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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Multi-tasking with Photographs from the Week

Make Time for Small Reflections
Scroll down for Friday's Fave Five
and Scenic Sunday too

Tuesday's cloudy skies
following Monday's drizzles ...
are they not pretty?

Center shot ... morning
all the rest the afternoon

driving west toward home

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others participating in Haiku Friday and Sky Watch Friday

1. I love this unexpected colorful BONUS in the sky while my sister was shooting photos through the windshield of my Explorer as we drove from the Shops at Mission Viejo to South Coast Plaza. She captured a wonderful photo I plan to use for 'Weekend Reflections' ... perhaps NEXT week since I've already shared my 'watery fountain reflections' at Happily Retired Gal. Can you tell I'm happy to have my Nikon D60 back? Of course you can!

2. Tostada Bites at Z'Tejas are a big time favorite ... especially during 'happy hour' when they're half price ... this plate is just
$5 rather than $10.

3. I've loved Kipling bags for decades after discovering them in a luggage store on Waikiki. These photos are from a luggage store in the Shops at Mission Viejo. I have a huge collection of the monkeys (each has a name) because I own MANY varieties & colors of these purses.
4. My sister and a good friend both enjoy dining at Mimi's Cafe, and I took these photos on Tuesday when we ate breakfast there. We shared the crab omelet with avocado (see Thursday's Thoughts for more photos). I confess I 'played' with these two exterior photos ... adding color & clouds to nondescript grey skies and poster edges accents to the parts that are not sky ... (just because I can) ... so I suppose I could add that I love playing with Photoshop Elements ;-)

5. Of course I love my little Molly girl ... and these two pictures of her snapped last week at my sister's house when we were making tamales are current favorites, cropped & filtered with Poster Edges. For those who asked about the recipe, my brother-in-law emailed it to me and I posted it in Thursday's Thoughts.

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for others participating in
Friday's Fave Fives

Just two 'scenic' views
from around South Coast Plaza ...
snapped through the windshield

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others participating in Scenic Sunday
Small Reflections ... Smile Back

Early morning addendum: I just read the most delightful post at the Dusty Cellar ... the most amazing and heartwarming photo story of Sean the Robin. If you have a minute or two to spare, I encourage you to check it out. I suspect you'll be glad you did.

Thoughts for Today
"Nothing is worth more than this day." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Sylvia K said...

Terrific shots and great variety for the day! Love your blue skies! Have a great weekend!


Jim said...

Great sky shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Carletta said...

It looks like you had beautiful skies throughout the day for your sisterly visit!
I love the sundog you captured!

Megan, Life Revamped said...

you certainly enjoyed your day, thanks for sharing with us, too!

have a great weekend!
Come watch the sky with me!
Happy Weekend ahead!


Victoria Tsavdaridou said...

Great shot!!! Thank you for your kind comments in my blog. Thanks for sharing, have a nice SWF!!!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful skywatch photos, love the sundog. Great capture.

Karen said...

Oh how lovely--the extra photos have deepened my experience with the entry at Sacred Ruminations! Wonderful!!

Pat said...

Beautiful skies there in Mission Viejo!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Gorgeous sky pictures, Virginia. We have had some sunshine this week--but it's not the beautiful blue skies that you have out there.

Enjoyed your Fave Five also.. Love that first one --with the 'rainbow' reflection in the middle. Also--the pictures of beautiful Molly look like paintings. Gorgeous!!!!


George said...

I really like your mosaic of this week's skies. We've been short of blue skies in our neck of the woods. I also like those pictures of Molly.

ellen b said...

Great fives and beautiful skies :0)
That really was a bonus. I'm going to check out where the nearest ZTejas is to me cuz you have me craving those tostada bites for $5!!
Happy weekend to you...

Anna said...

Your skies are lovely. I never get tired of blue skies and clouds.

Calico Crazy said...

Your sky collage is gorgeous as always, all that blue and fluffy white clouds how can you go wrong. And the little peak of rainbow, too cute. ~ Calico Contemplations

Susanne said...

I love when appetizers are half price at restaurants. Yum!

Great photos! I love the ones of you dog. She's sweet.

Carrie said...

Those tostada bites look delicious!

Happy FFF!

Maude Lynn said...

I love the picture of Molly!

Regina said...

Another beautiful mosaic and photos!
Great combination!

Enjoy the weekend.

Looking @ The Sky on Friday said...

You're a great multi-tasker! Your collages are always filled with beautiful photos. You do amazing work.

Thanks for linking up with us over at Looking @ The Sky on Friday.

Have a great weekend.


Ginny Hartzler said...

Just wonderful photos! I adore the last ones taken through the windshield! The top one makes the upper sky look very dark blue, when in fact it's an illusion, because it's the windshield. The shots of Molly are wonderful, poses on both sides, or is it one side? Kind of looks like a mirror reflection. I love the way you enhanced them. But the best is the sun dog!! I see quite a few and did two posts on them, one showing my own pictures and another with amazing ones from the web. These are from last August called "God's Bonus" and "What's In A Name". But have you ever seen an ice halo in the sky? It's sort of like a rainbow but not as colorful. Where a rainbow is made out of mist, an ice hale is made up od ice high in the atmosphere. It's called diamond dust. I happened to see one on last year on October 14, and took pictures and told the story of it. It's called "Ice Halo" if you are so inclined to read and see it. I continue to enjoy your blog, and look forward to future posts.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

HRG: You sure do get great Winter skies, I'm getting used to grey.

Brenda said...

Those tostada bites look delicious!

How nice that you enjoy photo shopping your pics. Thats something I have not gotten in to yet. . .

Love molly, so cute!

Joe Todd said...

Something good to eat and beautiful skies

jeanne said...

Mmmmm beautiful! This cold and snow wouldn't be half bad if we saw more sun. Half hour of it today and while I was inside at work. 'sigh' The breakfast spot looks great. Checked out the food at your other blog. We love going out to breakfast!

Patti said...

I love your beautiful collages. Will I ever learn to make one? ha ha

I"ve never heard of Kipling bags.

P.S. Yesterday I was looking at a co-worker's blog about animals and she had re-posted a story I had written for the newspaper last January. The post had one comment, and it was from YOU.
I nearly fell off my chair!

The blogosphere never ceases to amaze me.

Ralph said...

The SoCal skies are warm, sunny and beautiful. Fair weather abounds. The tostada bites would make a nice meal, and I have never hears of a crab omelet, but being on the East Coast...Molly is a beautiful canine, loyal and a sunny disposition!

Anonymous said...

LOL - you get the most "mileage" out of your photos and posts. I always enjoy visiting because you have such a nice mixture.

Hazel said...

What lovely faves! I also love it when food goes half price :) Kiplings bags are very good. I've been using one since 1999.

Janice said...

Nice faves! Love the Sean the robin story, thanks for the tip!!

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

What beautiful photos!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Lisa notes... said...

You have some incredible sky pictures. It amazes me how the sky can look so different even from minute to minute. I love your dog pictures, too. Makes me want to get a dog again before much longer.

LadyFi said...

It looks lovely and warm where you are! Great sky shots - and Molly is very sweet too!

Suburban Girl said...

I think I love your Molly-girl too. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm an old multi-tasker from wayback - and I must say I am very very impressed.
I love Kipling bags too!

Carolyn Ford said...

Wow! I see some amazingly beautiful scenes! Awesome color in those skies, wow!

Diane AZ said...

Wow, A lot of fun stuff in this post! My favorites are the images of Mimi's cafe and Molly, they look like paintings and are delightful!

Tammie Lee said...

I love all the cloud photos, the little rainbow spot is lovely. So much beauty in your post!

Stine in Ontario said...

It's always fun to see your mosaics. The beautiful skies are amazing!

gemini said...

hugs and blessings too, for the wonderful scenes you shared. happy day, visiting here.

Islandsparrow said...

Hi and thanks for dropping by my blog. You're right - your scenery is very different from mine - but equally lovely. Your meals look yummy - and your Molly looks like a sweetheart.

Happy Sunday!

Sandy@ Jesus and Dark Chocolate said...

Thanks for visiting my blog for FFF. I am lovin all your pics. Love the pic of your sweet dog Molly. And those Tostada Bites look quite YUMMY!
Enjoyed looking at all your pics this morning. :) So peaceful. I'll be back!

Joyce said...

Good Morning, dear Storyteller!

This was such a fun post. I especially enjoyed your Fave 5, and now want to look into those Kipling bags. They do look nice.

Have a beautiful day. :)

Helena said...

This is a beautiful collection of photos! I certainly can tell you're happy to have your camera back. Have to admit though, I'm a little jealous of your blue skies. :)

Karyn said...

Hi...thanks for visiting my FFF list and your nice comments.

Beautiful photos....especially the sundog. Your Molly looks like a sweetheart.

I like playing with filters on my photo editing as well.

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