Pebble Beach

The 17-mile drive takes you to this beautiful Pebble Beach resort and its famous golf course.

The Monterey cypress is quite unique.

The Pebble Beach Resort:


The 2000 United States Open Championship was the 100th U.S. Open Championship, held June 15–18 at Pebble Beach Golf. Tiger Woods won his first U.S. Open by a record-setting fifteen strokes. it remains the most dominating performance and victory in any major championship.

Sports Illustrated called “the greatest performance in golf history”.

The par-5 18th hole is known for the  tree that sits in the middle of the fairway as well as a 100+ yard bunker that runs along the seawall on the ocean leading to the green.


This week Lens Artists Photo Challenge theme is waiting. Hope you’ll join us and share your waiting photos and stories.

Patti’s ( eloquently addresses her “creative waiting”, “It requires patience and the discipline of waiting without fear, without judgment, without pressure to produce. It also requires an open mind that freely explores the vast, uncharted realm of the unknown.”

Due to my travel schedule, I will be late visiting your responses to the waiting theme and replying to your comments.

Thank you for visiting!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #72–Waiting

Travelers spend a lot of time waiting. Friends of mine texted me the other day that they had waited 9 hours at the airport for the next flight; that is one third of the day. The longest flight hubby and I experienced was to Thailand. It was about 24 hours, including changing flights. After the long flight, I was happy to see the beautiful landscape of Bangkok from the airplane window.

The flight to Tokyo was a few hours shorter than to Bangkok. No matter how long or short the flight, the thrill of knowing the plane is about to land is the same.

Quora shows an average adult spends at least 5 hours per day or 35 of 168 hours per week waiting, meaning approximately one fifth of one’s time is lost in that way. I can’t imagine we spend this much time waiting. Then again, most photographers probably spend more time waiting than actually photographing.

I remember one of my birding trips was just a couple of hours of driving to the coastal area, but we were up at around 5 am the next day for the day long birding trip. The birding boat took off at 6 am. At the end of the day, I got only a few good shots. Oh well, there is always next time.

Here is an image that I named “dancing into love”. I borrowed the title of a poem written by one of my blog friends (I often think of her beautiful poems. I haven’t seen her in the blogosphere for a while). Though I didn’t capture the details of these two egrets, I was happy to capture the gracefulness as they were dancing:

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

–Eden Phillpotts

We were at this spot at around 1 pm and we waited and waited… at around 3:30 pm these birds finally decided to take off. Two professional wildlife photographers fired up with their 600 mm lenses. My humble Canon and 300 mm lens did its best. 🙂

Birdwatchers are willing to wait. It can be a day-long or week-long wait at temperatures of 30F degrees in the morning, and yet birders would patiently come back again and again. The Big Year, starring Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson, was hilarious, and you get to understand birders’ obsessions.

Don’t wait for change. You change.

— Earl Nightingale

This is one of those shots. I didn’t wait for a minute. As soon as I saw the nun walking toward the fence from a distance, I had already anticipated the scene, and I knew I wanted the shot. I ran across the street. luckily, I got it.

This week, we invite you to explore waiting. Share with us photos and stories of your or other people’s waiting experience–waiting for holidays, vacation, travels, or a photographic moment.

Due to my travel schedule, after mid next week, I will be late visiting your responses to this theme and replying to your comments.

Thank you for participating in the layered theme that I hosted in October. Your photos and stories were not only beautiful, but also inspiring. Via your lens, we got to enjoy these amazing layered captures from around the world!

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Thanks to Ann-Christine for her creative, exciting, and fun creepy theme last week, and her photos and stories have inspired all of us. Responses were so cool! Have you seen these:

Jezbraithwaite’s photos and stories are creepy.

You don’t want to miss Anjum’s discovering creepiness.

Mama Cormier shows creepy photos taken in the zoo,cemetery…

Take a look of Priscilla’s UFO!

Oh, if you want to know how to add ghosts to photos, go see Sue (Mac’s Girl)!

As always, Tina, Patti, Ann-Christine and I are looking forward to seeing your interpretation.

Stay tuned for Tina’s (Travels and Trifles) LAPC #73 on November 23rd.  

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