It's so cool how many themes are scattered around the neighborhood. This house has a beach scene in front. It's fabulous. I needed a quick trip to the beach and seeing his cool set up - well it gave me a little dose. Sure I can't see the ocean - but I can feel it after my eyes feast on the cool stuff he has laid out. He even leaves out a little bowl sometimes with a sign that says "free rocks". Isn't that cute green owl adorable? What else do you see? Lots of stuff in here.
This beautiful cascading plant is in my neighbor's yard. Oh he does beautiful stuff. When I walk by his house, I feel like I'm under the sea. I will post another picture of his front yard on Instagram. People come by and tell me how much they love his yard. I know when I tell him, it pleases him.
I try not to compare our yards. He really spends a lot of time on his yard. I'm working on our yard too. I get ideas from him. He uses succulents to landscape his entire front yard. This particular plant sits on top of a long tree stump. He had to cut the tree down- but he decided not to cut the entire trunk down - and left the stump long and then put this gorgeous plant on top. Actually he put 2 plants up there. And both have grown. - together Look at that. It's a Rapunzel plant with flowy hair. I don't know what it's called. I took the picture rather quickly. I can see it's a little bit blurry. But the sun coming through - is lovely. So I'm going to use it.
Then in another part of the neighborhood - I love this which sits out front. It's an old wagon. It's been there for a long time. And it looks so cool. I really like it.
Again - I didn't feel like switching these to black and white. I'm leaving both of them in color for you to feast your eyes on - and enjoy.
My brain is really pulled to these castle tops. I just love them. They're so cool. I found another one. I mean I know there are a lot in this neighborhood - but now that I'm taking pictures of them - I'm really noticing them on my walks. Look at that cool window. And the green plants growing tall alongside it. Very cool. Do you think Rapunzel is up there?
I also came upon a tree with a little birdhouse. If you saw the other post of the birdhouse tree - you might have figured out - I love birdhouses. This one was so sweet. Okay - right after I inserted the picture - and it was so big - much bigger than my phone's screen - I noticed something. There's another birdhouse in there! How sweet. A mansion birdhouse. I didn't see that. Oh that's so cool. I also noticed there was chalk art on the ground. This little area is well loved.
Okay - I'm leaving these two pictures in color. It was another cool overcast morning. So the clouds were already black and white.
Enjoy. And if you see something else...let me know!
I took a couple pictures of this sweet spot I found on my walk. Someone had placed a bird bath in the middle of beautiful green plants. And on the bottom - is this cool old metal pot (the leaves in the pot look like gold) next to a stone path (and you know how much I love different paths). I love all the colors - different textures - all mixed in with the plants. It's an invitation to feast your eyes on it - and to invite wildlife to have a lovely rest here. Birds and bees can sip from the water and relax for a minute or two. So sweet. I took two pictures - one a close up. I'm not going to turn these black and white. Both are so beautiful - the green is so vibrant - the birdbath waiting for birds to come and cleanse themselves is so peaceful. I'm going to leave both of these pictures in color.
I started out calling this section "My blog." But it has become my little tucked away section to share pictures of things that I enjoy, inspire me, tickle me, and delight me. So I changed it and now call this section is called "Clickity Clak." Because I feel when I see something I like - I need to clickity clak and take a picture.
Today's picture (of course both color & black and white) is of a really cool wall. I love all the stones together to make this incredible wall.
This is such a cool tree. I see this one on my walks. It has knobs and buttons on it. Don't you think? It's an old one too, I'm sure. I'll bet it has a lot of stories. I just recently started to notice it. It's across the street from my old high school. I'm sure it was there when I went. I just didn't notice it. But I do now. I love the little spreckles (my word program says this isn't a word - but it is to me) of green scattered through it's trunk. The bark is so textured. It's really cool. Of course - I've included a black and white version for contrast. Do you see anything different in the two different pictures? I'm usually looking for faces in trees, or something - some kind of magic. There is always magic to be found in a tree.
Puddles are fun. Oh...yes...I got tempted to splash. But it was a bit brisk this morning and I was out on my walk when I ran into this one. I really didn't want to get my feet wet and then continue walking with wet feet. But it was a good looking puddle. I saw some kids walking to school - I wondered if they wondered why I was taking a picture of a puddle. I also ended up going around it. That's age and wisdom for you. When you're young - you splash - you don't care - you're wet - who cares! When you're older - you look at puddle and think - if I walk through that - I'll have cold feet - wet feet - in shoes - not comfortable. This puddle looked a little too deep to wade through. I'm not saying I would fall in - but I could tell - I felt my gut instinct and it said my shoes and socks would get wet. But I could admire this puddle. I did admire this puddle.
When I got home, after looking at the picture - so much detail comes out. The color sneaking out to the side - the beautiful flowers - they pop out - sneaking in to say hello. The great reflections from the water - the trees are peeking in to say hello. The different textures. So I've made two copies. One color - and one black and white. What do you see? How do the pictures make YOU feel? What's the story here? Feel free to send me comments.
It's amazing how different a color picture and a black and white picture can drastically change a mood. I've been trying to be more observant and appreciative of all the cool architecture around here. Especially since so much of it is getting torn day. Why L.A.? Why? I know it's not you. It's these people - the changers. I know it's this idea that NEW is better. I realize they just don't know how well made some of these buildings are. It's strange too - because so many people who live in L.A. aren't from here. Some are from places where history is important. But then they back up a decision to tear down these beautiful awesome buildings and homes. It's weird. I don't understand it.
This is a really cool building. It's on a street with lots of trees - so it's in the dark a lot. But look at the difference between color and black and white. They each tell a different story. What do you see?
I took the picture quickly - because I don't know what's behind the curtain to those windows. What if someone was looking at me? I'm not trying to be intrusive - I'm admiring. So I took it quickly and left. But when I got home and uploaded the picture, I saw so much more. Look at that yellow flower - that just gives a pop of color. The green on the leaves - just beautiful. The character in the windows. I think it's so cool how that stick - actually - it's a skinny trunk of a tree - which looks like it climbs up the building. And then - I turned off the color - and this building turned into a castle - dark and mysterious. Oooooh……I really noticed the shadows on the wall and the way it looks to the right of the building - like you go under a bridge of trees. I noticed the wetness on the ground and on the dirt. It's very cool.
I have seen the guy who owns this building. He walks around and collects all the garbage cans on the block - keeping the streets cleaner. He's always looking around and trying to be of service. I know a friend of mine was out walking one day - and she got a whole speech about exercise - and what is the right exercise to do. I haven't met him. It's weird. I've lived in this neighborhood for so long - I've seen him- heard things about him - but I don't know him. But you know what? I like it that way. I have my own story for him. I hope - if he saw me - he knew I was appreciating his cool building.
So what to do you see? Tell me. Tell me.
I really enjoyed that 7 day black and white challenge. I enjoy taking pictures of things I like to look at on my walks. So I figured I'll do more of it. Why not? Here are a couple more pictures of my favorite building. Look at the detail on this gem. It's just beautiful. I want to walk through that door - and see what's on the other side. I get tempted to knock on it. Who's on the other side? It's so mysterious. I haven't seen anyone come out of it. Do you have any ideas? Ooooh, if you like, send me some comments about what you think is on the other side. Give me a little story. A sentence. Or one word. Have a little fun with me. (Yes, I'm trying to get you to leave comments. Is it working?)
Down below is a picture of the part of the building to the right of this door. There is a pond with turtles and fish in there. But from this angle - and looking at this picture - it looks like a moat. Doesn't it? It looks like could be alligators in there. The lion looks over them.
Now that it has been pointed out to me - check out the architecture. The small half bricks mixed up with the big bricks. You might have been a bit more observant them me on this - but if you didn't notice - look now - it's very cool, right? What a beautiful building.