~ Emergence ~ Wordless Wednesday ~

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Fern with Hosta in the background.

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Jack-in-the-pulpit – Arisaema triphyllum

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 Wake Robin – Trillium and Jacob’s Ladder – Polemonium

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~ In A Vase On Monday ~ Tulips Inside ~

With no bright sunlight or warmth outside, in order to see what my new tulips look like once opened, I picked three blossoms. To add some other texture and color I added lilac, red-flowering currant and brunnera stems.

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The vase is a pottery piece I recently purchased at an art gallery in Long Beach, WA.

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Brunnera Jack Frost, Ribes sanguinium, Syringa vulgaris and generic Tulipa

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The tulips are from an generic assortment I planted last fall. Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for the excuse I needed to brave the cold and create a bouquet to photograph!

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~ Two-Lips ~ WPC: Awakening ~

“If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing.” Gail Sheehy

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Spring is here, and so are the (almost) constant rains that make the Pacific Northwest such a verdant place! Since I took this photo ten days ago, more tulips have opened their lovely blossoms – reminding me the sun will shine again and usher in a procession of growth and cheer!

Photo Challenge: Awakening

A post from 2015 – “Wake Robin” – also is worth visiting in reference to this challenge: https://lindylecoq.com/2015/03/22/wake-robin-weekly-photo-challenge-fresh/ 

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~ WPC: Smile ~

When I walk the trails between The Breakers and the Pacific Ocean, I am filled with a sense of wonder and discovery. There is always something different or new to hear and see.

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Like this bird perched on top of a Shore Pine Tree, singing insistently! It was a drizzly morning, so I only had my iPhone camera. Still the shots were good enough that I could identify the bird later – White-crowned Sparrow. Oh what a smile his song gave me!

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Several Mallard couples have worked out their territories within the marsh, but I could tell one of these pairs was not Mallard.  As the intruders rapidly swam away from the residents, I snapped photos with my cell in hopes I could identify them later.

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This was another “first sighting” for me. Though it’s quite likely that I have seen these birds some other time/place in my lifetime, what makes this special is that on this occasion, I was able to identify the pair as Hooded Mergansers – female left, male right. That makes me smile!

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“It has to be Greater Yellowlegs,” I thought as I watched this beauty working the edge of the pond. I photographed (and identified) one last year – in about the same location. Not being absolutely sure I was right would haunt me though – so I snapped photos as I observed the rocking motion it made as it stepped forward. No doubt about it – Greater Yellowlegs!

 

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~

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~ Rising Crow ~ WPC: Sunrise – Sunset ~

If you browse my WordPress site you will find many lovely sunset photos taken at Beach Haven, Orcas Island, WA – USA.  

However, in this challenge I’ve decided to opt for a subtle sunrise shot taken on a morning walk to the edge of the continent at Long Beach, WA – USA.

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The tree is a sculpture invoking the one that Captain William Clark carved his name into when he and other members of the Corps of Discovery finally arrived at the Pacific Ocean in 1805.

A crow watched and cawed from atop the sculpture, and flew off as Jello and I approached.

 

 

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~ Literate Frog ~ Wordless Wednesday ~

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