~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #46: Delicate ~ Butterflies ~

All week I’ve contemplated what to post for this challenge. Seeing a Gray Whale that had washed up on the beach because it was starving, had me thinking about the delicate balance of life in our ecosystem. But, those images are stark and difficult to look at, so I’m opting to feature butterflies, delicate and amazing creatures, that are beginning to emerge as spring soughs to summer.

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Western Tiger Swallowtail



I see this butterfly in mid-spring in Clark County WA. Have no idea what it is named.

Thank you to Leya for another thought provoking photo challenge!





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~ Wordless Wednesday ~


Immature Bald Eagles

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~ Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers ~

For Cee’s challenge I’m featuring some previously posted shots, plus two photographs taken this week at Long Beach, WA.



Turkey Vulture – Cathartes aura

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wave angels with feather

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Mature Bald Eagle Pair – Haliaeetus leucocephalus



Breeding Male Ruddy Turnstone – Arenaria interpres

Thank you Cee for all you do to keep us taking and looking at photographs!


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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #45: Street Art ~

As the centennial anniversary of Washington State approached, the industries that had supported the Long Beach peninsula – timber and fishing – were declining. In 1985 Ilwaco Port Director, Bob Peterson spearheaded an effort to “paint larger-than-life murals on the exterior walls of buildings,” to attract tourists and celebrate the 1989 centennial. 1


The first mural, painted in 1986 by artist Thomas J. Teitge of Hailey, Idaho, is a “window into the past” on the side of what had been the Doupé general goods store in Ilwaco. “Starting on the left side of the work, a contemporary child carrying a skateboard is walking toward the scene of downtown Ilwaco, circa 1920, complete with the narrow gauge railroad running down Main Street.” 1

P1100154“On July 19, 1888, the Ilwaco Railroad & Navigation Company arrived in Nahcotta…. Tourists and locals were able to easily travel from one end of the peninsula to the other.” 2

P1100152Restored mural on the Key Bank in Ilwaco, which had been a First National Bank.

P1100142William Garnett created three murals for the project. This one, depicting net fishermen and horse seiners, is on the side of what is now the Olde Town Trading Post coffee shop building in Ilwaco. It is the only one of his paintings that remains and is in need of restoration. 1

Close-up shots of salmon fishing mural.

This recently restored triptych, on the side of Long Beach Pharmacy, is of early beachcombers and clam diggers. These and the photo below were included in a Cee’s B&W challenge I posted a while ago. Here they are in full color.

P1100002This mural is on the north side of the Long Beach Elks Lodge. Painted by Colin Williams, it depicts a historic shipwreck near Cape Disappointment. 1

P1100164 Painted on the side of a telephone utility building in Chinook, this mural by Dan Sawatsky of Chamainus, B.C., features telephone linemen at work. 1


  1. Painted Pacific County, Damian Mulinix, The Chinook Observer, July 25, 2017.
  2. The Long Beach Peninsula, Donella J. Lucero and Nancy L. Hobbs, Arcadia Publishing, 2004.


Thanks to Patti Moed for suggesting this challenge. If I’d been home in Vancouver, I would have taken a field trip to Portland, across the Columbia River, to photograph some of the outstanding street art throughout the rose city. Since I’m at our condo on the Long Beach peninsula, this week’s challenge encouraged me to find and photograph  more of the 1989 Washington State Centennial murals, and to learn about their history.

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Wren Splash Bath ~

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~ Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #44: Harmony ~

“The ground we walk on,

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the plants and creatures,


the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations –


each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy,


bound together by cosmic harmony.”  Ruth Bernhard










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~ Wordless Wednesday ~


Landscape Gardening à la Jello!

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