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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review of 2018

Ann-Christine has a wonderful theme last Saturday to do a 2018 Photographic Review. It’s a perfect opportunity to review all the wonderful things happened last year.

January – I started off the New Year by attending a Women’s retreat to reflect and refocus.

February – Spending Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year with Mercy, Will and Autumn in Portland, Oregon, we went hiking in Silver Falls.

March – March flowers in my garden.

April – Lynton and I took a local trip to The Huntington – Library, Art Collection and Botanical Garden.

May – Celebrating Mother’s Day in Portland with Mercy, we went to Rhododendron Garden.  

May – Lynton and I took a trip to Alaska and toured Denali Park.

June – Baby Hummingbird was born in my backyard

July – Visited Autumn and her mommy and daddy, had a nice outing at Battle Ground Park.

August – A bridal shower for a friend’s daughter-in-law to be.

September –Autumn’s one-year birthday on September 28th.

September – A weekend getaway in Las Vegas.

October – My book was published in October.

November – Family gathering for Thanksgiving.

December – My annual Messiah performance.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 26 Photographic Review of 2018

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: #25 Reflections

This week the theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Reflection, from Patti Moed.

The photos I selected for this post are reflections of water I admired during different trips near and far.

This is Puente de Alcántara Bridge over the calm river, Toledo Spain.

I took a photo of the yacht during our whale watching trip at Newport Harbor California.

On the same day of the whale watching, we had dinner at the beach and watched the sunset.

Our family went to China and visited Guilin. This is Reed Flute Cave with different color lights revealing the rock formation and the reflections from the underground water.

I have been living in southern California for 40 years. Last week was the first time my husband and I went on a cruise to see the Holiday Lights. All the homes, their yachts, cruise boats and restaurants by the water were decorated with Christmas lights. It was a treat from my daughter!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #25 – Reflections

Lens-Artists Challenge #24 – Seasonal

I came to Portland, Oregon in the US as a graduate student some forty years ago. It was November that year when I saw snow for the first time through a high ceiling window in the hallway of a meeting room. I jumped up and down and shouted, “It’s snowing. It’s snowing.” The local students walked by me and grinned. They might think, “What’s so exciting about snow? Silly.”

A month later during the winter break, I went with a group of students to Los Angeles and sat in the sun on Christmas day.

After graduated with my first master’s degree, I went to Seattle Pacific University to do my second master’s degree. That winter, Seattle welcomed me with 7 inches of snow. I was so excited and made a snowman with my leather gloves on my hands. Nobody told me that the leather would turn hard and stiff when it gets wet. I ruined the nice leather gloves.

I don’t do too well in cold weather, the weather in southern California seemed to agree with me and that is where I have stayed since finishing my study in Seattle.

My daughter is living in Portland, Oregon. She knows I love snow even though my body feels better in a warmer place. There was a heavy snow two years ago. The first thing she did was taking photos and sent them to me.

As far as southern California, it feels like summer is the longest season year round with a teasing winter and hair line period of autumn and short and sweet spring. The weather has been moderate besides the thunderstorm a couple weeks ago. I took photos of my garden today and have some beautiful flowers to share with you. Before I do that, just want to show you my baby hummingbird.

The baby hummingbird is eight months old. He is doing well and flying further away from the kitchen window. I know that the baby is not able to fly 900 miles straight to Mexico for winter, but I wasn’t sure if the parents were going. It’s December and the parents are still around. It seems like the family will stay for winter.

Baby hummingbird used to perch on the palm tree in the center of the photo. A month ago, he started to fly further from the feeder to the eucalyptus tree on the left. 

Here are the flowers in my winter garden.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #24 – Seasonal

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #23: Celebrations

Amy’s theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week is Celebration.

December is a month of celebration for me and my family. We observe the advent which is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for Christmas–the birth of Christ. It begins four weeks and Sundays before Christmas and continues until Christmas. The preparation includes lighting an Advent wreath, setting up a Christmas tree and decorations.

Last week, December 8th and 9th, 2018 – the second weekend of December, Our Community Choir represents George Frideric Handel’s (1685 – 1759) Messiah. Messiah is a sacred oratorio. An oratorio is a musical composition for choir, orchestra and soloists. It differs from opera because it is a concert piece and not staged with sets, costumes and props. Handel composed the music Messiah in 24 days. The text was a selection from the King James version of the Bible compiled by Charles Jennens, a musician/poet. Messiah is a majestic musical edifice and a popular favorite around the world.

My favorite piece is “For unto Us a Child is Born.” 4.12 minutes.

The third weeks, we get together with different groups of friends for celebration.

The week of Christmas we go to church and spend time with our immediate and extended family.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #23 – Celebration

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #22 – Happiness Is…

Ann-Christine gave us a thought provoking prompt this week – Happiness Is… We can ask if we are happy at this point of our life. If we’re happy, what makes us happy? If we’re not, what makes us unhappy?

I’m thankful to be where I am. I’m thankful for loving relationships with family and friends. I’m thankful that I could be helpful to people with my time and energy. It’s being with people and seeing people happy that makes me happy.

Seeing Mercy, Will and Autumn is always a priceless joy.
We’re blessed with Autumn, a happy, healthy and intelligent girl.
My husband and I are thankful for good health, happy to be at home or traveling.
A great pleasure to celebrate young people’s happiness in the bridal or baby shower.
What a happiness to gather and share food, stories and laughter with long-time friends.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #22 – Happiness Is…

I have a lot of smile this past week and this post shows great reasons for my smile and happiness.

Trent’s Weekly Smile November 26, 2018

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: #21 Splash!

My husband and I went to Spain in the summer of 2016 to celebrate 20th anniversary. The tour covered Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona. We were in Barcelona on the day of anniversary. Most of the restaurants were open for dinner late in the evening but we preferred early dinner. After walking on the street for half an hour, we found a restaurant serving pizza. We had a bottle of wine and a large pizza.

The tour guide took us to a water show at night and we watched a spectacular show with beautiful splashes.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #19: Magical Light

During my recent trip to Portland, Oregon to see my granddaughter, I flew up from southern California. It was in the early evening and I anticipated to see the sunset. I booked a window seat looking toward west. It was during summer when the day was long, and the sun went down by 9:00 p.m. I was not disappointed because I saw the gorgeous sunset and the horizon above the clouds was lit up with bright orange light.

 

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By 9:15 p.m. the sun almost went down completely. The orange light was diminishing.

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The plane landed at 9:30 p.m. the sky was completely ultramarine blue.

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