~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #23: Celebrations ~

Over the past few years LT, who lives across the street, and I have hosted gatherings to bring our near neighbors together. Mind you, we come from divergent political positions, some even at pole opposites, however all who attend uphold a tacit agreement to leave our politics at the door. We come together sharing food and spirits, to celebrate being a community that looks out for one another. 

IMG_1525This December was my turn to have the holiday gathering. Coming as it did, after the midterm election (the results of which I continue to celebrate), I am pleased that our tradition of civility and good cheer endures. 


Cheers to peaceful commemorations of our shared humanity!




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~ Wordless Wednesday ~


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~ Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Hot or Cold ~

As I looked through my archived photos, it became clear – finding shots that shout “hot” are harder in black and white! Most that I might have chosen were with bright red or orange tones…

…however, these three captures indicate there is heat being applied!

Cold is much easier to “see” in black and white.


Wishing everyone warmth on chilly winter days!


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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #22: Happiness is… ~


…finding a shady spot on a summer day,


…a morning walk and sniff through the dunes,


…helping with the gardening,


…snuggling with my loved ones,


…a romp at the beach,


…hanging out with friends and family,


…and napping by a warm fire!

Lens Artists: Happiness is…

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~


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~ Purple Tulip ~ Flower Of The Day ~


I’ve been perusing the posts of WordPress Blogs I follow – what an inspiration it is!


Thanks once again to Cee, for providing resources and her own fun challenges! 


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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #21: Splash! ~

Last week was a whirlwind for me, as I prepared for and hosted a large gathering of neighbors and friends at my home. When I put my head on the pillow Saturday night, I promised myself a day of rest on Sunday which would include posting a response to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge Splash. 


A classic shot of the breakers at Long Beach, WA – USA.

Now — on to view your inspiring posts from this past week! 



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