Show me your shoes!

For Cee’s Fun Foto: Shoes

Show me your shoes, San Antonio Battle of Flowers Parade 2014! 

It started 115 years ago a colorful celebration of the Texans’ victory at the Battle of San Jacinto after the fall of the Alamo. Now, 3.5 million people in attendance of the event. 

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Why a pair of old boots? The young photographer explains, “These are my dad’s old boots, well it’s history for me. He’s had these boots since he was 17, and that was a long, long time ago. He said these boots have seen lots of adventures out in the world. I think the wrinkles on these boots look like the ones on my dad when he smiles.” He was only a 3rd grade student. :)  

The photo above was captured at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego Balboa Park. I’m re-posting it. Hope my new blog friends and followers will enjoy the story of this special pair of boots.  

My Worried Shoes by Karen O is a cool song. Hope you like it  :)    

My worried shoes
I made a mistake and I never forgot
I tied knots in the laces of
My worried shoes
And with every step that I’d take I’d remember my mistake
As I marched further and further away
In my worried shoes

Karen O


Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge

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Had I lived in Portland, I’d order my morning coffee here every single day! Starbucks has a lot to learn about making good coffee from this little shop. :D     

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– The photo above was processed through the FX Studio.

You really don’t want to miss Jake’s animation graphic work. Thank you Jack for creative, fascinating, clever, and inspiring graphics for us!  Click the photo to see more…


 Sally said, “Magical, mystical and mysterious are a few descriptors that explain my passion for Mother Nature.” Join us and share your photos.  Visit Sally’s creative Phonography click HERE


Have a fun Halloween this Friday! :)    


Jo’s Monday Walk


Y’all dressed up this morning, what’s going on?


I heard Amy is in town. She is going to take lots of pictures of us.

I hope she likes my new outfit.


People take pictures here all the time, what’s the big deal?

Haven’t you heard about her blog? Lots of her friends and followers gonna see our pictures. :)


Look! the entire G’s family are standing there waiting…

Our Miss R is dancing in the middle of the street, Geez! Can someone tell her to cool down?

Not me! You know she always wants to be the center of attention … :D


We have been waiting since 7 am. Where is Amy?


She is coming!  See she is trying to get her camera ready.

Hope she knows what she is doing… hehehe

About time, Amy!


I know, I know… I apologize. I’ll buy you guys lunch, okay?  Ms. Bee stopped me, she said that she’d be thrilled to have her picture on Jo’s Monday Walk. 


Mr. Grasshopper did not make an appointment, but he begged me to take a picture of him. I just couldn’t say no to him. He even posed for me for 50 seconds. 


Jo is taking us for a beautiful DURHAM FOOTPATH walk. Join us! 

Happy Monday! :)

Originality Is Going Back To Origin

~ Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926)


At that time, Gaudi and his team were a new generation that sought to define Barcelona, they want to define the city and a new urban space with new concept for the new era.


Gaudi reinvented facades, roofs, windows for Sagrada Familia. He despised grayness, rigidity and coldness, uniformity, and moroseness. For one building alone, In Gaudi invented 40 types of column.


Gaudi used organic forms and patters to provide a myriad of decorative features. His unique style drew primarily from nature, which is the key factor of his architecture design.


Sagrada Família become symbolic of Barcelona itself drawing an estimated 2.5 million visitors annually.  A very long waiting line to get entrance ticket and a longer line to get in the cathedral. 


Gaudi designed the church with 18 tower. 8 towers have been built, 4 on each facade. The facades are not connected and therefore have independent entrances.


 WPC: Cover Art:

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Thank you for visiting! 

Monochrome Madness 34: Deer

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After taking a couple of shots of these two young deer playing in the water, I tried to get back to the trail. Unexpectedly, this beautiful deer was standing by the trail in a shady, bushy spot. I snapped a shot quickly, but had no time to worry about composition, lighting, etc. When I opened the pic on my iMac, I was surprised by the result, I really liked the reflections on the grasses and the bushes, and around the neck of the deer :)  

Before you go, click to see the exquisite A little fall of rain. It brought tears to my eyes… Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Soonie! 

Leanne’s Monochrome Madness is reaching week 34, it has 54 remarkable, creative photos for this week! Here is Leanne Stunning B&W waterfall photo:


Thank you so much for visiting. Have a wonderful Thursday!  :)   


Cee’s Fun Foto: Green


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Portland is green and beautiful. Sergio, our tour guide, took us to the Multnomah Falls, Horsetail falls, and Latourell falls. He explained that this water fall area can get 200 inches of rain annually. He went on, “Amy, you guys don’t get more than 2 inches a year in Texas.”  

Well, Sergio, let me show this photo. Does this look like we don’t get more than 2 inch rain a year? :)  


See more Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge



Thank you for visiting. Happy Wednesday :)  

1 Day 1 World Review

Thanks to Lisa’s wonderful idea and vision for the 1 Day 1 World Project!  It started in May at 11 am and ended October at 11 am. Lisa had been dedicated to the project. While we were resting, she was sleepless in Seattle. :)  See her REVIEW… 

I made only thirteen entries for this theme, included the cruise trip, food, fun activity/festival, a small book review, and deer/swans/dogs, stared from Alaska to Spain ,Portland, and ended in Texas. The most popular one was the 7 am to 8 am and 8 am to 9 am.    

Hi Jude, Thank you for your encouragement and sending me the reminder, “Are you going to…?” Thank you, Patrick for bringing Maggie to the 1 day 1 world, I am going to miss her… 

Happy Tuesday! 



Milkweed Bug Walk For Jo’s Monday Walk

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Milkweed bugs are seen between April and early August. It was nice a surprise to see them during this time of year. They probably were confused by the abnormal warm weather of October. These bugs were only 1 cm long, a little smaller than the ones I saw in July.

This little guy was walking pretty fast on the Milkweed leaf.

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He got closer and closer to the vine:

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Within a few seconds, he was up on the vine:

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Milkweed bugs use milkweed as their primary source of food. After feeding on milkweed plant or seeds, the insects accumulate toxic glycosides in their bodies. This, combined with warning orange color, protects them against predators (aposematism). All milkweed bugs live up to 4 months. These bugs probably won’t be able to survive for long since almost all the pods have gone for the season.

The milkweed pod below (on the right) caught my eye. See how the dried pod curled up toward the vine after releasing all the seeds. Doesn’t it look like a little hanging basket to you? 

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This picture below may give you an idea of  the actually size of the dried milkweed pod, and you can imagine how tiny the bug is:

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Spiders have been very busy making designer webs :)   




I didn’t see any flowers in the woods this time, but discovered a few beautiful web art works by spiders and a couple of delicate pod baskets. :)

Here is the POST I did during the peak time of the milkweed:


 Jo is taking us to the Easby Abbey this week… What a grand walk, thank you so much, Jo! 


Have a great week :) 




Broken Leaves


I have learned that it is not always enough to be
forgiven by others,

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Sometimes you must learn how to forgive
your own self;


I have learned that, regardless of how much you might suffer,

the world will never cease running because of your pain…

~ Octavian Paller

This is part of the poem of  “We Have Time...”.  Octavia Paller’s poem was originally posted by Seeker– “In between times …is NOW“. 

Visit Ailsa’s Broken post and other entries…

Have a great day :)  

Transmission of Light



Upon entering a denser substance, transmitted light slows in speed. If the light enters at an angle, the light’s path bends. This bending is termed refraction.    

~ Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

I like how the CIMSS defines the refraction (WPC for this week). They also provide a diagram to explain the theory:


I snapped this view from my hotel window when I was out-of-town for a business trip.  The airplane showing at the bottom of the photo was a nice surprise. :)   

Cathy shot of a Tarpon late in the afternoon while diving on the Lighthouse Reef Atoll in Belize. Her stunning shot is a perfect and beautiful photo example of refraction! Click HERE...

Enjoy the weekend!