~ Lense-Artist Photo Challenge #10: Fences ~

This fence, surrounding a construction site at a public park, let’s everyone know exactly why it is here and how we are expected to behave in the area!


I much prefer the gentle welcome of this guardrail, guiding me down the trail.

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Beach Haven ~ Orcas Island, WA – USA


Sunburst design on a wooden fence gate, Orcas Island, WA – USA

Pics Scannded From Dad Low (5)

Harvey Low, with his horses in the morning, Pullman, WA – USA ~1967


LaJolla CA – USA

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #9: Action ~

I have been out of action on WP this past week while my sister and I travelled to northern Idaho to visit our cousins, Duncan and David. We had reunited with Duncan (after thirty-odd years of not being in contact), three years ago. On this visit we stayed with him and spent an afternoon/evening with his older brother David, for the first time in forty-five years. It was amazing! With no wi-fi connectivity, I was unable to connect to WordPress, so even though it’s late, I decided to post to this challenge anyway.


Jello is the star today. Here she is straining at her lead, desperate to chase after the White Tail Deer we encountered in the road by David’s cabin near Priest Lake, Idaho.


Jello is a Beagle – therefore a hound – so her nose is always in action…


…neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow slows her down!


Well, sometimes the sun and being on a boat, limits her activity!


Lens Artists Challenge: Action


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~ Take Two ~ Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Glass ~

Yesterday’s post featured these same glass pieces, with their color as the focus. Today I offer them in Black and White. What fun!


Alluring Orient & Flume Paperweight


Treble Clef


Glass Egg Reflection

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Perthshire Paperweight


Large Vase



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~ Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Tricky Turquoise ~

This week Cee begins a color odyssey with Teal, Aqua, Seafoam or Turquoise. After putting together a post using photos I had previously presented on WP, I scrapped it. Instead I’m presenting glass works I own that are in the specified color family. Tomorrow,  I’ll show you what they look like in B&W in response to Cee’s Black and White photo challenge!


Orient and Flume paperweight 1975



Glass Treble Clef (purchased from Signals catalog)


Glass egg 1978 (signed HS)



Perthshire Paperweight

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Large Vase (purchased at Pier 1)




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~ Willow Stump Garden One Year Later ~ Wordless Wednesday ~

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~ Lense Artists Photo Challenge #8: COLORFUL ~

Tina Schell challenges us to lighten up and introduce some fun and frivolity to our posts this week. Levity – lightheartedness is often elusive – but always welcome!

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The Lavender Lady – a coastal eccentric with vivid, wonderfully fun taste!


Garden art at the Lavender Lady’s ~ Ilwaco, WA (USA)

Another entry into the Garden Art Hall of Fame!


Riverside Park ~ Spokane, WA (USA)


This stained-glass window was a gift from my mother-in-law. What I know of its history is limited; an old-country artisan living in our region created it using old-world glass.

To look up at nature’s beautiful offering of plum blossoms set against a bright blue spring sky brings me a sense of peace and hope. 


“…it is important to find moments of joy. We are surrounded by all of the colors of the rainbow, but it’s up to us to recognize and appreciate them.” Tina Schell


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~ Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Sculptures, statues, carvings ~

In this challenge I’m presenting two of my own wood carvings. The Blue Teal Duck was my first major work. I loved the effect of the burned-in texture on the natural wood and decided not to paint it to make it look like a Blue Teal. Still love it!


Top photo is low color/sepia – below is black & white.

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11″ (~28 cm) from beak to tail.


The second woodcarving is of a Haida Ceremonial Bowl. For many years I’ve studied Northwest Native American art, with a focus on the Salish nations from northwest Washington (USA) into British Columbia (Canada).

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12″ (~30 cm) from end to end.

At one end is the whale motif, on the other is eagle – both are significant characters in Salish life and lore.



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