~ Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge # 64: Countryside and/or Small Towns ~ In Praise of Washington ~

I grew up on the outskirts of Wenatchee, Washington where our ‘end of the road’ neighborhood was surrounded by apple, cherry, peach and apricot orchards.



Malott – south of Okanogan

From the fruited valleys, my family moved to a 40 acre farm near Pullman, Washington ~ in the heart of The Palouse.*


Aerial view of the Palouse on the flight path to Pullman/Moscow airport.

Pics Scannded From Dad Low (5)

Dad and his horses, Pullman, WA c. 1981


Sundown ~ Ritzville

When Creighton and I set down roots in Vancouver, forty-two years ago, outside the city limits was wide-open spaces, where farms and orchards dominated the landscape.

Though industry and population growth have expanded in every direction, it’s still a fairly short drive to be ‘in the country’. One of the pleasures of having a place at Long Beach, where we live part time in the off-season, is the slower paced, rural quality of the peninsula.

eagle on the wing copy



One often finds businesses sharing space, as in Bailey’s Cafe and the Nahcotta Post Office!

*Tina Schell has a lovely shot of fields around the Palouse in her response to this challenge. https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/lens-artists-challenge-64-out-in-the-country/

Please excuse my tardiness in responding to this challenge. Sometimes life intervenes to delay my best intentions, such is the case this time.




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6 Responses to ~ Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge # 64: Countryside and/or Small Towns ~ In Praise of Washington ~

  1. Amy says:

    What a beautiful tour of this small town, Lindy! The sign, lol.
    I’d love the local bakery store and the seafood market.

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      Yeah, KIDS FOR SALE definitely catches the eyes and imagination! I’ve stopped in a few times to buy cheese and soap. Small rural goat farms where his favorites have first names like Darlin’!

  2. Tina Schell says:

    These are lovely Lindy – it must have been quite something living in a place as beautiful as the Palouse. I hear the farmers there have about had it with photographers tho! Love Vancouver almost as much tho. (and loved the kids for sale sign there!!)

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      Hi Tina, I’m glad you enjoyed my little tour of some of the small towns I love. There are many stories I can tell about the Palouse! I have one already written and illustrated – just need to decide if I want to publish – another project!
      I wanted to use photos I took in France, 25 years ago, when Creighton and I toured with his cousin and her family. So many fine places and wonderful people – but the photos are so old, I’ll need to do something to improve the quality before posting any of them. Do you know of any MAC compatible software that might assist me?

      • Tina Schell says:

        Well, I’m sure you already have them but Lightroom and photoshop are imho as good as it gets. I used some 20-year-old film photos to memorialize a good friend who passed away and they did a very good job. Lots of work tho!

      • Lindy Le Coq says:

        Thanks for replying Tina. I don’t have those apps – and now I know which ones to get 🙂
        This challenge prompted me to remove the pictures from the photo albums, scan them, and save them in iPhoto. Looking forward to doing something good with them in the future. For now, I’m off to create something else for this challenge🍂

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