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San Francisco’s Chinatown

I used to joke that if I were to design a driving video game set in San Francisco, Chinatown would be the ultimate challenge of the game, the final level to be completed by only the most skilled drivers with zen-like patience and the agility of a cheetah and parking skills of, well, me.

Driving in Chinatown is probably best avoided because of its narrow one-way streets and throngs of pedestrians. But, if you ditch the car and slow down, you can see the texture of the place. It’s a world of vibrant colors and layers of brick, stone, gates, patterned doors, graffiti , stuff to buy and people.

I took these photos very early before most of the shops were open so I could get a clear view of the building facades. Even without the crowds you can see how lively the setting is. Check it out…without a car.

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Leaf Collection Saves the Day

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6th grade leaf collection

Last year my Mom was cleaning out her garage and handed me a box of my stuff to sort through. In that box was a leaf collection I made in the 6th grade! I remember taking the still green leaves and encasing them in waxed paper. I also remember the smell of that slightly burning paper and leaves together as if it was yesterday. I’m happy to have such a huge catalog of these beautiful east coast leaves with me today. Thanks Mom!

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leaf collection painted

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Moody Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

I don’t know about you but I love Halloween! And I couldn’t wait to finally post these photos of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery In Paris. It was a visual feast of distressed moss-covered walls, rusting ornate ironwork, cobblestones and SNOW!


crypt door, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Of the thousands to choose from at the cemetery as inspiration (I didn’t even begin to document everything that I found inspiring), I chose this ironwork door for is lovely lines.



crypt, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and a list of other departed celebs buried here are too numerous to name.


Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris


Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris


Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris


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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

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