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A Moment in Time, May 2, 2010, 8am pacific

May 3, 2010
Bernie's Coffee, photo by Cheryl McDonald

Bernie's Coffee, Noe Valley,San Francisco

So yesterday, Sunday the 2nd of May at 8am around the world, the New York Times held a call for photos and over 10,000 people responded! People from all around the globe uploaded one image of what they were doing, where they were, or what was important to them at 8am their time. Pretty exciting and there are some really amazing pictures so far. You should check out the blog site Lens. They are still in the process of loading and organizing images so I sure the site will change a lot in the next few days.

I was one of the people in the world that responded to their call for entries. I learned about it last week, set my alarm to remind me and started thinking about where I wanted to be on Sunday morning. I thought about what I wanted to share with the world that is something about my world. I did not seem to have any great ideas-  at least none that were not contrived and hoaky,  so I decided to take a walk down on 24th Street in Noe Valley with my camera and see what showed up. I love doing this on Sunday mornings. It is a good healthy walk down the hill and an even healthier walk up the hill!

It was a beautiful sunshine morning yesterday, even so, 8 am is a bit early for people to be out in this neighborhood. There are usually lot’s of young families with strollers, toddlers and dogs on leashes, but not this morning, so it was a quiet leisurely walk. There are a variety of places I like to visit on 24th Street depending on what I am in the mood for. Usually I walk up and down the main drag seeing what captures my interest before I make my selection.

Ohla and Jesus, photo by Cheryl McDonald

Ohla and Jesus staff the coffee bar at Bernie's

Well yesterday morning, at 8am it just so happened that I was in front of one of the great coffee establishments in San Francisco- Bernie’s Coffee- 3966 24th Street. So what better image to capture to share with the world then a view of a warm and friendly place here in this great city. Ohla and Jesus were behind the counter and were happy to accommodate me and my camera with a great portrait of the 2 of them, which is the image I sent in to the Times.

Ohla selling muffins, photo by Cheryl McDonald

Ohla selling muffins at Bernie's

Here are a couple more of them hard at work

Jesus in a blur of busy-ness, photo by Cheryl McDonald

Jesus is a blur

and of course there has to be a dog picture at a coffee shop, so I have added one of those as well.

Waiting for treats, photo by Cheryl McDonald

Waiting for treats outside

Bernie’s coffee is owned by Bernie Melvin, “a local girl” and is located at 3966 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. There is a Facebook page and you can find it and all Bernie’s fans here- Bernie’s Coffee Fanatics


Getting there- what is your path style?

April 26, 2010

My camera and I went for a walk in Golden Gate Park yesterday- the lower section on the park below 25th Ave. Part of the park I had not really explored yet. I was there for several reasons-

1. it was a really beautiful day
2. I had not had a chance to take pictures all week
3. I was looking for a blog topic for today
4. I was really in need of some time in the wilderness-plants, trees, space

Partners on the Path by Cheryl McDonald

So this is a tale of my wanderings through the park-

To start off with, I want to say that there is a lot going on in my world- I am not alone, there is just a whole of change and turmoil going on in all of our worlds- if your life is free and easy at the moment you are definitely in the minority- enjoy it and be grateful for it. As for me, I am learning to be grateful for change, turmoil and chaos.

So yesterday as I wandered through the park, I allowed my mind, my heart and my vision to wander- no expectations, just open to the possibilities. I started noticing all of the different kinds of paths that run through this park and I realized that there were path styles for all types of personalities.  My first thoughts about paths go straight to my new-age, woo-woo side- you know “we are all on the path”, “following our path”- and it started me thinking about what kind of path do I choose to take? So this is a photo essay about paths.

Walking down the sidewalk by Cheryl McDonald

There were the strict, sidewalks, with lot’s of rules and directions that go around the outside edges of the park.

Victory Dance, by Cheryl McDonald

The streets and sidewalks that meander through for those who want to take a quick jaunt through the park on their way to other places- sometimes just driving through the park can reduce ones blood pressure by several points! This is good for bike and baby carriages and keeping the little ones out of the mud.

Bees and Poppies by Cheryl McDonald

Planted beds with beautiful arrays of flowers, bushes and trees. Well kept and bursting with blooms.

Top of the Heap by Cheryl McDonald

Then there are the paths that lead to various event areas, the turtle pond or the fly casting pond or the equestrian park. There are so many activities that happen in this park it is absolutely amazing to me! To the point- direct routes from the parking lots that are close by.

Through the Forest by Cheryl McDonald

And then there are the foot paths that meander through the forest, less traveled and more over-grown. The paths that lead you into the awesomeness of the forest, the sounds of the birds, wildflowers, smells of the trees and the grasses. This is where you can connect with Mother Nature in a one-on-one, or hear your own thoughts.

Through the grass by Cheryl McDonald

It is always possible to go completely off the path as well.

So what kind of path person am I? I guess it depends on the day. More and more I am the person on the foot path meandering through the forest. Looking to find my own way, but not quite ready to take off running through the brush. I guess I do like a little direction in my life and I trust that it will be interesting enough to keep my attention but not so untamed as to be filled with too many surprises-  Roots, weeds, and unexpected turns, yes, sharp cliffs, blind curves, or bears- no. I like to think of myself as a daredevil, but I guess I am a lot more in need of stability than I thought. The footpath through the forest, gives me the feeling of space, with the security of knowing that someone else has been here before.

Elmo's Foiled Escape by Cheryl McDonald

So where does all of this lead? That is for you to decide. What kind of path are you on and are you happy with the direction it is going? If not maybe it is time for a walk in the park!

All images are by  Cheryl McDonald and if you like this blog, please subscribe! Thank you for reading!

Spring has Sprung!

March 30, 2010

Spring Trumpets by Cheryl McDonald

We had the most amazing weather this weekend! I had a chance to get out and wander in the city.
Everything is blooming, gardens are awakening.

People are out enjoying the sun in the parks. Life is blooming! Flowers, Trees, even the alleys are bursting with color!

Garden Alley-North Beach, Cheryl McDonaldI have always loved playing in the garden, walking into a nursery is like walking in and meeting good friends.
Plants are soothing creatures to be around. As you can tell from previous blogs I dig being out in the open,
however I also love being in garden spaces that people have lovingly created.

Garden Path by Cheryl McDonald

Spaces that are livable, functional and reflections of the people who create them. This weekend while I was out I took pictures of flowers and garden walkways, entry ways and parks.

Here are a few of the places I found. I enjoyed capturing the details and the character of these spaces.

The Red Mailbox by Cheryl McDonald

Stairways and pathways leading us in to the garden are intriguing and inviting.

The Royal Guard by Cheryl McDonald

Colorful proclaimers like the pride of Madeira or Calla Lilies trumpeting the arrival of Spring.

Now is the time to be out enjoying a garden, your garden! If you live in the Bay area and have a garden you love and enjoy, either public or private, I would love know about it, even to come and take pictures of it. We take portraits of our family, dogs, homes how about a garden portrait?

I would also like to put in a plug for my friend Barbara Paul- one of the most amazing garden designers in Southern California- she is a specialist in sustainable landscape design! Check her out here