Northern California Photographer

The Bloom Collective | Simple


I am part of an amazing group of photographers contributing to a bi weekly blog post over at Bloom.  The theme for this week is simple featuring my beautiful Kali.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4, Canon 600 EX-RT

Speedlite power 1/4, f/3.5, 1/320, ISO 250

To see the rest of the amazing collection of images click HERE, The Bloom Collective.

Jiggy Day 2016

Jiggy Day 2016

October 8th has come around again and it is the day to celebrate life, love and happiness!  It is Jiggy Day.  The day we celebrate my good friend Lisa's angel girl.  The wee one and I have been making this a special day for the past 4 years now.

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day 58

Oh the sweetness!  I don't snoop.  I promise!  The wee one showed me this and said she has a diary.  She named is Loow (like Lou).  Where did she come up with the name Loow?  Well she said after she fills all of the pages up she will give it to me to read and I can get her a new diary.

day 58 thank you for simple ideas from the wee one.  The fact that she said I can read it made my heart so happy!

How sweet is this?  The entry she read me tonight talked about the airplane and the firefighters who worked to put the fire out.  She is logging daily activities.  I love it!

day 59

Today was a quiet very relaxing day.  Well some may not see it as relaxing but I did.  We got up early hit an antique fair, visited the flea market where I picked up two awesome cast iron skillets and went grocery shopping.  After we came home I started cleaning up to prep dinner when I heard a very loud airplane and helicopter outside.  I thought oh cool the 2nd day of the air show is happening and some planes must be flying over I went outside and saw this from the backyard.

I immediately grabbed my phone and snapped this shot.  What in the world?

My biggest fear!  A fire broke out on the other side of that hill.  From the backyard I went to the front yard.  As I was standing out there the fire marshall was driving through the neighborhood to let us all know how they were aggressively attacking the fire and reassured me that with the immediate air support they requested it was not going to get out of control.  Cal Fire headed up the attack with 3 planes and 2 helicopter plus there were around 150 firefighters on the ground according to the newspaper.  

day 59 thank you for the fast acting firefighters who took on this small 10 acre fire in 90+ degree weather.

Across the street view of the plane dropping fire retardant on the top of the hill.

day 60

The Air Show!  The wee one had never been to an air show.  She had no idea what to expect.  The night before we were lying in bed and she said to me, "Mom I saw a big airplane in the sky and my friend at school said he was going to the air show.  Can we go?"  I had no idea an air show was happening.  Hubby was going to be working all day so this would be the perfect thing to do.  I bought tickets online and here we are!  The wee one sat in old airplanes, met many pilots, ate junk food and roasted our butts off in the heat.  It was miserably hot on Saturday, close to 100 degrees.  We had no chairs, no umbrella and luckily the Boy Scout were selling water for $1.  Despite the heat the wee one was a trooper!  I'm very lucky that I have a child who knows her limits.  After about 2 1/2 hours of watching old planes fly in formation, a stunt plane that the wee one was 100% sure was going to crash into the ground and the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet perform she was fried and ready to go home!  What a HOT morning it was.

day 60 thank you for new experiences with the wee one.  She was able to see, hear and feel the power of a fighter jet.  The highlight of the day!

day 61

The wee one amazes me!  We raised money for her fantastic school by collecting donations for the annual walk-a-thon.  She completed 36 laps!  That is a total of 9 miles!  She dunked the school principal in one throw and had an absolutely amazing time!

day 61 I am so thankful to everyone who donated!  The wee one killed it!

day 62

Old doors!  Old doors that will be replaced soon are making me happy today.  I thought the dogs had zero interest in the cat litter box.  I was wrong!  So hubby took the door off and cut a hole in it so the dogs can't go in anymore.  The cat had no problem adjusting to the quick change.  Luckily these doors will be replaced and a proper cat door will be installed.

day 62 thank you for replaceable doors and the hubby who quickly fixed our problem!

day 66

Oh fall how I love thee!

Soups, boots, fall colors, leaves on the ground and SUNFLOWERS!  I don't know why I associate sunflowers with fall but I do!  Sunflowers are my favorite flower and just make me happy.  I picked up a bouquet and somehow my home seemed a little brighter.

day 66 thank you for the beauty a small bouquet of my favorite flowers can bring to my kitchen.