Weathered but showing how it used to be…

This post was written in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered.

The picture was taken on our visit to San Juan last year, and before the hurricane.

San Juan is a beautiful little city, with a lots of historic sites and wonderful views. I was very sad to see how the hurricane hit the city, “weathering” it really further.


Just hope people there are able to get back to their normal lives soon (apparently powers has not yet been restored throughout the entire city, and re-building always takes a while…)

Photo: Details

When you look at the details, you can even find a computer monitor stand smiling at you…



This post was written in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Details¬†but is also fit for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.
This stand was left on the corridors of my building for recycling, but recycling guys took a while to come.
I would pass by it everyday, notice the smile and sortof smile back.
One day I simply couldn’t resist and took the picture.
Too cute to let it pass….

Photo: Look Up



I’ve been busier than it would allow me to blog, but I miss my little internet corner, so stopping by today to post a quick picture…

Guests go back home mid next week, when I may be able to afford a little more time.
It won’t be like it was last year, though, because I’m much busier at work too, but getting some¬†relief at home may help finding some time.

This post was written in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up.


Photo: Dance

A few years ago, I stopped at¬†a shopping mall with my daughter in our way to her best friend’s birthday party, so she could chose a gift for the other girl.

It just so happened that on that day they were having a celebration of the Chinese New year, which included music and dance presentations. We watched for a few minutes from the top of the stairs and I snap some shots of the dancers.



This post was written in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge, with the theme Dance this week.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

No, this time I’m not showing the things I love. I’m rather showing a picture that I created with the mirroring effect of some phone app a few months ago (they are both my own left hand).

I don’t quite remember what led me to create the picture, though. Maybe just that I wanted to use the mirroring effect? What I do know is that it became sort of not great and was left forgotten in some hidden folder of my cell phone.

Then today, when I saw the theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge, it reminded me of the picture and I decided to search for it.

I found it, but it was indeed not good enough to post.
So I used Fotor to change a few levels, apply a few filters, and in the end I got this sort of sketchy/painting like image.
And that one satisfied me enough to post it here. ;o)



Weekly Photo Challenge: Eye Spy

Owls are animals famous for being nocturnal hunters. But not every owl is nocturnal. Some like to be active and hunt during the day.

A couples years ago, I attended a falconism exhibition and learned that the eye color of the owls can give you a hint on their habits. Then, today, as I was preparing this post, I decided to do a little research on that, just to confirm and realized there is also a third type, the crepuscular.

And I just happen to have pictures from all three, taken on the exhibition I mentioned above. Here they are:


Dark eyes in owls that like to hunt at night – nocturnal



Yellow eyes for owls that like to hunt during daylight – diurnal




Orange eyes for owls that prefer hunting around dawn or dusk – crepuscular


This post was written in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Eye Spy




Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

By mother nature…


An eroded log in Palm Springs



Roots of a long-ago fallen tree in Mt. Rainier National Park


By man…


Detail of the ceiling of the Paramount Theater, in Seattle



Detail of the ceiling of the 5th Avenue Theater, in Seattle


This post was written in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat

Picturing the healthy treats I made for the Halloween party yesterday, but that barely anyone eat (candy went fast, though…)


Apple monster with sun or almond butter

Apple monsters with sun or almond butter

Hot dog mummies

Hot dog mummies

Banana ghosts

Banana ghosts

Carrot fingers

Carrot fingers

This post was written in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat and is also the first one in my attempt to write all month long for the NaBloWriMo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

I could be here talking eternally about changes that happened in my life. How I moved to a different country, how my life changed when I had my first kid. Then how it changed when I had my second kid! All the changes in jobs, including the many that happen on my current one (a new one, seemingly HUGE is about to happen again next month…).

But instead, I’ll show a change on something that’s external to me. One I have no say or control about. One that all I have to do about it is¬†to observe.

I live in Washington state, USA, which is one of the states in the region we call the Pacific Northwest. Well… the PNW runs right¬†along part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, meaning we have several active volcanos in the area. In our little piece of the world, most of the volcanos are quiet.

Except one!

Mt. St. Helens is the one that had the most recent eruption, in May 18th, 1980.

After the 1980 eruption, part of the area around the crater was preserved so scientists could study how nature recover itself from such a blast on its own.

Then, in 2005 and 2006, some increased activity was observed, releasing some pressure and creating a new dome at the crater.

The 2 pictures below were taken on visits I did to the mountain, in 2002 and then again in 2015, both in June, so same season.

In 2002 you could see some green showing up, but the dome was still pretty small.


13 years later, the scenery is still mostly brown and gray, but you can see much more greens and a much bigger dome.


In other areas of the National Park, we could see the difference in greenery even better, but unfortunately I didn’t have similar pictures from those areas to show.


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”