Friday, March 27, 2015

Been There, Done That.

Oh hello!

How is everybody!  (Happy Spring!?)

The Paradis family have been away in Blighty celebrating Mother's Day with someone special.  It has been so busy around here, I wasn't able to leave you with weeks' worth of posts.  Sorry!

But now I'm back and.....such things I have to show you!  More soon!

Until then,  have a good weekend.  xoxo  (It was nice to go away, but it's nice to be back.  Thanks for all your nice notes on the last post.)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March in Los Angeles

I can't share with you the smell of the jasmine and wisteria

but I think you can probably get the idea.

It's a time already of sunny outdoor naps.

Incredibly, California cultivated red-currants can be found NOW in some grocery stores.

Incredibly, hail can create a snowy scene at the beaches.

The weather doesn't keep too many people from their sunbathing.

or moon-gazing.

It's a good time for cheery drinks with friends.

(All pics, Mlle Paradis, except 4, 5, 6, courtesy of the L.A. Times and the Santa Monica Mountain Lion-Cam)

And yes, summer seems to be just around every corner!  (Ah yes, works for me!)

How was your weekend???????

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Fourrure. For You. Today. Friday.

Most of these pictures came via

For those of you still

miserable and shivering

and thoroughly FED UP

with winter.

I send you comfort.

And inspiration.

Want a better, warmer weekend?

Get a furry FRIEND!

Or borrow one at least.

You know you want to do it.

Not that you have ANYTHING ELSE to do with your time.

Happy WEEKEND!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Staying Close, Gardening, and the Gloaming

I have been laboring in my new garden mostly non-stop for the last week.

Some progress is being made.  But not really enough to merit much in the way of photography.

i.e., any pic I would show you would only reveal so much still UNDONE.

And lots that is not so very beautiful.  But in the evenings....

I allow myself a wander around to capture that for which I am NOT responsible:

The little whisper of evening light.

That is blessedly transforming.

And poetic.  It makes up for the hard labors of the day.  And it's a promise of what's to come.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Picture IT!

Hello March!!!!  How was everybody's weekend?

We had a rainy one in L.A. but fun anyway.  Today I'm posting about, PICTURES!  (What a surprise - not!)

I have to say this is something I've wanted to do on my walls for ages, and never got around to. Why?  One reason might be because I think I'd find it impossible to settle on a single picture.  I've thought of permanently installing a slide projector in my living room so that I could change pictures according to whim......

sort of like this.  But it's not very green is it?  To be running a projector at all times.  Maybe I could get away with just evenings, or weekends.

If I did something on paper and permanent, I'd have a hard time, too, choosing between black and white and color.

I'd love to have one of those Florence Henri photos from my last post.  The black and whites tend to pack that graphic punch that pulls everything in a room together.  Like in this picture.  (Is it just me or have the last three pictures tilted slightly to the left?)

I'm less fond of close up portraits.  But it depends.

Yes mostly I think I favor a landscape....or streets cape.

And of course - you needn't limit yourself to walls.  Anybody done this at home?

(All pics variously from around the web.) 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Florence Henri - Musee du Jeu de Paume, Paris through 17 May 2015

What are you doing this weekend?

It's supposed to rain in L.A. so we are thinking of going to a museum.

If we were in Paris, we would definitely go to this:

"Florence Henri (New York 1893 – Compiègne (France) 1982) was a multi-faceted artist, who was first known for her paintings before making a name for herself as a major figure in avant-garde photography between the end of the 1920s and the beginning of the 1940s........

The Jeu de Paume is presenting a vast panorama of Florence Henri’s photographic production 

from 1927 to 1940, including her self-portraits, abstract compositions, portraits of artists, nudes, photomontages, photocollages, as well as documentary photos taken in Rome, Paris and Brittany."  (From the Jeu de Paume website.)

I had never heard of her before.  Had you?  

Have a wonderful week end!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bucolic Splendour

More of that: just in case anyone is.........


of snowy, sleety

(Top three pics: the amazing Sarah Ryhanen at Saipua)

chilly city life.

Just remind yourself......

you're in the home stretch now.

Just a few

short months.........

(last 3 pics: Artemis at Junkaholique)

Have you planned your summer holidays yet?

I think you might already know that about me:

(last two pics: moi-meme)

My idea of getting away is going

(pics 2 and 3 and this last, via Gardenista)

to the country.

(pic: Ben Pentreath via his blog Inspiration)

What about you?  City mouse or country mouse?