~ Cee’s Flower of the Day ~ “Spring is bustin’ out!”

Crocus in field of grass. Good morning!
Cyclamen by waterfall. Cyclamen expresses lasting feelings and sincere affection.
Crocus – bringer of cheer and gladness.

Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Wishing everyone safe harbor, as we navigate onward. Mask-up and stay safe.🐾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #136: Theme on the Letter S ~

Silver Sunset (unfiltered photo)
Snail navigating Sand
Sailing…”takes me away to where I’m going…”
Starfish and Shells
Shellfish – Dungeness crab
Small Snowman at Starbucks
Sniffing in Snow
Sitting above Shoreline

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #135: A Glimpse into My World ~

A Tale of Four Seasons in Two Places

Spring: In my world, spring is the first season of the year. It is a time of renewal, light returning, life lifting and shifting, new birth and hope.

In Long Beach, spring is all about the birds that migrate through, and those who stay in the marsh, meadow and beach to raise their young. Every day provides opportunities to enjoy nature!

In Vancouver, spring is all about grooming my gardens to keep them healthy and attractive. Over 30 years planting and nourishing the grounds, my little world has become a natural habitat for birds, and a sanctuary for me. Spring flowers start early and there’s usually something blooming – or about to bloom all year long.

Summer: A time to play outside, enjoy temperate weather, gather with friends and family. I do beieve it will be possible again sometime in 2021.

Long Beach is a popular summer vacation destination. We prefer to have our unit be available for guests, so we avoid being there at high occupancy times, from mid-June through late-August. However, early summer and late summer are lovely.

Summer in Vancouver, is a time to enjoy the fruits of my springtime labor, to sit by the pond and read, write, think, visit and to be entertained watching the birds living here, as they raise their young.

Autumn: With fading light and cooler weather, foliage and birds change and transform.

Long Beach is glorious in autumn. The marshes have receded and birds are moving through to their winter grounds. Mushrooms pop up along the damp pathways, and deer munch in the meadow.

Vancouver is also lovely in autumn. The many deciduous trees and berry bushes turn bright yellow orange and red, birds either stay year-round or fly off toward warmer climes. As the rains arrive, garden furniture is stored, we move inside.

Winter is the end of the year in my world. Though generally not sever in either Long Beach or Vancouver, winter in these parts is generally wet, and often windy at the edge of the continent.

Winter is heavy weather and king-tide season at Long Beach, a time to know when high tides are expected, and to respect their might.

Winter in Vancouver is usually filled with holiday cheer, and always daily walks. Sometimes it rains, sometimes the sun shines, and occasionally we have snow.

Wishing everyone safe harbor, as we navigate onward. Mask-up and stay safe.🐾


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~ Wordless Wednesday ~

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~ CBWC: Lost or Left Behind ~

Canoe ready to launch.

Sand-dollar emerging from surf.

Alloniscus, and wind leave traces of being here.

A found-object beach sculpture.

Lone feather at edge of marsh.

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~ SNOW ! ~

The weather forecasters had it 100% right that we would have snow on Friday 2/12/21 and on through the week-end. This morning, as I swept snow off the rail where I feed birds, I snapped this photo looking down to the ice-covered pond and liquid waterfall in my back yard.

On our walk yesterday, Jello had a blast running in the open field where I let her off-leash to romp.

The temperature remains well below freezing today, and icicles are growing on our roof.

All photos taken with my iPhone, thus some blurriness. Ah, well!

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Which is the original? ~ Which do you like better? ~


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~ Wordless Wednesday ~

Surf Fisherman
Common Merganser – Mergus merganser

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 133: My Photography Journey ~

Growing up I was influenced by my Grandfather Twitchell, who absolutely loved Polaroid cameras (immediate gratification!), and my Dad, who studied lenses and used light meters to take photos when he was hunting on horseback in the Cascade and Blue Mountains. I received my first “good” camera, a Kodak Instamatic, for Christmas when I was in high school.

My first camera ~ 1968

It was easy to use, had flashcubes and took reasonable snapshots. In those days getting film processed was expensive and inconvenient. One didn’t take pictures just for the heck of it! After college I got my first Olympus and later added wide angle and telephoto lenses. Again, the film needed to be processed and was fairly costly. I don’t remember the make of my first DSLR, however I remember loving the convenience of downloading photos and the sense of being liberated to take as many snaps as I cared to!

Panasonic LUMIX FZ47

As my personal reward upon retiring in 2012, I studied articles and reviews to find the next DSLR for me. It is the same one I use today, and the comments from owners turned out to be spot-on. It is lightweight, has enough power for the kind of photography I am keen on, and is easy to operate.

Mallard hen and ducklings

Once in a while I say, I’m going to learn how to use all these other features, however it hasn’t happened yet. I just set it on auto for the circumstances – usually outdoor nature scenes, and snap away.

If photography were my only passion, I believe I would be more studious. However, this is one of many creative outlets for me, including writing prose & poetry, and drawing.

When I’m on walks with Jello in Vancouver WA, I don’t carry my Panasonic, depending instead on my iPhone 7. At Long Beach, weather permitting, I always have the Panasonic with me. When it’s raining, I reluctantly leave it behind and rely on the iPhone.

Immature Bald Eagle flies away on a rainy day.

Thank you Lens-Artists all for challenges that help me learn more about photography, and prompt me to consider challenging myself to be more diligent!

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #132: Striped and Checked ~

Once again, I am late responding to last week’s challenge. My only excuse is an emergency that kept me away from my regular routine. No one is sick, just a problem with security systems at our home that required maintenance.

Being of Scottish descent, I start with the two tartans associated with my family lineage.

Fresnel Lighthouse Lens

Bending light within stripes and plaids. These lenses are huge and amazing to see.

Natural plaid pattern of vertical dune grass set against horizontal layers of light and color.

Jello and shadows

Most uncurved lines are manmade. In nature, lines are rarely ruler straight. As is evident here, when light creates shadow and casts it on different angled surfaces.

Jello, loves plaid too!

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