Monday, February 29, 2016

Hawaii Photo of the Day

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Got My Lion Luck!

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 Lion Dancing at Chinese New Year Time
is one of my favorite things in the world.

 So we were seated by the window of
Yet Wah Restaurant in San Rafael
eagerly anticipating dancing 
lions and tons of great noise.
[The one time of year I like noise]

I saw a fit teenage girl lion dancing in
Honolulu in recent years. And we
remarked on it. It's always been
a boy thing. But look! Girls
really eager to do their moves.
You GO Girls!

 I was impressed by their preparation

"There's only one thing 
I never did and 
wish I had done: 
climbed over a fence. "
                  Queen Mary

I bet these girls
climb anything
they want to!

 Lion Heads UP!
Headed inside!

This is no One-Lion town!

They like to go up high
and look around

Distracted by Take-Out

 Back to the work at hand:
eating those tasty and
lucrative Red Envelopes!

"Lions are so BIG!
My camera is 
so small."
She thinks to herself

The Lion's Heartbeat.
Rhythm of the dance.

 These lions 
did NOT stop moving!

 Who has who?
Dad approves.
Brother is 
less certain.

 I like how both patrons
have their fingers
in their ears.
[We were wearing 
our earplugs, as
do the participants.
NOT my first lion dance!]

Gong Hei Fat Choi 

Respect to the Marin
Chinese Cultural Association
Lion Dance Team!
[Note HIS earplugs]

Linking to
Where I Belong

Oh Good Fun!
So happy to share
my Joy
and Good Luck
with YOU!
                   Fondly, cloudia

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Monday Mural

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South of Market, San Francisco

"There are no 
uninteresting things, 
only uninterested people."
                                  G.K. Chesterton

Linking to


Hawaii Photo of the Day

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Foot At A Time We Climb

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"The Earth has grown
 a nervous system,
and it's us."
                 Daniel Dennet

"One never notices
what has been done.
one can only see
what remains to
be done."
                   Marie Curie

“You never know what's 
around the corner. It 
could be everything. 
Or it could be nothing. 
You keep putting one foot 
in front of the other, and 
then one day you look back 
and you've climbed a mountain.” 
                      Tom Hiddleston


Many of us bloggers
are thinking of our friend
Tina "E. G. Camera Girl"
who perished with her
husband in a very recent
traffic accident.
Tina was a true friend
who gave me gifts
every day at her blog.
She was generous in
visiting this place too.
And she taught me a lot
about photography 
and grace.
What a wonderful 
and true community 
we have here,
that we feel such 
a personal and
powerful loss as this.
Her final post
is haunting now.
Frost on windowpane.
Intricate, lovely,
temporary. But
never forgotten 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Hawaii Photo of the Day

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Critters Day

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"When you love someone 
all your saved-up 
wishes start coming out." 
                                      Elizabeth Bowen

Downward  Duck

"Intelligence is the 
ability to adapt 
to change."
                              Stephen Hawking

"Imagine your angel
 and you will feel 
its presence right 
now, right here."
                Paulo Coelho 

Linking to
Saturday's Critters

Camera Critters

Thank You
                         Warmly, cloudia

Friday, February 26, 2016

Hawaii Photo of the Day

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Is It A Dream

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What Will Today Bring?

"If you dream of 
moving mountains 
tomorrow, you must 
start by lifting 
small stones today." 
                         African Proverb

Sunny ducks on the lawn! 
[note the fence]

"Beauty is a manifestation 
of secret natural laws, 
which otherwise would 
have been hidden 
from us forever."

Keeping My Eye On Them!
And then they flew away. . .

“I like to prowl 
ordinary places and 
taste the people-
from a distance.” 
                  Charles Bukowski

Linking to
Skywatch Friday
Weekend Reflections

A Wonderful Day,
Thank You
for Visiting!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hawaii Photo of the Day

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A Day

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"Don't judge each day 
by the harvest you reap, 
but by the 
seeds you plant." 
            Robert Louis Stevenson

"A meow 
massages the heart."
                        Stuart McMillan

"There are so many ways to heal. 
Arrogance may have 
a place in technology, 
but not in healing.
 I need to get out 
of my own way
 if I am to heal."
             Anne Wilson Schaef

Linking to

Thank YOU

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hawaii Daily Photo

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One Name Wonders

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"We like to be out 
in nature so much because 
it has no opinion about us." 


"One day in retrospect
 the years of struggle
 will strike you as
 the most beautiful." 

"Have a heart 
that never hardens,
 and a temper that
 never tires, and a
 touch that never hurts." 

Linking to

Thank You Friend!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hawaii Photo of the Day

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Punchbowl Crater, Honolulu

We Share

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"It was that wonderful moment
 when, for lack of a visible horizon, 
the not yet darkened world seems 
infinitely greater—a moment when 
anything can happen, anything be 
believed in.” 
                  Olivia Howard Dunbar

" I share with you
 my heart and my soul.
 You already have these. 
So I've also brought you 
a mirror. Look at yourself 
and remember me.”

"Cats are connoisseurs of comfort."
                        James Herriot


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               Warmly, cloudia

Monday, February 22, 2016

Hawaii Photo of the Day

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San Francisco Sunday

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I love the Golden Gate Bridge.
Slender Pagodas,
impossibly high
above the windy Bay,
whisking one into 
the magic City;
Or up to the glorious
forested North.
And Home.

Cadillac Building
"He who rejects change 
is the architect of decay. 
The only human institution 
which rejects progress 
is the cemetery." 
                 Harold Wilson 

Click on these dudes
with their cogs
and spoked tires.
Cars today are
L-Ion Batteries
and computers!

And a sweet little
terracotta Bear Cub,
California's Golden Bear.
He's been watching
the street scene
in San Francisco
for a LONG time!
Did you see
his Comfort Spiral

Cities are charged 
with mystery,
energy and wonder!

Linking to
Our World Tuesday

I was on a tiny island
for a long time!

"Your awareness is different 
from both your thoughts 
and your senses."
                     Ram Dass

Gotta ponder THAT one!


Thank YOU
for Visiting!
                Fondly, cloudia