The prompt Waiting offers many opportunities for photography.

Waiting to be served at Augie’s Coffee Roasters and Le Pain Quotidian

Waiting for 21 Choices to finish remodeling its Foothill Blvd. location. In the meantime, visit 21 Choices in the Village.

These pumpkins at Sprouts are waiting to become jack-o-lanterns.



via Photo Challenge: Waiting


Art Walk

Here are some of the exhibits on view in Claremont in September, all of which were open on Claremont’s First Friday Art Walk.

The Claremont Museum of Art’s current exhibition is called Carnival Seekers.

The Claremont Chamber of Commerce features works by three residents of Pilgrim Place.

The Claremont Heritage exhibition features a retrospective of works by Barbara Beretich in the Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center.

Remembering 9/11 in Art

Eleanor Scott MeyersIn remembrance of 9/11, local artist Eleanor Scott Meyers has a small exhibit of watercolors with a big impact. In the Sumner Room at Claremont UCC, these seven works will be on view for the month of September. Meyers spoke about her work and how creating art (through various mediums, including writing, photography, and music) can help heal.




Here Meyers explains how her artistic license allowed her to put the Statue of Liberty in this alternative location.

Click on each photo for a better view, or visit them in person to enjoy their full impact.

Beating the Heat

IMG_7011Last week was the hottest week I can ever remember since living in Claremont. And that is 31 years. It’s one thing when the dry heat gets up to 105-110 degrees during the day, but when it only gets down to 80 at night, well, that’s really awful. To make matters worse for us, our air conditioner was broken for the entire week. So we had to find ways to beat the heat.

Ride Bikes at the Beach

In 2012 we had a great day riding at the beach, so we thought we’d finally try it again. The winds were very strong, so we didn’t make it all the way to Bolsa Chica, but we did enjoy the landscape of Huntington Beach.

Go to the Mall

I usually go to the mall once every few years, but I found it a great place to get in a few thousand steps and look at the art that has been going up in the past year.

Go to the Library

This time I spent a few quality afternoon hours in the Honnold Library Cafe at the colleges. It’s a popular place, but I still managed to find a place to plug in my laptop and get some work done.


Trip 2017 Photo Round-Up

Because I am not quite ready to let go of summer and remembering our fun trip, here are some snapshots that didn’t make it into another blog post.

Church on left is where Dietrich Bonhoeffer was minister in Berlin. The house on the right is a vertical garden, also in Berlin.

Two interesting/strange art pieces at the K├Ânig Galerie in Berlin. But free.

Leipzig. Making the city crest out of bottle caps, salsa in the streets, and a monument to Luther.

A relaxing Sunday in Mauer Park in Berlin.

Little Niki de Saint Phalle Nanas for sale

Niki de Saint Phalle Nanas

Dubuffet sculptures outside the Rijksmuseum.

Dubuffet Amsterdam

Our friend’s dogs waiting outside the chocolate shop in Delft.

Dogs Delft

And bikes. How can I resist taking pictures of bikes.

Until next time, good-bye Europe!

Next week, back to the regularly-scheduled Claremontography. Thanks for reading about our trip!


Bridge Amsterdam

Our vacation ended with a few days in Amsterdam where the forecast predicted lots and lots of rain, but we ended up with only a little. The last time we were in Holland was during a record-breaking heat wave, so we were happy to wear jackets this time.

During our wanderings, we noticed many buildings which appeared to be falling over. Since Amsterdam is built on land reclaimed from the sea, the foundations are not rock solid, but the engineers have kept the buildings still standing these many years.


Despite the wind, we decided to take an open-air canal boat tour, and actually, when below street level, the wind was unnoticeable. Besides, there were only nine people on our tour and we had no windows to obstruct our views as these cruisers did.IMG_6937

Many canals look the same, but the bridges have greater variety. The bridge on the top right was in the James Bond film, Diamonds are Forever. The bridge on the lower left was inspired by a bridge in Paris, and the three X’s on the bridge below the James Bond bridge are on Amsterdam’s flag, signifying what? Read here to find out. Our guide told us they are for three perils: floods, fires, and the Black Death. Who knows?


We got a close-up look at some of the thousands of houseboats.


Not all buildings are old, historic charmers. Some buildings are quite modern.

I would still like to go to Holland during tulip season. That will have to be a sabbatical trip since it’s during the school year in Claremont.