Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Everyday Moments

Newport Beach in southern California is 27 miles or 35 minutes’ drive from our home. We go often to spend half a day there. The Beach offers family activities such as whale watching, harbor cruise, fishing, dining, museum, Ferris wheel, water sports and more. We have done different activities or simply take a leisure walk along the beach.

Balboa Island is an island along the harborside. There are 3,000 residents live on 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2). A lot size on Balboa Island is 30 feet x 85 feet. Residents have private docks for their yachts. It’s delightful to walk through the community to appreciate the different motif of the decorations.

Newport beach 1

Newport beach 2

Newport beach 3

Newport beach 4

Newport beach 5

Newport beach 7

Newport beach 8

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Everyday Moments

August 16: Flash Fiction Challenge, Comet Hale-Bopp

For Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction, August 16, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a comet. 

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Comet Hale-Bopp

Comet Hale-Bopp

“What a crispy night to look at the stars.”

“Yes, it is. A good crowd here. I’m Tim.”

“Hi, Tim. I’m Eric, this is my wife Jan. Jan Hale and Eric Bopp.”

“Hale-Bopp, like the comet?”

“You know it? My dad saw it in New Mexico.” Sparks jump out from Jan’s eyes.

“My dad saw it too in Arizona.”

“My dad saw it first.”

“Your dad emailed the astronomical discoveries. My dad sent a telegram. They got the email faster than the telegram.”

“Who sent a telegram in 1995?”

“Your dad was only a hyphen faster than my dad.”


Charli Mills Carrot Ranch – August 16, 2018, Flash Fiction Challenge, Comet Hale-Bopp

Plumeria Flower Painting – I Was Featured on YesterdayAfter

I participated in Carolina Russo’s Watercolor Painting Challenge. She provided a photo of the Plumeria Flowers taken in her garden. The participants used the photo to do watercolor painting applying any techniques they chose. I leaned the negative painting techniques and was eager to use them for this challenge. 

My painting was featured on her blog. The challenge has ended but you still can see paintings from other participants.

Plumeria flowers

Carolina has a new design for her blog and has a New Design Launch Party drawing of a surprise gift for visitors. Here is the link to her new Blog.

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge “Love & Time”

 The two prompt words for this week’s challenge are: “Love & Time,” #SynonymsOnly. I use Moment for Time and Passion for Love.

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Head meets the heart

Ignites zealous passion

A journey of fulfillment just


Life is likea cup of tea

Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge – Love & Time, #SynonymsOnly

Travel Highlight – Australia

My husband was born in Australia. When we started our travel journey, it was logical that Australia was our first choice. We like to fly nonstop as much as possible. It was a 17 hours’ flight from Los Angeles, the longest flight we have had.

Our first visit was to tour the Sydney Opera House. Besides the tour, we watched an opera available during our visit.


Bondi Beach

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge was quite an experience. We wore the special suit that wrapped around us with nothing loose outside the suit.  It had belts and hooks attaching to the steel railing leading to the top of the bridge. It is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world, measuring 134 meters (440 feet) from the top to water level. It was a climb of our life.


We visited his aunt and uncle who lived in New South Wales which is less than a two-hour drive from Sydney. They took us to Blue Mountain, and we went down to the visitor area that provided a spectacular view to the Jamison Valley below the Three Sisters.


Other sites of the visit were the Koala Zoo and the Crocodile Farm.



Before we went further north, we stopped by Port Douglas.


My husband always wanted to dive in the Great Barrier Reef. It was his highlight of the trip. I don’t dive but had a pleasant boat ride and a spectacular view of the ocean.



Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Patterns

We took a vacation in Spain, one thing impressed me the most was the architecture. Whether it was during the occupancy of the Roman Empire or Islamic Conquer to the contemporary design, patterns are easily observed. Here are a few of them.

Pattern 1
Art & Science Building, Valencia, Spain
Pattern 2
Art & Science Building, Valencia, Spain
Pattern 3
Roman Bridge, Córdoba, Spain
Pattern 4
Plaza de España, Seville, Cordoba, Spain
Pattern 5
Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, Toledo, Spain

Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Patterns