~ Wordless Wednesday ~



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~ Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge – Vanishing Point ~


 Migrating Canada Goose flock over Long Beach, WA – USA ~  Easter 2019

“…the seasons they go round and round…” Joni Mitchell



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~ Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #41: Delicious ~

Creighton and I love fresh, crusty, classic breads; baguette, ciabatta, rustic all are favorites. We had been disappointed with what we found in local bakeries on the Long Beach peninsula – until yesterday! 


We went in for scones and here was all this lovely bread!

We stayed for a quiche brunch and brought scones and bread home for later.


What a delightful little cafe, with delectable food!



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~ Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #40: Something Different ~

This week Tina challenges us to show something “out of the norm…something we wouldn’t normally expect from you.” Since most of my posts feature nature, this time my subject is man-made metal objects.

Before Creighton and I bought the condo on Long Beach, we vacationed yearly on Orcas Island. To get there involved a wonderful hour on one of Washington State’s Ferries. I loved getting out of the car to explore the vessel and breathe the fresh air. The images above were taken on one such walkabout.


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The Astoria-Megler Bridge is an amazing engineering achievement. Its construction bears witness to what happens when two states cooperate, as Oregon and Washington did to complete this major infrastructure improvement. Creighton and I gladly paid the toll to cross when we visited Astoria, then drove up the Long Beach Peninsula on our honeymoon in 1969. Driving across this bridge still is a thrill!

 Random Acts of Metal…

“Once, even the simple metal needle

challenged the conventional thinking of a time.”  Jonathan Ive


“Looks real to me, mom!”


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~ Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #39: Hello April ~

As April arrives, birds continue to call for mates and pairing-up is in full swing. Building or re-furbishing nests is in process, and every once in a while I hear what may be the cheeps of chicks. 

IMG_2117While Jello and I were on our daily walk, a Song Sparrow, perched upon a blackberry vine, belted-out a melodious invitation. 

Twining along the rail to my front door is an Evergreen Clematis, it makes a pretty welcome.

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Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom

Spring invites us back outside, and since I like messing around with dirt and plants, this is my favorite time of year.

There’s much cleaning out and planning to do – I call it playing outside! 


March winds linger, scattering Flowering Plum (Prunus cerasifera) petals into pink drifts. Here they are floating in a birdbath while April showers patter.


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My neighbor has an admirable copse of Forsythia (seen in the background above) with a lovely Flowering Quince anchoring each end of the border. Such a wonderful shrub!


Primula “Blue Zebra”

A few years ago I learned that Primroses, sold locally as annuals, actually are perennial evergreens in my zone. They are thriving in a rock garden I can see from the kitchen window  –  my “Primrose Lane” cheers me all winter.

“Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hello April


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