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Graphic Arts and Celtic DNA


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Early Bird: DPchallenge

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Early Bird.”

The coastal skies have been so overcast these early spring mornings that I’ve not happened upon any interesting new photo shoots, but I’m anticipating that soon my favorite, ‘early bird’ native plant will again appear in the rough, coastal scrub grass environment around my house. That would be “Hookers Evening Primrose.” Its gorgeous yellow, five petal flowers open like a faerie presence–new ones almost every two or three evenings–from May till September. The fragrance is so delicate and fresh in the very early morning, you need to almost pollinate it with your nose to truly smell it.  Alas, as soon as the sun burns through the fog, blossoms that might be only a day or two old will begin to wilt and die.  Beauty can be so ephemeral.

Hooker's Evening Primrose, 3 new faerie arrivals last night!

Hooker’s Evening Primrose, 3 new faerie arrivals last night!

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Evening Primroses, where some have already yielded to a day’s sun and wind. If our newer faerie arrivals can last but a bit longer, they’ll be refreshed by gallant, if homely lovers, the Night Moths.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat

Snowy Plovers in flight over ocean - These small birds are an endangered species along our northern California coast.  They nest and lay eggs on beach sand, which makes them vulnerable to unaware visitors with unleashed dogs, and of course, other predators.  Sad. If only folks were aware.

Snowy Plovers in flight over ocean – These small birds are an endangered species along our northern California coast. They nest and lay eggs on beach sand, which makes them vulnerable to unaware visitors with unleashed dogs, and of course, other predators. Sad. If only folks were aware.

July 4 Fireworks at Point Arena Cove--The grand finale burst!  There is a great crescendo of OOHHHs and AAHHHs from the crowds on the rocky beach, and everyone's spirit soars aloft

July 4 Fireworks at Point Arena Cove–The grand finale burst! There is a great crescendo of OOHHHs and AAHHHs from the crowds on the rocky beach, and everyone’s spirit soars aloft

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Afloat.”

These are a couple of shots in my collection that suggest a feeling of “Afloat” to me.


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Easter Moon Fire: DPchallenge

Easter Vigil Moon burning through heavy overcast in northern California sky.

Easter Vigil Moon burning through heavy overcast in northern California sky.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Blur.”

Thick fog or cloud banks often cloak the night sky over the northern California Coastal Range.  On the evening of the Easter Vigil a rising full moon, with its glowing intensity, managed to burn through the dark ultramarine canvas, leaving only a smudge or blur above the lunar disk.