Old buildings and Farmhouse

These old houses are waiting to be restored…

For Debbie’s Sunday One Word: Old


A restored farmhouse at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Texas.

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Made With Wood

Have a great week!

A Photo a Week Challenge: Birds

I talked to birds here regarding the cool bird photos on A Photo a Week, including Nancy’s Utah red-throated hummingbirds,  Raj’s flying birds and many more. But, birds insisted to join the challenge. “Bring it on!” they said. After a long debate, Texas pelicans won.

Here we go….

Pelicans appreciate your comments and likes.  Thank you for visiting! 🙂

A Different Form of Collage


The collage artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

Here is my different approach. I chose two different window reflection photos, processed through the Lightroom and created these fun collage images.

WPC: Collage 

Thank you for visiting! Have a great weekend. 🙂

XDrive Photo Lesson 2

Raj says, “…we should always ask one important question to ourselves before we click that shutter… ‘Why should I click this picture?’ ” For Photo Lesson 2, he suggests, “Before you click always imagine a finished photograph what you are going to create. Think about it, ask a question, is this going to be an unique photo I am going to be taking?” He also provides numbers of photos explaining how and why. 

Here are the two photos for the Photo Lesson 2 project.

#1: I have visited this park many times. I can remember every spot in this 8+ mile trail. That day, I saw this spot under soft morning light, where trees/grass were refreshing after light rain, and I thought I was in a place that I had never seen before. To me, the photographing experience was delightful.

#2: I like to visit the ranch to take photos of horses. This photo is different from other horse photos I have taken due to the angle. It was wonderful to get a close capture of his/her gentle content look.

The first one was taken with iPhone and processed with filters. The second one was with Canon 7D II, made basic edit through Lr.

The idea of Xdrive Photo Lesson is something I have hoped for — a place where we can get feedback and learn together as a community. So, I was thrilled when I saw Photo lessons 1 and 2 showing on my Reader.

Raj also reminds us, “Although these lessons are geared towards newbies, expert photographers also welcomed hearty. I need to learn too! There are no teachers here everyone is learning.” Click to find out more …

Thank you so much, Raj! Looking forward to hearing from you. 🙂

Thursday Travel: The Getty Museum (Part 1)

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Getty Museum occupies 750 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountain foothills.

The stone—1.2 million square feet of it—is one of the most remarkable elements of the complex.

16,000 tons of travertine are from Bagni di Tivoli, Italy, 15 miles east of Rome. Many of the stones revealed fossilized leaves, feathers, and branches when they were split along their natural grain.

Natural light is one of the Getty Center’s most important architectural elements. These exterior walls of glass allow sunshine to illuminate the interiors.

Clear sight lines between interior and exterior spaces allow visitors to move in and out of the 5 gallery pavilions and always know where they are.


A circular building houses the Getty Research Institute, used by Getty scholars, staff, and visiting researchers.

Admission to the Getty Center is free, no ticket or reservation required. However, there is a parking fee of $15 per car, and $10 after 3:00 p.m.

More about the architecture visit here… 

  • Jean Paul Getty (December 15, 1892 – June 6, 1976) was an American industrialist. He founded the Getty Oil Company, and in 1957 Fortune magazine named him the richest living American, while the 1966 Guinness Book of Records named him as the world’s richest private citizen, worth an estimated $1.2 billion (approximately $8.9 billion in 2016).  — Widipedia

  • The Museum’s permanent collection contains Greek and Roman antiquities, 18th-century French furniture and European paintings, and is visited by more than 1.8 million people a year.

  • The J. Paul Getty Museum started from the Getty’s private collection and was housed for many years in a Roman-style villa in Malibu, which is now the Getty Villa.

Thank you for visiting! Happy Thursday. 🙂


Great Blue Heron was sunbathing at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvin, CA. 🙂

He slowly dropped his wings down. then stretched out a little. He was there for almost three minutes, until I got closer to him.

Have you seen birds standing up like this?

See more herons visit Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge

Underfoot In Seville

For Debbie’s One Word Sunday for this week is underfoot. Her beautiful photo of Berlin street reminded me this beautiful narrow street I captured in Seville in 2014. The street was busy throughout the day. On my last day in Seville, I got up early in the morning (before 7 am breakfast was served) and went straightly to the street with my camera, I was the only person walking there, happily took this shot. 🙂

Have a great week!


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