Endearing, talented, cute, and fun! Alligator Waltz

Back in 2019 BC (before Covid), there was a shindig called the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration, every June in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington.  Accordion players would come from around the world to compete, play concerts, attend workshops, and generally have lots of fun.  There were competitions for all age groups, from under 10 …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #188: A Special Place

Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia is one of the world's most Special Places, in more ways than one. First, it is one of the most prestigious music conservatories, founded in the 19th Century and still going strong.  Second, it charges its students no tuition.  Third, it only accepts the very tip-top of applicants, making …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #186: Low Light

Since most of my photos these days are taken with my iPhone 13 Pro, I am quite proud of how well it takes photos in low-light conditions.  However, even my old iPhone XR took excellent low-light pictures.  Last year, on July 4, we went to downtown Bellevue to watch the fireworks (that had been canceled …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #185: Change

My backyard changes rather dramatically with the seasons.  For the past three or four years, we have had snow every winter.  I have to say, I really love what the snow does with the various features in the yard. The heap in the front is our birdbath, with an ornamental grass plant, and a concrete …

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Sunday Stills: The Power of the #Elements

I love this topic!  I often post photos of the power of Nature, and we have lots of those elements right here in the Pacific Northwest.  My very favorite subject is Snoqualmie Falls, which is just a half-hour drive from our home.  We go there often, just to stand behind the chain-link fence and view …

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How to ruin the sublime chamber music experience [Edited to add pictures]

Make all the musicians wear masks.  Last night was the first concert of the Seattle Chamber Music Society Winter Festival.  It was the first in-person concert since January of 2020, live-streamed from Benaroya Hall in downtown Hellhole  Seattle.  One of the big benefits of chamber music is watching how the musicians interact with each other, …

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A very unfortunate Covid-policy casualty

For 50 years, the University Unitarian Church in Seattle put on a Handel’s Messiah Sing-along, Play-along on the day after Christmas.  Yes, that’s 50 years!  They packed the sanctuary to the rafters with singers and orchestra, and anyone could come and sing or play, just for the price of a ticket.  The Messiah was a …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #170: Street Art

When my Hubby told me he wanted to drive up to the town of North Bend (Washington), in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, I jumped at the chance.  He had told me about an event going on that involved various blues bands playing at assorted cafes in town-you would buy one ticket for the …

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