~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #142: “Life’s a Holiday on Primrose Lane” ~

Primroses bring delightful color and light to my rock garden in late winter on through the summer. Heading them and fertilizing, keeps their cheery faces blooming.

Inexpensive and sold as annuals at local grocery and hardware stores, I add to my primrose lane every year.

The double ruffled ones (above and the last two) are particularly pretty and quite hardy.

Primroses can get rather ‘dog-eared’ if not trimmed and tidied, but they bring a smile to my face very time I see them, so for me, they are worth the time it takes to care for them.

Thank you to Leya for this “You Pick It” challenge. To see her selection and the contributions of others, click the link below!

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~ Wordless Wednesday + Cee’s FOTD ~ Early Spring in My Garden ~

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~ April Poetry Month ~ Daily Haiku and Social Commentary ~

These are not pretty. They are distillations of my observations and study of human behavior since I began to differentiate myself from others.

Unhinged - a series of haiku


4/1/21

many synonyms
for human insanity
subtle nuances

4/2/21

careful portrayal
in medical manual
no 'nutso' or 'bats'

4/3/21

out here in real world
deranged thinking goes postal
with guns, knives, autos

penis extensions
unbridled power to kill 
inflates crazed egos

4/4/21

if not genetic
this unbalanced behavior  
when does it begin? 

with the birth of pain
invisible soul bruises
unacknowledged trauma

4/5/21

compressed hidden hurt
amplified by daily life
a festering boil

gloms proof from mundane
fuels a growing conviction
which course will it take?

4/6/21

easy to find fault
self-blame brings on depression
road to suicide

simple to accuse
hold others accountable
self-validating

4/7/21

just a normal guy
clutching his cauldron of bile
teeters on the edge

suddenly sees red
the instant his synapse snaps
madness takes over

4/8/21

bloodlust the sole fix
to quench a raging passion
scratch the crazy itch

4/9/21

alternative source:
rigid indoctrination 
unquestioned beliefs

4/10/21

engrained repression
natural impulse denied
labeled abnormal

4/11/21

pent-up frustration
lack of personal control
backfires in gunfire

to quell fiend within
or erase temptations source
death is the answer



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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #141: Geometry ~

Maybe it’s because spring is all around me, or perhaps it’s that I’ve always enjoyed the softness of spheres relative to angles, either way, today my LAPC focus is on circular shapes in nature.

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https://pilotfishblog.com/2021/03/27/lens-artists-photo-challenge-141-geometry/

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Red-breasted Merganser ~

Mergus serrator – March 2021

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~ Wordless Wednesday + Cee’s Flower(s) of the Day ~ Three Tiny Beach Gardens ~

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~ Lens-Artists Challenge #139: Special Moments ~

This week, in response to Tina’s challenge to feature “moments that take your breath away,” I’ve selected five photos taken over the past five years on the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington State, USA. Each one was a gift from nature, and taught me something about capturing breathtaking shots.

February 2016 – North Head Lighthouse – Cape Disappointment State Park

It was a dreary cold day when Jello and I took a long walk through the park to North Head Lighthouse. I snapped several photos of the structure and the environs before walking up the path away from the lighthouse. When I turned around, the sight stopped me in my tracks. In this moment a personal photo mantra emerged – “Always look back!”

Long Beach Sunset – September 2016

Sunsets are addictive! Intense gorgeous light filtered through earths atmosphere as night begins to overtake day, is almost always stunning. What makes this photo a favorite of mine is the dune grass foreground. Without that texture and context, it would be ‘just another sunset’.

Beach Walk – December 2018

Bird life here is plentiful and diverse. In late fall to early winter large flocks of shorebirds migrate through. Over the years I’ve featured some, as I learned to identify what species they are. This shot was a moment of being in the ‘right place at the right time.’ The couple was walking away from where I stood, birds swirled through the air above them, and I took the photo.

Jello at Sunrise – October 2017

If you follow my blog, you have seen this photo before. Mist had settled into the dunes as we crested the berm heading toward the beach. I stopped to see where Jello was and saw her silhouetted in ‘the golden hour,’ confirmation that light in early morning truly is magnificent.

Fierce Bald Eagle – May 2020

During the initial two plus months of COVID19 shutdown, we opted to stay at our condominium in Long Beach. Twice a day Jello and I walked along the beach and resident Bald Eagles became accustomed to our presence. Always keeping a distance, so as not to intrude, I was blessed to get some great photos using the telephoto feature on my camera. The lesson here is, ‘just keep taking shots, you don’t have to pay to develop them, you can delete all that are blurry or blah, and once in a while you get something extraordinary!’

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https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2021/03/13/lens-artists-challenge-139-special-moments/

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Early Spring Light ~

Black-tailed Mule Deer – fawn

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #138: Natural Light ~

Looking out from the western edge of the North American Continent with the Pacific Ocean on the horizon, the sky often is filled with fantastical clouds. Sunlight reflecting on them or rays of sun streaking through them create lovely suffusions of natural light.

Looking West at Sunrise
Pink on Gray
Dune Marsh Sunset

From late winter into spring the dune meadows turn into marshes which add another dimension of natural light to the scene.

Quiet Morning

Always there is the ocean, with dune grass highlighted at sunrise, light reflecting on powerful waves, and wind lifting spray to the skies.

Stormy Weather

Sunsets here are as varied as the weather and almost always spectacular! Thank you Amy for a lovely challenge. Anytime I get to showcase nature, I’m a happy camper!

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Report from the Edge of a Continent ~

Clouded Sundown
Spotted (Rufous-sided) Towhee Pipilo maculates
Early Morning High Tide

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