~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #234: Messages ~

Welcome to Donna of Windkisses as a host of LAPC! Donna invites us to search for messages in our photography. “To some, photography is formal, with clear and concise messages. Others want you to feel the photos, and take away impressions from what you see. At the end of the day, it is always our story, driven by our character and passions, that we showcase.”

My opening photo communicates in two ways; the written name and logo for the Breakers Condominiums (where I own a unit), and a dramatic display in the background of the Pacific Ocean rollers that inspired the name.

Above, another two in one photo taken on the trail above North Head Lighthouse, in Cape Disappointment State Park, WA. The lighthouse (no longer in use) was a means of relaying warning messages to ships along this coastline, also known as, “The Graveyard of the Pacific.” A fir tree clinging to the side of the bluff shows us how strong the winds are as they buffet the headland.

Tracks imprinted in the sand are messages telling me who has been here in the recent past. From upper left clockwise, deermouse tracks frozen in a frosty dune, crow, gull, deer and eagle.

Killdeer parents are extremely protective of their fledglings who are vulnerable in their open-field ground-nests. The one above is doing a “broken wing” masquerade to lead the intruder (me) away from the nest area, as it also calls out in plaintive song.

Above a flat metal sculpture announcing that you are in the land of delicious seafood! Razor clams, Dungeness crab, Willapa oysters and Salmon to name a few of the delicacies available seasonally on the Long Beach Peninsula. I could go on and on with more signs and messages, however I’m late already, so I’ll close with a lighthearted invitation!

On your walk with life, please honor our earth, encourage dignity and share kindness. ๐Ÿพ

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Out and About ~

On your walk with life, please honor our earth, encourage dignity and share kindness. ๐Ÿพ

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #233: A One Lens Walk

On Friday, January 13, 2023 we arrived at our condo in Long Beach, WA. The next morning, while walking my beagles to the beach, I stepped backward off the edge of the trail and lost my footing. My right knee took the brunt of my hard fall. Instead of going to emergency, I did what I knew any attending medical professional would tell me to do: stay off it as much as possible, use ice and a compression bandage to reduce swelling, take OTC pain medication, elevate when sitting, use a cane to get around and be patient. Eleven days later, my knee has improved significantly, and I have an appointment with my primary care physician the day after I get back to Vancouver.

Yesterday afternoon, as the clouds broke open and the sun came shining through, I left the dogs at home and took my Panasonic Lumix 24X for a walk to the beach. It was the golden hour and I have Anne to thank for giving me reason to venture forth!

Mallard ducks have been plying the ponds all week. These three (two drakes and one hen) were a long way from where I stood, however I was able to get a decent shot of them, as I started walking the center trail to the beach.

I love the changing beauty of light reflecting on water. Above, the sun put on a golden show as I walked along.

At the crest of the berm is a bench for folks to sit on and enjoy the view from above. As I continued to the other side, I was struck by the soft suffused light. In the photo below we cannot see the birds that were flying low along the oceans edge.

Maximizing my telephoto, I was able to get a shot of the birds in flight with dune grass sparkling in the foreground.

I arrived on the beach just in time to snap a shot of our sun hanging suspended between two banks of clouds.

Ready to turn back to home, I heard laughter in the distance and watched these two young folks caper along the shoreline. With the telephoto, I was able to get a nice silhouette image of them against the lovely light at end of day.

On your walk with life, please honor our earth, encourage dignity and share kindness. ๐Ÿพ

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Light is Life ~

On your walk with life, please honor our earth, encourage dignity and share kindness. ๐Ÿพ

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Rainbow Wishes ~

On your walk with life, please honor our earth, encourage dignity and share kindness. ๐Ÿพ

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #231: Favorite Images of 2022 ~

John Steiner takes the lead this week to start the 2023 Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenges with an invitation to share our “favorite images captured in 2022.” Thank you John for adding your talents to the Lens-Artists team!

I’ll start with my first choice shot of 2022. Why do I love it so? Because the light is incredibly soft filtered through fog as four Mallards silently paddle across a pond. It’s the quiet beauty of the moment that enchants me.

Sunrise on Long Beach is often dramatic. The one above left was a favorite when I posted it in the Diagonals challenge #228. On the right above is the best rainbow shot of 2022, though I see them often at the beach, I rarely see this kind of stretch!

Not sure what this sea critter is, however it is the same consistency as moon jelly. The movement in the top swirls and light reflections in the sea-bubbles stopped me in my tracks. Maybe Steve Morey can help id this one?

My spring gardens in Vancouver always chase away the winter blues. What a surprise to have an early April snowstorm and a chance to get some unusual photos!

Salt Creek Falls (Willamette Pass Oregon) offers many lovely photo ops. This one is my favorite of 2022 because I was able to get the falls top to bottom, and the lay of the land as the creek flows down the mountain. Fog in the background adds a soft finish to this shot.

In mid-February we adopted Daisy and Max, 6 year old sister and brother beagles. Almost a year later, they have settled into life with their forever family. Both have adapted to our expectations, just as we have learned to respect their individual characteristics. Daisy is always on the hunt; sniffing, baying, climbing trees and looking for escape routes. Max is a big lover boy. He likes to pick up things and bring them to me, sometimes as bribes, mostly to get my attention!

Max quickly established himself as the lounge lizard of the two!

Though I shared this shot in my end of 2022 post, it has to be my favorite action photo of the year! After chasing a squirrel right up this tree, Daisy slid down the tree trunk using her claws to stay on it until about four feet from the bottom, where she fell onto the ground and took off after more squirrels!

I’ll close with our sun on it’s way to disappear beyond the Pacific Ocean horizon. I never tire of watching sunsets. They inspire awe and hope in me, so you can look forward to seeing more sunsets in my 2023 Lens-Artists Challenge posts!

On your walk with life, please honor our earth, encourage dignity and share kindness. ๐Ÿพ

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Window Views ~

On your walk with life, please honor our earth, encourage dignity and share kindness.๐Ÿพ

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #230 – Last Chance ~

As I look through the photos I’ve taken in 2022, I realize there aren’t as many as in years past. Blame it on the dogs! They didn’t eat my homework, however they have kept my hands pretty busy when we’re walking ๐Ÿพ. My iPhone 13pro has been my workhorse, though I did get out for a couple shoots with the Panasonic.

Pacific Ocean wave action is always a joy to behold. Above are three shots that capture both the force and power of the waves, and the play of light through and on the water.

Above a beautiful Steller’s Jay visiting my deck seed-feeder. These are resident birds which I enjoy seeing year-round. Below, a cheeky peek at a Red-necked Phalarope as is dips into the marsh pond at the Breakers for breakfast!

Sunrise, sunset and moody clouds.

Just in case you didn’t see this posted on Wordless Wednesday, the prize photo of 2022 is Daisy in the tree after a squirrel, with stalwart brother Max watching from solid ground!

Thank you to Tina for an inviting end of the year challenge. I remember when WordPress stopped posting the weekly challenge and Tina, Patti, Amy and Anne-Christine stepped up to fill the void. Thank you all, and I look forward to another year with new hosts and guests to keep us on our toes.

Cheers to the New Year! Please remember to honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.๐Ÿพ

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #229: Perfect Patterns ~

Here’s to Anne-Christine for inviting us to select photos of “perfect” patterns, with the understanding that perfect is always in the eye of the beholder! Here are some patterns in nature that I enjoy.

I’ll start with another in my series of Dune Runes. Above Alloniscus has woven multiple trails forming a net around the jewels of Yellow Sand Verbena (Abronia latifolia). With a bit of wind or a wash of wave, the pattern will vanish.

The deeply weathered wood on this aged cedar stump spoke volumes to me. Gnarled and bumpy, yet smooth and worn it has incredible character. On the right is a recent photo of wave action on Long Beach after a stormy high tide. Often the wave pattern left in the sand is rippled and smooth, this one stood out to me for it’s deeply carved furrows.

Patterns and colors on birds are part of the art of identifying them. Whether simple or intricate, bird feathers have always fascinated me. This one, I believe is a hawk wing-feather. I love its wide wavy motion on one side of the quill, that is echoed on the other side.

Above, the reflection of a cloud dappled sky on the rippling surface of Odell Lake mesmerized me as I rocked away in the boat. The patterns were always changing yet remained perfect in the moment.

I’ll conclude with photos of mature seed-heads or spikes of the wheat plant, with its lovely braided pattern. In my teenage years I lived in the Palouse area of Washington State, a prominent wheat growing region. When autumn came around, harvesting combines would rumble through the hills day and night, stirring up dust to cause many a harvest moon. In their wake, the combines would leave row after row of chaff in undulating patterns upon the gently rolling hills.

In this joyous season of the year, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.๐Ÿพ

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Evidence ~

Bald Eagle Claw Print
Thank you Patrick!

At this festive season of the year, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.๐Ÿพ

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