March Photo Round-Up

Long month, lots of photos.

Flowers blooming everywhere.

Abandoned nest. Baby birds flying?


New way of playing soccer?


Images from City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco.

Flying Aprons and the Good Neighbor Band at the Pie Festival.

Learned two new board games – Ticket to Ride and Pandemic.

A goat. In an Explorer.


The San Bernardino Mountains.


View from Via Padova during Book Club dinner.




Green Oregon

IMG_2042If one trip in March is good, two is better, so we took a quick weekend trip to Oregon to visit our daughter and son-in-law. We knew we weren’t in California by all the lush greenness (and mud) we encountered on our two jaunts into the woods.

A little late for St. Patty’s Day, but green nonetheless.


The Trilliums were in bloom.











Despite clouds, we saw blue skies and enjoyed the sunshine.


Fungus and moss and shamrocks, a magical place



San Francisco City Sights

IMG_1859Wanting to explore new areas of the city (new to us), we stayed in an Airbnb in the Haight (Haight-Ashbury), famous for sex and drugs and rock ‘n roll, and 1967’s Summer of Love. Although toned down dramatically from those days, it is still retains some grit and lots of color.



The Haight is not the only place for street art. It can be seen throughout The City.

San Francisco Views

Claremont celebrated its Pie Festival last Saturday, but since we had just gotten back from a spring break trip to San Francisco, I didn’t get to take the photos I wanted to for a blog post. So, instead, you get some images of the City by the Bay.

San Francisco offers so many vantage points for taking panoramic photos, either from atop one of the hills, or down by the bay or ocean. With nearly 100,000 steps over 4 days, we covered a lot of ground (and hills). We lucked out with warm, sunny weather.

From Twin Peaks:


From Land’s End


Photo credit to my husband

From the Marina District (with the cool Wave Organ)

Bach in the Subways – 2016

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, Herr J.S. Bach! IMG_1948If you were alive today, you’d have to blow out 331 candles on your Kuchen. Instead, the world celebrated you this past weekend by playing your music everywhere and called it Bach in the Subways. Some places don’t have subways, but that did not stop musicians from spreading your wonderful music.


Here’s what went down in Claremont yesterday in the Laemmle Plaza.


A string quartet played The Art of the Fugue (Der Kunst der Fuge).

A group of ten (three violins, three violas, three celli and one bass) played the Brandenburg Concerto #3.



And a duo played a variety of works on violin and cello. This group reached out to small children and dogs.

Flowing at RSABG

Monday morning’s walk through the Botanical Gardens inspired these photos.

The newest art exhibit in the Visitor’s Center opened last weekend. This work, “a meditation on organic form” looks very much like intricate pencil drawings, but they are computer generated. The exhibit will flow through April 8.

With the recent rains, the garden is looking quite colorful (and a bit muddy). The butterfly pavilion is not yet open.

I had not yet seen this new pavilion in the desert garden complete with water feature.