Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #158: Back Country Roads. Enjoy your Liberty!

Before we get going down some back-country roads, let me disagree with one of the quotes that Tina used in her post this week.  Liberty is not a privilege, it is one of your God-given Rights.  Let's return to those unforgettable words of the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #157: Getting away

Ahhh, getaways.  When you're retired, you can schedule a getaway whenever you want, since every day is a weekend.  However, I just had to do this one first, as a response to Tina's photo.  Hers was the outside, and mine is the inside of the Denver airport.  In 2015, we went to a Hillsdale College …

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Journey to the Olympic Peninsula

One of our favorite day trips, here in Northwest Washington State is a ferry ride and drive to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge on the Olympic Peninsula.  In the afternoon on Friday, we headed down to the Edmonds Ferry Dock, to take our ferry ride to Kingston on the Kitsap Peninsula for the first leg …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #156: Black and White

Sometimes, you just have to see life in black and white.  Most of the time, there are myriad colors all around you, so you can get jaded.  I am in no way any kind of professional photographer, and these days most of the pictures I take are with my iPhone.  So the pictures for this …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #155: On the Water

When you live in the Pacific Northwest, you can be "on the water" in moments, from most places.  We have the Pacific Ocean, Puget Sound, and numerous lakes and rivers within a short drive.  Silver Lake is less than five minutes from my house, and I never get tired of taking pictures of it.  Its …

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Ooh, fun! New Flower of the Day Challenge for July 3, Wet Grass

Thanks loads to my friend, photographer Cee Neuner, for hosting these fun FOTD challenges.  For the Wet Grass challenge, I just had to go out to the back yard and water the plants.  Now, we don't have a lawn in the back yard, since I decided I'd rather have something that looked more like a …

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Trying a new Photo Challenge: Cee’s Flower of the Day

I like flowers, but no way can I grow them.  The azalea bush below has grown near my front door since I moved into my new house in June of 2000.  My real estate agent gave it to me as a housewarming present, and it has flowered most years since then.   Not bad, for …

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Forest giants, rocky beach, treacherous currents-a trip to Deception Pass State Park

There are certain benefits of being retired, one of which is being able to take day trips on weekdays, when destinations may be less crowded.  One of the most popular photos on this blog has been a picture I took many years ago, from the Deception Pass Bridge, which connects Whidbey Island with the Washington …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #154: One subject, two ways

This week's theme is one that I actually think of quite often.  If I see something picturesque, I normally try to capture it more than once, from two angles, or zoomed in/out.  Most things are beautiful in multiple ways.  Take the big pine tree I captured last week along the Wenatchee River.  Standing right at …

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