Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #168: Seen Better Days

This week's challenge, to show photos of places and things that have seen better days, could start with pictures of myself!  But it won't, sorry.  I will, however, start close to home.  A few blocks away from my house, along the arterial street, is a house that has definitely seen better days.  It's not that …

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Circles and Wheels: This week’s Photo Challenge from Cee Neuner.

I just had to do this one, for my friend Cee, who doesn't live too far from me.  Circles make the world go round (see what I did there?), and trace the roughly-circular orbits of all the planets and their satellites.  Did you know that the ancient Egyptians did not use the wheel?  They found …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #167: Colors of Autumn

Autumn is my very favorite season, especially after this year's unusually hot summer in the Pacific Northwest.  You could almost say that autumn came early this year, as our trees were dropping brown leaves and dry branches on our house all summer, due to the drought that accompanied the high temperatures. In the Pacific Northwest, …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #165: Going Wide (with pride)

I love taking photos of landscapes, since I normally notice the wide view.  I don't have a wide-angle lens for my normal point-and-shoot camera, nor my iPhone, which I have been using for most photography for the past two years.  I used to pooh-pooh all the people who are constantly using their phones to capture …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #164: Looking Up/Down

Thanks very much to Sofia, who echoes what I always tell my friends, photographers or not.  I make a habit of looking up, wherever I am.  Most people, when they are in a city, walk or drive along looking forward, or down at their phones (which is dangerous!).  I suggest that they take their eyes …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #163: Keep Walking

When I go for a walk in a scenic location (or even just around my neighborhood), I try to pay attention to my surroundings.  I live six blocks away from my local Costco store, so if I just want to pick up a prescription, I walk there and back. [let me put in a pitch …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #162-It’s all about the Light

Well, it would be, wouldn't it?   It's pretty hard to make photographs in complete darkness!  Except that, in the film-camera era, all photographs were "made" in complete darkness!  When my first husband and I were looking at the house we eventually bought, he was convinced we should buy it, by the little basement room …

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Discovering a new park, not far from home.

Periodically, Hubby and I drive from our home in Everett, Washington to the town of Leavenworth, along US Highway 2.  For years, I have noticed the roadside sign, pointing to the exit to Flowing Lake County Park.  I have always wondered what was there at the park, but we were normally in a bit of …

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Better late than never! Cee’s August 6 FOTD challenge: Berries

I recently came out of retirement to work a temp job.  On my first day of work, I took notice of the plantings in front of the building.  It's a pretty standard industrial park building, concrete-slab walls, in the middle of the requisite parking lot.  But I thought this was a pretty unusual sight in …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #159: Postcards

In 1991, I went to Cambridge, England on a three-week summer program run by UCLA. At that time, I lived in Seattle. I knew that I was going to be meeting new people from all over the US and England, and I remembered something I had read in a magazine somewhere. It suggested that you …

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