~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #124: Now and Then ~

Now – November 28, 2020 on an afternoon walk in the neighborhood, Vancouver, USA

Then – March 4, 2018. A family birthday gathering at my home with my sisters Diana and Lori, and her grandson Micah, three years old.

Three days ago, then/now, Creighton and I had a quiet dinner and watched a couple favorite holiday movies to celebrate Thanksgiving. Jello is the only other family member present!

Wishing everyone safeĀ harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.šŸ¾

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Giving Thanks ~

Wishing everyone safeĀ harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.šŸ¾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #123 ~ Found In the Neighborhood ~

Looking out across 24 acres of dune-meadow-wetland, I am greeted by banks of clouds billowing in from the Pacific Ocean.

Shorebirds were migrating through last week. Several hundred sanderling, plovers and sandpipers, feasted and rested at ebb tide Friday, November 13.

Semi-palmated Plover

A turbulent ocean coughed up all manner of dismembered jellyfish.

It looks like the four pointed star below, came from a larger jellyfish like the one above.

We set up a hummingbird feeder on our deck and soon had Anna’s visiting on a regular basis. Guess I can say they are our next-door neighbors!

My apologies to Leya and lens-artists for a tardy response. It’s been a wee bit busy in Lindy’s world. Still, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a bit more of my lovely neighborhood at Long Beach, WA ~ USA.

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~ Report from the Edge of a Continent ~ Storm Surge ~

Friday morning, November 13: Evidence of a storm brewing. Big clouds stream from the south along our western horizon. Deposits of wave generated sea foam extend along the shoreline at ebb tide.

Sanderling, plovers and sandpipers feeding along the shoreline at ebb tide. November 13, 2020

Sunday, November 15. Yesterday and today, gale force winds averaging 25 mph with gusts as high as 50, accompanied by frequent squalls and downpours, have pummeled the Long Beach Peninsula.

A New Moon King Tide adds to the drama!

Sunday, November 15, 2020 ~ 9:30 a.m.

November 16 – 17, 2020: Monday night the wind and rain were nonstop. Windows were tested, the fireplace moaned, and the barometer dropped to the bottom of its scale. Tuesday morning at low tide, Jello and I ventured out into the rain and wind. Our dunes, beach and Pacific Ocean were still here.

There was a bit of a break in our Tuesday afternoon walk.

November 17, 2020 ~ 3:30 PM
Jello looking for deer. Clark’s Tree Sculpture in left background.

Wishing everyone safe harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.šŸ¾

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ New Moon High Tide ~

Sunday, November 15, 2020 ~ 9:30 a.m.

Wishing everyone safeĀ harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.šŸ¾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #122: The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow ~ Silver Linings ~

The past few days have been stormy here in Long Beach, Washington USA. Sometimes the cloud formations are stunning, and especially so when the sun peeks through. For this week’s challenge, I offer a series of Silver Linings – signs of hope, as cases of coronavirus continue to rise and we anticipate a leadership change in my country.

“There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

Leonard Cohen

“Once you have been in the dark, you learn to appreciate everything that shines.”

Zachary K. Douglas

“We are the silver lining in any and every dark cloud we could ever find. There is no need to go looking for the light when you bring it with you.”

Tyler Knott Gregson

“Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.”

Maurice Setter

Wishing everyone safeĀ harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.šŸ¾

Thank you Anvica, for this opportunity to feature the beauty of nature all around us!

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Report From the Edge of a Continent ~

Wishing everyone safeĀ harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.šŸ¾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #121: Focus on the Subject ~

For this week’s challenge I took an extended look back through my archives. Although one photo is a repeat, my goal was to provide fresh images.

Lines draw us into the scene

On our drive to Long Beach we cross over the John Day River at a point where there is a small community of boat houses, which became the subject of an afternoon photo adventure.

Patterns and colors draw our eye to the lighthouse

When it’s not shrouded in fog, North Head Lighthouse is visible from the beach where Jello and I walk. The mist was just burning off when I took this shot.

Doorways, arches & windows provide a focal point.

The view out to the Pacific Ocean from inside the North Head Lighthouse is one of my favorites.

Selective focus.

This Escargot captured my attention as it glided across a pathway. Both foreground and background are blurred, keeping our attention on the snail with its lovely crown.

Patterns and contrast.

You can barely see her, but that little black figure at the top of the path is Jello!

Looking right at you.

I’ll finish with this striking photo of a mature Bald Eagle letting me know to keep my distance!

Wishing everyone safeĀ harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.šŸ¾

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Maybe Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch ~

Leucosticte tepbrocotis?

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~ Prayer For My Country ~ Ā©Lindy Low Le Coq ~

Walking through wind and rainĀ this morning of November 3, 2020, I send prayers of thanksgiving to my fellow citizens;

you who stand in long lines

masked and socially distancedĀ 

Ā Ā  Ā  Ā  Ā  wending your way to the voting booth.

Thank you for caring,

thank you for your courage, your tenacity

your beliefĀ that your vote and voice matter.

Quietly, as I gaze upon a stormy Pacific Ocean, from my heart across our vast country, I send blessings twined with an appeal;Ā 

that we accept outcomes rendered 

from a full count of our votes, 

and be guided toward 

a renaissance of healing.

Wishing everyone safeĀ harbor, as we navigate uncharted waters.šŸ¾

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