Monday, July 30, 2012

Art Nouveau & Arts And Crafts Designs

Beautiful chrysanthemums, by Maurice Pillard Verneuil, published in 1897.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Simple Pleasures

A perfectly ripe fresh peach on a quiet summer morning. One of life's simple pleasures.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Walking In The Neighborhood

We walked around the neighborhood but were so deep in conversation, the pictures were secondary. Just a couple random glances.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

"On The Bridge" by Russian impressionist Pyotr Alexandrovich Nilus (1869-1943).

Thursday, July 26, 2012

100 Years Ago

The caption to this Lewis Hine photograph reads:

"High up on the top floor of a rickety tenement, 214 Elizabeth St., N.Y., this mother and her two children, boy 10 years old and the girl 12, were living in a tiny one room, and were finishing garments. The garments were packed under the bed and on top of it and around the room. Said the make from $1 to $2 a week, and the boys [sic] earns some selling newspapers. I could not get their name. Location: [New York, New York (State)]."

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vintage Italian Posters

Two distinct styles, each equally pleasing.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Art Nouveau & Arts And Crafts Designs

Irises, as imagined by Marice Pillard Verneuil, published in 1897.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

What's Blooming In Summer

So far so good with this new addition to the front flower border. It's a mulla mulla, native to Australia, touted as a drought tolerant (once established), subtropical perennial. The foliage has a succulent like appearance, with abundant, long lasting flowers in a shade of purple and texture that was hard to resist. My goal had been to have mostly purple and orange flowers in the front, but that plan fell by the wayside when irresistible blue, yellow, pink, red and white flowers crossed my path.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

On The Beach

My daughter took me along for a beach afternoon - blue skies, hardly any people, warm sand - a beautiful day!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

A seascape by Paysage Ranson, French impressionist, painted in 1895.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

100 Years Ago

Tony, as photographed by Lewis Hine in Newark, New Jersey, 1912.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

High Jump

We have an long black shoelace we pull around for Thomas to chase, and here, he's making a big stretch to reach it.

More Errands

We had errands to run again and grabbed burgers on the road. Lucky for us to have an In-N-Out in the neighborhood!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

What's Blooming In Summer

The trumpet vine that grows along the arbor above the front porch has developed a second wind, with an abundance of blooming clusters that welcome both bees and hummingbirds.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Wall

How is progress coming on the rock wall? Slowly, but surely. Not yet at the half way mark and still hoping to have it finished by the end of summer.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

Another painting by Maurice Prendergrast, "Treport Beach", created in 1892.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

100 Years Ago

The caption reads: "Mullan [Idaho] Fire Dept., Decoration Day, 1912"

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Back On The Beach

Back on the beach yesterday evening, looking for more rocks for the wall project. It was overcast, with a lingering fog bank just making its way ashore.

This fellow was responsible for the vast majority of color seen on my entire walk, while below, an egret blended right in with the sea foam.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Last Evening On The Beach

Looking south, along the cliff, the sky really was that blue - the picture is straight out of the camera.

The fisherman was catching corbina and sand sharks, then throwing them back. He was using sand crabs as bait, wiggling underfoot by the thousands - you can see their ripples in the sand.

My daughter bids adieu to friends in the lineup, and one look back before we head up the stairs and away.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

My Favorite Visitors

Thomas the cat and my daughter both happened to stop by for a visit at the same time, clearly happy to see one another.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

By The Sea

The light was so pretty last evening, we couldn't resist pulling over for a couple quick pictures. Above, looking south, and below, the treacherous trail down the cliff to the beach.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

"Nantucket Dunes" by Anders Gisson, American Impressionist.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Walking Around

We took a late afternoon walk yesterday, and found the neighborhood surprisingly quiet on the 4th of July.

Then in the evening, my daughter took me along for a beach walk while she surfed.

There were hardly any people on the beach, but there was a cat perched on a piling just one flight up from the sand.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Let Freedom Ring

The first fourth of July, above, and below, watching the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 16, 1775.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Thomas On A Summer Evening

Closing the shades last evening, who should be spied catching 40 winks on the sun warmed walkway? None other than our favorite feline friend, Thomas.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

What's Blooming In Summer

The shell ginger are back, blooming way early this year.

They're beautiful every step of the way, from their tightly clustered pearly buds, to when they spill out and tumble down.

Each pearly pod eventually opens to reveal, briefly, a ruffle of yellow.