Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #142: April Foolin’

Today's challenge is a "You pick it", and being that it's April 4th, I decided to make my post about April.  April is the first full month of Spring, and the lengthening days bring out so much new growth in all the plants around us, you can't help but notice.  For me, the most important …

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Signs of Spring in the Pacific Northwest

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have a varied terrain, ranging from the high Cascade Mountains splitting the state North to South; and lowlands in the West, going down to the Pacific Ocean.  Today, there are signs of Spring from both places. First, The North Cascades Highway (Highway 20) runs from the small city of …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #141: Geometry

Nature designed the world geometrically.  We just build on that natural geometry.  However, Nature doesn't use very many absolutely straight lines, so one way to spot a man-made structure is to check for straight lines.  Just a few weeks ago, on one of our day trips up to the Skagit Valley, I happened upon a …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #139: Special Moments

Life is full of Special Moments, if you will only open your eyes and notice.  It's all in how you look at things.  Just this past week, I was in my computer room,  writing a post for this blog.  When I write, I am pretty much oblivious to most of what's going on around me, …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #138: Natural Light

This week's challenge allows us amateur photographers without all that fancy indoor lighting setup to shine.  Literally!  Living in a place surrounded by bodies of water lends itself to taking pictures of sunlight glinting off the water.  I have always liked the sparkles generated by the Sun on moving water.  It almost makes the water …

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British Treasure-hunter gets Lucky

I just found this story in my new go-to news source, The Epoch Times.  It seems that, back in 2017, a British man with a metal-detector was fooling around on a local Northamptonshire golf course, when he unearthed a tiny figurine, made of gold.  Wow!  He did some extensive research, and found out that the …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #137-Soft

Aaahhhhh...  Soft.  Brings to mind something my hero used to call himself...just a lovable little fuzzball.  Well, it just so happens that I am owned by a lovable little Fuzzball.  Her name is Kikyo, and her fur is the softest.  When she is in the same room, I just can't help but pick her up …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 136: Subjects starting with the Letter “S”

So.....  In a month characterized by a nationwide Snow Storm, that left Streets Slippery with Snow and ice, where do we begin? How about with a triple-S photo:  Song Sparrow in the Snow, taken just last week. And how about his Snow-buddy, our Squirrel? From a prior year, a Snowy Street, right in front of …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #135: A glimpse into my (snowy) world!

Yippee!  Snow!!  Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have been hearing for a couple of weeks that snow was in the forecast.  They kept pushing the date back, however, which is pretty normal around here.  Last night, around midnight, it did start to snow, and we awoke this morning to see the white stuff falling …

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Canada single-handedly destroys the Alaska cruise industry

This week, Canada has contributed to the ruination of the Alaska cruise industry.  Numerous cruise lines, including Princess, Celebrity, Disney, Norwegian, Holland-America, Crystal, and Seabourn, cruise to Alaska from ports on the US West Coast, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.  Canada has now prohibited any cruise line from cruising in their waters, or …

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