Happy Bird-days!

Our yard this week has been a bird madhouse.  We have had flocks of bushtits, a rufous-sided towhee, black-capped and chestnut-backed chickadees, a Bewick's wren, red-breasted nuthatch, and juncos.  And who should put in an early appearance?  Our Townsend's Warbler!  He usually doesn't arrive until late December.  Sorry for the reflections, but the picture was …

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Beautiful Glacier National Park in Summer

Finally, I'm getting around to doing the last big post from our trip to South Dakota in September.  The last time we were in Montana, in 2017, the sky was filled with smoke from multiple wildfires, and all our plans to explore Glacier Park with our Ricochet friends had to be cancelled.  Both ends of …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #123: Found in the Neighborhood, AND Post #800 on Calling-all-Rushbabes!

I wondered what to do for Milestone Post Number 800 on my blog, and shortly thereafter was presented with the perfect answer!  Now, my readers know that I live in the Pacific Northwest, Everett, Washington to be exact.  Our immediate neighborhood is nothing unusual-just a pretty normal subdivision.  However, our yard is not like the …

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Lens Artists Photo challenge #122: The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

I have always been an individual optimist.  When I was is psychology graduate school, I read in one of my textbooks a phrase which has carried me through many trials and tribulations in life.  A famous psychologist said: When things look bad, and getting worse, "The world will not come to an end if..." should …

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Some Pacific Northwest Fall Color for your enjoyment

We have three Japanese Maple trees in our back yard. Just a few days ago, they all had green foliage. In a very short time, they all turned brilliant red. I find it nearly miraculous that this change takes so little time. Sorry for the mess on the ground-we are surrounded by huge cedar trees …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #121-Focus on the Subject

It turns out that one of my favorite Subjects for picture-taking is my black cat, Kikyo. She follows me everywhere around the house, so I can take her picture in all sorts of situations. However, isn't it true that it is very tricky to photograph a black cat (see what I did there? Happy Halloween!)? …

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Lens-artists Challenge #120-What a treat!

I'm not a professional photographer, and I've never been to exotic foreign lands.  But I am an amateur bird-watcher, starting in my own backyard.  I am often to be found in our kitchen, peering out the sliding glass door, watching to see who shows up at our two bird-feeders (one seed feeder and a suet-feeder). …

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