Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Exploring a Small Town

What to do at a non-touristy city? 

1) Explore the river front

2) Immerse with the locals

3) Take photos of the quaint little shops

4) Walk at the heart of the city - downtown

5) Appreciate the rustic and abandoned trains (a reminder of the past)

6) Sit by the water fountain and let the day pass

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Where Were You In '62?

 ...such was the tag line of the annual Salute to American Graffiti celebration in Sonoma County, California.
I was not born in the '60s, but I had and still has this thing with vintage/classic cars. I was limited to the famous "turtle" Volkswagen, but the foreign movies introduced me to a variety of vintage cars.

The vintage car show held near my residence was something I could not miss and it didn't disappoint. 

The car (above insert) reminds me of old Hollywood movies.

Ford is the pioneer in the automotive industry and the classic V8 is an icon.

I had my fill of photos that day, you can find more of these classics at Salute to American Grafitti set in FLICKR

Monday, May 17, 2010

Ridge Trail Overlook

Helen Putnam Regional Park, Petaluma, CA

The sun was up and shining at the west-end of the trail overlook. It was almost sunset so the sun rays illuminate a warmer look at the hill closest to my vantage point. I like the clusters of bushes and the silhouette of the mountains afar. Situated on the valley is the Petaluma city of Sonoma county. This is my amateurish attempt of a Bruce Percy inspired photos. 

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wild Flowers

California Poppies at Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point, SFO

The flowers are lovely, right? Would you believe that these are wild flowers? They grow abundantly in Northern California; I am not sure in the South though. I see these flowers sprouting anywhere and everywhere; from the side streets, walkways, fields, trails, etc. The flowers above are inconspicuously growing at the edge of the vista point. They happily thrive amidst the passing tourists who are awed by the grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge and who barely notice these humble beauty. 

"To see a World in a Grain of Sand and a Heaven in a Wild Flower; Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand and Eternity in an Hour." by William Blake

Saturday, May 08, 2010

A Different Take

The Cliffs, Trees, and Hills at the 2nd Sausalito Golden Gate Vista Point 

At this vantage point, you will have an up close view of the famous Golden Gate Bridge. But if you look away from the mesmerizing SFO Golden Gate Bridge, you will find a beautiful landscape of cliffs, hills, and foliage. Spring season brings out the beauty of the greens meadows and the flourishing trees. The greenery is breathtaking and refreshing. Indulge yourself with some cool and eye-soothing view. 

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Darn Sweet Bees

The Kissing Bees

Aren't they lovely? They are so cute and sweet. Spread the love...Reminds me of a scene in the Spiderman movie.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

A Lucky Find

Crystal-encrusted silver hoop earrings

This is one of my lucky finds on a Saturday of thrift shopping. A girl's gotta be a girl, but if diamonds are very expensive...crystals will always do, more so if it doesn't break the bank. 

Sunday, May 02, 2010

An Architectural Haven

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

The museum is located at Lyon Street, near the affluent Marina boulevard. The museum with its lagoon and green meadows is one of the sight-seeing destinations in SFO.  This is also the site of countless movies such as The Bachelor and The Rock. The museum never ceases to amaze me of its architectural designs. It boasts a famous dome, which is often mistaken as a mosque; its great pillars and Grecian nymph accents are a class on its own. 

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