Lens-artists Photo Challenge #143-Colorful Spring

I got lucky, having been born in April, just when the flowers are blooming, temperatures are slowly warming, and the chorus frogs are in full voice in the pond across the street.  Our backyard is starting to look more like a garden and less like a bare field.  The birds are back at our feeders, …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #142: April Foolin’

Today's challenge is a "You pick it", and being that it's April 4th, I decided to make my post about April.  April is the first full month of Spring, and the lengthening days bring out so much new growth in all the plants around us, you can't help but notice.  For me, the most important …

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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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Dispatches from Furlough, a continuing series

Today is officially Day Four of my two-week furlough from work, due to the economic effects of the Wuhan Coronavirus.  Last Friday just before noon, we were told that our aerospace manufacturing factory was shutting down for two weeks, due to a falloff in business, including customers pushing out and cancelling orders.  For the purposes …

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Springtime in the Skagit Valley of Washington State

See the header picture on my blog?  That was taken a few years ago in the tulip fields of the Skagit Valley in Washington State.  Hubby and I took a drive up there this afternoon, and it was a perfect day for it.  Sunny, but with beautiful clouds in the sky, and temps in the …

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A Favorite Place, any time of year

About 35 miles north of our town of Everett, Washington, may be found the Skagit River Valley.  The Skagit Valley has some of the most fertile soil in the United States, and its farmers supply animal feed, corn, potatoes, vegetables, and flower bulbs locally and around the world.  The entire month of April is the …

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New Header Photo for Spring

Daffodil field in the Skagit Valley, around Mount Vernon, Washington.  Note the gray skies-it was raining, and we found many flooded fields.  The Tulip Festival runs through April, and if Sunday was any indication, the tulips will be late this year.  The Skagit Valley has some of the most fertile soil in our state, and …

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