Lens-artists Photo Challenge #131-Emotions

My photography doesn't often include people.  I do mostly landscapes and nature.  This post will consist of photos from one day, yesterday, and one destination.  My husband and I went out shopping for a handgun for me, to be kept mostly at home for self-defense.  I am a 71-year-old woman, and there are just the …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #130: It’s a small world

This week's theme is Macro/micro photography, and perhaps these photos don't qualify, but they were taken this afternoon, with my iPhone XR camera.  Once again, we went on an excursion to Uwajimaya, our excellent local Asian grocery store.  I am always fascinated by their wide assortment of exotic fruits and vegetables, and I just took …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #129: Favorite images of 2020

Since I consider 2020 to have been the worst year in my 71-year life, let's get the bad stuff out of the way first.  In 2020, we underwent the worst government-imposed denial of individual liberty in living memory, when our state governments locked down entire states, preventing millions of citizens from earning their livings, and …

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New Years Day at the suet feeder

In our backyard, we have two suet feeders.  One has an extension on the bottom for large birds like woodpeckers to rest their tails while feeding; the other is a standard cage feeder with no extension.  At both feeders, we get numerous different species, including flickers, a Bewick's wren, juncos, nuthatches, chickadees, and a Townsend's …

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When I was 71, it was a Very Bad Year. The Year of “Closed” and “Canceled”

...a year of record-low unemployment, and job opportunities for ex-prisoners and black and other minority workers...until it wasn't.  A year of thriving small businesses, after-work drinks at our favorite Chinese restaurant, and ample overtime work due to a full order book at my aerospace job...until it wasn't.  Quite quickly, 2020 turned into the Annus Horribilis. …

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Washington State’s Marine Highway

Better known around here as the Washington State Ferry System, which connects the Puget Sound mainland cities of Seattle, Edmonds, Tacoma, and Mukilteo with the numerous islands in the Sound, and the Kitsap Peninsula, and even Canada.  Thousands of island residents commute via ferry daily, either walking on or driving their cars.  And every year …

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Have another Very Harry Christmas

Welcome to Christmas time at Hogwarts Castle.  Harry Potter's first Christmas at Hogwarts was perhaps his first, real Christmas of his life.  He had been mistreated by his only living relatives most of the time, and had no idea of what Christmas was all about. [Editorial comment: There is no mention of anything really religious …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #127: Precious Moments

I've had a pretty long life, at age 71.  I've been through two marriages, multiple careers, dozens of jobs, many layoffs, a fair amount of therapy, and years of education.  This year, the Plague Year, has had its share of precious moments, especially, for me, those moments when I chose to defy the first actual …

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