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 #112, Pick a Word

For this week, bloggers pick one or more of the following words, to illustrate with their photos.  The words are: Growing, Crowded, Tangled, Exuberant, and Comfortable. I think I can find at least one photo that illustrates each word for the week. Let's start with Comfortable. People who are owned by a cat know that …

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Lens-Artists Challenge #109 Under the Sun…Around the West

The same Sun shines on us all.  Everyone on Planet Earth gets their sustenance from the same Sun.  That Sun shines over Alaska, as well as over the Hawaiian Islands.  I spent two years in Minneapolis in grad school, and I especially appreciated that sunshine in Winter, when it was bitter cold. In 2016, Hubby …

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Lens-Artists Challenge #103-Surprise

A surprise is something unexpected, exciting, thrilling. On our Hillsdale College cruise to Hawaii in 2018, we had a few hours in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.  We were taking a rest in a pleasant little shopping center, deciding where to go next, when I happened to glance at a tree behind me, …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #97 – Pastimes

One of my favorite things to do when I'm out and about is bird-watching.  I have a 1960s Roger Tory Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds, and I keep a "life list" in the back, checking off the birds I have seen.  I especially like traveling, and seeing birds that we don't have here on …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #95 All-Wet, Near and Far

I live in the Pacific Northwest (AKA Pacific North-WET), which is known for lots of rainfall.  We do get our share of rain, but it's mostly light rain, rarely the kind of "raining buckets" that I have seen on the East Coast.  Rain doesn't stop most activities-you can see kids playing soccer in the rain …

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It’s Been A Year

2018 has been quite a year in the RB49 Universe.  We survived just fine, but not without some bumps and bruises.  Well, whose life doesn't have some bumps? On January 2, we got a new Grand-Niece, when my nephew became a Dad.  She's a cutie, and I'm going to her first birthday party tomorrow. Also …

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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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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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