Sunday Stills: The Solstice is Here!

Last year at this time, the temperature was over 100F here in Western Washington.  This is how our black cat dealt with the extreme heat. We are fortunate not to be covered in a thick layer of black fur.  Right now, in Everett at just after noon, it is 65F, cooler by far, but expected …

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Two of Cee’s Photo Challenges in One!

Cee Neuner runs a bunch of fun photo challenges.  First, she runs her "Flower of the Day" (FOTD) challenge...daily!  Then, weekly she has her CMMC (Cee's Midweek Madness Challenge).  So, this week's CMMC challenge topic is "Rainbow Colors/more than four colors in your photo".  [links are to today's challenges]  Well, it just so happens that …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #178: My choice; Winter Wonderlands

The theme this week is "you choose", so in this era of fear, loathing, pestilence, and tyranny, I choose to go through the archives and find pictures of winter wonderlands I have seen.  One benefit of a blanket of snow over the world is the muffled silence it brings.  Fewer vehicles are on the streets, …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #166: Artificial Light

In our technological world, we beat back the darkness with copious artificial light, enabling us humans to utilize 24 of the 24 daily hours we are given.  In fact, there are groups who mourn the zillions of lumens of artificial light that our civilizations pour into the sky.  Personally, I prefer to celebrate the fact …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #153: Wonderful World (in two posts)

I never take our wonderful world for granted.  Wherever I go, I pay close attention to my surroundings, on my own level, and above and below me.  That is why, today, I am linking to another of my own posts, here at Calling-All-RushBabes.  Check out "I've looked at clouds from both sides now", below.  Just …

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Photos of December

For Christmas Eve, a sampling of December photos from my library.  A Merry Christmas to all! This year, in my own neighborhood. Found at a local market last week. Seen near Silver Lake, about a mile from our house. Seen at our local Asian market.  It's a wonder that these exotic fruits are grown right …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #128: Holidays (slightly re-imagined)

It's December, isn't it? Normally, December is filled with parties, and lights, and presents, and snow, and song, and bells, and family celebration. This year, most of those things have been canceled. Due to government pandemic rules, Christmas concerts are not held. Normally, each year on the day after Christmas, I grab my violin and …

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Lens-Artists Challenge #110..Creativity in the time of Covid

First of all, let me say that the Government-required "lockdown", mandating that free citizens of the United States remain at home under modified "house arrest" has affected me, personally, only minimally.  I am employed in an Essential Industry, Aerospace, and I have been going to my job at my company's factory every single workday, except …

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Lens-Artists Challenge #107 Winter

I like Winter.  I went to Minnesota to grad school in the early 1970s, and I quickly decided I much preferred winter to summer (98 degrees, 98% humidity-ugh!).  In Minnesota, winter is bitter cold, with temperatures as low as -45 at night, but the sun is shining most days.  There's no more beautiful sight than …

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