Pacifica State Beach, Pacifica, CA / Публичный Пляж в Пасифика, шт. Калифорния

For Mothers’ Day this year, I treated myself to a bouquet of natural flowers and scenes at Pacifica State Beach.

В чести Дня Матерей в этом году, я себе подарила букет из цветы на природе и природных пейзажей.

Ice Plants
Ice Plants
Flowers I found while hiking in the hills above the shore
Flowers I found while hiking in the hills above the shore
Cascading ice plants
Cascading ice plants
We were beckoned around the bend
We were beckoned around the bend
Typical beach goers enjoying a windy but lovely day out
Typical beach goers enjoying a windy but lovely day out
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Ahoy, Matey!

Back in April, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, reproductions of old ships, made their annual up the Pacific coast. The ships give educational tours for students from local schools, and give dockside tours to the public.

Hearing that they would sail into the Port of Redwood City, I was excited to finally get the chance to walk around a ship like this. I would love to learn to sail one, but for now, am satiated with having been able to climb aboard, poke around, and learn a bit about how they work.

The Hawaiian Chieftain was built in 1988 in Lahaina. It has modern elements, as it was intended for use as a trade ship, but is fitted with a 19th-century trading vessel rig.

The replica of the Lady Washington was built in 1989 in Aberdeen, Washington, United States, and has been used in the filming of a number of movies, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl.  She is operated by a professional and volunteer crew, sailing up and down the Pacific coast. If you’re looking for a great job, this might just be it!

Hawaiian Chieftain - my favorite of the two ships
Hawaiian Chieftain – my favorite of the two ships
Mast 1
Hawaiian Chieftan’s main mast
Onboard Lady Washington
Onboard Lady Washington
Lady Washington's rigging
Lady Washington’s rigging
Lady Washington looms large
Lady Washington looms large
Ropes
Ropes

That Tiny Feeling / Ощущение неважности

Some days, I love the bustle and colors of big cities, and other days, they just make me feel like a tiny, insignificant speck. This photo from San Francisco reflects that tiny feeling. (April 2015)

Есть дни когда мне нравится и суета и яркость больших городов, а на других, я из-за всего этого только более чётко чувствую себя как маленькая, неважная точка в огромном мире. Эта фото с Сан-Франсиска есть отражения того ощущения. (Апрель 2015 г.)

Feeling Tiny

 

Ladybug, Ladybug, did you bring me luck? / Божая коровка, Божая коровка, удачу принесла?

Ladybugs are said to be bringers of luck. I saw this one in an unexpected place, and thanked her for coming to visit.

Говорят что божые коровки приносят удачу. Я увидела эту в неожиданном месту, и ей поблагодарить за то что ко мне пришла.

Lady Bug Half Moon Bay

Obligatory Poppies / Обязательный мак

California is famous for its poppies, and what better way to mark the end of spring and coming of summer than an homage to these very common (here), but incredibly beautiful flowers. (Photos taken March, 2015)

Калифорнистый мак очень известен, и я не могу придумать лучший способ отметить последные дни весны и начало лета чем фотографическое почтение им. (Снимки сделаны в марте 2015 года)

Poppy 1

Poppy 2

 

 

On the Peninsula – Mountain View, CA

I moved to the peninsula about two and a half years ago, and after a long period of just trying to settle in, I’ve started to again go out and explore. This set is the first in a series of photos of the towns that make up the SF peninsula.

Welcome to Mountain View!

Knobly knobs in a store front
Knobly knobs in a store front
An urban composition
An urban composition
Waffles with your paperwork, anyone?
Waffles with your paperwork, anyone?

 

Roller Derby

In March, I had the chance to go to my first Roller Derby match.  Without hesitation, I grabbed it!  I’ve always wanted to see, up close with my own eyes, what it’s all about.

Knowing it would be difficult to get any good shots at something like this, I brought my camera anyhow.  And I’m glad I did. I didn’t get good, clean, crisp action shots, but I’m glad of it. I’ve picked out some of the photos I feel best tell the story of the intensity, and seeming chaos, of this game.

Thanks, Peninsula Roller Girls (http://peninsularollergirls.org/), for an exciting evening!

Roller Derby 1
Let the games begin!

 

Roller Derby 2
Zoooosh!

 

Roller Derby 3
Rawwwwr!

 

Roller Derby 4
Ruh-roh!

 

Roller Derby 5
She’s off!

 

Roller Derby 6
Jammer ain’t gonna jam this!

 

Black Sand Beach, Hawaii

It took us half the day to get there, but it was well worth it. We got there a little before dusk really set in, and I suppose many would think that is the worst time (besides the night) to go, but I actually thought it made everything seem more vibrantly contrasted and magical.

The low light, sea turtles, tide pools teeming with small critters and the bright green of the foliage on shore made the experience terribly romantic.

Sea turtles. So peaceful. So grand.
Sea turtles. So peaceful. So grand.
A gorgeous shoreline
A gorgeous shoreline
Tide pools teeming with life
Tide pools teeming with life
I love the contrasting blacks, blues and grays.
I love the contrasting blacks, blues and grays.
Simply delightful
Simply delightful
The light made the foliage pop in a way it wouldn't have earlier in the day. I loved it!
The light made the foliage pop in a way it wouldn’t have earlier in the day. I loved it!

 

Over the Pacific Ocean

In January of this year I headed to the big island of Hawaii for the first time. As we headed out into the Pacific, I was mesmerized by the clouds, the water and the sun. I spent hours staring out the window.

While shots from an airplane window can be difficult and cliche, I decided to give it a try, and to later have some fun with the processing (but not too much).

Here’s what I’ve got.

Eye on the sky
Eye On The Sky

 

Serenity
Serenity
Ocean Clouds B&W
Ocean Clouds B&W
Ocean Clouds
Ocean Clouds
Cloud Inversion
Cloud Inversion
Cloud Shadows
Cloud Shadows