Storm chasing at the Sutro Baths!
Stop and smell the roses!
Welcome to the weekend! I feel like I had a productive day of running errands and planting my fall vegetable garden, but now I just want to sit back and relax and share my latest Bark and Bites finds with you! So grab that glass of wine or cup of tea and check out these fun links...
- Looking to do some night photography? Mike Ince Photography has an incredible list of resources to help you out!
- In a hair rut? Missy Sue is the best place to learn how to do new styles like this waterfall braid! Share with clients or friends!
- Looking for sturdy work pants? Red Ant Pants are bomb proof and made in the USA.
- Need inspiration? Listen to these podcasts based on Bruce Lee's philosophies.
- This could be my new favorite dachshund coffee mug! But then I'll have to order my own coffee stencil to go with it! Oh, and then there's this custom photo holder!
- Raw chocolate almond butter fudge bars by The Awesome Green. Enough said. Make it happen. Wait, first try this breakfast jar!
- The holidays are coming up so it's time to practice your bow tying!
- SLR Lounge has a great tutorial on Creating a Bright and Airy Pastel Filmic Images In Lightroom.
- Can't stop looking at the collection of images on Modern Hepburn's Tumbler page!
- Incredibly helpful article if you are like me and tend to put off tasks that scare you; A Guide to Overcoming Procrastination from Zen Habits.
I'm starting to gear up for my next trip so if you have any suggestions on durable, water resistant gear that you like please let me know!
This past Saturday I had a chance to join in on the Rosie Rally, an amazing celebration at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park , to help break the world record of the most Rosies gathered in one place at one time! Women, men, and children (and a few pups) from all over the Bay area and beyond gathered together in the Ford plant to beat our friendly rival, Willow Run Bomber Plant in Michigan, and win back the world record! 2,270 people donned polka dot bandannas, red socks, work pants and shirts, and work boots to be able to be counted. I have never been so proud to support a time in our history when we truly were "better together" and to learn about so many "firsts" that happened because of strong women who did their part in the war effort. Rosie the Riveter became a famous icon for women in the war movement, and a symbol of American strength.
During World War II women in Richmond and the surrounding Bay area went to work in the local shipyards because so many men had enlisted or were drafted into the army thus reducing the availability of workers in the area. In Richmond alone the women and men in the Kaiser shipyards produced 747 ships, known as Victory ships, that carried men, supplies, and ammunition overseas. This influx of women at work revolutionized federal systems and laws that we utilize today. The effort created one of the first integrated work forces where minorities worked alongside white women, helped to improved health and safety regulations, and created the first childcare facilities which evolved into the childhood development profession.
What makes this even more personal for me is that our house was built in 1942 to house these workers!
We decided to take Hazel with us and she gladly sported her own polka dotted bandanna as she schmoozed around for chest rubs and extra food. Sadly she wasn't allowed in the building, but we did meet quite a few service dogs like this little guy here who's adorable outfit and scarf I couldn't resist! Definitely gave me ideas for the hounds for next year!
The Trust volunteers even helped you to tie your bandanna the correct way, but it was still fun to see all the variations that people came up with. Oh, and the red lipstick! I've never worn it in my life but now I think I might have the confidence to pull it off more often. I loved the vintage pinup look and I couldn't get enough of those curls. I tried it for about an hour at home and couldn't get the bangs right so I sat there admiring all the women who pulled it off! How do you do it?
The building quickly filled up and it was so much fun to see so many women decked out in the uniforms. They had a great singing group entertaining the crowd with music from the 40's, but the best part was meeting real Rosie the Riveters that worked here in Richmond! Two of them were actually riveters, a few were draftsmen, along with some welders. Amazing women who deserve so much more credit for all the hard work they did in an era where women were expected to stay home. We learned today that one of the ships that they built saved over 14,000 lives at once during the Korean war! (The Red Oak Victory served in World War II, Vietnam, and the Korean war before being decommissioned. It is now docked in Richmond and is the last surviving Victory ship built, and one of 10 that carried ammunition.
To learn more about the Rosies and the war effort visit the website, the Visitor Center, or better yet come over to Richmond and join us for a pancake breakfast on the deck of the Red Oak Victory! The food is great, the tours are fun and informative, and if you are lucky you'll get to blow the ship's horn!
A few months ago we took a dream vacation to Ireland and spent 10 days roaming around the country, taking in all the green landscapes and stopping at all the popular tourist spots including the Dark Hedges in Ballymoney that you see above. Unfortunately quite a few of the trees had fallen down last winter in heavy storms so it didn't have the full allee look, but the trees were still spectacular and it was fun trying to get the best view that didn't include another tourist. It's still an active road so we were trying to dodge local traffic and tourists driving down the road, only to stop right when you wanted to take your photograph. I had to run way ahead of a tour group that had just been dropped off by a bus and I knew if I didn't get down the road quickly then I wouldn't have been able to get this photograph.
One of the biggest lessons we learned when shooting in a crowded, popular area is to just be polite and ask people if they would mind moving for a few minutes, then offer to take a picture of them too! Who wouldn't want their picture taken by a professional?
Enjoy your week!
I thought it was about time for another Bark and Bites list since my own list is getting pretty long with amazing photographers, food, and other articles that I've been wanting to share!
Here's a tip I've been using to keep track of all my links that you can use too for anything important: I set up a draft email that I just copy and paste links or information I want to keep track of and when I'm done I email it to myself and file it in a folder so I don't lose the information! I can access the email wherever I am and add to the list or forward it on to a friend if I've found something that they would like too. I've tried bookmarks, etc. but really this is the easiest way for me and its been working for a few years now! K.I.S.S. works every time! Now for the list:
- I get so many great ideas and inspiration from wedding photographers or websites in particular and The Lou's, Leah Fisher, and Love My Dress have been my favorites the past few months.
- I'm completely obsessed with Finn Beales and his landscape and travel photography to the point where I am taking another vacation to Ireland in the fall just to do more landscapes! Truly inspiring!
- Pretty Fluffy featured one of my favorite pet photographers from here in Northern California, The Labs & Co., who wrote a great article on 10 Tips for a Themed Pet Photo Shoot.
- Golden Salted Caramel with Cracked Black Pepper- need I say more? Yum!
- The series Corner Office on the New York Times site has everything you need to become a better manager, boss, employee. Don't buy a book, just look here!
- You see tea towels, I see a great DIY drool towel that would make sweet holiday gifts for your friends with drooling dogs!
- This Best In Show dog themed party is so cute! I think I'll have to throw one too.
- Has anyone tried out the Trtl Pillow for traveling? I'm curious...
- Gal Meets Glam has me wanting to buy dresses like this
- I like to wear tiny earrings and this organizer would be perfect, plus I love the cool shape & design.
So much more to share with you but I will wait until next time! Have a great weekend!