Posts Tagged: beautiful

The London Skyline at Dusk from the Embankment Bridge

The London Skyline at Dusk from the Embankment Bridge

Sun. 11.18.18 – Yes, I am back in London to write. I find that I write best here, for a number of reasons both known and rather mysterious to me. When I am home in California, I can muster 2000-4000 words per month, hardly words enough to finish a short story in reasonable time – let alone a book. When I am in London, I can reach that word count in two days or less.

The last two years of US politics have heavily weighed me down and when I get to London, as long as I stay off of the news and social media sites, I am able to feel slightly bouyant again. At least here, I can float in my imagination – unfettered from the fecal matter of US politics – long enough to create and write.

While I am not participating in the NaBloPoMo nor NaNoWriMo, I am doing my best to restart my blogging practice in a more regular fashion – albeit in clumps – as well as finish writing a few stories and a book.

Here I am for a month. Let’s see how much writing and editing I can get done. Wish me luck.

Photo taken by Ms. Jen from the Embankment Golden Jubilee Bridge at dusk with her camera phone.

Tonight: Venus & Belle

Venus and the Container Ships Belle would like you to throw the ball...

Fri 02.27.15 – Two photos of two of the most beautiful things to be found this evening: Venus and the container ships as seen whilst stopped at the Pacific Coast Highway & Seapoint light in Huntington Beach and Belle le Cane and her ball after dinner. Belle would like you to throw her ball.

These two photos taken within an hour or two of each other re-remind me how much I love my Nikon D800 camera with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens. It is a simple but rockstar combo for great photos. Rather than buying several lenses or even one mid-range zoom, do yourself and your photos a favor and splash out for one good to great 50mm lens, then take lots of photos.

Mobile: What is the best / most beautiful / most innovative / most creative use of a mobile phone recently?

Eight years ago, I conducted a survey on the creative use of mobile devices by creative professionals, which became the research base for my Masters thesis: Moleskine to Mobile.

But that was 8 whole years ago, which in mobile or technology time was practically before the dawn of Mammals. In the last few years, it seems many people have settled into the mobile version of humdrum suburbia: iPhone photos uploaded to Instagram, sharing updates to Facebook, making a video of one’s favorite pet/child/drunkfriend and uploading it to YouTube, or just letting others do it while one watches, etc.

Much like any supposed boring suburbia, there has got to be something interesting going on behind the facade of your mobile’s casing…

People! What is the best and/or most interesting, innovative, beautiful, creative use of a mobile that you have done, seen, heard of, have a link to in the last few months or year? Even if what you think is not really that interesting, but you haven’t told anyone else you are doing it, let me know.

Yes, you, photographer, artist, DJ, musician, banker, teacher, couch potato, maker, creator, builder, I am talking to you. Don’t be shy. If it isn’t you, then tell me about your creative friend. If it is you, share what you have been up to with your mobile. Doesn’t matter if it is a smartphone, feature phone, or super basic phone…

2014 – Let me know. Post the link to your or someone you know of’s creative/innovative activity with there mobile phone. Comment here or tweet a link to me @msjen.

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Nokia Connects has a fun program / award called MVC – Most Valued Connector (which really should be Most Valued Creative), wherein a group of us nominate folks who are doing cool and amazing things with their Nokia Lumia mobile phones or helping folks connect in some way thereof.

On top of wanting to see what y’all have been up to with any mobile phones, if you or a friend is doing some cool, creative stuffs with their Nokia Lumia phone, please send me the link so that I can recommend them for a nomination.

Y’all rock!

CampCamp 8.0

Friday, Hwy 395, Joshua Tree, Driving to CampCamp 8.0 Friday, Hwy 395, Eastside of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Driving to CampCamp 8.0 Friday, Dinner stop in Bishop, Amigo the Dog, Driving to CampCamp 8.0 Friday, Arrived at CampCamp 8.0, Jonathan and Jason Saturday, Photowalk with Winnie and Jenny, Truckee, CA Wildflowers and the Truckee River Saturday, Photowalk with Jason and Sergio Sergio and Scruffy The Truckee River Winnie and MJ Jenny listening to Jason explain the rules of Dominion Dominion cards Annie's newly knitted socks for the future Hoffman-Kim baby MJ tries on the baby's new socks Saturday night camp fire, Sergio takes photos of family Hoffman-Kim Annie and Jackson by the Campfire Beetle trails Sunday morning, CampCamp 8.0, Jackson makes breakfast Scruffy cozies up with a roll of paper towels and MJ's fleece jacket Sunday, Jason takes Amelia for an after breakfast walk CampCamp over, driving around Lake Tahoe CampCamp over, driving back home via Monitor Pass Passing Monitor Pass, looking down into the Walker Valley Sunday night dinner stop in Bridgeport, Mono County Court House, built 1880

All photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N8.

Friday 07.15.11 to Sunday 07.17.11 was CampCamp 8.0 in Truckee, Calif. The above photos were taken as I drove up from the LA area to the Tahoe area, while at CampCamp, and then on the drive back home.
I truly enjoyed CampCamp 8.0, not only for the lovely location, but for the great hangout time with friends old and new. Jason S brought lots of games, others brought musical instruments, Jackson, Courtney, Robert, & Jonathan cooked wonderful meals, photowalks with Jason S, Sergio, Winnie & Jenny, Hoff slept off jetlag, Annie knitted marvelous bits for the new baby & Amelia, and Amelia and Scruffy provided lots of entertainment – over all an excellent weekend in the mountains! Big thanks to MJ for organizing us!
And one day, I will beat Sergio at Settlers of Catan. One day…

Roses! Lotus Flowers! Coy!

Lotus Flowers and Coy fish churning up the fountain
Bees at work Ladybug at work Classical inspired pergola & statue The Roses at the Huntington are going off, Blooms Ahoy! Sunlight shinging through purple & white roses Cedar trees on the edge of the Rose Garden Beautiful single petal rose Floribundi roses falling over to the ground from the weight of their blossoms Huntington Rose Garden Hats ahoy! Purple rose with yellow pistols & stamens Coy and Lotus Flower Pond Half & Half, at the entrance to the new Chinese Gardens Lotus flowers and coy in the Fountain at the end of the North Lawn Lotus flowers and coy in the Fountain at the end of the North Lawn The Fountain on the North Lawn

Photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N86.

Thurs 05.20.10 – Erika and Thomas just got back from three weeks in New Zealand, so Erika and I decided to meet up today to go for a long walk. When I arrived at her house, I suggested that since it was late May and the weather had started to warm up, that we should go to the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino to see if the Rose Garden was in full bloom.
Oh was it ever in full bloom! We came the very right week to see every rose bush in full, over the top, bloom. It was amazing. The afternoon was warm at 84F/29F, clear, and sunny. We walked purposefully around the Rose Garden, all the while sniffing the roses and taking photos.
Luckily, the Huntington was not very crowded. My suggestion is if you live in the LA area, go the Huntington in the next 3-4 days to see the roses at their first bloom peak. It is truly amazing.
And the lotus flowers in the Japanese, Chinese and North Lawn ponds/fountains are also in bloom.
Do go. It is lovely.

A Crystal Clear, Most Lovely Southern California Day

Catalina Island as seen from Palos Verdes Drive

Uneven drive at Portuguese Bend Point Vincente Interpretive Center Santa Monica Bay on a beautiful day White Point, San Pedro Catalina Island as seen from White Point Cove Southern End of Catalina Island Looking south-east towards Point Fermin, San Pedro Port of Los Angeles, The Blimp, and the Santa Ana Mountains in the distance The Blimp!
Photos taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N86.

Sun 03.28.10 – Last Sunday afternoon the whole of SoCal was socked in with a not so nice foggy inversion layer that obscured all visibility and foiled my plans to take Lloyd Davis around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to whale watch before dropping him off at LAX so he could fly home to London. We did drive from the Queen Mary to LAX via Pt. Fermin, Pt. Vincente and Palos Verdes Drive, but it was not the show stopping March day I was hoping for.
Seven days later, today, the show stopping, crystal clear, once in every five years, truly stunning Southern California day occurred. It was beyond warm, 82F at the beach and 88F just a few miles inland with very little breeze. The air was so clear that one could not only see all the canyons & green hills of Catalina Island (26 miles out to sea) but one could clearly see Mt. San Gorgonio & Mt. San Jacinto 70 something miles to the east with their mantles of snow.
Not a day to waste, so I packed up the film Nikon FM3a, the digital Nikon D70s, my brother’s borrowed fancy binoculars, the Nokia N86, and off I went to drive Palos Verdes Drive around the peninsula to the Point Vincente Interpretive Center to see if there were any whales to be seen. The whole drive was packed out with Sunday sightseers and the hills were green and scattered with purple lupine and yellow mustard flowers.
When I got to Point Vincente, the whale watchers were out in force, from the hardcore with their expensive sight scopes to the families with binoculars. The best part is that 2 fin whales were with in eyesight distance about a mile offshore and a whole pod of common dolphins plus babies where only about 200 yds/m off the coast just beyond the kelp beds.
Between watching the fin whales breach, spout out water, flip their tail flukes and the antics of the baby dolphins plus the amazingly clear day, today was a true visual feast.
Happy Palm Sunday! Happy Spring! Happy Baby Dolphin Day!