Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #202: Minimalism/Maximalism

When walking down any beach anywhere, I often keep my eyes on my feet, so as not to miss any pretty rocks or tiny animals.  Through the years, I have taken numerous photos of what I find by looking down. So, what is this?  I'd love to get a mineral analysis of this blue stone …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary

I learned a long time ago to pay attention to even the ordinary objects around me, which can become extraordinary if you photograph them the right way.  Even a russet potato looks interesting, with the brightly-colored background. When Hubby and I were in Michigan last month, we had meals in a big dining-room, with many …

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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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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 #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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Lens-Artists Challenge #102 – A Quiet Place

In this very noisy world, where you are always surrounded by man-made sounds, it can take a long search to find a really quiet place.  It also depends on how you define "quiet". Can a quiet place have people in it, or do you have to be alone to have quiet?  Can you be indoors, …

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Skimmers! We Have Skimmers (and Terns, and Gulls)

In October of 2012, Hubby and I went to New Jersey, where he was born, to attend his family Catholic church's 120th anniversary.  On that trip, we drove out to the Jersey Shore, and spent a nice day at Cape May.  It was absolutely beautiful for October; bright and sunny with temperatures in the 70s. …

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A Trip to the Olympic Peninsula

The week after Memorial Day, I took a solo trip to the Olympic Peninsula, to use up some vacation hours, and get away from the constant stress of work.  I jumped in the trusty old RDX (old, from 2008), drove onto the Kingston Ferry (where the fare-taker asked if I was really a senior!), and …

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Vacation Travelogue-Last Hawaii Stop-Kailua-Kona

After the thrilling volcano-viewing session, a nice dinner, and a good night's sleep, we arrived at our last Hawaii stop, the town of Kailua-Kona.  Again, the Crystal Symphony had to "anchor out" in the harbor, and we were ferried in on the ship's tenders.  It was only a 15-minute ride, and we got a good …

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