Monday, June 10, 2019

2019.06 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

27 new photos by A.E. Graves
I took a day off!! I DID!! Instead of having dental work/surgery, as has been my habit lately, I flew to the Big Island of Hawaii, and RELAXED in the peaceful town of Kailua-Kona.

It was so... PLEASANT.

I have been juggling so many things, that taking some time to just sit in the shade and listen to the waves breaking on the rocks, or enjoy a macadamia nut milk latte, or swim with parrotfish was just AMAZING.

I could get used to taking time to rest.  Who knew?

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Four-ish (ocean geometric abstract)

I've had the Fragment app ( from Pixite ( on my phone for a long time, and still enjoy playing around with my phone images of skies, water, and similar "backgrounds" to overlay their shapes and adjust it with filters... I have a few favorite templates/adjustments that I make over and over, and always seem to turn up something that would like nice as a sticker...

Of course I have a tiny sticker printer... Sheesh.  You suspected, didn't you?

Friday, June 7, 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019

Araucariaceae in my neighborhood

This one was topped, perhaps more than once, and has decided to fill all the space it is allowed to...  It is so TOUCHABLE.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

SF Korean War Memorial, Presidio

Construction on the replacement approach to the Golden Gate Bridge kept me out of a large swath of the Presidio for the past few years.  (Who likes construction fences and wind-blown soil?  Not me!)  As I slowly reclaim old routes, I finally returned to this area to the west of the Main Post, to see the immaculately new looking Korean War Memorial. 

This is my first visit - appropriately timed for Memorial Day Weekend.

Bluer Than Usual Lagoon

When I was growing up, this lagoon was covered with a gravel airfield.  We'd sit in what was basically an abandoned parking lot to watch fireworks on Independence Day. 

Luckily, forward thinking people intervened, and restored the area to a much better condition, and a haven for birds.  (Amusingly, the lagoon has taken matters into its own hands, and has reshaped itself a few times, beyond where humans wished it to go...  but it's all working out!)

Crissy Field

Parade Ground Bay View, Main Post, Presidio

I feel so lucky to have such an amazing NATIONAL PARK in my hometown!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Reflected palms

Many of us San Franciscans have mixed feelings about palm trees.  They aren't a local tree, and they are associated with places much warmer than our foggy summers suggest - such as sunny Southern California, which is why clever merchants make so much money selling coats and thick hoodies to tourists here.  We aren't so warm, but our trees might trick you!

There are some heavy, wide palms that were planted in the 1970s down Dolores (near the Mission of the same name), and those have been there long enough that we pretend they chose to be there naturally.  They are stocky and slow-growing, and feel nearly Victorian in their stodginess.  :)

City corners and surfaces

Heavily articulated windows

Bay kayaks, splash landing area

Black truss collection

Third Street Bridge with scaffolds

I suppose the bridge is holding up well if most of the scaffolds are hanging FROM it during its restoration...

New surface (what hospitals look like now)

Break in the clouds, City Hall (Monday)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Now is not the time to stop my massage

Terra Cotta on the Corner

(Also Old Town San Mateo)

Odd Fellows, Nice Buildings

(In Old Town San Mateo)

Industrial Space Thai

Maker Faire Bay Area is fun

Because: of course it is!  Everyone should get to enjoy going to science fairs that overflow an event center and have sculptures that walk or blast fire.  I'm lucky to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where both adults AND their children joyfully celebrate science.

Also: I WAS GIVEN NASA STICKERS.  *dancing*  My work laptop has just been improved many many times over!

There are some fun things to highlight:

There was also a piece that is what any Tardis of mine would likely look like, called Axis Mundi, which I'll link to below:

Axis Mundi - Thirty Circles

Axis Mundi is a geometric shrine in the form of a 6-sided gazebo, made entirely of LED lit, laser cut panels. Emerging from the inside of the structure sits a 3ft tall kaleidoscope. Within the mirrors of the kaleidoscope is an ever changing , infinitely reflected globe of organic growth, cosmic convergence, and fractal patterns.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Silicon Geographical Depression

On the ridge

Far from town

Ceiling abstract 5

I don't really enjoy photo editing software, but photo abstraction software is kind of fun.  :)

Ceiling abstract 3

Ceiling abstract 1

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Softly reflective

I appreciate the design of our local BART stations.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Looking west, looking east

The Presidio was packed today, despite the wind and fog (Happy Mothers' Day!), and so wasn't the best place to have a peaceful walk; but I had a refreshing walk, and I'll take it.

I'm still not accustomed to the new eastern part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (at bottom).  I don't have close photos of it, even though it has been open since 2013; the remains of the bridge it replaced remained into 2018, and so complete views haven't been clear until recently. 

My day in four colors

Three of these are in my own, foggy neighborhood today. 

(Top row: pink rhododendron and a red "pincushion" protea (maybe Leucospermum cordifolium);
bottom row: a violet iris and a yellow California flannel bush (likely Fremontodendron californicum).) 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Scent of Lilacs

I am surprised and delighted that the German language has a special word for the scent of lilacs.

Der Fliederduft.

I was trying to explain (in German) what I most enjoy about spring, and apparently, I am not alone in this! 

How sweet.  And unexpected.

Jamie Bardsley (at SFMCD)

I am completely charmed by Jamie Bardsley's installation as the Museum of Craft and Design. Here is a link to her site, to see her engaging work, which involves complex assemblies created from relatively simple, elegant components:

Jamie Bardsley

Jamie Bardsley is a ceramic installation artist.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019

I used to paint and draw, so much more often...

I'm packing up my garage for construction work, and keep coming across drawings and paintings from my past.  It's a mix of experiments (successful and not!), abstracts, patterns, and representational (softly realistic) paintings, including studies for larger paintings.

Some of them are kind of interesting.  It makes me wonder if what I could have achieved with practice.  Practice is something I didn't get: a year or two after I made the little studies in this image, I worked more than full time (>40 hours per week) in a law firm AND went to college full time on weekends (full semester case loads, full days of classes on alternating weekends, homework whenever I could).  For years, I focused on my duties, rather than my pleasures.

Then I became part of a long-term couple, and that also required time.  (We don't think about relationships that way, but they really are an investment, and they DO require time, attention, and energy.)

When I did finally get a solid period of time off, I decided I had to pick ONE pleasure to study in depth, and chose photography.  I have no regrets about that: I learned so much!  Photography has brought me great joy, great new friends, gallery shows, and adventure, and I am studying it still.

It just intrigues me to be reminded of all I want to learn in watercolor painting (which I only do now and then during vacations), and wonder when (and perhaps if) I'll be able to get some practice in and make the sorts of images I daydream about.

Art Deco San Francisco

My friends were patient with me, as I stopped along our walk down Chestnut Street to capture a few of the charming facades over the posh shops. The colors and details add enjoyable texture.

2019.04.27 Art Deco Details, Chestnut Street, San Francisco

photos of San Francisco by A.E. Graves

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Conservatory of flowers - and lights

I’ve never our Conservatory of Flowers lit this way. It looks great!

Also,  it is foggy, but there are _no_ snowflakes right now. I admit that fog wouldn’t make a sharp projection. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Is it, though?

Flaming + sunburnt

Weekend in North Hollywood and Los Angeles

My dear friend Kyle was on my weekly social calendar last year, but fled early this year to the sunnier climate of Los Angeles for his next chapter in life. He found a great apartment, and invited me to visit for a weekend of chatting, eating, visiting botanical gardens at their spring peak, eating more, and driving through wealthy neighborhoods while questioning the tastes of the super-rich.

I enjoyed my first ever visits to Griffith Observatory, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and so many other places. It was great fun!

I didn't take as many photos as you would expect. Though more of roses than you could reasonably expect from me.

I now have to spend much more mental energy contemplating landscaping with cycads, and uplighting.

2019.04 Burbank and Beyond, CA

44 new photos · Album by A. Elizabeth Graves

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

I’m not done with spring yet!

And I love the delicate reds on those fresh green leaves.  : D

Office park nature scene