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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Isolated Subjects

CFFC (Cee’s Photography

Yesterday was a tough day.  I was feeling really tired and had a hard time clearing the fog in my brain.  I have been walking everyday, but it’s tough to fight the fatigue mentally and physically, so I listened to my body and rested.  After dinner though, I got a burst of energy and immediately put on my walking shoes and hit the pavement before the energy was gone.  I came upon this abandoned rose in the middle of the sidewalk.  I took a quick pick and continued on so I wouldn’t lose my momentum, but I wondered about that rose.  Why was it there?  Who dropped it?  Why?  Did someone get their heart broken tonight?  Did someone lose a loved one or were they remembering someone?  Did someone throw it to the ground in anger and stomp on it to hurt whoever hurt them?  So many possibilities and I’ll never know which one.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sky

CFFC (Cee’s Photography)

I took this pic on a walk last week because of all the different kinds of clouds all in one space.  When I look at the clouds in the sky, I do 1 of 2 things – 1) I imagine myself flying through the clouds, lying on their fluffy coolness and spying on the world below or 2) I look for fun shapes in the clouds like in one of my favorite children’s books, It Looked Like Spilled Milk by Charles G. Shaw.  I would always read this book in Spring to my Preschool class and then we would take some white paint, drip it onto blue paper and then fold the paper in half and squish the paint around.  We would then take turns opening our papers to see what shape cloud we made.  Preschoolers have wonderful imaginations.  Sometimes I miss being a preschool teacher.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring – Wood

CFFC: Spring – Wood (Cee’s Photography)

I love when all the trees begin to blossom in Spring.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: View From the Side

CFFC: View From the Side (Cee’s Photography)

For a few years after his death, the city of Santa Rosa, CA celebrated Charles M. Schulz by having a “Peanuts on Parade” program.  Different businesses around town would decorate or paint the chosen character and then display them for a few months before they were auctioned off to create art scholarships.  My husband and I happened to go the years Woodstock and Charlie Brown were the chosen characters.  They no longer change the characters every year, but there still 70 statues on display around town (you can download a PDF of their locations here) plus there are a few at the Schulz museum, which if you like the Peanuts cartoons, visiting the museum is a must.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Looking Up at Things

CFFC: Looking Up at Things (Cee’s Photography)

Hogwarts – Universal Studios Orlando
The garden at The Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV a couple of springs ago
The ferris wheel at the Alameda County Fair
Looking up at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA
The water tower in Pawhuska, OK where my Grandma used to live 
A pin up in my car for all the people who try to change the station

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things that Look Like Faces

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things that look like Faces (Cee’s Photography)

I found this little face on a trail when I was walking with the kids.  I was attracted by the red triangle and as I got closer I thought it looked like a face.  The kids didn’t think so, but I took a picture anyway.  What do you think?

As we drove down to LA this past weekend, I reached up to grab my sunglasses and saw this open mouthed face.  He likes to eat my sunglasses and pencils.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Crawling or Flying

CFFC: Crawling or Flying (Cee’s Photography)

It’s still raining like crazy, so I didn’t think I would find anything flying or crawling to photograph, so I went through my photo archives and came across this little fella crawling along.  I saw this tropical shrimp at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and was mesmerized by.  The way it slowly moved on those skinny little legs and that bright red color.  One of these days I’m gonna go there by myself so I can spend as much time at each exhibit as I’d like.  When you go with a group, you have to keep along together or you lose each other.  Plus everyone’s attention spans are different.  I like to just sit and get lost in the day dream of living underwater.

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Windows

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Windows (Cee’s Photography)

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and one of my favorite parts about the visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was actually getting to go into some of the stores in Hogsmeade.  Honeyduke’s was must.  I could’ve just stood there all day staring at all the different candies, goodies, etc.  The attention to detail was amazing.  The window dressings were so imaginative and creative.  It was like stepping into my imagination and seeing all the things I pictured when I read the books.  Below are just a few of the windows.  I took pictures of everything there.  I think I drove everyone we were with crazy, but I wanted to remember it all.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colors

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colors (Cee’s Photography)

I took this picture this past summer at the finish line of the “J&R Cruisers For Leukemia” bike ride.  My husband’s nephew, Jason, died a few years ago after being diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 30.  Just when our family started moving forward again after Jason’s death, his brother, Richard, was also diagnosed with Leukemia.  Richard is still going through treatment, but so far, he’s doing well.

The year after Jason’s death, our family started participating in the “Light the Night” walk in memory of Jason and to raise money to help find a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma.  When Richard got sick too, their father, George, started the “J&R Cruisers for Leukemia” bike ride.  They ride from San Francisco to San Jose on Cruiser bikes.  I don’t know how to ride a bike as I have mentioned before, but I am really good at cheering them on and shooting confetti over the riders when they finally make it to the finish line.

I’m really proud to be apart of this family that really comes together when support is needed.  This weekend we are all coming together once again for the “Light the Night” walk.  We will come together to share our memories of Jason as we walk.  We will walk with Richard and celebrate the fact that he is able to walk along with us.  We will walk and create new memories filled with love and laughter.  If you would like to support Team Achica Strong, click here.  We have raised 43% of our goal of $1000 and have only a few days left to get there.  We walk to support others who have loved and lost.  We walk with the hope that sometime, hopefully in the near future, they will find a cure.14753404_10154514278257778_3391206385124466553_o

Team Achica Strong 2015


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