Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Jocelyn at Knitting Linguist gave me an award a while ago. I think it might have been a long while ago, like maybe a long long time ago. It's not that I wasn't amazed, flattered and really really happy about it that I didn't post right away. I plead busy- busy working, knitting, reading, but mostly just living my busy life as a teacher, tutor, wife, mother, grandma. Anyway. Now I am thrilled to publicly acknowledge the award and pass it on to others.

This is the award: Jocelyn said so very nicely that she liked my photographs, especially photos of one of our common interests, Southern California, where we both live and knit.

I asked her what photos she particularly liked and she listed several. Sweet lady, she went back through old posts and told me what days I'd posted the pictures.

I scrolled back and looked at all the pictures she mentioned, and I am truly pleased and delighted that she likes so many of them. I love taking photos, sometimes cropping them to get 'just the right composition', and then sharing them here on my blog. This is just the kind of encouragement I love and need to keep me carrying my camera with me everywhere at all times and snapping those serendipitous shots and then posting my favorites. I decided I'd repost her faves, the ones I have identified as being Southern Californian in origin. Not surprisingly, the majority of them are beach themed.
Oak tree photo posted on January 26th, shot in my neighborhood's nature walk trail.

Sunset photo on January 15th, taken earlier that week in Ventura, California.

The umbrella picture on November 18th, photographed on a beach in El Segundo, California.

Rocks and ocean on October 24th, Thornhill-Broome Beach, near Pt. Mugu, between Camarillo and Malibu.
The door photo September 3rd and on September 2nd, Gardens of the World, Thousand Oaks, CA. This is California Mission architecture-stucco and wrought iron.

The carrots on August 10th, from the local Farmers Market.

The palms on July 17th. Palm trees-so very Southern Californian.

And to celebrate our love of yarn-

the yarn on spools on October 28th, Ventura County Weavers and Spinners Guild Open House.

OK. Back to the award--
The official rules are as follows:
1. Copy the award to your site.

2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers.
4. Link to those on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominated.
The other bloggers I choose (and this is the hardest part, isn't it? choosing seven from amongst so many really great bloggers) are-- Here is where I get completely, totally unable to choose. How can I choose just seven? How can I not say, I love all the blogs I visit? Every blog where I'm a regular reader attracts me for one of two (and sometimes both) reasons: great writing and great photography.
I have tried to nominate 7 bloggers, I've written names down, I've realized I just can't do it! Consider yourselves ALL tagged. If you have a blog, if you can write any words on a computer screen and make meaningful sentences from those words, well, I think that's creative and just simply amazing!


ellen b. said...

:0) WEll done Willow. I love the photos she loves too! Beautiful! Can I just say it took me 5 tries to type beautiful right and I've only had one drink tonight...

Unknown said...

Congrats on the award and love al the photos :D

Anonymous said...

I was just given your blog name when my husband, Jim and I visited Joy and Will on our way home from visiting family in Orange Co. It is so nice to find you again and know you are near them. I have enjoyed your blog these last few days and will keep checking in on you. I too love to knit but not the complicated things you make, also I crochet maybe more than knit. I also make many of those dish cloths and never thought to put a bar of soap in them. My family is bugging me to start a blog - about gardening and having to eat wheat free. We'll see if I ever get going on it. Talk to you later. Helen Pietsch

violetlady said...

Congratulations on a very nice award which you do deserve. I love the photo with the umbrella.

Robin said...

Congratulations Willow - you are well deserving of this nice award.

Claudia Bugh said...

Congratulations on your award! Well deserved and I agree with the pictures she selected. I particularly like the one of the beach umbrella ~ although I love oak trees as well!

I love how you prepare your oatmeal. I have some flax seeds and I'm going to grind it up and try it on my oatmeal too - LOL

Knitting Linguist said...

What a treat to get to see all of those photos again in one place! I still love them all the best, I think :) Thanks so much for reposting!

Jane said...

I always admire your photos Willow so I'm glad you got an award with them in mind. I did do some knitting and sewing over half term and this week too which I shall blog about after tomorrow. Jane x

Marg said...

Hey, that's so nice when you give us the options. I love your posts and look forward to them. Your pictures describe exactly who you are and your interests.
Stay true!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your photos are lovely and it's a ell deserved award Willow! Congrats

I find it hard to pass on awards these days too -- there are just too many wonderful blogs to pick a few.

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

You very much deserve the award!

AND I LOVE the photos! They ARE gorgeous!!!! I think my fave has to be the silhouettes against the setting sun. It reminds me of the old Beach Boys song "Warmth of the Sun".