to see them up close and in detail! (the last one of the church shutters is my favorite!)

As I was heading back home, I saw this construction going on... and then it dawned on me that this was the Kolb House, the historical residence of another of Dublin's founding families what was recently acquired by the city and relocated. The city is expanding our heritage center to include more land as well as the Kolb House and it's surrounding buildings (which have also been moved to this location). The first phase of the newly expanded park should be open in the spring.

It's such an interesting house; I only wish I could have gotten closer!

Read more about the Kolb family here.