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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She’s a snow picture-taking fool!

I can't help it.  When we are snowed-in, I just have to get out the camera and phone and take pictures.  Yes, I'm betting that you're all getting tired of seeing pictures of my snowy backyard, but there's more snow today, and it's still snowing.  So, here are a bunch more pictures from this morning, …

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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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Lens-artists Photo Challenge #132-Striped and Checked

The Stripes and Checks in my suburban backyard are a bit smaller and less-exotic than Tina's zebras; but they are also less dangerous, and I can get closer to them to take their pictures.  And I sure don't have to go most of the way around the world to see them!  They show up now …

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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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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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Winter is here. Local winters in past years.

Living in the Pacific Northwest (AKA Pacific North-Wet), means mostly rain and not much snow.  However, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains are within a 2-hour drive from most places.  Here are some pictures of the area where I live, from previous years. My own back yard bird feeder, with a junco and song sparrow. This …

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Birds-like you see every day…but different

Wherever I go, I watch for birds.  Even in my back yard, I love watching our birds at the feeder.  Normally, juncos are ground-feeders, but ours just love hogging the feeder, watching for chickadees and nuthatches who might want to get in. This is a junco and our song sparrow vying for the preferred station …

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Something else I found on my trip to Hawaii…Birds!

I am an amateur bird-watcher, and when I see a new one, I check it off on my "Life List", which is in the back of my 1960s edition of Roger Tory Peterson's Field Guide to Western Birds (which is now a collector's item).  Fortunately, in this guide are two pages of pictures of Hawaiian …

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