Ooh Tina, this is fun! A treasure hunt gives me permission to feature some of my favorites from the archives.
It is a treat to be awake and out with camera in hand, when light starts to bounce over the horizon. Indigo night and early morning sapphire to amethyst skies recede. Earth rotates to a new day as her Sun’s rays fill the blue with pure light – soft tones of pink and yellow lift into a brightening sky.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada, taken at the rim of a steep slope. Pine tree limbs and needles frame the view, creating an interesting tension. I love how the evergreen trees at the embankment’s base, give us a sense of scale.
EXTRA CREDIT! I always loved extra credit homework. From the Treasure Hunt list: 1) a boat, 2) a mountain landscape; and from the Extra Credit list: 3) an expressive photo of one or more people, 4) a fish, and 5) a single image with multiple challenge items in it.
Two beaming men, my cousin Duncan holding out his first Mackinaw (Lake) Trout, and Brother-in-law Les, captain of the crew that helped make it happen on Crescent Lake, nestled in the mountains at the summit of Willamette Pass, Oregon.
Occasionally I am obliged to use a humane trap to remove unfriendly critters from the premises. One evening I forgot to close the door, and in the morning I met this amazing creature. Small enough to fit into your hands, with a long fluffy tail and huge night-vision eyes, I didn’t have a clue what it was.
After taking pictures, I opened the cage door, and watched it scurry along the deck rail, leap and sail to a nearby fir tree. Humbolt’s Flying Squirrel, is a fairly new species discovery. I’m really pleased that this native may be making a home on my grounds. https://www.burkemuseum.org/news/hiding-plain-sight-new-species-flying-squirrel-discovered
Jello loves being at the beach. After a romp through the dunes, she luxuriates in a long nap.
Creighton’s favorite 5-string Carvin bass guitar rests where he set it down when we returned from our excursion.
Yes, sunrise or sunset, however, they both happen every day, so to conclude my Treasure Hunt, I offer a Long Beach Peninsula sunset.Notice the spray shooting up from the waves in this Pacific Ocean seascape. Though the sun is hot, this water is hypothermia cold. The lone sandpiper working the shoreline is the only bird in this post – can you believe it?!