Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #123: Found in the Neighborhood, AND Post #800 on Calling-all-Rushbabes!

I wondered what to do for Milestone Post Number 800 on my blog, and shortly thereafter was presented with the perfect answer!  Now, my readers know that I live in the Pacific Northwest, Everett, Washington to be exact.  Our immediate neighborhood is nothing unusual-just a pretty normal subdivision.  However, our yard is not like the …

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Some Pacific Northwest Fall Color for your enjoyment

We have three Japanese Maple trees in our back yard. Just a few days ago, they all had green foliage. In a very short time, they all turned brilliant red. I find it nearly miraculous that this change takes so little time. Sorry for the mess on the ground-we are surrounded by huge cedar trees …

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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 #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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Lens-Artists Challenge #106-Autumn

Autumn has always been my favorite season.  Warm weather does not agree with me, and I prefer the crisp air of autumn to heat and humidity.  Here on the West Coast, we don't have the hardwood forests found on the East Coast, but we do get some of the fall colors. We went to Victoria, …

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Lens-Artists Challenge #105-Spring

Spring.  The first sign is the gradually, gradually, lengthening days.  Still awaking in the dark, but driving home from work in daylight.  Here in the Pacific Northwest, Spring is normally pretty rainy (yeah, the  cliche about April showers bringing May flowers that we all know and love).  But we actually love the rain here, because …

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Welcome to the Pacific Northwest winter

I just had to take this screen-shot this morning on my phone.  I use WeatherBug, recommended to me by a "genius" at the Apple Store. As I heard when I lived for awhile in the Midwest, nobody ever shoveled 2 feet of "partly cloudy" off their doorstep.  Or 2 feet of rain, either.  Our rain …

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Pacific Northwest Snowstorm-Updated

This is our back yard last Sunday. This is the parking lot at work Monday. This is right out my front door about a half-hour ago.  We love standing at our kitchen window and watching the birds at our two feeders (seed and suet).  The cat likes watching them, too.  We will get 4-6 inches …

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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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