Old Town Temecula Farmer’s Market, Birds and Fish

11/14/15  (Saturday) in Menifee, CA (Wilderness Lakes-TT)

We’ve been taking it easy and accomplishing a few projects since our move. I have fond memories of Old Town Temecula Farmer’s Market, from when we were here 3 years ago, so since they’re only open on Saturdays, we went there today, even though John was not feeling very well.

It was just as wonderful as I’d remembered: wonderful displays of excellent produce and crafts. Unique products as well as good prices. Warning: parking is scarce, so try to get there early (they’re open 8-noon). Here’s a sampling. I bought some Jujube, a sweet dried fruit, usually for making tea, with lots of healthy benefits. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of it. We also got a bag of blue lake green beans and 2 red peppers for $3.  Later we took a stroll along the cool railroad tie boardwalk in Old Town.

When we got home I read outside, near our canal: it was such a beautiful sunny day. Several of the birds came by looking for food. What they got was photos of themselves.  If you click, then hover over the images they hopefully will show a caption when I put one in. (New changes in WordPress)

Later a gentleman strolled by with his fishing gear. When he caught his catfish, he let me take pictures. It was a good size. He said he likes to hold them at the mouth because their skin is slimy and you’d take off that protective slime covering if you touched it. I suspect it would also be harder to hold it. He said the teeth didn’t bother him. After the photos he put it on a stringer in the water so that this fish wouldn’t keep trying to get his bait.

catfish 1

Catfish

Since Saturday John has developed respiratory flu symptoms and the weather had gotten cool and windy, so, other than venturing to get groceries and to church, we’ve pretty much stayed at home.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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