Posted in Nature, Photography

CFFC – Shadows

Theme: Shadows

Enjoying a lot of photos I took this past month. Here’s my take on shadows!

It was bizarre for me to find this lovely statue in a parking garage downtown. A blend of antiquity and urban life.
Fascinated by the trees in the Missions
Walking in a field that Knights of Columbus takes care of and all of the sudden I encounter this!
The public library has a cool backdrop of puzzle pieces that change color. I’m enjoying it!
Always enjoyed the lines in this perspective which typically inspire my abstract drawings. 🙂
Visiting St.Mark’s Episcopal Church downtown – Stained glass windows and light and dark contrast fascinates me
Posted in Culture, Photography

CFFC: Places People Visit

Enjoying a peaceful walk around San Jose Missions, a major tourist attraction. Examining all the license plates of the parked vehicles and notice many people from several states stop by to visit.


Visiting one of the oldest mills in Texas from 1936



Many beautiful mass services take place here.

I had a friend help me take a photo while visiting the Ghiradelli chocolate shop  🙂


In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Places People Visit

Posted in Culture, Events, Food/Recipes, Nature, Photography

CFFC: Things People Grow

Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam to visit my grandmother and other relatives for the first time. These photos were taken in the Sapa Mountains located in the Lo Cai region. I’m also responding to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Grow

First, let me introduce you to the Dao who are native to the mountains. They were pretty excited to see us. They eagerly showed us their craft collection of handmade goods.

Dao Natives

Many squash are grown on a trellis. I love these squash. I would cook these with spinach and shrimp in a chicken broth to make soup for chilly days.


One of the Dao ladies pointed this building out to me. She said missionaries came out to this region, built a wooden school, and now teach English to the young students.


These are the rice fields in which they call lua.


More beautiful layered rice patties…

rice patties- Sapa Mountains Lo Cai

Close up of the rice growing…


Their methods of irrigation fascinated me!


Posted in Concepts, Nature, Photography, Quotes

Sharks, Peacocks, Pitbulls & CFFC

Many a peacock hides his peacock tail from all eyes –and calls it his pride.  – Friedrich Nietzsche

peacock.PNGTaken at the Quadrangle, Fort Sam Military Base, San Antonio, TX

Even though his tail wasn’t fanned out like the others, this encounter with this particular peacock was a fortuitous one. I took this shot on one of my birthdays. He’s carrying such a regal and dignified pose. Considering the location, I wondered if he subconsciously imitated the demeanor of the generals or lieutenants that walked around the perimeter of the Quadrangle daily.

One of my lifetime questions is one of the “Nature vs Nurture” variety. How will my surroundings influence me in the upcoming year? I constantly wonder about the things I expose myself to everyday and how it will change me and my actions.

I wonder if it’s strange to think that animals can imitate whatever surrounds them. I once watched a few YouTube videos of pit bull dogs being friendly with babies despite being listed as one of the most dangerous breeds of dogs. Is it truly based on how the owners raise the dogs or is it based on the genetics of the species?

I also wonder about imitation and respect that is earned or given. There’s that familiar saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” I watched this incredible video of an interaction between a killer shark and a diver. The narrator tells other divers to NOT do this because many have died in their attempts.

The diver performs a power move similar to what the shark does to display dominance, and the shark respects him by giving him space. I’m just sitting on the edge of my seat in awe of how this shark does not tear him apart!

An earlier post of mine about acclimating to a new environment has made me wonder about gaining respect from individuals from a new town. Does it involve speaking the lingo of the natives? Dressing like them? Acting like them? It reminds me of a story my boyfriend told me about an interaction between world leaders Kim Jong Un and Trump. Anyway, all this talk of animal behavior makes me think of another question that is explored by another blogger, Kristen:

Do People In Modern Society Anthropomorphize Animals Too Much?

I also just finished reading an enjoyable murder mystery that was written in the style of Agatha Christie from Tales From the Mind of Kristian. Imitation in this regard inspires me to try to write in a style of my favorite author.