~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 59: Angles ~ Viewpoint ~ Point Of View ~


From my point of view, things (in the USA) are rather topsy turvy. That’s what I like about the angle of this photo – the only viewpoint from which I could capture the length of the huge pole with a large metal spike in its side.

IMG_2784As the cool waters of Crescent Creek rushed underneath this small bridge, a metal ladder caught my eye.

IMG_2785Dyslexics like me, undiagnosed and self-taught, see through the upside down and backward of things to find truth.

P1100274To land upon, and find balance atop this snag took effort. Wings spread wide with feathers angled into the breeze, head thrust downward, while claws grip tight. This immature Bald Eagle reminds me that the USA is yet a young nation. From my point of view, we are teetering, learning, yet I have faith that we will survive our current president and his administration to thrive and rebuild alliances.


“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe


Yes, I’m an optimist – my glass is almost always half-full. This point of view keeps me going forward, looking in all directions for possibilities and solutions. “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” Helen Keller

Thank you Leya, for another thoughtful challenge.

To see other interpretations of the challenge and/or add your own, click the link. https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2019/08/17/lens-artists-photo-challenge-59-angles/


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~ Wordless Wednesday ~


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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 58: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue ~

When first introduced to Torquay pottery, I loved its rustic look. Through the years, my collection grew, and in my research I’ve learned that some pieces truly are antiques.


The name Torquay is given to ceramics by several potteries working near Torquay, England, from 1870 until 1962. So, some of my items are old, some are newer, and all but one are accented with distinctive blue dots or lines.


Whether old or new, they all have characteristic designs with scenes of cottages, ships, birds, or flowers, and proverbs that remind us how to go about living a good life.



Torquay potteries included Watcombe Pottery (1870-1962); Torquay Terra-Cotta Company (1875-1905); Aller Vale (1881-1924); Torquay Pottery (1908-1940); and Longpark (1883-1957). (Kovels.com)

The rooster tea cup (Droon yer sorrows in a cup o Tea) is from Longpark, c. 1920-1930. Though most pieces have marks, many simply say Made in England, so identifying the original maker and year is difficult.

The one piece with no blue on it is from Watcombe c. 1901-1920, and is the oldest in my collection. With a name like Le Coq, this rooster crowing Bon-jour was a true find!

In less than a month, my hubby and I will celebrate our 50th or “golden” anniversary. Patti’s theme, one so often connected to weddings, was a sweet reminder of years gone by!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #58: Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

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~ Discoveries ~

During the week I was at Crescent Creek with my sister Diana, we took an afternoon drive east to the Crane Prairie Marshes. She had seen White Pelicans there a week or so earlier, but they had already moved on.


Crain Prairie Reservoir – La Pine, OR

However, there were quite a few Widow Skimmer Dragonflies darting about. After trying to get close up shots with my iPhone, and nearly tumbling down the embankment, I took a regular photo shot of one that had landed a distance away in this shrub.

IMG_2761Yes, that’s my finger! But do you see the dragonfly? Looking at this snap, I remembered it was my last ditch effort to get a photo, so that I might identify the bug. What a happy discovery to find, upon closer inspection, I got it!  And now I know it’s name!


Widow Skimmer Dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa)

Widow Skimmers live near warm waters. The water source could be a pond, marsh, small lake, or lagoon. Water is necessary for a skimmer’s first life stage, and adults are often found near wet places, too. Transparent wings on males and females have similar thick black bands on either side, but males have a long abdomen that is light powdery blue, but females are yellow and black. Come mating season, adults have no trouble pairing off despite these color differences. Unlike some other species where males guard egg-laying females, Widow Skimmer males leave the female by herself, ‘widowing’ her as she lays her eggs just under the surface of the water. (https://www.insectidentification.org)



Diana found this moth languishing in the grass by the side of the road when we stopped to look for the pelicans. We took pictures of it and then placed it in a nearby tree for protection, with hopes it might survive.

For me, taking photos of beautiful living creatures is only half the fun. The other half is discovering just what they are!


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~ Wordless Wednesday ~


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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #57: Taking A Break ~

Being the in-house barista and omelette-chef in our home, it is always a welcome break to be treated to brunch. 


When we stay on Long Beach, we often go to Bailey’s Bakery & Cafe in Nahcotta.


Some folks consider walking a chore, an inconvenience. Not me! To walk anywhere in nature, and especially along the shoreline at Long Beach, is one of my favorite ways to break away from the 24/7 routine and renew myself.


Park in downtown Sandpoint, Idaho

Even ardent walkers need a break now and then!


Jello likes to rest in the shade, as we finish our walk at the dog park!

Being among friends in a relaxing atmosphere with no immediate demands, is an interlude I cherish.


In the above photo, Creighton and our friend Stephan solve the worlds problems, while enjoying wine at Beach Haven, Orcas Island.


I love this photo that dear friend Jocelyn took when Creighton and I visited her at Priest Lake. Here we are toasting being together at Elkin’s Resort.

IMG_E1020After a day of romps at the beach, Jello telegraphs to Creighton and me that it’s time to pause our activities and just enjoy being here.


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~ Wordless Wednesday – Old Friends ~


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