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Photo Challenge – A Day at The Huntington Library

We had an outing to The Huntington Library today. We made this plan last week. The weather was getting warmer and I packed things I needed to protect me from sunlight and the heat. My skin is still sensitive to the heat and the ray of the sun, so I need to be careful. When we got up this morning, I saw the unusual hazy sky. As I looked north, the mountains were disappeared.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927) and located in Los Angeles County in San Marino, California. In addition to the library, the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focus in 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art. The 500 acres property includes approximately 120 acres of specialized botanical landscaped gardens, the “Japanese Garden”, the “Desert Garden”, and the “Chinese Garden”, along with the Rose Garden, Australian Garden, Herb Garden, Shakespeare Garden.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntington_Library

The haze in the sky blocked the heat from the sun. It turned out to be a better day for me. We walked for three hours and visited some of the Exhibits and several Gardens. The structure for the climbing roses in the Rose Garden is beautiful.

 

 

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Heat

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

Photo Challenge – After the Rain

My plum tree is four years old. In March 2017, the tree was full of blossoms. Thanks to the hard-working bees, we had a prolific harvest in the early summer. I took photos of the plum tree in March this year, the blossoms were scattered. I was puzzling about the difference between the two years. Then I remembered that the rain came late this past winter. The air was still cold in February and early March. As a result, there was not enough sunlight to call out the blossoms. Only after the rain and a couple weeks of warm weather, the blossoms started to appear. The harvest this year may not be as bountiful as last year.

We are thankful for the rain!

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rain

 Weekly Photo Challenge: Prolific

Photo Challenge – The Call of Spring

We planted some Date Palm Trees in our front yard fourteen years ago. They are now mature and leafy. I enjoy sitting on the front porch, breathing in the cooler air, and watching the flowers in my garden. They are awakening to answer the call of spring.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Breathe

Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakening

Tuesday/Weekly Photo Challenge – Baby Birds in the Summer

Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge the prompt for this week is: Future

Weekly Photo Challenge is: Smile

I hope to see some baby birds successively hatched in the near future – summer 2018. Watching and feeding these birds put a smile on my face.

I have been feeding many kinds of birds. The Mourning Doves came back to my garden for the third year. The first year, the female dove laid eggs, but the eggs were stolen. 1) Last year, the female doves laid two eggs and both the male and female took turns to incubate the eggs. The eggs were successfully hatched to two healthy baby doves. I’m hoping the mourning doves will have chicks again this year.

I also have many House Finch in my garden. They had the same misfortune two years ago and lost their four eggs. 2) Last year, the female Finch laid three eggs and hatched four eggs. One must be twins. 3) The birds watched their chicks from the nearby tree. There are many pairs of House Finch in my garden. One pair checked out the old nest. I hope they would use the same nest to lay eggs again.

I feed them bird seeds every day to get them to be healthy and ready to be parents.

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I bought a new Hummingbird Feeder. The Red Throat Hummingbirds seem to like the feeder. There are not too many blooms around yet. So, the Hummingbirds come every twenty minutes for feeding. They seem to be a pair, I don’t know where they would build a nest.

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I just identified the White Crowned Sparrows in my garden. They may have been coming for years, but I didn’t pay attention to their features and I just googled and identify them as White Crowned Sparrow.

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I may not see the Hummingbird babies, but I do hope to see the Mourning Dove’s chicks and the House Finch’s chicks. That is my hope for the near future – summer. In the meantime, I’ll feed them well.

Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Baby Birds in the Summer

Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Memories

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I can’t believe that Randy passed away in January 2016. I still can hear his cheerful voice and his laughter. Randy was our neighbor living two doors down the street. For twelve years, he and my husband went to the gym on weekdays, mountain bike riding on weekends, and happy hours on Fridays. I went with them for happy hours because I was the designated driver. We had barbeques on holidays and spontaneous game nights.

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During the twelve years, Randy drove one and a half hours each way to take care of his ex-mother-in-law. When she was not able to care for herself, he helped to move her to a skilled nursing facility in our neighborhood and helped to sell her house. It amazed me at how a guy could take care of his ex-mother-in-law to that extent.

When he studied to take the Commercial Appraiser exam, his study materials made me dizzy. He was brilliant yet humble, accepting and non-judgmental. He kept in touch with childhood friends and held his own High School Reunion regularly.

Twenty-six months ago, Randy went on a mountain bike riding with a fellow from the gym. He had a terrible accident that smashed his head and face. He didn’t make it to the hospital. He’d be 65 years old on April 2, 2018

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Randy was my husband’s best friend. Having a best friend in the next door is a rare, once in a lifetime experience. We miss Randy!

Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Memories

Weekly Photo Challenge – Favorite Place

There are many places in the world we have traveled once. Some of them are my favorite places and I don’t mind going back to visit. I just want to be practical and choose somewhere accessible to be my favorite place. We are not too far from beaches. Among the several beaches, Newport Beach is my favorite beach, whether it takes a cruise for whale watching, or walking on the beach, or going to seafood restaurants, or watching the sunset, it’s beautiful. It’s half an hour driving from home, so we go there often.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Favorite Place

Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Time Changes

Last weekend was my first time watching The Frankenstein Chronicles, the Netflix TV series with Sean Bean as John Marlott. My husband started watching it last Thursday night. He was watching Season 1, Episode 2 when it caught my eyes with Sean Bean’s familiar face. After I found out that it was the Frankenstein story, I started watching it half-heartedly. I’m not a horror movie fan. I don’t watch scary movies or TV shows at night. They give me nightmares. But these Frankenstein series were good at staying with the detective story rather than a scary one. I found myself wanting to watch what happened next. We stayed up three nights to watch the 2 seasons with 12 episodes. It was Saturday night at 1:00 a.m. (on Sunday) when we finished the last episode. We slept in the next mornings.

We missed church, inevitably, because we got up late. By 3:30 p.m. I started noticing the time on my computer and my phone was different than the time on the clocks that need to be set manually. We went on a late lunch, using the lunch coupon that was good from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cashier politely asked, “Do you have a dinner coupon?” So, I used a dinner coupon. I started questioning about what happened to the time difference. That was when the possibility of time change came up. But it was only March 11, I thought. Yes, spring forward, fall back. Spring hasn’t come yet.

As soon as I got home, I searched on the internet of Daylight Saving Time in California. It was confirmed that we missed changing the clocks this year!

Every year I pay close attention to Daylight Saving Time starts and ends and promptly change all the clocks by 10:00 p.m. on Saturday (who would get up at 2:00 a.m. the first day of Daylight Saving Time to change the clocks?). Somehow, I let the announcement slipped out of my mind. I surprised myself!

Some countries start Daylight Saving Time on March 11. Many countries start on March 25, and some countries don’t have it. Did you miss changing the clock if your country starts on March 11?

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Time Changes

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Forces

I was a student at Seattle Pacific University, Washington in May 1980 when Mt. St. Helen had erupted. The ashes drifted over many states and could be seen from Chicago. Mercy, Will and I went to visit in September 2016 and saw a lot of plant growth. This is a great illustration of the force of destruction and the force of life.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Forces

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hills

Photos were taken today – hooray, it has been raining since last night! 

Our city and the neighboring cities are situated on hilly areas. Many homes are built with windows facing the oceans, the lights, the golf court or open area below the hills. The larger the views are, the prices of the homes go higher. All the cities have built to the limit because there is no more desirable open space to build attractive homes.

There has been a controversy since 2012 over the property of The West Coyote Hills. It contains one of the last large open-space areas in north Orange County, California. Parts of it lie within the city limits of La Habra, Buena Park, and La Mirada with most of it sprawling across western Fullerton.

A tract measuring 510 acres (2.1 km2) across the ridge of the hills, owned by Pacific Coast Homes (a land development division of the Chevron Corporation). It is the largest remaining tract of undeveloped land in north Orange County. Chevron had plans to build 760 homes on 179 acres.

With such high demand for housing, these possible 760 homes on the hills will be sold close to $1 million each and be gone in no time. Chevron Corporation will benefit a great deal.

A group called Open Coyote Hills has been leading the support while a group called Friends of Coyote Hills has led the push to preserve the entire site as open space.

The city council has a pro-development majority, which has sided with Chevron and won in Superior Court, but the decision has been appealed. In 2017, State Senator Josh Newman authored Senate Bill 714, which would prevent development. Efforts have been made to buy some or all the land from Chevron, using state funds, donations, or both.

We continue to hope the Coyote Hills will remain to be a park.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes to Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hills

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape

My husband and I spent last week with Mercy, Will, and Autumn. On Saturday, February 17, we went hiking in Silver Falls State Park, Oregon. One area is the Trail of Ten Falls which is a 7-mile loop. This loop is a moderately difficult hike with unpaved trails, some muddy areas, steep sections and an overall elevation change of 800 feet.

The photos included in this post are two Falls. South Fall is a 177 feet waterfall where we could walk behind the Fall underneath a rocky canyon. The Lower South Fall is 93 feet, descending from South Fall with stairs. Walking behind the South Fall reminded me of walking behind the Niagara Fall years ago!

It was a heavy rainy day and we all were soaking wet. The three of them wore hiking boots, so it was easier to walk in the muddy area. I was not prepared to go hiking, and I wore regular running shoes. My shoes were wet and muddy and my toes were almost frozen.

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We were in good shapes and found no difficulty with the hike. Mercy gave birth to Autumn four and a half months ago. She has a remarkably fast recovery from the pregnancy and birth.

I was impressed with the spectacular views of the Falls and the mossy forest.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes to Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape

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