Saturday, October 15, 2011

~ Ciao ~

~ Ciao ~, originally uploaded by BlueLily  Arlene.

This cute little cat came up to me as I was walking along...she was very curious about my camera. I snapped this photo then she rolled on the ground. When I looked at her tag it said, "my name is Ciao"

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Music makes me dream

I wanted the music of another world
The music that makes me know how to dream -
But there is no music in me now
And I cannot begin to know how to feel it-

Music is the soul and Music is memory -
Music is love crying out within me as creation-
I need music for there to be Poetry
But the Music I have now hobbles within me
And the Poem that comes is far from a dream.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The potter ~Il vasaio ~

Now the Potter’s hands have scars.
His blood keeps together the clay
As He listens to the melodies of the songs played
By His unbreakable pots of clay.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

He told me a story

I asked this man what he was staring at so intently. He said "my neighborhood". He does not live in my neighborhood, but he was looking at my street. I said "do you live in my neighborhood?" and he said "no, but I designed the houses".

My House was built in 1929. The man told me he knew my house, because he designed my home.The man told me exactly what the inside of my house looked like. The size of the rooms, the windows, the brick and plaster. I was amazed. We talked for a long time. I invited him to come to my house so that he could see it. I enjoyed talking to him.

Two yellow pots

Happy Labor Day America

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dolce far niente

Dolce far niente, originally uploaded by BlueLily  Arlene.

Sweetness of doing nothing. A b/w conversion with 8 layers of in PS. I like the effect.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


The Coneflowers are blooming and I had so may photos of them that I decided to do a triptych. I like the variety of colors ... don't know if I like the drop shadow.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A very big old lock

I was trying to take a picture of this fence when I saw this huge lock. It is probably from the Great Gold Rush of 1849. I like the detail and the webs.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Red bench on a balcony

I love benches, fences and doors, this is an old Victorian near my neighborhood. I like the bright red bench and the detail on the railing. A good way to sit and watch the world go by.

Monday, August 15, 2011

~ grande bici, piccolo bici ~

I saw these two bikes and I thought of the parent and child that rode them there. I have the exact same basket on my bike.

A beautiful day to meet the neighbors

It was a beautiful morning and I decided to grab my camera and take a walk. As I was taking a photo this lovely couple walked up to me and asked if I took photos for Google maps.

This is Matt and Ellie. They live in a big yellow and red Victorian house that I can see from my back deck. As it turns out, they are photographers too!

They said they had not taken photos in a long time, but Ellie had a camera. She took a picture of me taking a picture of their house.

Matt and Ellie asked me to take their picture. Matt invited me to have breakfast with them next Sunday. It was a beautiful day to meet my neighbors.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wild Beauty ~ Bellezza selvaggia ~

There is something about cats, big or small, their eyes captivate me. This is one of two litter mates that were playing together. I was fortunate to get several shots of them

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Delicious ~ Delizioso ~

I was about to use this little bowl as a place to throw my cherry pits, but it made a fairly good presentation. These Rainier cherries are so good!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Up a tree ~ Su un albero ~

I love these silly little guys. They seem top love me too. They follow me around on my bike and they come up to my back door to beg for food...I give them popcorn...I am sure it is a delicacy for them!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Bicycle Project ~ 1

Now that I can ride my bicycle I had this insane idea to start the "Bicycle Project. I discovered that riding a bike with a camera on my neck, stopping and taking photos is not that easy. But I started it and this is the first photo of "The Bicycle Project"

Friday, July 1, 2011

It must be July ~ Deve essere luglio ~

Like clockwork my crazy daisies bloom on the first day of July.
It amazes me that nature can tell what day it is.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Do Tigers Sleep?

I had to take this through thick glass, so I used my telephoto and backed up a bit...I think it worked!

Monday, June 27, 2011


Wheels ~ ruote ~, originally uploaded by BlueLily  Arlene.

I love my bike. I used a RAW preset and a touch of Topaz Adjust to give it a snappy look.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Predator ~ Predatore ~

There is something about big cats that intrigues me. I found these Jaguars to be so beautiful. I hope you like them!

Most of the animals at the zoo are rescue animals. If the zoo did not take them they may not have survived. This zoo has been designed to give the animals their natural habitat and to reduce the intrusion of humans as much as possible. I do not normally like zoos, but I would rather see these beautiful animals survive than be mistreated.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Blueberries and cream ~ Mirtilli e crema ~

I love this old plate. I used a RAW photoshop action called "The New Black" by Harold Lloyd with a few tweaks of my own of course!

Monday, May 23, 2011


Ferrari, originally uploaded by BlueLily  Arlene.

There were so many cars at the California Automobile Museum that I could not get a full photo of any of the Italian cars...but this one...Zoooooooom!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mighty Squirrel ~ Possente Scoiattolo ~

This squirrel was running up and down a tree, fighting with leaves and then he started to tease me. When I got too close he stood his ground as if to say "I will jump on your leg if you get any closer." I finally gave him some seeds to eat and he was my pal.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Did you say Earth Day? Thank you! ~ Hai detto Giornata della Terra? Grazie! ~

The abundant life of this planet provides for all.
Everything we need comes from the bounty of the earth.

We live responsively as citizens of this earth
and do our part to protect and restore this beautiful planet

La vita abbondante di questo pianeta prevede per tutti.
Tutto quello che abbiamo bisogno viene dalla generosità della terra.

Viviamo responsively come cittadini di questa terra
e fare la nostra parte per proteggere e ripristinare questo bel pianeta !

Sunday, April 17, 2011

~ La Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi ~

The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, a patron saint of Italy, animals and the environment. Born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone.

La Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi, patrono d'Italia, gli animali e l'ambiente. Nato Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone.