Wandering Camera – My Summer Days

Sunrise In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies


Preferring much cooler weather, summer is not my most favourite season, really. We don’t travel during summer and most of my time is spent indoors during this time. Therefore, over time, this has become my most productive time of the year. I do stretch my legs during very early summer mornings to avoid cabin fever, and I get to experience some of the most beautiful sunrises at our local park.



Misty Mornings In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies



The misty and cool mornings of spring have now…



Sunrise In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies



…been replaced by fields of gold.



Rainy Morning In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies



After years of drought and dry winters, we finally had a lot of rain last season, and my little flower garden is very content.



Tree Mallow Flower In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies



Wildflower season is gone, but I still have a few summer flowers blooming in the garden.  We planted a Tree Mallow when it was a no more than 2 feet tall, just a sapling.  It started flowering last year, and this year the tree is covered with tiny pink flowers.  I love seeing them swaying in the wind, backlit by the late afternoon sun.



Downton Abbey Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


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Aside from tending the garden so my beloved green-children survive the hot summer, I also restarted working on a few fabric flowers.   I pulled out my stained glass flowers pattern set and started making blocks for the English Garden quilt again.  My August goal is to finish at least a few of the blocks.  I will be joining One Monthly Goal, hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts, a great way to stay on top of those goals.



Sketchbook page - GPS Error | Whims And Fancies


A little sketch from my musings sketchbook


I also use summer for travel planning.  As I was mapping a route, I thought of the time when we were following GPS instructions and a set of detour signs got us to a road-closed sign.  We were in tears from laughing so hard.  That only strengthened my hate for GPS, and I pulled out my trusty map.



Travel and Magic Watercolour Prints for Sale | Whims And Fancies


Prints Available In Shop



Lastly, Many Thanks for leaving such lovely comments on my last post, where I shared news about my new venture of selling prints from my paintings in my shop.  Much to my delight, this is the first set of sold paintings and they are now in their lovely new home in Scotland.

A Step Forward – If you missed the post and you are interested in seeing the available prints


How is your summer going?  Feel free share your summer-themed photos, or any photos that you have taken, on this month’s Wandering Camera.



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44 thoughts on “Wandering Camera – My Summer Days

  • Anne Sweet August 25, 2019 at 03:27

    Such beautiful photos, and I love seeing your art work. Your detour pic made me laugh though, I never trust GPS too and always have a map to hand.

  • Lisabella Russo August 14, 2019 at 13:59

    What lovely photographs! Congrats on your art sales. Ah detours, we encountered some recently and were well and truly lost for a while…

  • Mandy August 7, 2019 at 03:10

    Hallo von der Insel Rügen,
    wir erleben schöne Sommertage und wenn wir nicht arbeiten müssen, sind wir mit der Kamera auf der Insel unterwegs. Gerne bin ich bei Deiner Linkparty mit meinem neuesten Blogpost dabei.
    Viele Grüße aus Norddeutschland, Mandy

  • Patty August 3, 2019 at 07:44

    Love your photos. Fun block too. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

  • Christine August 2, 2019 at 18:25

    Your work is beautiful!

  • A ShutterBug Explores August 2, 2019 at 06:43

    Lovely Summer photography and quilt creation ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  • Angie August 1, 2019 at 14:05

    Soma – I am back to link up to Wandering Camera – so glad to be back. Thanks for hosting!

  • Angie July 31, 2019 at 20:04

    Soma – glorious sunrise shots! I am on the opposite end of the spectrum from you – I can hardly get anything done in summer because the days are long and I am always outside! Congratulations on your first sale – and can I say that I am not the least bit surprised?

  • Cath July 30, 2019 at 21:07

    I hear what you are saying since I am not a summer person either. Fortunately, summer seems aCossibility of wild fires….currently it is winter here.

  • betty - NZ July 30, 2019 at 20:45

    Wow! These are some great scenes. I love the water drops shot!

    Your post rocks at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week!
    My Corner of the World

  • Michelle July 30, 2019 at 13:22

    You are talented in so many mediums – photography, quilting, sketching, and painting! Many congrats on your first paintings / prints sold! And thanks for linking up to Creative Compulsions.

  • Sandra Nachlinger July 30, 2019 at 09:35

    I am fairly new to quilting and have never seen the stained glass flowers block. Beautiful! You’ve inspired me to give paper piecing a try.

  • Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting July 30, 2019 at 07:05

    You have such beautiful photos, distant and close-ups. Then throw in some fun flower stitching in, too! I love your book painting. If you ever make a pastor’s version, I’m in!

  • Linda Kilsdonk July 29, 2019 at 20:14

    Thanks for the wonderful comment on my blog, Paper Seedlings! I clicked through to your blog, and fell in love! Your photos are amazing, and although I am not a quilter, I love looking at others’ work. I also subscribed to your Instagram feed. Looking forward to “getting to know you” better through your postings. Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

  • Sheryl July 29, 2019 at 18:25

    Hi Soma what beautiful pics you have taken,i have enjoyed looking at them,thankyou for sharing and i hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

  • BillieBee July 29, 2019 at 10:20

    Love the photos! The first is my favorite.

  • Susan Mann July 29, 2019 at 08:00

    Those photos are stunning. Such gorgeous colours and delicate flowers are so pretty xx

  • Nicole/DVAtist July 29, 2019 at 04:47

    Amazing photo and wonderful quilt.

  • Linda Calverley July 28, 2019 at 09:26

    Stunning photos and beautiful patchwork. Congratulations on selling your lovely artwork.

  • Sim @ Sim's Life July 28, 2019 at 01:49

    Thank you for hosting! What a gorgeous flower from your tree mallow! I have found that plants I grew from saplings years ago have taken really well in my garden… I leave them to their own devices, sadly I am not a gardener by any stretch! I live for the warm weather, loving summer right now, just wish it was more consistent! Hope you are well and having a lovely weekend! Sim x

  • Kaja July 28, 2019 at 00:28

    Your photos this month are breathtaking! Congratulations on a successful start to your etsy enterprise.

  • gillena July 27, 2019 at 01:22

    Lovely share. Have a good weekend


  • Susan July 26, 2019 at 20:17

    Gorgeous photos.

  • Margy July 26, 2019 at 16:16

    The map you painted me of one time travelling in Quebec. In those days our GPS didn’t update automatically so we were taken down a small road to a road closed sign. Without a paper map to refer to we had to do many starts and stops to find our destination. – Margy

  • Sue Palmer July 26, 2019 at 15:23

    Beautiful photos, love the sunrise coming up over the horizon and turning the land gold. Your block ks beautiful and congratulations on selling your beautiful art work.

  • Sue July 26, 2019 at 13:59

    Congratulations on the sale of your prints… well done!
    Love your photos and also the flower blocking. You’re very talented. Happy PPF :D)

  • Beth July 26, 2019 at 13:16

    How wonderful! I love your artwork, and your photos are stunning.

  • Linda Kunsman July 26, 2019 at 06:31

    absolutely beautiful photos!! Your flower quilt square is so pretty and the roadway sketch is just charming. Happy PPF!

  • riitta k July 26, 2019 at 06:18

    Hi Soma,
    I was here yesterday and left a comment, but it has mystically disappeared :) Your photos are fabulous, all of them. The flower is fantastic and I like very much your quilt patch, too. Summer is my favourite season. In the winter Finland is dark & cold and we have a lot of snow. Thank you for linking, wishing you a lovely weekend.

  • Kirsi July 26, 2019 at 05:23

    Wonderful and beautiful shots, greetings Kirsi

  • sirkkis July 26, 2019 at 04:52

    Awesome photos and great paintings.
    Have a wonderful weekend xx

  • Mascha July 26, 2019 at 02:19

    Amazing photos and artworks! I’m a morning person too, I like the cool fresh day without noise…
    But I like the summer more than all other seasons, there are only a few days, which are to hot for me. It’s the time to save colors and exreriences and my time for creativity was always in grey dark winter days. Wish, I had time for creativity!
    My june was such a big mess, that I could not join in your WC. Well, I’m back today and send you a cool summer breeze :)

  • DecorCraftDesign July 26, 2019 at 02:03

    Beautiful shots!

  • italiafinlandia July 26, 2019 at 00:28

    Wonderful shots of fields of gold…!
    Have a great weekend!

  • Valerie-Jael July 25, 2019 at 22:34

    Fabulous art again, that quilt is spectacular. Happy PPF. I will link to wandering camera again later. Hugs, Valerie

  • Lady Fi July 25, 2019 at 22:00

    Wow – these photos are stunning!

  • Mary July 25, 2019 at 16:36

    I’d be out every morning if I could be treated to sunrises like those. Wow!

    I’m so glad you are getting a chance to add to your beautiful paper pieced flowers. You have designed some beauties there.

    Hope your real flowers produce bundles for you.

  • Sheryl July 25, 2019 at 16:35

    Hi Soma I love your beautiful pics and I hope your garden survives the heat,hope you have a lovely weekend my friend xx

  • Dixie July 25, 2019 at 15:13

    Wonderful photos, Soma. I especially love, love, love the fields of gold and the sky photo.
    Your GPS story made me smile. I’ve had a few interesting times with it as well.
    Lovely stained glass flower block. Once again, congratulations on your prints.

  • Alycia Quilts July 25, 2019 at 08:39

    Oh your summer photos – so beautiful!!!

  • Carol S. July 25, 2019 at 06:35

    Your photos are so peaceful and beautiful! Congratulations on selling some prints of your prints…you are amazing and talented!

  • Jayne July 25, 2019 at 06:07

    Your photos are amazing! You capture detail like no other! And of course, your paintings are amazing too! I love that flower block! Your quilt is going to be an amazing garden!

  • riitta k July 25, 2019 at 04:20

    Your photos are wonderful, each of them. The flower looks stunning and I like very much your quilt patch. I am a summer person. Finland is lucky in that respect that our temperatures stay around 30 C – not too hot.

  • Frédérique July 25, 2019 at 03:06

    Such wonderful photos! I love your paper piecing flower too!

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