2013—Day 132—’S Awful Nice, ‘S Paradise

George Gerwshin has been on my mind lately, ever since the Jim Martinez Trio played Gershwin at Famous Mo’s last week. Today while I was in Santa Rosa to wish my 96 year old Mom a happy Mother’s day at my brother’s house, I explored his beautiful garden filled with an abundance of gorgeous and colorful blooms. The one that struck me was John’s Bird of Paradise. It had only a single flower but the bloom was exquisite. I photographed it from several angles to try to elicit the most interesting photograph and I preferred this unconventional view of a bird of paradise bloom. ‘S awful nice, don’t you think?

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2013—Day 131—Geese Crossing

A couple of families of Canada Geese cross Rocklin Road every evening to forage in the grass near Famous Mo’s. Every time they’ve come, I’ve been inside and by the time I get out, they’ve disappeared across the road. This time, when Jesse shouted to me, I already had my camera in hand for another purpose. We ran outside and as I approached, they decided to return across the street to the field. They seem very confident that they will make it across without being run over and they waddle nonchalantly making sure all the goslings are with them. We don’t have the same confidence in our local drivers, despite the fact that there is a prominent Geese Crossing sign a block away so while I stalked behind the geese taking photos, Jesse stopped traffic for them (and me) and herded them across to safety. This is the first time I have seen any of the goslings and they’ve grown quite a bit since I first heard about them.

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