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!