Monthly Archives: August 2009

Cool Trike

Tricycle at the Market

Tricycle at the Market

Saw this tricycle and rider at the Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market on Sunday. I love this trike! It’s very retro but in a cool way.

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Palm and Ivy

Young Palm in the Ivy

Young Palm in the Ivy

I came across this on my lunchtime walk yesterday. It’s a brand new palm growing amongst the ivy. I like these palms (I really should learn the name of them) because of the white curls that wind around the straight fronds. Even this baby has interesting curls. I liked the contrast of the lines of the palm against the leaves of the ivy. Often, it’s the simple things that make me happy.

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Reflections

Duck and Reflections

Duck and Reflections

I’ve always been fascinated by reflections and how water, glass, or other shiny surfaces can change an image. Yesterday I was at the Pleasant Hill City Offices on a sunny day. The buildings make wonderful patterns when they’re reflected on the water. This duck made a path through those reflections and distorted them even more.

Pond Reflections

Pond Reflections

The reflected tree in this shot, along with the lily pads, makes me think of Monet’s garden paintings. I like the effect on the tree by the water… almost like a painting.

The buildings of the city offices have a beautifully graphic style. They must have been designed to make nice reflections in the pond.

Pleasant Hill City Office Buildings

Pleasant Hill City Office Buildings

Oh yes! And the Diablo Mountain Cloggers also performed at the farmers’ market in the parking lot. Dave Land was the musician that day. He was very good as well as easy to work with. He took a couple of breaks to let us dance. I think most of our dancers left with something from the market, too. I couldn’t resist the strawberries, myself.

Diablo Mountain Cloggers at Pleasant Hill

Diablo Mountain Cloggers at Pleasant Hill

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Ladybug-like Beetle

Small Beetle

Small Beetle

Often at lunch time I take a walk with my camera. It’s not a good area for walking, but if you look close you can always find something interesting. The other day I had my macro lens on my camera and found this little beetle. The sun came through the leaves just enough to light him up. I thought he was interesting. His front half looked just like a ladybug, but his back half was quite different. I’m sure he’s related. I tried to find him online (a great site for bug identification is Bugguide) without success, but did learn there are many different kinds of ladybugs, so maybe he’s in that group somewhere.

Beetle jaws

Beetle jaws

Check out that mouth! I wouldn’t want to be an aphid near that. It’s funny how he looks cute in the first shot and fearsome in this one.

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