Georgetown Salon

Back in June 2012, I was driving down Wisconsin Ave. in Georgetown looking for something to photograph.

Georgetown_boutique_web

I liked this building a lot. Can almost hear the floorboards creaking. Love that old architecture so much.

Then this nail or hair salon stopped me. I found a parking place (minor miracle in Georgetown) and photographed it from different angles….

Geotown_Vickys_web

Geotown_1616_web

Geotown_steps_web

Geotown_railing_web

flower_box_web

Geotown_coleus_web

geotown_potato_vine_web

Looks like at least two flower boxes with sweet potato vine, coleus and petunias? Someone has a really green thumb. My potato vines never looked that good.

Hope your week’s going well so far. . . .

{carole}

Posted in photography | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Stargazer for You

Stargazer_pink_web

A Stargazer lily to wish you a peaceful Good Friday and a Happy Easter if you celebrate. Great weekend to all.

{carole}

Posted in photography | Tagged | 12 Comments

Spring Disk Cleaning and Azaleas

I have been meaning to clean up my photos for a while now. Like for two years. In my defense, we did move across the country. This week I am tackling the project and can’t believe how many shots there are. The 365 project didn’t help. But it’s been good for me to see my progress and to find forgotten photos. I’ll be sharing those for a while until I finish the clean-up.

From 2012:

Lav_azaleas_horiz_web

Lav_azalea_ver_web

Lavender_azalea_web

I do miss this lavender azalea. I planted it the spring before we moved and hope it’s doing well. We have azaleas out here in California, but they tend to be white and kind of puny. That’s OK–we have plenty of plants to make up for it. The jasmine is just about to bloom!

Hope your week’s going well so far….

{carole}

Posted in photography | Tagged , | 12 Comments

Travel Scans: Blenheim Palace

I haven’t seen a lot of country homes in England, so I really enjoyed visiting Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. It was built between 1705 and 1722 and is the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Blenheim_Palace_front_web

According to Wiki, at the end of the 19th century, the palace was saved from ruin by funds gained from the 9th Duke of Marlborough’s marriage to American railroad heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. Sounds a bit like Downton Abbey, hmmm?

Blenheim_fountain_web

The design of Blenheim was done by Sir John Vanbrugh, an untrained (!) architect who had worked with Nicholas Hawksmoor on Castle Howard, a place I’ve been dying to see since viewing Brideshead Revisited. Have any of you seen the version with Jeremy Irons? It was filmed at Castle Howard and is such a brilliant production. Very faithful to Evelyn Waugh’s novel. Would be fun to see that and Highclere Castle, where Downton is filmed.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

Posted in photography | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

A Day at the Cove

As promised, more La Jolla:

LJ_rocks_web

LJ_rocks_vert_web

I never get tired of looking at La Jolla Cove. I’ve taken quite a few photos there, but they’re all so different.

LJ_iceplant_web

Sea Lavender and ice plant.

LJ_photoshoot_web

There’s usually a wedding or a photo shoot going on, and that day was no exception.

LJ_five_web

Even the utility covers looked good that day.

LJ_lifeguard_web

If you look closely in the background, you can see a faint outline of the mountains.

LJ_cliffs_web

Sorry, I got a little carried away with the sea lavender.

LJ_house_view_web

I spotted this place while driving away from the cove. (iPhone shot)

LJ_beachhouse_side_web

I think it’s more than one place, but aren’t the colors beautiful?

LJ_beachhouse_web

The view’s not too bad either.

LJ_boug_pergola_web

This was just down the street.

LJ_bougainvillea_web

Such a charming doorway.

LJ_pergola_web

The Pacific was so blue that day.

Hope your week’s going well so far.

{carole}

Posted in photography | Tagged , , , , | 16 Comments

Bejeweled

sea_lavender_web

La Jolla supposedly means “the jewel.” I was there recently and was happy to see all the sea lavender flourishing next to the turquoise-and-sapphire-blue Pacific. Love those jewel tones.

More on Tuesday.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

Posted in photography | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

Rocky Update

Rocky_web

Those of you who’ve followed the blog for a while know I have a Maltese named Rocky. I haven’t written about him in a while because he’s not doing well. I know Rocky is nearly sixteen years old, but it’s unbelievable how much he’s declined in just one year. He is almost completely blind, and last month he started going deaf. I used to be able to call to Rocky, now I have to go over and get him so he knows where I am. It’s kind of . . . heartbreaking. He often forgets that I’m nearby, so he’ll get up and go looking all over the house if I don’t catch him soon enough.

You’d think that it would be really tough for a blind dog to get around, but Rocky doesn’t have any trouble going upstairs, or finding his food and water, or finding his bed(s). Sometimes I have to alert him to a curb, but he’s still pretty good at finding them. The hardest part for me is that he sleeps all day long. He only wakes when I tell him it’s time to go out or I’m going upstairs. The photo above is from three years ago, before he got cataracts. I didn’t have the heart to post a recent photo because he’s not looking himself.

I honestly didn’t know if Rocky would be alive when we got back from the cruise, and am so grateful that he was. I wouldn’t want him to go alone. Now I realize that he just isn’t going to wake up one day. I’ve had time to get used to the idea, but I know it’s going to be awful when the time comes.

Sorry to be such a downer, but I thought it would be wrong to just announce that Rocky was gone with no warning whatsoever. You dog lovers know exactly what I’m going through. I will just enjoy every day I have left with him. It’s been a wonderful twelve years.

{carole}

Posted in photography | Tagged | 18 Comments

Just a Little More Taos

I meant to do this post a while ago, but life got busier than usual. We visited two more places on our way out of Taos, New Mexico . . . .

taos_asis_web

A National Historic Landmark, the Spanish Colonial San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church is a beautifully-preserved adobe building located just south of the town of Taos. The Franciscans supervised the construction of the historic church between 1772 and 1816.

Completed in 1816, the Spanish Colonial church has two front-facing bell towers and massive adobe buttresses.

taos_church_statue_web

The architecture of the church is a mixture of native and Spanish styles. The buttresses in front of each bell tower support the front.

taos_church_web

Side view. The church was closed, so we couldn’t go inside. I’m guessing I wouldn’t have been able to take pictures of the interior anyway.

Ansel Adams photographed the church for his Taos Pueblo art book and Georgia O’Keeffe painted a series of perspectives of the church. O’Keeffe once described it as “one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards.”

taos_asisi_rearview_web

Four “beehive” shaped buttresses support the back of the church. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

taos_birds_web

Looks like a warm spot to hang out.

taos_asis_statues_web

taos_asisi_wall_web

A thick adobe wall surrounds the church, cemetery, and forecourt. According to the web site, residents, parish members and visitors gather for two weeks each June to re-mud the exterior of the church with a mixture of mud and straw. (Visible in the photo of the statues above.)

There were galleries nearby, but we were there on a Sunday, so not many were open.

taos_doorway_web

taos_lavender_doors_web

I loved the colors in this place, but it looked closed for good. The sapling growing in the doorway was a clue.

taos_martinas_ext_web

Across the street, a great restaurant/bar called Old Martina’s. We got there around seven, but the place was nearly deserted. A shame, because the food was really good.
I liked the rustic but tasteful decor a lot:

taos_martinas_lights_web

The light fixtures were really cool. I apologize for the grainy photos, but the lighting was pretty dim and I didn’t use flash or tripod, obviously. I’ve lightened these photos considerably.

taos_martinas_pillows_web

New Mexico does turquoise so well.

taos_martinas_sauerbraten_web

I was really surprised to see sauerbraten on the menu, but decided to give it a try. Delicious. The pastries for dessert looked incredible, but we were stuffed.

taos_martinas_bar_web

The coffee and bar area. Really hope this place stays in business.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

Posted in photography | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

Welcome Back, Spring

african_iris_web

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
~Theodore Roethke

Posted in photography | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Caribbean Cruise, Part IV

Last installment. :) Honestly, I didn’t think I took that many photos!

Our last port was St. Maarten/St. Martin. Half the island is Dutch and the other is French. Would you believe it’s an international call to phone someone from the Dutch side to the French side? I think that’s amazing when the entire island is just over thirty-six square miles.

maarten_ship_web

maarten_hills_web

The water color! Couldn’t get over it.

maarten_party_web

Does this look like the makings of a great party or what?

maarten_allure_web

Our ship was docked next to an even bigger one, Allure of the Seas. Don’t they look a bit like skyscrapers?

maarten_star_web

We were told that this is the oldest house in St. Maarten.

maarten_terraces_web

Part of Phillipsburg, St. Maarten.

martin_greenroof_web

Houses on the island really ran the gamut. There doesn’t seem to be a middle class at all.

maarten_coors_web

Not sure what this place is, but I like the colors.

maarten_buildings_web

I also liked the architecture on St. Maarten.

martin_streetlights_web

Approaching the French side.

martin_cove_web

A marina on St. Martin.

I thought the beaches on St. Martin were really beautiful . . . .

martin_sand_web

martin_waves_web

martin_boats_web

martin_windsurfer_web

A parasailor getting ready to take off near Bikini Beach.

martin_balloon_web

And they’re up.

martin_bar_web

A restaurant/bar in St. Martin.

martin_shrub_web

I don’t know the name of this plant, but I like it a lot.

martin_souvenirs_web

I can’t recommend the outdoor flea market in Marigot. Junk, and more junk. Would have liked to see the real shops in Marigot, but there just wasn’t time. The downside of cruising.

maarten_sunlight_web

I snapped this when we were walking back to the ship.

maarten_sparkle_web

Such a lovely shimmer on the water.

maarten_wake_web

This is one of the last photos I took on the ship. I think it’s a fitting end.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

Posted in photography | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments