I am SO sad that the Photo Challenge by the editors at WordPress is ending. It gave me something to look forward to each week, and a reason to mine my photos for just the right picture. And it’s so difficult to find the all-time favorite. But, since it has to be done, I did it. One of my posts that attracted the most attention and approval was “Easy Being Green” in March of 2017. My garden photos met with more “likes” than I normally get. Here’s what I think was the most striking photo of the ones I posted then.
I’m a terrible gardener, but I love gardens. And so, we bid a fond farewell to the Photo Challenge, but there’s no reason why we WordPress bloggers can’t continue to post photos, on whatever topic we please. Keep shooting!
A couple of miles south of my house, next to a Les Schwab Tire Center, is a small wetland, populated by mostly dead trees. I have always wondered what that piece of property started out as, and how it got to be the way it is now. Last week, I took my camera and got a bunch of pictures of the beautiful, twisted, dead trees, their roots and lower trunks submerged in water. Were they already dead, or did a flood drown them?
But look, there is green, living moss, growing on those twisted, dead tree trunks and branches. It looks like Nature hasn’t quite given up on these dead trees yet.
I practically live surrounded by water. Last week I shared a picture of the lake just south of my house. Puget Sound is just a few miles to the west, and Lake Washington is to the East and South. Back in 2016, we went on a cruise to Alaska, and I posted numerous photos of the various waters we traversed. My favorite part of a cruise has always been relaxing on my verandah, just watching and listening to the water go by. There is no better form of relaxation. And this summer, we will be going on a two-week cruise, round trip to Hawaii from San Francisco. I promise to to a big post when we get back.
But I always keep coming back to this particular photo that I took on the Crystal Serenity in 2016. This is the water in one of the two swimming pools on board. It just says “relaxing” to me.
Every year on the day after Christmas, the University Unitarian Church in Seattle puts on a full-length Handel’s Messiah Sing-along/Play-along. They do the full Messiah, all the arias, all the choruses, and all the recitatives; not a note is left out. Everyone sings everything that is within his or her vocal range-no soloists. You may even hear some of the musicians singing along. They pack the place to the rafters with singers and musicians. Performers spend three hours at it (two intermissions), and are exhausted at the end. There are very few experiences that are as exhilarating as playing or singing the complete Messiah. Here are some pictures from last year, taken from my place in the Violin I section.
The evening of the first day of our cruise to Alaska aboard the Crystal Serenity was beautiful, and clear. The ship left Vancouver BC just as the sun was setting. We stood at the rail of the Promenade Deck and watched for long minutes, as the sun set over the channel. We knew when we awoke the next morning, we’d be close to the waters off Alaska. End of the day, beginning of an adventure.