~ Wordless Wednesday ~


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~ Lens-Artists Challenge #20 – Open Sesame: Doors and Doorways ~

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

Joseph Campbell

It comes as no surprise that I have very few photos of doors in my archives!  However, I do have a few choice pieces I’m delighted to share in response to another fun Lens-Artist Challenge, this one from Tina.


This virtual doorway, invites us to drive-up for some take-out clam chowder! What a classic coastal work of folk art this is. Wonder how long before it is gone?



North Head Lighthouse went into service in 1898. It fell into disrepair and was closed to the public for many years, until a non-profit group raised funds to begin restoring it. Now open to the public once again, I was thrilled to visit the tower last July. To see my blog post from that visit, click here: https://lindylecoq.com/2018/06/15/view-from-inside-north-head-lighthouse/  To learn more about the lighthouse go to:  http://northheadlighthouse.com/history/



The moment I saw this bicycle sculpture in Sandpoint, Idaho’s downtown square, I was smitten. What a clever way to draw our attention toward the doorway to the public restrooms. The mural on the left wall is light and cheerful with a flock of bright butterflies and flowers floating away into the fields!  Every time I see this photo, I smile 🙂




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~ Wordless Wednesday – Soup’s On! ~


(Usually, I try not to comment, but just couldn’t resist giving this one a title on the eve of the celebration of Thanksgiving in the USA!)

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~ Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #19: Magical Light ~


Sunsets and sunrises almost always create a magical light show. Yet, other atmospheric conditions contribute to stunning photographs. The following series of photos were taken from the same beach on different days and various times of day.

IMG_1430This autumn sunset over the Pacific Ocean, is enhanced by swirling cirrus clouds.

P1090396Clear skies, soon after sunrise, with fog in the distance and a full moon setting.

IMG_1377Stratus clouds over the Pacific, create rainbows in the morning sunlight.


P1080340Morning fog and waves are suffused with pastel colors at  sunrise.


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P1090094Red Sky Sunset

As days grow shorter in the Northern Hemisphere, I encourage all to look up into the sky several times a day (even if it’s cloudy!) and let the light of our star nurture your soul.


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~ Wordless Wednesday on Friday! ~


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~ Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #18: Blending In – Standing Out ~


When I last was at Long Beach, bird migration was well underway. I’d forgotten to pack my Panasonic Lumix, so the photos in this post are from my iPhone 8. Though I could not get clear photographs of the birds, I love the textural quality in many of these images. 

IMG_1266Soon after I spotted this Western Gull standing out like a sentry in the surf, a small flock of Dunlins streaked by…



…some landed.


Then, a pair of Marbled Godwits alighted standing out farther up the beach. Cautiously, they made their way from tide’s edge toward the Gull.



Being able to judge their size, relative to the Gull and Dunlins, helped me identify the Marbled Godwits. (Another first siting for me!) Though they blend in as shorebirds, they stand out with their color, long bill and behavior.


Snowy Plovers nest about ten miles (16 km) north of this stretch on Long Beach. It was a lucky accident that I stumbled upon this flock where males, females and immatures blend together on the afternoon high tide mudflat.

As I was getting my coffee ready to take on our morning walk, Jello belted out a guttural growl and started baying like a maniac at the glass patio door. Because it blended in so well in the meadow, I had a hard time seeing what was stirring her up. Do you see it?


I waited a while after this coyote moved beyond our path to the beach, however Jello’s nose was extremely active as she sniffed throughout the underbrush where it had been!


Speaking of Jello, her coloring allows her to blend into many environments. At the end of our dog park walk, I sat on a bench and Jello settled in front of me to enjoy the mild afternoon.



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~ Wordless Wednesday ~


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