Summer Vibes? For the last three years here in California we’ve been locked in because of Covid or the extreme heat! No yearly visits to the sunflower visits and long day trips to the ocean. So when Andre of Solander asked us to show him our summer vibes, I went back to 2016 when outings were plentiful and Covid was unknown. Remember those times?

Here are my 2016 summer vibes. Each year we would visit the sunflower fields and the Mezger Family Zinnia Patch and 2016 was no exception. I love how the sunflowers smile cheerfully and attract the bees. The zinnia garden is planted each year by the Mezger family who encourage visitors to cut the flowers, put them in vases that are provided and give this gift to someone who needs encouragement in their life. What a wonderful gesture.

2016 was also the year that my friend Linda and I spent three days in San Francisco. We stayed at the hostel at Ft. Mason near Fisherman’s Wharf. Have you ever stayed in a hostel? It is fun. We had a private bedroom and shared a kitchen and bathroom with a young family from England. Neither of us used the kitchen! I found it a wonderful experience, giving us the ability to meet many people. The Palace Of Fine Arts was a great place to visit at night. It is lit up and it’s reflection is beautiful in the water that surrounds it. Of course, everyone must take a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I did mention road trips, and the following images are from one my photo buddies and I took. I truly don’t know where we ended up. This must be the trip where I feel asleep, woke up and asked where we were. Nobody knew! I do miss those trips, but with gas prices the way they are, they are somewhat impractical. What I like most about road trips is the variety of pictures you can take.

I’ve enjoyed reviewing my summer vibes of 2018. Thank you Andre! When you post your challenge please remember to link to his blog post and tag Lens-Artists. And thank you Jez for a great reflective challenge last week. We have more July guest hosts: Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind, and Sarah of Travel with Me. The Lens-Artists team will be back in August with me hosting the challenge.

If you would like to invite a friend to join us in our weekly challenges, it’s easy just click here to find out how.

Take care everyone and stay safe!

38 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #208: Summer Vibes

  1. These are fabulous Anne!! Your outings look great – laughed out loud about waking up and no one knew where you’d ended up!! Also loved the images, especially the night shot of the FA Palace

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  2. Wonderful photos. I love the art pieces and the night photo of the Palace of Fine Arts. If I ever get to visit San Francisco, I hope I can check it out at night.

    This is random, but I always find it interesting that sunflowers are associated with summer vibes in many climate zones, but since I’m from Thailand, I grew up linking sunflowers with winter because they bloom in January here (though I know sunflowers are summer plants).

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      1. Yes, my winter isn’t really cold. We usually have 20-25 °C or warmer, haha. The northern part is cooler though, but only the mountains get 0-5 °C temperature at night or very early in the morning. So my winter is probably like your spring or autumn. (You can call me Gift as it’s my nickname. N. and T. are the initials of my first name and last name. Thai people use nicknames more. Our names are so confusing for people not from Thailand, haha.)

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          1. I’m sorry for my late reply. It’s a nickname from my parents! Most Thai parents give their children nicknames. Most Thai people’s nicknames are short Thai, English, or Chinese words (though these days, a few parents give the children Japanese or Korean names) and our nicknames either have a positive meaning or have no meaning but sound beautiful.

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  3. I always think teeming people and a riot of colours when I think about summer vibe, Anne, but like you, summer fills me with dread these days. However, your photos are bright and serene so the good times are worth remembering. I love your closing image, and who doesn’t love dahlias!

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  4. A lovely post, Anne – I could fully understand your missing those tours…and I laughed at your humourous remarks when nobody knows where you are. I love road trips too, and miss them. 2016 – yes, that was about when they ended. Love all the wheels and the sunflower fields especially!

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