~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Least Sandpipers & Black-bellied Plovers ~ December 13, 2020 ~

Least Sandpiper – Calidris minutilla & Black-bellied Plover – Pluvialis squatarola
Least Sandpiper – Calidris minutilla & Black-bellied Plover – Pluvialis squatarola
Least Sandpiper – Calidris minutilla

Wishing everyone safeĀ harbor, as we navigate onward. Mask-up and stay safe.šŸ¾

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #126: Subjects that Begin with the Letter A ~ Angel ~

Are angels real or imaginary? They certainly exist in many religious teachings, and are a recurring symbol in the Christmas story. “Angels are very important, because they provide people with an articulation of the conviction that God is intimately involved in human life.” Father Thomas Rosica

L’ange des oliviers – Alphonse Muraton

In July 1994, Creighton and I traveled through France, hosted by his cousin Catherine, her husband Jean-Francois and their families. We visited a gallery in Saint-Brieuc, where I was able to photograph this angel painted by Creighton’s paternal great-grandfather, Alphonse Muraton. It has since been restored. I love the softness of her face, the lightness around her.

I always liked the concept of angels; guardian angels and other spirits that intervene to make life better, and who help us come to wise choices.

“Make a friend with an angel.” St. Augustine

Willow Tree Angels give us blank faces, with enough body language to make our own choice as to what they represent. I found the Black Angel at a Goodwill store, her wings all scrunched-up, but still whole. I brought her home, straightened out the wire wings, and keep her by my bedside always. She symbolizes my friendship with angel girlfriend, Jocelyn, who has smoothed my ruffled feathers through hard times. I love her to my core.

Christmas Card painted by another angel girlfriend: Judith Sanders

“Kind words are the music of the world. They have a power which seems to be beyond natural causes, as if they were some angel’s song which had lost its way and come on Earth.” Frederick William Faber

“O passing angel, speed me with a song, a melody of heaven to reach my heart and rouse me to the race and make me strong.” Christina Georgina Rossetti

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

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Snow Bunting ~

Plectrophenax nivalis
Snow Bunting & Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

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

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~ Wake Me Up When It’s Over ~

Jello’s reaction to all the renewal, and holiday decorating chaos!

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

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~ Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 125 ~ Renewal ~

Tina offers us a great opportunity to do whatever we want with the challenge. Though my post today is not the most visually appealing, it is what has occupied me for over a week!

Our downstairs music room carpet was stained, worn and ugly. We decided last spring to replace it with Luxury Vinyl Plank which is waterproof and easier to keep clean. This involved moving Creighton’s huge CD collection from the CD shelves into boxes.

Creighton worked diligently packing the collection in a way that he would be able to reassemble it fairly easily when the floor was done and the furniture moved back in.

Last Sunday, my niece, her hubby and two young-adult sons arrived to move the furniture into our garage. All went smoothly, and the price of a couple pizzas was all it cost! I love my family to the moon.

Monday morning the flooring installation crew of two arrived. They removed the old carpet and padding, and by noon the new floor was done and the old was gone.

Tuesday I applied restoratives to the wood of the piano, and other furniture that needed it. Wednesday morning, our neighbor helped us move the heavier furniture into the room, and by Thursday night we were enjoying living in the space again.

Now the harder part begins. Creighton wants to winnow down his collection which represents a lifetime of music appreciation and acquisition. It will take time, and that’s okay. With the pandemic raging in our country, we don’t plan to go anywhere except a trip to the beach before Christmas.

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

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~ 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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