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When I’m not hiking Hiking I feel the need to stretch my legs and keep in shape so, I walk up what I call the “steep road” which isn’t too far from me.  The total elevation gain is anywhere from 250-900ft depending on how good I feel. If I’m feeling great when I get to the top of the road I’ll veer over to the trail that takes me up to Fremont Older Open Space and get more hills in.  But, no matter how far I go up I’ll usually end up on the road going down which leads me to this view, and past this house.

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I love the pavers on the curved driveway leading up to the arched garage doors, and the balcony! 3 French doors and two topped with Ivy! SWOON!  The tile roof… is gravy.

Quite often when stretching my legs I don’t carry anything other than my iPhone7Plus. I’ve regretted that choice more times than I can count! This was one of them.  I blew out the sky to keep the house in the right light, but even it is a bit blown out. 😦  It was a risk knowing He-Man and I got started later than I wanted to. He likes to start later than I do and if I want his company I concede to his timetable most the time.

I hope you’ll see the house as I do when walking down that steep road after a long hike up. It always puts a smile on my face seeing it.  It’s like a Villa isn’t it?  I wish sometimes this was my final destination, but reality…it’s not!  But, it is the first house of the last steep S curve going down. The road’s grade gets easier after this last S curve, and soon I’ll be done, and the deer are sometimes just around the corner at the bottom of the “S”!  I hope they’re there this morning.

Here’s how I see the house from higher up the road.

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The Deer weren’t at the bottom of the hill eating on this morning, but you know I hope they are every time I go this way! 🙂  I see Deer so often when out stretching my legs or hiking that I believe they’re my Spirit Animal.  Coyote are the other 4 legged animal I see a lot when hiking. I wonder if I’m missing a sign and they’re my Animal Spirit? Maybe both?  I should look that up.

I hope to be out birding this week-end so won’t be online much.  I hope you all have a wonderful week-end and do something you love doing, and see a door or two along the way! xx  🙂

Apple iPhone 7 Plus| PS CC 2017

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I’m looking forward to the week-end to get outside in nature with my camera.  Here’s a poem that expresses what I’m feeling.

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Be Outside. – Poem by Miki Byrne

Step outside the box.
Build fires and be Gypsies.
Let your little space feel huge
And yours alone.

Grow jungles where cats may prowl.
Sit under stars framed by man-made apexes.
Keep your fences mended
And the space within, your own Serengeti.

Refuse the closed doors and windows.
The air, the sky, the very night itself
Calls “Come out! ”
Do not have a city-dwellers fear of un-walled spaces.

But find in a garden small
Some of Eden’s traces.
A roof of inky softness, a flowers sweet aroma.
Be outside, leave the box. Come home.

I hope you all have a wonderful week-end and get outside your box for a little while.
Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2017 & Nik Silver Efex Pro| NYC from the High line

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At the end of March He-Man and I had our 36th Wedding Anniversary, but we kept it pretty QT since it fell on a week-day. We were anticipating our get-away to Pismo Beach this past week-end (April 1st & 2nd) to celebrate us.

He-Man booked a room for us right on the cliffs with a balcony with a partial view of the ocean and pool area.   The image above is the sunset Saturday evening from our balcony on the 3rd floor.  I loved this view.

The hotel we stayed in is the Shore Cliff Hotel in room 315. When we opened the door and walked down the small hallway to the main sleeping area we were surprised and delighted to find the bed covered in rose pedals (faux) and a tray loaded with two wine glasses, a pair of Swans made from Towels (towel art), a bottle of Sparkling Cider, and a card wishing us a Happy Anniversary!  Isn’t that lovely!

Shore Cliff Hotel Rm 315 Anniversary Week-end

The swans towel art and rose pedal theme was even in the bathroom.  It had double sinks- I loved that! I wish my own bathroom had room for double sinks, but really don’t want one more sink to clean. 🙂

Shore Cliff Hotel Bathroom Rm 315

I’ll show you the little kitchen area, and entertainment areas of the room too.

Rm315 Shore Cliff Hotel Pismo Beach

Entertainment Center Rm 315 Shore Cliff Hotel

The view from our balcony; late afternoon

View from Balcony of Rm 315

and a welcome party of one came to our room shortly after our arrival.  He flew up to the balcony and stayed for awhile then he flew down for a swim and bath in the pool after leaving our balcony. (I’m saying he but don’t know for sure.)   🙂

Seagull balcony Rm 315 Shore Cliff Hotel

I think that might be the Mrs. watching to make sure he gets behind his wings.  🙂

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We went to dinner next door where I found a great door which I’m saving for a future Thursday Doors post.

We had a lovely week-end, and enjoyed our stay at Shore Cliff Hotel and love this part of California’s coastline.

Top image: Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm| Delkin Digital Film|

Hotel Images: iPhone 7 Plus

All developed in PS CC 2017

I’m behind on emails and blogs again. I hope to catch up this week!

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Last week we had some Glorious weather. After the rain we’ve had to have such a sunny day and stay inside or in the backyard would have been nuts! I took #1 Grandson to the park to play, and because it was nearly Spring, and so warm, and sunny I decided it was the day to continue the tradition of a Spring visit to DQ for the ice cream of his choice. I did that with my son, and my daughter so I’d start with a new generation. It was time.

I took a different route to the nearest DQ and found this beauty. I started to pull over to take some photos for Thursday Doors, but the wail and screech from the car seat in the passenger seat from 4 yr old #1 Grandson about the delay in getting that promised Dairy Queen Chocolate Milk Shake; his choice was ear piercing and convincing enough for me to slowly drive by it vowing to, “be back!”. I had no idea this beautiful building was here!

Two days later after my Salon appointment sans #1 Grandson, I took a detour and went back.

St George Coptic Orthodox Church

I had the wrong lens with me. I needed an ultra wide angle. So, I added some canvas at the top to give the image a bit more room at the top.

For the History Buffs– The Churches website says:

They were founded in 1995.

“We are St. George and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church of San José and Silicon Valley.  We’re a mid-size, tightly-knit church with a 2000-year history.  In fact, the Coptic Church is one of the oldest in the world.

  • We are Christian, so we follow the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • We are Orthodox, so we adhere to the faith represented in the early Church many centuries ago.
  • We are Coptic, which means that many of our traditions and practices are derived from our Church’s origin in Egypt.
  • We are a Church, which means we regularly partake in divinely-inspired services as a community.”~http://stgeorgechurch.org/about-us/ 

This post is part of Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors.  If you love doors and would like to see the doors others are posting, or post doors you’ve photographed and join other door lovers from around the world click here.

At the end of Norm’s latest Thursday Door post is a little Blue Link-up/View button click it to be taken to a page with all the links to view all the posts, and add your own if you’re a door enthusiast too.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2017

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Green Doors- gleaned from walk abouts in San Jose West, and San Francisco, CA.

Colorful Doors

Green Door

N°2020 Green Door

Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2017

This post is part of Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors.  If you love doors and would like to see the doors others are posting, or post doors you’ve photographed and join other door lovers from around the world click here.

At the end of Norm’s latest Thursday Door post is a little Blue Link-up/View button click it to be taken to a page with all the links to view all the posts, and add your own if you’re a door enthusiast too.

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This is the most elegant and prettiest garage door I think I’ve ever seen.  I loved the arched windows above it, and the bougainvillea vine growing around it.

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Image made while on a walk-about in San Francisco.

This post is part of Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors.  If you love doors and would like to see the doors others are posting, or post doors you’ve photographed and join other door lovers from around the world click here.

At the end of Norm’s latest Thursday Door post is a little Blue Link-up/View button click it to be taken to a page with all the links to view all the posts, and add your own if you’re a door enthusiast too.

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At the beginning of the month I met two friends in Phoenix, AZ for a long week-end to photograph Sedona and a little bit of South Rim Grand Canyon.  I was the first to arrive but, my friends weren’t due in for 3+ hours. So, with a lot of time on my hands I picked up the rental car then headed toward downtown and some lunch.

I got lucky and found a Subway and Starbucks right next door to each other so headed there. After lunch I thought I’d go deeper into downtown and see if I spotted anything interesting.

Well, I didn’t get all the way into town when these doors caught my eye.

Central United Methodist Church

I made a right turn then circled around the block looking for a place to park.  I found parking in the church parking lot.

A woman who worked at the church came out and I asked for permission to photograph the doors, and she said, “sure!”. Then let me know it was also a school which was in session so don’t go in the classrooms.  No worries there! I assured her. I wasn’t interested in that or the kids just the doors. 🙂

The inner courtyard is lovely.

Courtyard CU Methodist Church

and there’s a large grassy area. That’s a classroom wing.Classroom Wing and Grass area Inner Courtyard

looking at the Bell Tower from the courtyard,

Central United Methodist Church

It was about this time that a man came walking thorough the courtyard with his lunch and asked what I was doing, so as I was I telling him all about Thursday Doors, and my quest for doors another woman came out of the office so, he introduced me and told her what I was doing. I gave them both my “calling card”, and invited them to look me up on the blog and see what I photograph and look at other Thursday Door posts.  The woman asked me if I wanted to see the inside of the Chapel?  She didn’t need to ask me twice!

The Pulpit, Organ pipes, and Stained Glass Window,

Central United Methodist Church Interior

What the Reverend sees, well mostly 🙂

Interior Central United Methodist Church

the inside of the front doors,

Interior Central Ave Doors

In the hall near the door is a stone plaque from the original church building.

Central Methodist Plaque

FOR THE HISTORY BUFFS:

“After the 1870 Los Angeles Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, a lone circuit rider headed east across the hot and barren Mohave Desert, then into the Sonoran Desert … his destination, the few isolated settlements that dotted the vast Arizona Territory.

One hundred and forty three years later we look back with gratitude for the courage, vision, and faith of that lonely rider, Alexander Groves, and the small but hardy group of men and women who welcomed him to their humble community on the banks of the Salt River in the middle of the desert. That fledgling group began gathering regularly for worship under the spiritual leadership of Rev. Groves, and was the inception of what we now know as Central United Methodist Church.” ~www.centralumc.com/history

In the beginning they gathered for worship on the banks of the Salt River under a grove of Mesquite trees. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

They moved to the County Courtroom in the Hancock Monihon Building where the first public school classes were being held. Later when the Adobe School house was built the congregation met there.

Construction on Central United Methodist Church’s first permanent home, a 28 X 32 foot adobe structure was completed in 1872.

By 1904 they had grown so much that they moved into its second permanent structure; a brick building. In 1909 the first pipe organ was installed.

They continued to grow so erected a more spacious white columned building in 1926. In 1946 the congregation purchased 4 1/2 acres on the outskirts of Phoenix at Central and Palms Lanes for $44,900. The present Mission Style structure was dedicated in 1950. ~http://www.centralumc.com/history/

I walked across the street to make an image of the whole front of the Church,

Central United Methodist Church

There’s an electric train that runs up and down Central so there are wires all the way across the view. I used artistic license and cloned them out.

Here are some other doors, and a window gleaned from my walk around the church,

Two Doors

Exterior Door C U Methodist Church

Central United Methodist Church Front Doors

South Sanctuary Doors

Window Central United Methodist Church

They were so nice to let me inside to see their beautiful chapel, and allow me to wander around the grounds.

Before I knew it it was time to return to the airport to pick up my friends.

O/T: Today is Thanksgiving here in the United States, and I like to wish all my blogging friends in the States a very Happy Thanksgiving!

To all of you in other places around the globe I wish you a wonderful day, and wish everyone a wonderful week-end.

I’m very thankful for you all. You lift me up, and inspire me daily. Thank you!

May your holiday be filled with love and laughter!

Nikon Df| Nikkor 17-35mm| Turkey image made in 2011 in Amador County

This post is part of Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors.  If you love doors and would like to see the doors others are posting, or post doors you’ve photographed and join other door lovers from around the world click here.

At the end of Norm’s latest Thursday Door post is a little Blue Link-up/View button click it to be taken to a page with all the links to view all the posts, and add your own if you’re a door enthusiast too.

More to come…

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