Monday, May 16, 2016

I take pictures . . .


If anyone asks me what I do now that I am retired, 


I simply say, " I take pictures".


Thursday an old high school friend (we're having our 50th reunion in a few months) dropped in for lunch - she is staying nearby for a few weeks.


I set the table in the garden and then I grabbed my camera.


I took photos standing by my garden house looking toward the back of the house.


I stood behind the table looking at the garden house.


I stood by the back fence and looked back at the house.


I stood by the chaises and looked back at the fence.


I know, way too many photos, but it's fun to try different angles.


On Friday we headed north to San Luis Obispo to see our daughter, KC, who was down this way for a wedding.


We were invited to join in on the Welcome Wine Tasting event and I was so excited when we pulled up to Sextant Wines in the Edna Valley.


I was the designated driver and while everyone else was indoors tasting wine,


I was walking around with my iPhone.


It didn't matter which direction I was looking,


everywhere I looked there was something


for me to photograph.


I had a great time


doing what I love -


taking pictures.


And now, it's time for our walk and I will be sure to bring along my phone because I never know when I will see something worth photographing.

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You need to be taking photos too because it's time for another Garden Party and we hope you join in.

Join me today at

Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday

Stone Gable for The Scoop

42 comments:

bobbie said...

I loved doing the wine tour tasting rounds in Edna Valley ~ close to home, and they were all so good!!!
Wonderful pix ~

Helen Philipps said...

Oh my what delicious photos....they are just the kind that delight me! The picket fences and the flowers....the little houses.....and all the other beautiful things you found to photograph.....thank you for sharing these Carol.
Helen xox

NanaDiana said...

And take pictures you do!!! And GOOD ONES! lol You really have a great eye for composition...it is the artist in you. Hope you have a great week- xo Diana

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Lovely photos. It helps to be in an area that is so beautiful right? ;-0

Debby said...

And I love those awesome pictures.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Such pretty photos and yes, that is what you do. You take pictures!

Susie said...

Carol, I love all your pictures. You sure live in a pretty area. Just keep taking those great photos. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Stacey said...

Isn't it fun how you start to see things differently once you have a camera habit? :)

Merlesworld said...

Keep taking pictures they are lovely.
Merle...........

Melanie said...

I always enjoy your pictures! Love the bikes on the wall. I take my phone with me on walks, too so that I can take photos. (Well, and also have my phone in case of an emergency too, of course!)

Rita C. said...

And you take great pictures - whether iPhone or camera! I do the same thing in my garden - all different angles (and times of day).

cynthia lee designs said...

Love all your pictures...so pretty!
~Cindy

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Carol, your pictures are stunning. Your backyard looks so pretty and the table where you had lunch.

Keep on taking pictures because yours are very good.

Have a great week.

Mary

Kim said...

...and you do it so well! :)

Pam Richardson said...

Carol, I think I drive everyone crazy taking pictures! Always enjoy seeing what you see! Pam @ Everyday Living

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Well, these are just exceptional pictures! What a pretty place to visit. Love the bachelor buttons! Your little dooryard is the perfect place to have lunch. Your friend must have loved it.

Jann Olson said...

Yes, you do take pictures Carol; and you do it so very well! They always take my breath away.
hugs,
Jann

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Lovely pictures! It seems to be sunny and warm and I wih I could have lunch in your backyard!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I hear ya my friend. I see what you mean, I feel what you are feeling. My poetry is in words, my vision in photos. Now with school coming to a close (two weeks!), I am planning my photo shoots, but I'm unable to fulfill those visions at the moment. But there is nothing more relaxing than to observe the world, tell about it, show it.

LOVE YOUR PHOTOS!

podso said...

You can't help yourself, can you ? and I'm the same way. It's sort of like seeing frames everywhere you look. The beauty draws you in and you reach for the camera. There are even more now as a camera (phone) is always in our pocket. :-) Enjoyed your photos, as always.

bj said...

I do love your stunning photos...you are so good at it.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Beautiful photos of so many wonderful things! I laugh when someone asks me what will I do with myself if I retire early at 62 years of age!! I answer by saying that they apparently do not know me!! LOL!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope our cold weather will be finished with so I will have some garden posts to link up!!

Hugs,
Deb

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Beautiful photos. You have a good eye and I hope you continue to take photos everywhere you go.
hugs,
Linda

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, your photos are always an inspiration. I am completely in love with the white picket fences in the front yards. We just got back from a week on Coronado Island and I just love the fences and the gorgeous flowering yards in the front of the cottages. I wish we could do that here. Maybe in our backyard.
Thanks for taking pics!!! xo

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

Never too many photos from you, I can't get enough! Re: San Luis Obispo, have you read any of Susan Branch's recent books (she spent her 20s in that town) - the books are SO fascinating, I couldn't get enough of those either ;) See her website (www.susanbranch.com) to see her life-story two-volumes ... and then there's another of her travels through England. I found all of them at the library but honesty, they're so good I plan to buy them from Amazon.

Mary

Jackie @travelnwrite said...

I find it so interesting that people must 'do' something. I am writing a blog post on the topic next week contrasting how in America we feel so compelled to be somewhere or to be doing something and in Greece it is just the opposite, there they can spend hours sharing coffee or watching the sea or working or whatever, but no one ever asks about 'what do you do?' or 'what did you do?' A great post, I enjoyed it.

The French Hutch said...

Another thing we have in common, making pics. I enjoy your photography, it is always beautiful and interesting. Love your garden table setting, great photos…….

Dawn said...

I think that's the perfect thing to do when retired.

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Olá amiga, passei por aqui para desejar-lhe uma
abençoada continuação de semana.
Amei todas as imagens lindas e inspiradoras!

Doce abraço, Marie.

Blondie's Journal said...

Keep taking these pictures, Carol. They brighten my day and inspire me to not only spend more time on and in my garden but to see the prettiness all around me!

Jane

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Neat. I love San Luis Obispo. xoox Su

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

You can take all the photos you want because I'll always want to look at them....lovely photos of your garden.

ANNE said...

and you take fabulous photos at that! I was admiring some of the angles you chose - great work!

Pamela Gordon said...

I take pictures too and I love it! :) Your backyard and gardens are so pretty in the bright sunshine. We are slowly warming up here in the northeast (really slowly!). Have a lovely day.

Cristina Garay said...

Keep them coming, you really have an eye for it. they're all gorgeous pics! Have a beautiful day!

Connie said...

Carol, your photos are wonderful . . . watch-out . . . you may have to come out of retirement, when the California tourist department wants to hire you for the campaigns :) I'm so glad you carry your camera everywhere you go . . . loving the photography :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You always take the most beautiful pictures, Carol.
I love those flying bikes!!

Jeanne said...

All lovely shots, and what fun to take photos.... Everywhere you look is beauty and a photo op! Same with me

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What great photos, Carol, and you're doing what you LOVE, which is the best! All your pictures could be notecards, or on a beautiful calendar, or framed...truly beautiful and unique!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You take such lovely photos, Carol! Your backyard is so charming and very photogenic. Enjoy your reunion!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Just gorgeous! I hope to have my garden ready to join in the party. It is just too cold to plant here right now. The rule around here is don't plant till after Memorial Day. It always holds true!!

Carla said...

Yep you take photos and you take great photos. I really like the one with the bikes on the wall.