Backyard Playground

Since the drought has officially been declared over, I decided to plant a garden this year. Not such an easy endeavor… Well, I discovered this morning, raccoons were busy last night digging up my sunflowers and zinnias.  This really hurts because I pulled weeds, amended the soil and carefully planted the seeds according to the directions on the package.  At first, the birds were eating the sunflower seeds, but I was able to outsmart the birds by covering the top of the location with netting.  I suspect the raccoons are searching for the booty buried by the blue jays.  The blue jays are busy taking dry cat food pieces from the cat’s bowl when he’s not looking.

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Photo Credit:  Mary Lou Fall

The wild life does not seem to be interested in the zucchini nor the crookneck squash.

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Here are the first tomatoes of Summer 2017.

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A garden is not complete without a ladybug or

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spider.

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Collecting Inspiration

This year for my birthday, I celebrated at the beach.  Two days of listening to the pounding surf, as I hiked through sand brought in from the storms of 2017, while hunting for sea glass. The first day was windy and cold.

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The second day on the sand was gorgeous, but there was not an abundance of sea glass.  I decided to focus on rocks with holes, lines and texture as my found objects.  (I always check for signage regarding removing objects from the beach).

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Rock Beads ©2017 Mary Lou Fall
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Lines, Intersections and Texture ©2017 Mary Lou Fall

My birthday celebration would not be complete without reservations at Cafe Rio in Rio Del Mar.

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Photo Credit:  Mary Lou Fall

Mango Salsa atop Swordfish resting on shaved Brussel Sprouts and Rice was delicious, but of course, I saved room for dessert.

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Photo credit:  Mary Lou Fall

Words cannot express the intense flavor of this dessert.  As Tess Flanders expressed in 1911, “Use a picture.  It’s worth a thousand words.”

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The end to a perfect evening and birthday.

 

 

 

Life

Last year, my mother passed away in her sleep without a Will.  Becoming the Administrator of her Estate was a lengthy process, but nothing compared to the unknown obstacles I would be forced to deal with it. With my husband by my side, we faced each situation with tenacity and common sense, never loosing focus on what really matters, while maintaining our lifestyle. My continued exploration in the world of knitting, exercise, and photography keeps me grounded.

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Capturing rain drops on persimmons hanging from a tree outside my studio window.

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Hiking while coping with one of the worst storms this year in Northern California.  At least, the drought is officially over.  I look forward to planting sunflowers this year.

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Playing around with the color wheel observing the interaction between colors using a knitting pattern of slip stitches.

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Black and white is so appealing.

 

Surrealist Photography and a Dadaist Poem

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My Dadaist Poem by Mary Lou Fall

My Dadaist Poem

 

The following pictures were taken by Mary Lou Fall and were NOT altered using Photoshop.  The origami was folded by Melissa, and Tristan Zara’s cut-up technique described in the Dada Manifesto was used for the poem.  Thirty-one words were cut up and twenty-five were randomly drawn from a brown paper bag.

Mannequin

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I captured an image with my cell phone the other day of a truck stowing naked, headless mannequins around town. Absence of arms, all but one, transparent bodies revealing breasts of both genders.  Publicly displayed without faces and an inability to gaze back at the viewer, presents an atmosphere of vulnerability.  The male mannequin on view from the waist up, while the omnipresent female mannequins stand surrounded by male mannequins.  The transparency of the material allows the sun to shine through the body illuminating the female mannequin.

Wouldn’t this make a great art history paper?

 

(The image Mannequins belongs to Mary Lou Fall 2014.  Please do not use the image without the permission of the photographer.  I know I could display my name across the image, but wouldn’t that ruin the meaning of the image?)