918 2020

Friends since high school, judi and I have fought the battles of body autonomy and reproductive rights throughout our lifetimes. Her words resonate within my hollowed-out-by-it-all sense of loss.

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And then Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.

And before anything else it was a visceral blow back to the time before our bodies were our own. To the times of relegated to, not slavery but owned just the same. To the Mrs. Doug Clark of it all, loving or not beside the point. To the not being spoken to directly of it all and with the permission of one’s father or husband of it all, to the “Of course you don’t want to do that, Dear!” of it all. To the anything for a son of it all, to the silent until spoken to of it all, to the barefoot and pregnant of it all; to the no mind of one’s own of it all.

To the not so long ago of it all.

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~ Report from the Edge of a Continent ~ Brown Pelicans Return ~

A colony of about 100 Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) were gathered along the shoreline when Jello and I took our morning walk, September 14, 2020. What a joy to watch them flying above the waves, swimming in the splash and swash of surf and snacking upon a pod of fry.

With a 6’6” (2 meter) wingspan these magnificent creatures had my rapt attention.

Due to the fog and my adherence to staying at a distance, the photos are muted and a bit fuzzy. Still, the energy and communal affability of the colony is perceptible.

By September, breeding adults are molting out of their bright summer colors into a white crest that stretches from their crown down the nape of their long neck. Juveniles are grey brown with white breast feathers.

Fun fact: gulls sometimes perch on a pelican’s head and steal fish right out of their mouth!

These two pairs were at the forefront of the colony, leading me to think they likely are elders of the group.

“Poetry in motion.”

Wishing everyone safe harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.🐾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 114: Negative Spaces ~

I love wide open spaces. In photography the absence of distractions makes the subject POP, sometimes creating a sense of calm and peace, and other times providing space for visual drama.

Juvenile Western Gull (Larus Occidentals) scavenges the shoreline, Long Beach, WA.

Dune grass fronds at Sundown.

Immature Bald Eagle landing atop a snag.

Quiet morning walk.

Late summer wedding altar.

Foxgloves reach for the heavens.

Jello waits for me at the top of the berm looking out on the Pacific Ocean.

Wishing everyone safe harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.🐾

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~

Wishing everyone safe harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.🐾

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~ Cee’s Flower Of The Day ~ Purple Rain ~

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Miller Lake Shore ~

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 112 ~ Pick A Word ~

 

Comfortable

Jello loves it when we are at our beach condo. This is her favorite spot to rest and relax after a romp through the dunes!

Growing

If you follow my blog, you know I am a bird lover. This fledgling Downy Woodpecker waits on top of a suet feeder for mama to give it some of the good stuff.

Tangled

A jumble of feathers, seaweed, branches and other flotsam caught my eye walking on the beach.

Crowded

Crowds of people are not my favorite thing, so for this one I’ve chosen a crowd of Brown Pelicans. Any excuse to feature these incredible birds!

Exuberant

Last year a dear friend married her sweetheart. They were in high spirits as they completed their vows.

Wishing everyone safe harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.🐾

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~ Miller Lake ~ A Gem of the Cascades ~

 

During my fishing vacation, my sister and brother-in-law took me on a day trip to Miller Lake, about an hour from our campground.

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Along the way we stopped to take pictures of Mt. Thielsen, an extinct shield volcano, elevation 9,183 feet (2799 meters), not far from Crater Lake. 

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A natural freshwater lake with a maximum depth of 145 feet (40mm), the lovely shades of the water was the main reason my sister wanted me to see it. Gorgeous colors!

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Stocked with Rainbow, Kokanee and Brown trout, people fished from shore when we visited. The sandy beach and clear water invite visitors to swim, kayak, canoe and paddle board. No motors are allowed which keeps the lake waters quiet and peaceful.

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If this canoe were mine, I would have taken Jello out to explore!

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Instead, we wandered along the shoreline, then took a short walk on a nearby trail. Such a pretty place – worth visiting again!

 

Wishing everyone safe harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.🐾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 111 ~ Everyday Objects ~ Tools That Work ~

 

 I love tools, like this crock of kitchen utensils, at hand beside my stove-top.

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To be at ease, I want the tools on the kitchen counter to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing, like the hand-made ceramic herb jars, and the wooden pepper-mill, hand-crafted by a friend. 

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This antique striking clock is both handsome and useful. It keeps perfect time (so long as it’s wound!), and I can hear it from all rooms upstairs in my home.

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Next to the front door, a rustic hook holds the key to our locking mailbox. The copper and crystal art piece was created by a dear friend who passed away a few years ago. It is a lovely reminder of her sweet spirit.

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In the music room downstairs, the walls are lined with Creighton’s massive CD collection of Jazz, Classical, Rock, Folk and Celtic music. The bass featured is a Fender Precision, one of his four bass guitars.

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“What was it? She wondered. What happened on their first encounter that seized her heartstrings and never let go? Was it his bright blue eyes? Yes. His smile? Yes. A voice rich in laughter? Yes, and his beautiful Gibson six-string guitar.” 

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Wishing everyone safe harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.🐾

 

Thanks to Patti for this opportunity to showcase everyday objects that bring me joy!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #111: Everyday Objects

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Odell Lake ~

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Wishing everyone safe harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.🐾

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