Cellpic Sunday — 06/04/23

John Steiner, the blogger behind Journeys With Johnbo, has this prompt he calls Cellpic Sunday in which he asks us to post a photo that was taken with a cellphone, tablet, or another mobile device. I thought this might be fun so I decided to join in.

For three years, from 2010 through 2013, my wife and I were bicoastal. We had a house in Massachusetts and a condo in San Francisco. Twice a year, we would pack up the car and our dog and drive across country so that we could spend the relatively mild and snowless winters in San Francisco and the warmer summers just west of Boston. We would typically make a ten day each way trip out of these cross-country drives, always taking different scenic routes, avoiding interstate highways. And we’d stop along the way at various national and state parks.

The photo below from atop of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge was taken with my iPhone in August 2013 as we were heading west. It’s located about 10 miles northwest of Taos, New Mexico and it stands about 650 feet high above the Rio Grande River.

If you wish to participate in this fun cellphone photo prompt, please click on the link to John’s post at the top of my post to see his photo and to read his instructions.

One-To-Three Photo Processing Challenge — June, 2023

For this monthly prompt from Kate at The Squirrel Chase, the idea is to pick a photo we want to play with and process it using three different methods. The photo I’m featuring today is of a scale model of a three mast sailing vessel that I have sitting on a credenza.

All processed photos were made using apps available for the iPhone at Apple’s App Store. Also, all images, including the original, were resized (shrunk) to make them quicker to load (and to take up less space in my WordPress media folder).

Original photo

Processed using the Prisma app

Processed using the Distressed FX app

Processed using the Waterbrush app

Which image do you like best?

My Last Photo — May ‘23

Brian, aka Bushboy, posted his monthly Last on the Card prompt, where he asks us to…

  • Post the last photo from your camera’s SD card or the last photo from your phone taken in the month of May.
  • No editing — who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like, or the subject matter didn’t cooperate?
  • No explanations needed — just the photo will do.
  • Create a pingback to Brian’s post or link in the comments.
  • Tag “The Last Photo.”

This month I’m going to tell a little story. It gets very hot in the summertime where we live. I’m talking upper 90s to low 100s. We have a large back deck off of our family room and love to sit out there. But when temperatures get to be around 100°F, and with the mid-to-late afternoon western sun beating down upon the deck, it gets too hot to enjoy.

We looked at possible solutions: a retractable sunscreen, outdoor curtains, or plants to create a natural sunscreen. We chose the last option and step one was to buy four tall planters to put along the west edge of our deck, which we did in April 2022.

Then we bought four Wax Leaf Privet plants, one for each planter, and planted them in May 2022.

They were tall and narrow and provided barely any shade from the hot sun. But then I took this photo (my last one of month) of these Wax Leaf Privet plants yesterday. They’ve grown taller and, more important, fuller.

And that means that they are very close to reaching the point where they will provide a very effective sunscreen that will keep the deck shady and enable us to enjoy sitting on our back deck even in the hottest of days.

Mission accomplished.

Cellpic Sunday — 05/28/23

John Steiner, the blogger behind Journeys With Johnbo, has this prompt he calls Cellpic Sunday in which he asks us to post a photo that was taken with a cellphone, tablet, or another mobile device. I thought this might be fun so I decided to join in.

This photo of Pier 39 in San Francisco shows a pier that is jam packed with sea lions and some seals. I took this snap with my iPhone 8 Plus in October 2019, almost four years ago. What you can’t appreciate by looking at a photo of all of these sea lions is the din raised by their barking. It was loud and almost constant.

If you wish to participate in this fun cellphone photo prompt, please click on the link to John’s post at the top of my post to see his photo and to read his instructions.

Cellpic Sunday — 05/21/23

John Steiner, the blogger behind Journeys With Johnbo, has this prompt he calls Cellpic Sunday in which he asks us to post a photo that was taken with a cellphone, tablet, or another mobile device. I thought this might be fun so I decided to join in.

My wife took this photo early one evening last week. She noticed this large, hairy spider clinging to the outside of the glass slider that leads from the master bedroom to our deck in the back of our house. We confirmed that this is a tarantula spider, and this is the first one we’ve seen this year.

It’s actually kind of unusual to see a tarantula climbing up a glass slider, and even more unusual to see one before sunset, and yet even more unusual to see one at this time of year.

Why? Because these creatures are nocturnal and they live in underground burrows and rarely come out much before sunset. About the only time you see tarantulas above ground is during mating season, which is typically in September and October where we live. That’s when the mature male tarantulas are on the prowl for females and will leave their burrows to find female tarantulas to mate. Female tarantulas stay in their burrows most of their lives.

So was this tarantula in the photo an outlier? It wasn’t underground, it wasn’t dark, and it’s still at least four months before the tarantula mating season actually starts. Personally, I blame it on climate change.

If you wish to participate in this fun cellphone photo prompt, please click on the link to John’s post at the top of my post to see his photo and to read his instructions.