~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Foggy Beach ~

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #71: Creepy ~ (Warning – arachnophobes beware!) ~

When my flesh crawls and all my senses go into high alert, I usually don’t hang around to take pictures!


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I love photographing and learning about creepy-crawlies like spiders, bugs, snails and other flightless critters I come upon in my rambles.


Praying Mantis on high alert, looking sinister with it’s long shadow.

Growing up in the sandy sagebrush hills of central Washington, I learned to identify Black Widow Spiders, Scorpions and Rattlesnakes, and to be aware of places they might call home. It was my responsibility to stay clear of their territory.


This spider is a common orb weaver, like Charlotte, of E.B. White fame.

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Velella velella, also known as ‘by-the-wind sailor,’ is a species of jellyfish which floats on the ocean’s surface. Usually found in the open ocean feeding on plankton, they are at the mercy of the wind. After a spring storm at Long Beach, the coastline was strewn for miles with these gelatinous creatures. Though not creepy on their own, a whole shore full is eerie.

 ~Now for the really scary stuff ~


Human Generated Trash (HGT) picked up from the beach on one morning walk.


Blond mopped dragon at Women’s March, January 21, 2017, Portland, Oregon.


Thank you Leya, for this opportunity to feature often maligned though decidedly innocent creepy critters, and to expose two images that represent realities I find to be particularly threatening and sinister in our world.


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~ Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue ~

“Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones…it will always stay blue.”  Raoul Dufy


“I never get tired of the blue sky.”  Vincent Van Gogh

Blue symbolizes trust, loyalty and confidence.


“Let the blue sky meet the blue sea and all is blue for a time.”  Moncy Barbour


Cheers to Blue!



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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #70: Monochrome in the Moment ~

For this challenge, I’ve selected previously posted photos that are monochrome due to the light that was present when I snapped the picture.  


Sundown at Long Beach, WA ~ USA


Man and Kite, Long Beach, WA ~ USA


October Sundown, Orcas Island, WA ~ USA


Natural Sepia, Long Beach, WA ~ USA


Evening Walk, Long Beach, WA ~ USA

Light from our sun reveals earth’s beauty. It is up to us to preserve it.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #70: Monochrome

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ La-de-da de-la-de-dum, ’tis autumn* ~

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  • Songwriter: Henry Nemo ‘Tis Autumn
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~ Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Numbers ~

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Often I take photos not knowing how or when I might post them. Last week at the beach, I stopped to snap the numbered buoys on a pole beside the path through the dunes. Now, less than a week later, Cee provides a challenge to put these gems out for all to see!


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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #69: Seeing Double ~

“Have you heard the news ~ the world goes on by twos.” 🐾

two spiderwebs copyI love spiderwebs dripping with dew. These two on either side of a provocatively stained post, are my nod to Halloween.


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Two young Black-Tail bucks grazed in the dunes one morning at Long Beach.



It’s mushroom and toadstool time in the Pacific Northwest. Though lovely to look at and photograph, Amanita muscaria, commonly known as fly agaric, is considered poisonous, but not deadly. They contain psychoactive chemicals, and have a long history of use in Asia and Northern Europe.


This pair of Western Gulls (Laurus occidentals) looked like they were having an important tête-à-tête on their driftwood perch. I make it a practice to photograph from a distance, and don’t allow Jello to chase birds at the beach – well sometimes the crows – but not the shorebirds and eagles!


Immature ~one-year Bald Eagles, watched as Jello and I circled past. What magnificent birds they are!

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A mature pair of Bald Eagles. They mate for life, and the female is larger than the male.

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From the Albany Carousel Museum, two pretty ponies.


I’ll close with one of my favorite photo’s of a couple walking the beach, as Sanderling and other shorebirds migrated through.

🐾 When I read Tina’s theme for this week’s Lens-Artists challenge, I thought about the tune, Two by Two,  from Tony Bennet’s, 1965 album, Songs for the Jet Set. A lifetime favorite.


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