~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #210: Picking Favourites ~


Sundown on the Marsh

My opening photo is one taken from the deck of our condominium at the Breakers in Long Beach, Washington. From winter through spring rain floods the meadows forming ponds that attract resident and migratory birds. This shot is a quintessential capture of the sky at sundown with threatening storm clouds suffused with pastel tones, reflected in the marshes.

Their Majesties

In mid-March 2020, we were settled at the condo in Long Beach, at the start of the Covid 19 pandemic when the state government issued a decree to stay in place. For the ensuing two and a half months the beach was closed to automobiles and virtually deserted. During this time I was able to earn the trust of a pair of Bald Eagles, who came to recognize me and were not disturbed by my being there. Accordingly, I kept myself and my beagle at a respectable distance. I captured many excellent images of various Bald Eagles and created a collection of poems and photos from this experience. The above shot is a favorite because it shows the pair side by side, in a quiet moment and unruffled by my presence.

Jello in the garden.

I’ll finish with a favorite snapshot of Jello, our beagle who died in February. A rescue, Blue-tic girl, she was the sweetest, easiest beagle we’ve had (Max and Daisy are our 6th & 7th). To see other photos of Jello, just click the menu button – she was very photogenic and was my constant companion for 10 years. I selected this portrait because she is sitting in one of her favorite ‘observation’ perches in our back yard. At the base of the tree is a small angel figurine which reminds me of Jello’s mild nature. Though I scattered most of her ashes in the dunes at Long Beach where we loved to ramble, some of her ashes rest here, under the angel.

Wherever you find new favorites, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

Thanks to Sarah Wilkie at Travel with me, for this exercise in restraint and introspection. There were many other photos I might have selected that are more flashy, however I feel these express much about who I am and what I love to capture in photography. It is truly an honor to be asked to host the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, and also a big responsibility to view and comment on the posts followers contribute. Thank you again to all the guest hosts for giving our core leaders a bit of summer vacation!

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13 Responses to ~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #210: Picking Favourites ~

  1. Ralph Becker says:

    You need a bigger lens! It would take you up into the feathers of those eagles.

  2. Toonsarah says:

    Thank you so much for joining the challenge. I’m in awe of your trusting relationship with the bald eagles (majestic birds indeed) and the sweet photo of your dog Jello is lovely, but that sunset is simply amazing! To have that view from a property you own and can visit regularly must be really special 😮

  3. Amy says:

    Love the image of Jello and the story. Such a sweet dog. The eagle image is priceless.
    Thank you for sharing, Lindy!

  4. Olga says:

    Hi Lindy. I remember seeing Jello in many of your past photos. Sorry to hear that she has passed. The sunset sky and the reflection of colors on the meadow ponds is mesmerizing. Wonderful choices. ❤

  5. They are all wonderful. I would love to see your book/poems/photos or whatever else you put together with your remarkable talents! (Love the photo of Jello.)

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      Thank you , Jill. I have put some of the photos and poems on site under pages, however I just don’t like the way it formats things. As soon as my new printer arrives, I will take photos of the finished product and post those shots.

  6. Tina Schell says:

    Lindy, a truly wonderful set of images – chosen wisely and explained perfectly. Your opening vista is amazing, I’ve read many of your posts about, and seen lovely images of, your eagles and of course you had to include little Jello. Such a little sweetheart. Loved your response on this one.

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