Things I’ve Seen: Light and Color

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

~ W.B. Yeats


Photography, Fujifilm, Light, Architecture,

Sky Bridge, SFMoMa


Photography, Landscape, Nature, Sunset, Ocean

Sunset and Birds, Oregon


Photography, Produce, Farmers' Market, Close-up

Towers of Cherries


“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” 

~ Susan Sontag


Photography, Surfer, Color, Fujifilm, Still Life

Yolo Fun


Photography, Nature, Nikon, Landscape

Sunlit Leaves, Hoh Rainforest


Portrait, City, Photography

Reflect, Vancouver


“The question is not what you look at but what you see.” 

~  Henry David Thoreau


Nature, Photography, Close-up, Light, Color

Beach Rocks


Photography, Close-Up, Nature, Fujifilm, Close-Up

Dew and Red


Photography, Architecture, Reflection, City, Fujifilm

Vancouver Reflections


“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” 



Close-up, Farmers' Market, Photography, Produce

Early Girls


Nature, Sunset, Landscape, San Francisco, Golden Gate

Home Sweet Home


“Photography helps people to see.”

~Berenice Abbott






Categories: Nature, Photography, Portraits, Sunrise, Sunset, Things I've Seen..., Weekly Photo ChallengeTags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. ‘Sky Bridge’: You are attracted by the light while the lines and shapes are the spectacle. ‘Sunset and Birds, Oregon’: A beautiful sunset. ‘Towers of Cherries’: Colorful Cherries. ‘Yolo Fun’: The three surfboards waiting… for their challenge. ‘Sunlit Leaves, Hoh Rainforest’: A sign of life… ‘Reflect, Vancouver’ and ‘Vancouver Reflections’: Reflection of lines and curves at the architecture. ‘Beach Rocks’: Beard the waves. ‘Dew and Red’: I love this picture. I gives me the feeling I’m alive. ‘Early Girls’: Young and juicy, refreshing. ‘Home Sweet Home’: Yes, that’s where I want to be.
    Have a nice day, Jane
    Best regards, Heidi

  2. loved the reflection one as the fav of the post – the lines and vibe – but the three surfboards waiting – ((with the door kind of covered??)) well each pic stood well on its own but also fit in with the waiting theme and quotes you inserted. feel like I am leaving with some boost of umph

  3. Wonderful post, quotes, images. It was really a perfect message at just the right time. Thanks!

  4. I like how you go around sensing the world. You shoot from your gut.

  5. Yolo Fun must be a portrait of the Three Stooges. Betcha I can guess which one is Moe. He’s the guy in the center, leaning on Larry.

  6. Such a lovely series of photographs, Jane.

  7. Beautiful photos, lots of colour Jane. If I were to choose a favourite it would the cherries but they are all good.

  8. Wonderful series Jane ~ your second shot makes me wonder if you are not a true Oregonian at heart (or at least a maiden of the Pacific Northwest). Your opening quote also sets the stage so well, “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” a reminder that some days it is perfect to just be lazy, ponder and enjoy. 🙂

    • Hi Randall, What a compliment! Easy to fall in love with the PNW…and the Yeats quote really rings true in places like this. Great to hear from you and I hope all is well with you. Thanks so much. 🙂

  9. This is a fun series of shapes and groups and all kinds of things…I’m a bit envious that you manage to get every rock in focus on that beach rock image – I have to keep working on that. The tomatoes…same thing. Altogether a joyful collection – one sense a positive spirit behind the photographs. And what a terrific Yeats quote!

    • Hi Lynn, What a great response– thank you so much! The quote got me started putting this collection together. I am enamored with these smooth, beautiful beach rocks– I must have lucked out getting them all on one plane. When I saw the light on those tomatoes at our market, thankfully, my IPhone did the trick. 🙂 Hope you are doing well!

      • 🙂 Sometimes phones work better than cameras for certain things, don’t they? Those rocks – I was just at a similar beach recently, once in the rain and once when it was dry. It’s so much fun to see them, to see how the sizes change in different parts of the beach, to find different things hiding in them….They’re incredible in the rain, too, with those saturated colors. But I think my favorite thing about them is the sound they make underfoot! Have a good weekend – I’m good, planning a trip back to NYC next month.

  10. Those are awesome light and color!

  11. What a great eye you have … a fun variety of images! Would love to have some of those Early Girl Tomatoes … they’re my favorite.

  12. Great photos! The cherries are exquisite.

  13. Love that Susan Sontag quote! “Do Stuff, be clenched” ❤
    and those cherries look delish!
    Lovely series, Jane

  14. Beautiful photos really love the sunset and birds. I’ll be too scrared to take a picture of the cherry towers in case they fall over 🙂

  15. Thank-you for this diverse collection of beautiful images – even Vancouver! – It is clear that you are great inspiration to many!

  16. Some beautiful shots here Jane. Loved your opening quote which set the mood for the post.

  17. It is what you see, and the perspective you see it from. Love the dew and red pic.

  18. Any post that begins with Yeats has to be special and yours certainly is Jane as always. Gorgeous gallery but happy you must be to be home.

  19. Amazingly wonderful photos. Love them. Quotes are also very nice. Keep up the amazing work.

  20. Sunset was beautiful and birds were a bonus!

  21. Wonderful images as ever Jane. Always so lovely and colourful!

  22. Absolutely spectacular images Jane 😀

  23. I love, love, love the Sky Bridge, Jane.

  24. I’ve missed to see your beautiful pics, while absent from blogging. Good to be back.

  25. Happy vibrant colors … timely in this gray laden sky and surroundings!

  26. Those tomatoes and the title..oh no, fabulous!

  27. I love ALL the Things You See. It’s so true…Photography helps people to see. Thanks Berenice. Thanks Jane.

  28. 🙂 Beautiful images, as always.
    Have a very HAPPY week 🙂

  29. Lovely as always, especially “Dew and Red” and I was intrigued by the Vancouver image “Reflect”.

    • Hi Jude, Happy you liked these images. I, too, was intrigued by the art installation in Vancouver– the artist, Tsang Kin-Wah, addresses issues of immigration, racism and cultural identity through public art. Quite timely. Thank you for letting me know your thoughts.

  30. Early girl tomatoes 🙂 I had not heard of that before but it makes me smile. (Dew, morning fog, a cow moohs with premature melancholy, the sound of girls laughing, fresh tomatoes sliced on my breakfast plate…) You are one of the best photographers I follow on WordPress. I learn every time I see your pictures.

  31. Love this so much Jane!I especially love the photo called “Dew and Red”. How did you get those droplets in the background of the shot? It is extraordinary!!!

    • HI Nicole, I’m so glad, thank you! At f/4 along with the sunlight hitting the droplets, it created a nice background bokeh- a lovely effect.

      • Thanks Jane! I finally took a photography class yesterday. My first ever. Now I need to practice. That is the tough part. When I get outside and try to do it I often get confused. I see it will be a very long journey of learning how to use off auto! I am hoping to find more online tools to help me practice and learn.

        • Hi Nicole, That’s great! It’s a challenge to shoot on manual, but the creative control is exciting and once you get some practice, it becomes second nature. Fortunately, there is a lot of help online but feel free to message me if you get stuck. 🙂

          • Thanks so much Jane! I’ve been using the internet a lot to search for follow up questions I had and also youtube has been great for tutorials. We will see. I know it will take years of practice!

  32. There’s something magical about the sunset and birds photo. The tree looks as if it wants to take flight too. Love it.

  33. what beautiful , happy shots….what a contrast to what’s happening east right now…..these make me smile…thank U!!👍

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