The Light Fantastic: St. Petersburg While the Sun Sets

I’ve never quite seen anything like it. Rather than describe it, here are some pictures take from our hotel.

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  I added some pictures of St Petersburg and Moscow to my Flickr site.

Greetings From Moscow!

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St. Basil’s Cathedral

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Le Mutt in Red Square!

I will be posting more about our Moscow experience.  Suffice it to say that the Russians are always rushing (at least in Moscow) but I had no trouble going out and finding my way around with the help of a map and occasional requests for directions (it helps to write down the Cyrillic version of your destination just on case the person you ask does not speak English).  The people I have met have been very cordial and helpful.

Summer’s End in Bob’s Garden

Bob’s urban oasis is still going strong into September.  A new turtle has taken up residence in the above-ground  koi pond along with two smaller deputy turtles who paddle around furiously.    Bob has put a few catfish in the bottom of the pond to keep it clean.  The dahlias and gardenias have stopped blooming but the banana tree has started to sprout little babies.  

The water lilies have always been my favorite of the flowers but I am partial to the papyrus that grows in the pond.  It looks so elegant!  

Here are some pictures. 
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For prior posts on Bob’s garden, press here.

Flirty Flowers and Macro Lens Mischief

Bob’s garden is growing full force this summer. One of the Koi fish is as big as a whale but refuses to be photographed.

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I didn’t have any problem getting them to open up for the macro lens

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I don’t know what this flower’s called – it’s from Seger Park down the street and I take pictures of it every year.

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Even Plumpton got into the act despite the fact that he is now a grumpy old cat of 19.

October in North Carolina

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I’m a city girl but there’s something about the feel of grass under my feet that takes me back to some happy days from my childhood: Running through the woods, catching frogs and letting them go and watching the fireflies at night.

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Sometimes the landscape is so surreal it looks like a painting

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White Socks knows where all the good bugs like to hide

 

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Gracie forages for food.

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I like to lie on my back and watch the sky through the trees

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Until the sun falls from the sky

One Saturday in September

The last pictures I posted from South Street Bridge were taken one November at  sunset before the sun had finished falling from the sky.    I took the pictures  in this post  on  Saturday afternoon in September when it was so hot I could see the heat rising in waves from the asphalt.  How hot was it?  It was so hot that sometimes the sun had to take refuge behind a cloud!

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 The images look otherworldly to me.

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It’s not even cool under  a bridge trestle.

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These photos remind me of what a  “Philadelphia of the Future”  would look like circa 1950.

Flowers of Mendocino




The flowers in Mendocino are incredible and the colors are wild. There is no bee shortage here. I’ve seen more than one hummingbird too.

We went to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens yesterday to see the fuchsias and the dahlias. Some of the pictures below are from that trip but I took most in the little town and near the shore of this idyllic place.

 

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Here’s the view from our hotel.

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What I Saw in San Francisco

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Trees on Lombard Street

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Near Chinatown

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Transamerica Building

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Coit Tower

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Soap

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A giant machine looming over a downtown construction site

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Giant Redwoods in the Muir Woods

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And last but not least. . .

Pictures From My Cell Phone

I took these pictures across the street from the Comcast Building in Philadelphia with a cheapie Alcatel One Touch Fierce and used the software that comes with the phone to edit them. The Comcast Building is covered with mirrors and reflects some interesting points of view, wouldn’t you say?

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How Do You Say Passyunk?

The weather this weekend was beautiful for walking.  There was lots happening on East Passyunk Ave. so I headed on down.IMG_20140427_115109Passyunk Square.  How do you pronounce Passyunk?   It’s Pashunk.  Two syllables, not three.

IMG_20140427_115001The fountain

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Flavors of the Avenue set up a big tent and lots of people were sampling offerings from the Avenue’s restaurants.  

But but it was a good day for just hanging out and people watching.

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This cat does not seem pleased that I  took his picture.  Purrhaps I should have asked him purrmission.

For more information on East Passyunk Avenue, press here.