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Cell Pic Sunday Stills of Emerging FOTDs in the Mountains of Sunny Cal.

If you’re not a challenge blogger, that will be the weirdest title ever. When I first started blogging, I lost most of my non-blogging readers with titles like that. But as a challenge blogger, I like these kinds of titles. I know just what to expect, and I even know who will be reading the post. We have become a community.

This week, as you may know, I’m enjoying the eye-delights of flowers in Sunny CA.

All of these pictures were taken with my 12 mini iPhone and processed in Bridge to keep them small and use less space in WordPress and either by cropping them to be square and/or to sharpen them just a bit.

Ludwig’s Monday Windows.

These pictures were taken at the Crystal Hermitage near Nevada City, CA.

And now, for the weirdest self-portrait I’ve ever taken. Ta-da!

To capture this picture I stood in front of a window and tried to shoot through to the other side of the building. I’ll share more of the building in another post for Thursday Doors.

This post is done on the run, so I apologize for any mistakes. Lots of love to everyone.

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  1. Knowing your reader and writing to them … I wish all my writing students (from long long long time ago) got this message as you obviously do!

    I chuckle as I read the opening of your post – indeed it would be strange for someone looking in for those words not to really make sense. But for those who know ….

    Hope you are enjoying your time in CA … love love love your self-portrait!

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    • What wonderful compliments, Ju-Lyn. Writing is communicating, and takes a lot of work. I don’t always communicate well, My husband critiques my work sometimes as an outsider and lets me know whne things don’t make sense. 🙂

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  2. Looks like you had a fun trip to California. I LOVE that self-portrait, so original, and really artistic. It took me a while to figure out exactly what was going on. Interesting!

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  3. I’m so glad your trips around NorCal have been fun and inspiring, Marsha! The florals are gorgeous but the self-portrait is priceless! You are reminding me that I will be on the run in less than 2 months and I’m going to try to keep up with SS while doing so.

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  4. Before I forget — in the bottom picture of you gallery (tulips!) — there are little fuzzy blue-purple flowers. It looks like a ground cover. I have those flowers all over both our yards. I didn’t plant them, but they may have arrived via bird and I have NO idea what they are. Do you know what they are? They are furious, relentless growers in every kind of weather and I’m pretty sure they aren’t a wildflower.

    I love that last picture. I’ve tried to do similar things, but that’s a real winner. Complex and arty. I love it! And I love your tulips, too.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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