~ Wordless Wednesday ~ “If it doesn’t move – decorate it!”

As we enter this holiday season please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 226: Textures ~

No matter the season of year, in our usually damp Pacific Northwest region, moss of many varieties thrives. I have always loved the feel of moss under my fingers and under my feet. It adds a soft quietness to many trails.

The sandy flatness of Long Beach, WA every day provides a clean slate for all sorts of textures to appear. From upper left dune grass whipped by the wind creates a delicate pattern of lines upon the built up sand. In the background are small tracks of a field mouse. Next is a path to the beach, well trodden by people and dogs and frozen in place on a winter night. In the upper right photo we see where a whole flock of small birds gathered to forage or rest. Bottom left is another critter I just learned about from Steve Morey, called sea gooseberries. These are smaller than the ones he features on his blog: https://theoutershores.com/2022/11/23/shoreside-textures/. On the bottom right, after a king tide swept frothy foam and debris all over the shorelines a variety of shorebirds hunt for grub.

Nature provides a panoply of textures to admire and enjoy. I’ll finish this post with some mushrooms, beautiful to see but deadly (or close to it) to eat! The textures all around the mushrooms are equally engaging.

Thanks to this week’s guest host Jude of Cornwall in Colors for this challenge. It is a true honor to be asked to host LAPC, and is a challenge in itself for the host to visit and comment on all the entries! Kudos to you, Jude.

Wherever you find yourself, take a look around to enjoy the many textures of life, and please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Light can be Both Wave and Particle ~

On this week of Thanksgiving in the USA, may we believe in peace and sharing. Please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #225: Wildlife Close to Home ~

At our home on the Long Beach Peninsula, Washington State USA, the birds are my main attraction. Though there are many other wild creatures, I rarely see them close enough to photograph unless they are no longer living. Seals and whales have washed up on the shore, and in the night I have heard (but not seen) live coyotes and tree frogs. Consequently, resident Black-tailed Mule Deer are a delight to see and photograph.

I have encountered the local Black Bears in person once, and again from a distance. I prefer from a distance!

To qualify as wildlife doesn’t mean being a red-blooded mammal! Many of the creatures I encounter on my excursions are insects and critters of the sea. Here are but a few.

Still, what I love most is the abundance of bird life on this peninsula at the western edge of the continent. I have delved into observing, photographing then doing research on the birds I’ve seen so that often I can identify them when I see them again. The older I get, the more important it is to me to learn!

In the interest of time, I will leave the names of these birds for you to guess. Or, you could email me if you really want to know. For now I sign off with a thanks to this week’s host for another outdoor adventure.

Wherever wildlife finds you, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Sea and Sky ~

Sunrise to Sunset, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #224: Exposure ~

Sophia takes us back to the basic elements of photography with this week’s challenge exploring the difference underexposure and overexposure make in our finished photographs. In the cloudy Pacific Northwest, quite often I find my shots are dark and moody, so a bit more light and color can add to their appeal. Below, the Red-necked Phalarope is lost in the cloudy reflection on the pond. By boosting the light and adding a touch of color, the bird pops out and the scene still keeps its drama.

On the other hand, sometimes the dark skies add to the mood, as in this photo of a beach fort. Although the addition of light makes the features of the fort more visible, it detracts from the whole setting.

Sometimes I’m amazed at how different two photos (below) taken with the same exposure and only 1 minute time between and just a few feet apart end up being.

To finish off, here is a series of Max and Daisy exposing themselves to my Biolight. In addition to mood-altering light, the box emits radiant warmth. The original shots were all overexposed (no kidding?!) and reducing the light made the finished photo more clear. The one of Max is a before and after, the others are with light reduced, as Daisy moves in to share the joy!

As you find your perfect exposure, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

Thanks to Sophie for another plunge into the helpful techniques of photography.

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~ Wordless Wednesday + Cee’s FOTD ~ Autumn Color ~

Wherever you enjoy the colors of fall, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #223: Flights of Fancy ~

When I was a young girl, I would sometimes sleep outside on warm summer nights. Living on the outskirts of a small city, I could see the vast array of stars and planets, and recognize a few of the constellations. There was nothing man-made out there until October 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, into orbit. One time my brother and I spotted a Sputnik satellite racing across the dark night sky like a wayward falling star.

A decade later, on December 24, 1968, William Anders, in the Apollo 8 lunar orbiting module photographed our earth as it rose above the surface of our moon. This image remains as proof to me of what is possible when a nation puts its collective energy and resources into research and education.

Three years later, in 1971 */John Lennon’s song Imagine was released. According to Wikipedia it was among the top 100 most-performed songs of the twentieth century. It remains one of my internal theme songs asking us to “Imagine all the people living life in peace,” a forever pipe-dream that helps me hold onto hope in desperate times. The image of Waldron and Saturna Islands bathed in a cloudy pink sundown personifies Imagine.

Climate change has been pooh poohed way too long. I still wonder where we would be as a nation (USA) and international community if Florida and its “hanging chads” had not cheated Al Gore out of the presidency in 2000. I’m pretty sure we would be in a much better position regarding our warming atmosphere. After 47 years living in the Pacific Northwest, the past two summers have confirmed that we are in the midst of the heat-up. The above temperature gauge from 2021 is witness to an unprecedented hot few days, and the average/mean temperature in the greater metropolitan (Vancouver WA/Portland OR) region for August, September and October 2022, were all record highs.

This is just how the sun looked through a veil of clouds as it set in the western sky. No filters used! Digital single reflex cameras was an invention that changed my creative pursuit of photography. Without worrying about how much it will cost to make copies, I can snap as many shots as I want in order to get the one that I like best!

Having a place at the beach that I can retreat to whenever I want, is another one of those fantastic notions I held in my heart for decades – and then it happened. I’ll close with this shot of Moon-down at Sunrise seen through the dune rye grass at Long Beach.

Thanks to Johnbo for another thought provoking challenge!

*”You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one”

Wherever you pursue your flights of fancy, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Sanderling Flock in Flight ~

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Wherever you watch life in motion, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #222: Mountains are Calling ~

Wouldn’t you know, all my photos of Mount Constitution on Orcas Island, are not on this computer! Ah well, save those old ones for another time. Here are three shots from my archives that showcase some of the lovely mountains I have viewed.

The Olympic Mountains of Washington State, photographed from the west side of Orcas Island. “Located in the northwest corner of the state, this mountain range rises from the Pacific Ocean to an elevation of 7,980 feet at the peak of Mount Olympus.”

Diamond Peak, with sunrise glowing on its remaining snow in July, as seen from Odell Lake at the summit of Willamette Pass. Part of the Cascade Range of Oregon, Diamond Peak reaches an elevation of 8,748 feet (2,555m).

Crater Lake, located in the Oregon Cascade Mountain range is 5 by 6 miles (8.0 by 9.7 km) across, with a caldera rim ranging in elevation from 7,000 to 8,000 feet (2,100 to 2,400 m). Though I have featured it in previous posts, it is such a beautiful setting – worth another view!

Thanks to Amy for taking us off on another nature adventure!

From the mountains to the valleys, wherever you find yourself please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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