Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Gardens

Cee’s Fun Foto:  “This week the topic is Gardens.  Gardens comes in all shapes and sizes.  They can be of plants, flowers and vegetables or herbs.”

I include a couple photos of large gardens, followed by my small garden with some of the plants and flowers. There are quite a few Date Palms in my garden. They were shorter than me when I first planted them. Now they are taller than me.

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On one side of the wall, you may find some nasturtiums in front of and in between the iceberg roses. By another wall, the bougainvillea plant is in full bloom. My jade plants had flowers for the very first time last winter. Roses are my favorite flowers. Other flowers do well in my garden also. My small garden gives me a lot of joy!

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – May 23, 2017

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Street

Frank’s theme this week is Street.

When I first watched the movie “The Italian Job,” those narrow streets fascinated me. I was so impressed by the drivers maneuvered the Mini Coopers through those narrow streets.

Our trip to Spain allowed me to visit those narrow streets. Some streets did have cars going up and down, except that the pedestrians must be very attentive when cars going through.

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This street took us to The MosqueCathedral of Córdoba also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba.

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In Valencia, we had an afternoon free. We were roaming on the street to find a restaurant for an early dinner.

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We were on this street before visiting the Cave Houses – houses that are constructed inside of caves.

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street 8 Frank at https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2017/05/23/tuesday-photo-challenge-street/

Cee’s Share Your World – May 23, 2017

Cee has interesting questions (again) this week for Share Your World. I’m having fun answering them.

  1. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? 

This has something to do with travel. I always want to see the Northern Light. One year I checked the best day of the year to see the Aurora in Alaska, and then checked the airfare. It was way over what I would want to spend. A couple years later, my sister Yolanda and her husband Patrick went to Canada to see the Aurora.  The photos were extraordinary.  When my husband and I watch the nature channels, we discovered that a few other locations are also good places to see the magical Northern Light shows.

In fact, there are six best places to see the Northern Lights in winter. Now we have many options on hand.

Svalbard, Norway

Kakslauttanen, Finland

Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Reykjavik, Iceland

Northern Canada

Scotland, United Kingdom

https://www.skyscanner.net/news/6-best-places-see-northern-lights-winter-2015-2016
  1. How often do you get a haircut?

I like long hair. My hair doesn’t grow too fast, so I may have hair cut twice a year. I trim the bangs every now and then.

  1. In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search or numeric puzzles?

I don’t seem to have patience for puzzle, but I love playing games. My favorite game is Scrabble. My daughter is the only one interested in playing Scrabble with me. We both are very competitive. When my husband and I visit Mercy and Will, they always introduce new games to us. I love all kinds of board games.

  1. How many cities have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.

I have lived in seven cities –

Hong Kong

Portland, Oregon

Seattle, Washington

Alhambra, Monterey Park, Chino Hills, La Habra, in California

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Cee’s Share Your World https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/22/share-your-world-may-22-2017/

Sunday Trees #288

This is Becca Givens’ Sunday Trees  at  “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”

My entry for the week shows the Jacaranda trees in this 1930 neighborhood. Jacaranda trees are on both sides of Jacaranda Street and Brookdale Street in Fullerton City, California. Every year in the month of May, Jacaranda trees are in full bloom of lavender flowers. The trees are reaching out and touching the branches from the opposite side of the streets and create an arch pathway. By this time of the month, the flowers start to fall, the sidewalks look like a lavender carpet. The neighbors enjoy and appreciate this annual beauty.

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More Sunday Trees at https://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/sunday-trees-288/

Weekly Photo Challenge – Chinese Heritage & Thursday’s Special

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Chinese has more than 5000 years of heritage. I am only touching a drop in the ocean. The following photo is a novelty way to represent the structure of emperors in many dynasties.

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Most social values are derived from Confucianism and Taoism. Confucian thought focuses on the cultivation of virtue and maintenance of ethics, and the importance of the family and social harmony.

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Taoism is a religious or philosophical tradition of Chinese origin which emphasizes living in harmony. Taoist ethics in general tend to emphasize Naturalness: simplicity and spontaneity. The Three Treasures are: Compassion, Frugality, and Humility.

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The ancient written standard was Classical (Traditional) Chinese. It was used for thousands of years. The modern standard is Simplified Chinese. As for spoken language, there are multiple dialects in different regions of China. The Reformers established a Beijing-based Mandarin as a national spoken language.

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The music, dance, acrobat, Kungfu, Tai chi, arts, ceramic, architecture, and cuisine also play major roles in Chinese heritage.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage

Paula’s Thursday’s Special – Traces of the Past