Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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An impression of Lands End…

When we arrived for the bird walk last week, it was frigid weather and I opted to sit in the car for the first twenty minutes while the birders stood on the bluff with the cold wind whirling around them.They were oriented to the area by their guide. The hardy gazed off into the distant foggy sea while I decided to clean up my camera roll in my iPhone. That put me in mind that I had not looked at the Hipstamatic app for a long time and when I scrolled through I found there were four combo packs I had not downloaded.  I purchased them and then tested each one out. One combo reminded me of the feeling of the area (the visitor center that we had been in on a previous visit contains lots of old photos of  when the Sutro Baths were in their heyday).  I decided to do some triple barreled shooting on the walk. My Canon for the view shots, my native camera on the iPhone for the close-ups of flowers, and Hipstamatic app for atmosphere/flights of fancy. The Canon was slung around my neck and the iPhone was in my pocket and I had to keep thinking which of the three I wanted to use…but I think it helped with getting me to be alert…it was awfully early on a Saturday, after all. This post is the impression shots of the area using the combination of  Yoona lens and Shilshole film in Hipstamatic…there is a story, here, of craggy bluffs, wind-trained trees, and crashing waves with the foundation remnants of history. That is my visual story, and I am sticking to it…think I will make a book…

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Heart day…

Husband gave me a four-pack…chocolate hearts, just like Paris…from an artisanal chocolatier in San Francisco… happened to be cleaning out the side board so placed the chocolates on old-timely hand painted plates with lots of flowers…played with iPhone apps…cinnamon hazelnut praline, caramel with passion fruit, caramel with strawberry, and caramel with lavender…Happy Valentines Day!

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Point Reyes Day Trip…

A beautiful day after the rains last week pulled us toward Point Reyes. First a late breakfast at the Pine Cone Diner in Point Reyes Station.

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We decided to go to the south end through Bolinas but had a few false turns because Bolinas does not want anyone to know where they are so they won’t put up jsigns. Found the right track and went to the bird observatory.

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We walked their nature trail

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Along the trail we found California wild flowers

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Monkey flower

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Ceanothus

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Douglas Iris

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Osoberry that I was able to identify all on my own because I have taken so many pictures of the one in my backyard.
Some that I did not know…

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A spider web tree that we named ourselves

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but not many birds…


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Walking…

Walking

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And eating

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And walking

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All over this city

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Sights totally amazing and I haven’t been picked off by a small car, a roaring scooter, or the bicyclist talking on his cell phone! Day 2: ankles, knees, and hips are feeling the cobblestone thing a tiny bit, but onward we move! Can’t miss anything…


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This place…

What do you do if you have been on a plane with no lunch and then you get settled in to your apartment and you realize the pangs in your stomach are too intense to be denied? If you are in this place, and you are Lois and Terry, you go out searching for your first gelato. In places that look like this

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Until you find this

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And you eat this (flavors: tiramisu and amaretto)

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On a bench in a small plaza with this behind you

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And then you wander back home getting used to cobblestones under your feet, passing by one of the paper stores on “the list” (quick look, quick look), and then you come to a corner where you get your first glimpse of this

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Speechless with awe…


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Freesia Break…

It is such a good thing that there is a Trader Joe’s to run to in order to quickly pick up a spot of color for the table when you have guests. After the blooms grace the table for the event, they can do second duty as photo subject. A nice way to test composition and color combinations.

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Hipstamatic app, Fusioncam app, Blender app

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The rest are taken with the native camera of the iPhone and processed with Snapseed app on the iPad.