~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #199: Mechanical/Industrial ~

Cranberries have been farmed on and around the Long Beach Peninsula since the late 1800’s. At first growers would pick the cranberries by hand, which is okay for a family and community harvest, however unsustainable for future a commercial ventures.

The Furford dry harvest picker was first introduced by Julius Furford of Grayland, WA in 1956. Power is supplied by a 4-6 h.p. gas engine.

“During WWII growers welcomed the increased demand for cranberries to help feed the troops, but the shortage of labor for hand-picking prompted them to look for more efficient, mechanized harvesting methods to improve production. One of the most unique pieces of equipment developed to do the job was the vacuum or ‘suction” picking machine.” Cranberry Museum

Today most cranberries are harvested using a technique known as wet harvesting. The bog is flooded with water and the cranberries float to the surface, where they are easily scooped up.

The Cranberry Museum is located on the Washington State University Agricultural Extension scientific research ground on Pioneer Road. Hope you visit and buy some of their delicious cranberry condiments!

Thanks to John for getting me to focus on one small and important part of the history of this stretch of sand along the western edge of the USA continent!

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

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Red-necked Phalarope ~

Phalaropus lobatus -male
Phalaropus lobatus – female

Wherever you find yourself among our fine feathered friends, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #198: Light & Shadow ~

This week, Patti invites us to explore the interplay of light and shadow – a favorite subject of mine! In this post are some old favorites plus a couple new ones that I love.

Frosty Dunes

The rising sun highlights golden dune grass above while in the shadows, wind-carved sand remains frosty cold.

Leadbetter Point State Park is a nature reserve at the very northern tip of the Long Beach Peninsula. Summer nesting grounds for Snowy Plovers, those parts of the park are closed to the public during nesting season. The rest of the year (and of the park) is wide open and a wonderful place to wander with a camera! I took this shot because I loved how the shadows of the trees intersected with the trail, moving our eye into the scene.

Mantis

The shadow of the above Praying Mantis is more interesting to me than the critter itself – looks like it’s about ready to knock out an opponent boxer!

Red-necked Phalarope – Phalaropus lobatus

Yesterday, a flock of Red-necked Phalarope stopped to feed in our ponds at The Breakers. A rare sighting, I dropped the beagles back home and picked up my Panasonic to get some telephoto shots. Though this one is a bit out of focus, it’s the lovely wave action and grass shadows that convinced me it would fit in this post. (More Phalarope photos to come on Wordless Wednesday!)

Miss Daisy

I’ll close with this sweet shot of Daisy at the top of the stairs in our Vancouver home. Sun shining through a second floor window provided her a nice warm spot to rest.

Wishing everyone shady places on sunny days. Whatever the weather, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

Thanks to Patti for another challenge reminding me of the joy of photography!

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~ Wordless Wednesday + Cee’s FOTC ~ The Flowers of May ~

Viburnum plicatum tomentosum – ‘Summer Snowflake’
Columbine

Wherever you stop to admire the flowers, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #197: The Rule of Thirds ~

Although I have known about the rule of thirds most of my adult life, I admit that when I take a photograph I’m usually “in the moment” and do not stop to determine if I have the image as I would want it if I wasn’t able to change it afterwards.

The pair of Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus) above is an example. With birds, there is no telling when they are going to fly off, so getting a focused shot is more important than framing! In cropping the original, I centered the left vertical line through the male finch’s eye. He fills the upper left quadrant, while the female balances him in the lower right quadrant.

As she introduced this challenge, Tina introduced me to a new perspective. “Another approach to composing is a “Z” configuration – structuring your image so that the viewer’s eye is moving from left to right.” The above silhouette of a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) perched on a snag with the ocean breakers rolling towards the beach fits that form to a Z!

Part of the drama in the above photo is this young Mule Deer’s glance across the trail to where its mother had dashed when she saw me. To frame it, I centered the right vertical line on the young deer’s left eye, and the lower horizontal line on its under-belly. This firmly grounds the deer while also providing plenty of context about where we are.

When I snapped the photo above, my main goal was to get a clear enough shot that I’d be able to identify the species; Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata), foraging along the shoreline near the close of day. Framing this find was simple. Center front – bird and shadow – light and movement.

And sometimes the subject takes center stage – all alone – right where it belongs!

In whatever quadrant, vertical or horizontal line you find yourself, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Hooray, Hooray for a Sunny Day! ~

Daphne X ‘Carol Mackie’
Mexican Mock Orange – Choisya ternata and Lilac
Viburnum plicatum tomentosum

Wherever you bask in the sun, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #196: Humor ~

Life would be so drab without a touch of humor here and there, and occasionally a good belly laugh. This week John Holmes, aka JohnRH of John’s Space asks us to look on the lighter side and share a bit of frivolity through our photography.

As I watched this wren start to gyrate in one of my bird baths I was captivated. Soon it went from a little splatter to what you see above, a full-fledged splash party! By the time it was finished, I was laughing out loud.

The fanciful garden containers (above) caught my attention and brought a smile to my face, as did the comical re-purposed metal sculpture (below) of a dog relieving itself!

Long Beach Peninsula artist Sue Raymond, creates these small whimsical sculptures in clay. No two are alike, and each one exhibits a unique take on life. They consistently tickle my funny-bone!

In conclusion, what’s not to love about frogs?!

This metal sculpture of a frog on its concrete lily pad reading is an absolute favorite of mine. It’s in front of the local branch of our Vancouver, WA library. Since I took this shot the lily pad has been painted green. I like the original look better, but hey it’s still fun, playful, whimsical, light-hearted and fanciful. Who could ask for anything more?

Wherever your sense of humor takes you, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

Thanks to John for keeping us balanced with a bit of humor to offset all the yucky stuff going on in our world.

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Beach Scenes ~

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

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #195: Colorful Expressions ~

What can I say? The dogs ate my homework?! Well in a way, that is partly why I’m so late posting to this challenge. Just about the time I have all my “must do’s” on the computer finished, Max or Daisy comes up to me and puts a paw on my laptop, insisting it’s time for me to take them out. At home they have a doggie door, at the beach (where we are now), I’m their ticket out! So, in an effort to at least play with colorful expressions of the photographic kind, I offer some favorites from my archives.

December Sunset

Long Beach, WA sunsets are always lovely, and often stunningly colorful!

I love the POP of bright yellow on a clear blue sky. This Delphinium is such a gorgeous hue of blue, I couldn’t resist snapping its portrait. My summer rudbeckia and cone flowers make a cheerful perennial splash.

In late spring my rhododendrons bloom a spectacular dark pink, made more vivid by their deep evergreen foliage.

Under dense Coastal Pines, a forest of moss creates a lush green carpet.

Wherever you find colorful expressions, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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~ Wordless Wednesday + Cee’s FOTD ~

Flowering Plum
Weeping Cherry
Snowball Viburnum Viburnum burkwoodii

Wherever you enjoy spring flowers, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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