Saturday, July 6, 2013

Saturday Snapshots

Yay!  It's Saturday and that means it's time for Saturday Snapshots over at Run, Miss Nelson's Got the Camera!  I've been looking forward to this all week.  I love a good linky and this happens to be my FAVORITE one at the mornent!



Monday was one of those days when it was good to have a Plan B in place.  Plan A was to drive into San Francisco for a photo stroll with two of my closest teaching friends.  Sadly, Plan A was thwarted by a sudden BART strike which caused massive gridlock on area freeways.  My friends live in towns on the other side of the river. Temperatures there are usually 10-15 degrees warmer than where I live.  Since our escape to the cool ocean breezes in the city wasn't going to happen, I invited them over to my house to take a photo stroll down by the water.  We took tons of pictures, met some delightful people, visited a glass blowing studio, and had a wonderful brunch.  It was one of those days that does much to recharge your soul.


We strolled through my little town's Avant Garden.  I think I must have taken at least 50 pictures of sunflowers alone.  


I haven't taken the time to identify this bug.  Feel free to enlighten me! I know nothing about bugs...except that they're pretty cool little creatures. There were lots of these particular ones chomping away on the greenery.  I probably should have shooed them away after taking their pictures, but hey, they have to eat too, right?


I love old boats. I like daydreaming about what they might have been like in their prime.  When I was a kid, I thought for sure that I would grow up to be Jacques Cousteau's right hand woman on board the Calypso.  Yeah, that didn't pan out obviously, but I still love boats.  


There's a little outdoor garden shop nestled between the historic buildings on First Street called Joyful Spaces.  I haven't actually been through the gates, but it looks like a charming place to shop.  It was closed on Monday, as many of our little shops are, but that didn't stop us from sneaking a few photos.  



My little town has a rich history.  One claim to fame is that it served as the state capital for just over a year (1853-54).  I suppose I should have included a picture of the capitol building, but I liked this one of the Clock Tower better.  The Clock Tower is part of the Benicia Arsenal.  Built back in the mid 1800's, the building was destroyed by an explosion and has since been rebuilt. 

So those are my additions to Saturday Snapshots.  Head over to Run, Miss Nelson's Got the Camera and link up with your photos!  


16 comments:

  1. I love all of you pictures! I find myself taking pics of my girls, but now I am going to try to take more pics of the world around me! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Keep on taking pictures of the girls! They grow up far too quickly! Every once in a while though, take your camera for a walk and just snap away. You'll be surprised at what you capture.

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  2. Your pictures are gorgeous. Love all of the colors. What program do you use to edit your pictures. I'm currently a fan of lightroom.

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    1. I'm just using iPhoto on my Mac right now and do very little editing, but I do have an unopened Lightroom box sitting on my shelf. I just haven't gotten around to opening it. I think it's because, once I do, I have to learn how to use it! Is it pretty user friendly?

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  3. I love your flower pics! I find myself capturing way to many pictures of flowers, I just can't help it! They are breath taking. Have a great weekend!

    Michelle
    Miss, Hey Miss!

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    1. Michelle,
      Thanks! I don't think you can take too many flower pics! And isn't that what taking pictures is all about? Besides, flowers are usually more cooperative than people!

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  4. L-O-V-E your photos, Lori! My parents live in Monterey County and I love takin' day to trips to San Francisco and Sausalito when I am visitin' them.
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. Thanks Alison,

      That whole Monterey area is another of my favorite places to bring my camera!

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  5. What lens are you using? Crazy up close beautiful ones without blurriness!!! Love them!!!!

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    1. Susan,

      These photos were taken with the kit lens for my Sony Alpha 500. It's just an 18-55mm lens. Trust me, there were plenty of blurry ones! I do have a macro lens, but I haven't had great success with it yet.

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  6. Omiword, your pictures are so beautiful! You are quite talented! You've inspired me to embrace my camera. :)

    I'ma follower now. :)
    Wendy
    Read With Me ABC

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    1. Wendy,

      Thanks! Please know that for every 'good' shot I get, there are about a dozen others (at least!) that get deleted!

      Lori

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  7. Hey Lori! Great pictures. I love the bumblebee in the middle of the sun flower. Your town looks like a nice place to visit! Thanks for sharing.
    Tarita
    Papers, Pencils and Books, Oh My!

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  8. Just nominated you for the Liebster award! So excited to follow you in your blogging journey from here on out :) Be sure to check out the post when it hits my blog tomorrow morning!

    Lauren
    The Sweetest Thing
    Follow me on Bloglovin'!

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