Monday, March 31, 2014

Sunday evening

March 30th - I had to get to a hill to capture the sky on my way home from the grocery store. Whenever there a pretty clouds or a sunset or sunrise I feel this need to capture them and I want to get to the closest high point to do so.  I keep telling Hubs I need a platform on our roof for when the sky is on fire, so to speak. Thankfully there are these spots nearby. This is from the parking lot of the high school Hubs and all three of our kids graduated.

Saturday night

March 29th -  A very rainy Saturday. Yes, when it's raining outside, thats a good time to get chores done but all I wanted to do was curl up by the fire, read and take a nice long nap. No time for that, our best friends were coming into town for an overnight visit. We had to take them out for Sushi and Sake. It's far too long between visits with them and we had a lot of catching up to do.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Is this Honeysuckle?

March 28th - Through the rain drop covered window of the "Grocery Getter" on my way to work. Taking pictures is always a good reason to be late. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Just do it!

March 27th - Awesome Austin Kleon! I bought this book last Thursday with the intention of starting to read it on the plane. Well, on the way there I ended up reading the Spirit magazine that Southwest Airlines provides in the seat back pocket. The March theme is 'The New American Dream - Meet the next generation of job creators. Their job? Creating.' How perfect is that? I read the whole thing, enjoyed every bit of it and am so inspired by the Creators. So, on the flight back from Austin, I dove into "Show your Work!" and didn't stop until I was done and wanting more. Here are some of the notes I wrote on my phone...

Read it again

Go on more trips long enough to read a whole book!!

Read the obits. Really?

Get back to commenting on photos 

Assign myself weekly (biweekly?) projects to learn how to use my damn tools better aka my camera!!

Write, write and write some more. 
Read, read and read some more. 

Use the "mad lib" on page 98

Check out
@blindfilmcritic on Instagram

Oh and I dog eared the shit out of that thing. I so needed to read it and yes, I need to read it again and again. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gobble Gobble!

March 26th - A group or flock of Turkey's is called a rafter. I love learning new stuff so yes, I love Google. We were headed out for a hike and of course came across these hens and gobblers. This is just a sampling, there were many more in the rafter. It is that time of year 'round here. Spring is my favorite time of year.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The roses next door

Tuesday, March 25th - My neighbors roses are blooming again. Since it rained yesterday afternoon, I was hoping to get photos of roses with rain drops but I guess I waited a little too long - they had all dried up.

I'm having issues sharing or uploading photos from Flickr to here now that they have removed the option for Blogger. I looked last night for a solution but still have not found one. I'm hoping it's not a Safari issue.

In the meantime, I will include a link to the Flickr post, when possible. This photo is not posted there yet but another one is...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My babies ❤️

Monday, March 24th - My daughter is an amazing person and an awesome mother. She loves her family and it shows by how healthy and happy they all are. Just look at how beautiful!! I am impressed and inspired by her.

We had a fun visit - too short of course and oh so hard to leave. Thankfully they are coming to visit in June for two weeks.

Legos. Everywhere.

Sunday, March 23rd - We love Lego's. Tristan received a few sets for his birthday, I put together one of them. Now I know I can follow directions, when I read them. He wanted help with this one but really I think he just wanted me to sit with him while he put it together because he was doing it all himself.


Another from Saturday, March 22nd - Now when I share photos of my Grandson, I must also share them of my Granddaughter. Tristan's birthday was a Super Hero theme. So Miss Sofia had her Super Girl outfit on. If I could have a super power it would be the power of flight. So I could fly out to see my grand kids every whenever I wanted which would be every mooring when they wake up, minimum.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Birthday Boy

March 22nd - Happy 6th Birthday to my grandson. I can't believe how fast he is growing up. I miss this boy so much and I'm so happy we get to spend his Birthday weekend with him. 

Roller Coaster ride

March 21st - BART to OAK coming fall of this year. To me it really does look like a new roller coaster. I love roller coasters. BART, well, I'm glad it's an option if needed. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

This place is very dangerous.

March 20th - I went in for one little thing and, well, we all know how that goes.I love this store! After this one, I stopped into Barnes and Noble for a few things. Another place that is trouble but oh so wonderful. Yes, some serious retail therapy going on.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's my Friday! It's also time to mow these weeds again

March 19th - Another super busy day at work but I got all I needed to get done and was out of there by 5. Now it's on to my LONG weekend. I so need this right now. AND I get to go see my GRAND-BABIES! I can't even begin to express how excited I am about that.
Now to figure out how to post photos from the Blogger app to here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's been almost two years. I want to go again.

March 18th - New Zealand was amazing and we still wonder if it was a dream because we went there and then we were back and life has flown by since. Yes, I, we, need to go again. I want to linger a bit more and take more photos and go to Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound on the last tour of the day in small boat. And take a helicopter ride out to a glacier.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Why did the Turkey cross the road?

March 17 - This lonely hen has been wandering around our office since last week. Hubs says she is looking of a place to nest. I wonder if the gobblers are going to show up soon. I hope so.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Blood oranges under glass

March 16th - After I finished up filing our taxes and cleaning out the refrigerator, I got to play with my big girl camera. My inspiration was these glass canisters I bought the day before and the beautiful Blood oranges I had in my fruit bin. I LOVE the color of these. I'm thinking I really need to paint a wall or a piece of furniture this color. I also need to be playing more with my 7D. And maybe put my iPhone down for a bit. Nah, who am I kidding, I have a love affair with that thing.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

What a beautiful day!

March 15th - We went for a late afternoon hike up in the hills. It was a short easy hike and oh so pretty. I love being up in the hills. The quiet, the breeze, the green hills (for a short while), the birds, the turkeys and the deer. I really do need to get up there more often.

My dream is to have a house on a ridge where I can see the ocean on one side and mountains on the other.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Red-shouldered Hawk

March 14th - In my front yard this afternoon. With my other camera.

I came home to grab something for lunch. As I was standing in the kitchen I heard the familiar call and just knew a hawk was close. I stepped out on the front porch and sure enough, he was perched right there in my sycamore tree. I took one photo with my phone just in case he flew away while I was grabbing my DSLR. I couldn't find my 300mm lens so had to settle for my 24-105mm. He sat still for two photos and was gone when I turned the camera to get another angle. He hangs out around here all the time so I spent the next fifteen minutes looking for my 300mm lens so I can have it at the ready next time.

On a side note: Flickr is changing again and I am NOT happy about it. Looks like I will be unable to easily share my photos from there to here as of March 25th. So, I may need to look for other options as I need it to be smooth and easy due to time constraints. Maybe I need to move all my stuff to Google platforms and dump the whole Yahoo experience.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Today's reflection.

March 13 - I like the word reflection and I love large, tall buildings with lots of glass. And I am enjoying driving our new "grocery getter" for many reasons. One being that I'm sitting up higher so I can SEE more. Sitting at stop lights is much more interesting now.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I found my hour DST stole. It is waiting for me after work.

March 12 - Okay, I take it back DST. I'm loving the light that is still there at the end of the day. The sun is sitting just right when I get home so all i want to do is capture the beauty. It was a rough start to the week, having lost that hour and the overcast sky on Monday did not help. Now the decision when I get off work, instead of what shall I make for dinner, is...make dinner or get outside and take pictures?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


March 11 - “To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false." - Dorothea Lange

I saw this "zombie car" while out running errands and decided to circle back after to capture it. I really never know what I'm looking for to photograph. I'm always looking. I love when I find images. To me, that is what photography is all about. Looking, seeing, feeling, playing....

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wanna color?

Wanna color? by Diane Meade-Tibbetts
Wanna color?, a photo by Diane Meade-Tibbetts on Flickr.

March 10th - I have this "slight" addiction to writing/drawing instruments, paper...basically office supply, stationery, and card stores. And then there are book stores! Now that I'm thinking about it, having a little shop that sells these treasures and more would be fun. I've thought this many times before and then the days get so busy, I forget all about my dreams...
On another note - DST can suck it!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sunday Me

Sunday Me by Diane Meade-Tibbetts
Sunday Me, a photo by Diane Meade-Tibbetts on Flickr.

March 9th - Yes, a selfie. Because sometimes I need to see Me.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


1937 by Diane Meade-Tibbetts
1937, a photo by Diane Meade-Tibbetts on Flickr.
Another from last night - I needed to add some color here. This is a Cadillac and it is 22 feet long! The last year of the 452 V-16. This one is a "hand-formed streamlined fantasy" by a wealthy young playboy in Switzerland. So pretty.


Duesy by Diane Meade-Tibbetts
Duesy, a photo by Diane Meade-Tibbetts on Flickr.

March 8th - Went to a party last night at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum. Beautiful cars, lots of free alcohol, delicious food and some really nice people. We didn't know any of them. Hubs just started working for the company two months ago so we are the newbies. The company is celebrating thirty years in business and clearly they are doing quite well. Nice move hubs!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

I love Friday!

I love Friday! by Diane Meade-Tibbetts
I love Friday!, a photo by Diane Meade-Tibbetts on Flickr.

March 7th - Yes, I do love Friday and this one is at the end of a long busy week. I like that the sun is coming up earlier as well but that is going to change this weekend. Why is Daylight Savings time so early this year? Or is it normal and I'm confused? Probably the latter. The sun will set later now, there is that.

White. Everywhere.

March 6th - All the trees in the parking lot at work are exploding with white blooms. Then it will snow - those white petals will fall in piles looking like snow drifts.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"There will be noise."

March 5th - Very unnerving. It's been a busy few days at work and all this going on around us...well, it's just madness. I had to get out of the office for lunch just to get some quiet.
Yes, I know, it will all be wonderful and new when it is done and yes, I'm thankful for my job.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"Grocery getter"

"Grocery getter" by Diane Meade-Tibbetts
"Grocery getter", a photo by Diane Meade-Tibbetts on Flickr.

March 4th - Long twelve hour day at work.
This is all I have for today and it was taken last week. I did take a photo yesterday but it was of the clock while I was warming up the truck to go home at 7:40 pm. I wasn't feeling that photo so I posted this one instead.
It's been a couple of super busy days at work. It's all good. Yes, I'm very tired from training on a new module and still processing a heavy work load AND I'm grateful to have a job.
Now, can I go back to bed for a few days?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Does this have something to do with Monday?

Mach 3rd at the creek behind my house.
Why do they call a gathering of Vultures a Venue? if the sun was out they would all have their wings spread out, drying off.
About an hour before this they were not there and the sun was peeking through the clouds showing off another beautiful sunrise.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Proud birds

upload by Diane Meade-Tibbetts
upload, a photo by Diane Meade-Tibbetts on Flickr.

Another from March 2nd.
This is my reward for going to the grocery story. Pretty flowers to capture just outside our local Trader Joes.
These always remind me of when I was eleven. Mom and I were home recovering from a serious car accident when there was a delivery of this long gold box. Inside were several stems of Birds of Paradise. I've loved them ever since.

Sycamore and willow

Sunday, March 2nd.
Through the sunroof of the "Grocery getter". It rained all day and finally cleared up when we decided to go get our grocery shopping done. This reminds me of an impressionistic paining.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Testing - March 1

I want to post my daily photos to this blog so I'm testing out email. It works well but I have to copy and paste the photos and the links. For one photo this may work quickly from my phone but...I do know myself enough to realize if it isn't super smooth and easy, I will quickly tire of it. Also, there is the link issue. I post them to Instagram, Flickr and sometimes Facebook - which one do I use here?  So many decisions and right now I need to make a grocery list and get to the store. AND then there was this one task I planned on doing this weekend; our taxes. Ugh. Suddenly there are so many other things I am working on, like this.

Hubs and I went for a drive yesterday in our new "Grocery getter" that we bought last weekend. I have to resist my urge to go on about how I didn't want a car payment and yet I still signed the paperwork and now I will have to work until I die...can you hear me whining? But it's soooo pretty and we really do need it and GOD it is a lot of money.

ANYWAY, the drive was BEAUTIFUL! The clouds, the green hills, the music, lunch, meeting the "Lamb walker", learning some history about the town of Tomales, getting away for the afternoon to the coast, making pictures - just what we needed. Below is just a few photos I took. Must work on the others, once the tax returns are filed.